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.375/416 Barret?

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Unread 01-14-2010, 12:46 PM
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.375/416 Barret?

I have been pondering a .375 Cheytac or .375 Am as a big brother to my .338AM, but got side tracked a little. I do not know a thing in the world about the 416 Barret. It is bascically a .50BMG shortened and necked down to .416 from what I read on wickpedia, but with about 40 grs more capacity than the 408 based cases. It has me really wondering what a .416 case with minimal body taper and a sharper shoulder would do when necked to .375.
Here are my questions?

1. Downfalls of the .416 brass problems etc.?

2. Rocky Mountain RBBT bullets ? I have used a few in a buddy's 375 CT, seem to shoot okay any idea on performance on big game?

3. Reloading stuff? I have never dealt with .50 BMG sized cases. What am I going to need for trimming cases, priming them etc? What primers do they use?

4. I am thinking about a McMillan big .50 repeater action, any experiance?

5. Probably a Lawton 10 Twist .375 would get used since I do not plan on shooting solids. That sound about right as far as twist?

6. I know I will not make weight in some states as far as legal for hunting. How many states have weight restrictions?

7. Is this just a bad idea?

8. I know I will have to have a finish reamer ground and a reamer for a sizing die, anything else that I would need to get on order?

Any input is appreciated, especially contact info for anyone who has tried this.
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    Unread 01-14-2010, 01:07 PM
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    Re: .375/416 Barret?

    SOUNDS LIKE A NICE PROJECT GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE
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    Unread 01-14-2010, 04:40 PM
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    Re: .375/416 Barret?

    Not nessary. The action will be huge and the cartridge way overbore. The 375 cheytac makes more sense in that you can get brass and its a lighter weight gun that is proven. That being said go for it and post pictures...........
    Actually a 408 barret makes more sense.
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    Re: .375/416 Barret?

    To some like me there is no such thing as to overbore!!

    I like the sounds of it. The only thing that would scare me is brass availability.
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    Re: .375/416 Barret?

    Not really concerned with barrel life. I have plenty of guns, and barrels are not too expensive. If I decide to do it, I will go ahead and buy enough brass to wear out a barrel or two. Right now I am leaning very much toward going ahead and ordering a reamer. The main thing holding me back is the cost of that action. I have never paid that much for an action.
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    Re: .375/416 Barret?

    In the long run the cost to keep that barrel toasty will more than surpass the cost of the action. Go for it...we want to see pics>
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    Re: .375/416 Barret?

    I may have found a complete gun with the action that I want, that would save me a good bit of money to build this. I am still waiting to hear some more info on the quality of the 416 brass before I pull the trigger, so to speak. I can get enough brass to wear out a barrel or two for about 625 bucks assuming 5 reloadings. Anyone with info on the quality of this brass. Being that this is an unusual build the brass will be the first thing I buy.
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