.416 Rigby CZ Safari Classic

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  1. Code4

    Code4 AH Enthusiast

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    Well here is my standard CZ550 Safari Classic chambered in .416 Rigby.

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    I purchased the rifle from an Aussie gunshop for less than A$1,500. It arrived at my gunsmiths 'play pen' prior to my Permit To Acquire (PTA). We both opened it together and checked the bedding. All was good with the correct bearing surfaces abutting wood in the furniture and ample space behind the tang so that no splits would occur there. I have read of CZ bedding horrors so time will tell if all is right with this rifle.

    There are two very thin cross bolts in the stock. Neither are 90 deg to the stock but will do the job. There was some slight upward pressure from the forend which I will leave alone at this stage. I will only modify it, if hand load accuracy is unsatisfactory.

    For scope mounting I ordered a Recknagel roll off ring set from the local distributor and A$225 later it arrived at home. It looks quite 'funny' but has the benefit of offsetting the scope to the rear. Being a full magnum length action, any extra latitude in mounting the scope is welcomed.

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    When the PTA arrived I went to pick it up and Tony quickly adjusted the set trigger to an initial pull of 3lb. I can still use it set, but never will.

    It takes four rounds down in the magazine despite the factory saying it only takes three.
    The stock is quite 'chunky' but adds to the weight and the recoil pad is solid rubber and good enough for the job. Feeding and chambering with factory ammo is very smooth and I have used a heavy viscosity 'Tetra' lubricant for the bolt. It is control feed (of Course) and I can't place a round in the chamber and then close the bolt over it. Feeding must come from the magazine.

    The only factory ammunition I could get are Hornady 400 grain DGS (Solids). I wanted two boxes so Tamworth Firearms (Australia) ordered in ten. If you want Hornady .416 Rigby factory solids in Australia you will have to go to Tamworth.

    I decided that all range testing and load development should be done standing up and luckily my Spotlighting rig allows that to be done with a bean bag placed on top of the platform.

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    The Express sights on the CZ 550 were placing POI 6" off to the left out to 75 yards. The factory front sight is miniscule so I have ordered a white fluro front replacement sight from Brownells which is 6.5mm high. This is the same height as the factory sight. I will adjust the express sights after it is in place.

    I then placed on the Recknagel roll off mounts with custom leupold 1-4x20 scope with #4 reticle.

    It took me five rounds to be 2" high at 100 yards. Three rounds into 1.760" wasn't bad I thought for a 4x scope with thick crosshairs. Good enough for me.

    Load development will follow as I collect more empty brass. I was starting to feel the recoil after about 7 rounds. At least this will let me get away two, three shot groups while load testing before having to call it quits. :htfu: The recoil certainly is cumulative. I only had on a thin Polo shirt and will wear a thicker coat next time. I cracked off one shot without hearing protection and it is the weirdest sound. A huge 'Whoof' followed by an ear splitting 'Crack'. The rounds sure do motor off down the range.

    Load development will follow.

    Here are some rounds to compare:

    .243W - .416 Rigby - 9.3x62 -7x57

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  2. Von Gruff

    Von Gruff AH Senior Member

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    Now the fun part in working up a load for meat and one for play..The good thing is that recoil tolerence grows with familiarity.

    Von Gruff.
     
  3. BryceM

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    I have had the exact same gun for almost a year now. I've only shot maybe 50 rounds to date but the recoil isn't all that terrible. I've been shooting handloads with 400gr nosler partitions, 400 gr Barnes TSX, and I'm about to try some 400 gr Barnes solids. So far the stock looks great and nothing has come loose. A pound of powder doesn't go very far!

    Good luck. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.
     
  4. blue boy

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    You bought yourself an excellent working rifle. If the bedding is OK this rifle will not let you down- I know- in Africa we do a lot of work with the CZ"s and they come highly recommended. My .416 really likes barnes bullets and accuracy has been good., although I only use the open sights. Enjoy
     
  5. Code4

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    Just an update. I have 44 rounds through her now without any issues. The new larger front sight bead has been installed and I love useing it with the factory express sights.

    We shoot a Big Bore competition here in Oz that trys to closely replicate actual field useage. It is a lot of fun.

    I have started casting my own lead projectiles and have some Trail Boss for reduced loads. The 350grain Cast Boolits and some Hornady 400 RNSP Interlocks and 450 Woodleigh RNSP's will get some use in the Northern Territory next year on feral donkeys, horses, boars, Scrub Bulls and Water Buffalo.
     

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