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What would you use a .416 Rigby for?

 
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Old 05-21-2005, 08:45 PM
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What would you use a .416 Rigby for?

What is the primary reason that people buy a .416? Bear? Africa? What's so great about it?
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Old 05-21-2005, 09:04 PM
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Re: What would you use a .416 Rigby for?

I shoot a .416 WBY which is a bit faster than (more case capacity) than the .416 Rigby. But, yes the .416's and other big bore calibers are normaly considered African or other dangerous game calibers.

As far as what is so great about the .416? My rifle with a 28" Shilen barrel can push a 350grn bullet at just a shade under 3100 fps. It will shoot just as flat as a .300 win mag with a 180 grn bullet and retains more energy at 400 yards than the .300 win mag has at the muzzle.

But to really get down to it..........I have it for same reason some others on this site use a 50 BMG to shoot ground hogs. I like it, and it is a lot of fun to shoot!
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Old 05-21-2005, 09:05 PM
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Re: What would you use a .416 Rigby for?

Any thing you ever wanted to. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Most African contries require .400+ calibers for the big 5. I own .458's and I have not gone to Africa my gun on loan has. The smallest thing I have shot was a chucker and several coyotes. These magnum .400+ gun are excellant for deer, elk and big bears. They never move from the point of impact. You place the bullet and they die right on the spot. No tracking wouded animals.

I've always wanted a 416 rigby or the Rem.
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Re: What would you use a .416 Rigby for?

(apparently the private message feature is not available?)

Trout~I don't want you to think this is a personal attack. This is NOT a personal attack.

I must put you on ignore....with deep regret. LB
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Old 05-21-2005, 11:23 PM
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Re: What would you use a .416 Rigby for?

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Trout~I don't want you to think this is a personal attack. This is NOT a personal attack.

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Kind of an obscure response to an honest question. I guess I'm not on your higher level of firearm understanding. We all got to start somewhere.
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Old 05-21-2005, 11:27 PM
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Re: What would you use a .416 Rigby for?

This is because I don't care about Pamela Anderson isn't it?
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Re: What would you use a .416 Rigby for?

It's kind of a neat conversation piece and classic dangerous game cartridge, nostalgia is my primary guess.

The first 416 Rigby I bought was immediately turned into a 338 Lapua, even before I saw the 416 Rigby. I later decided I'd like to try the 416 as a shooter and hunting rifle so I bought another one. About all mine has killed (or mortally wounded) so far is a good sized spruce log in Alberta and a big ole oak in Maryland. I plan to use if for elk in Colorado this fall, black bear on my next northward bear trip (next fall) and maybe in Africa a few years from now. (I may try it on crop damage whitetail later this year too.)
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