From what i have been told it was mostly designed to snub the California 50BMG ban. The case is a std 50 Cal BMG that has been shortened to about 3.250" long, necked down to take the lathe turned .416 projectiles. It burns 200grns of powder, pushing the 400grn bullet 3300fps. Cases are expensive, as are the primers. There are no good long range 416 bullets available at this time.
There are much better builds out there, in my opinon. You can get the same or better performance out of the 408 C-T wildcats, 338,375,416 or even larger cals. You have a cheaper cases, production run bullets, use less expensive actions and even have the capability to build carry rifles. The new 375 chey-tac coming out soon will equal or better the balistics of the 416 barrett.
I watched that on the history channel, something like Future weapons. I dont agree with somethign the guy said though. He said that it was designed to give 2500 yard 1st shot hits out of a cold bore. The guy shooting the 50 took 3 shots to get zeroed, the guy shot the 416, got it on the 1st shot! He said the velocity makes it get there faster, and thus, less affected by variables, allowing it to be superior to the 50 cal in making 1st round cold bore hits at 2500 yards. I never knew velocity had a dang thing to do with where your cold bore shot lands. How can you control where the Cold bore shot goes anyways?? Everythign I've read on this site proves that wrong. I dont see how it makes a difference in POI compapred to the 50. Anyone care to shed some light on the subject??
I'm willing to go out on a line and suggest that your small arms ballistic knowledge depth runs much deeper than does most any History channel narrator's. You're right, average velocity doesn't have much of anything to do with the factors that affect cold POI vs. hot POI. Congradulations!
Yea i saw the same show, there was some BS on it but then again I jump at the chance to watch anything that highlights LR shooting on TV!!! Overall that show usually is pretty entertaining and I bet that would be a hell of a round but to hell with that lack of bullet selection.
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Anytime the bullet gets there faster there is less time for the target to move or the wind to change or the wind to deflect the bullet. Computing lead on a moving target is easier if there is less time of travel.
I would assume that in your shooting you mentally compute what the elk or bear may do between the time you pull the trigger and the bullet gets there. The slower the bullet the more time the target has to shift direction or take a step or two.
Hence, the greater likilyhood of a first round hit with the faster bullet.
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