Cases for .30 Cody Express

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by JKO, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. JKO

    JKO Well-Known Member

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    Just curious:

    I was looking at the DAKOTA ARMS website, and I noticed that their .450 Dakota cartridge is based upon the .416 Rigby.

    Since NORMA is currently the *only* supplier of .416 Rigby cases, I was wondering if it might be a good idea to use .450 Dakota or .450 Rigby cases as the basis for any cartridges that I might have made in the future.

    As always, I welcome any advice or suggestions.

    Thanks.
    --JKO
     
  2. Fiftydriver

    Fiftydriver <strong>Official LRH Sponsor</strong>

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    You could but they are alot more difficult to neck down from 458 to 30 cal.

    I hate to say this but why not just use a 30-378 Wby or better yet a 300 Kahn(30-378 with 35 degree conventional shoulder). These two are pretty much ballistic twins to the 30 Cody and a HELL of alot easier to work with.

    Still $2 per case but thats pretty cheap when you figure they are ready to load and shoot, even the Kahn.

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  3. JKO

    JKO Well-Known Member

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    Kirby:

    I could do as you suggested, but it's probably less expensive in the long run to use what I have than to rechamber or rebarrel my rifle.

    I was just curious as to whether using .450 Dakota or .450 Rigby ammunition for the parent case would be a more cost-effective solution to the problem, especially since NORMA is the only company that currently manufactures .416 Rigby brass. That's all. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Thanks.
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  4. Fiftydriver

    Fiftydriver <strong>Official LRH Sponsor</strong>

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    It may well be depending on what will be needed to get the 45 cal brass down to 416. I assume you have the tools to take it from there down to 300 since your set up already.

    Is the Dakota brass actually cheaper then the Norma Rigby cases?

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  5. JKO

    JKO Well-Known Member

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    Kirby:

    According to a few sites I've checked out, .450 Dakota cases are a little less expensive than the .416 or .450 Rigby brass.

    Dakota Arms lists unprimed .450 Dakota brass at $2.25 per case, or $1.80 per case in lots of 100 or more.

    Huntington Reloading Supplies lists .450 Rigby brass (made by Horneber) at $75.98 for a box of 20, or about $3.80 per case.

    Superior Ammunition can custom-make ammunition for either cartridge.

    --JKO