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Old 05-22-2005, 10:46 AM
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Re: What would you use a .416 Rigby for?

I found that the .416 Rigby is the perfect porridge-protector when two enormous Alaskan Brown Bears charge your camp as you are eating breakfast. The 350 Swift A-Frame completely overwhelmed the 10'+ boar, as if he hit an invisible brick wall. Sow decided that the .416 was NOT to be messed with, porridge could wait, did a 90 and headed to the forest. Thinking back on it, I never did finish that bowl of porridge...

The .416 launches a 350 grain bullet about the same speed as an '06 launches a 180 - that might indicate what it will do. I zero 2" high at one hundred, bullet is 2" low at 200. Makes for a nice hunting rifle but it is a little hard on scopes and shoulders.
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Uh oh! I'm being watched. I'll behave. LB
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I also have a 416 WBY. Have not been to Africa yet but will when I retire from the USAF. So what do I do with it now...everything when I get bored with my other guns. This is last year's doe. Doe fell to the 416 WBY MAG at 452 yards. Heck it is a new gun with no "blood" on it and I could not wait to get to Africa in order to shoot it. Bullet is a GS Custom 330 gr HV. With RL-19 it does 3100 fps and shoots like a varmint bullet. BC is .565

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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.

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What is your load please?
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Re: What would you use a .416 Rigby for?

Pop,

Nice doe. What action is that .416 Weatherby built on?

A side note: I think it is great when our Young Americans get to enjoy the rewards of our devinely created outdoor life. Thanks

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Re: What would you use a .416 Rigby for?

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I am using 120gr of RL22 with either the Swift A-Frame 350grn or the Barnes TS in 350grn.

Please make note that these are MAX loads and are probably a little on the hot side. I never shoot these loads when the temp is above 85F and never let them sit in the sun as RL powders seem to be quite temp sensitive. Start lower and work up! I pick up some speed from the extra 2" of barrel over the factory 26".

I just got in a Southwest Products Pressure Trace system that will measure chamber pressures. I will be trying it out on my .416 load soon.

By the way, I noticed you are from Chyenne. I just sold my summer home in Pinedale WY a few weeks ago. I'll be heading out there in about week to spend most of the summer anyway. Looking forward to getting out of the heat/humidity of nort Arkansas.
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Thanx guys! The wby is a stock Jap Classicmark. A tack-driver!
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