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big integer for Range

Mathematica 5.2 under Windows XP on a 32-bit machine complains if I ask 
it to form Range[10^9].  The error is Range::range: Range specification 
in Range[10000000000] is not a machine-size integer.

Is there a built-in Mathematica function that tells what the machine's 
maximum machine-size integer is?  (And if not, shouldn't there be?)

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