Dakota 404 & 450 Rifle

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  1. James.Grage

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    What are your thought of the 404 and 450 Dakota Rifle and Cartridge.

    As a Christmas present to my self i was thinking of have one or the other rifle built.

    I am looking at stepping into a large bore rifle.
     
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    What Big Bores do you already own James?
     
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    I'd try to shoot a few big bores first (if practical). I'm recoil sensitive and my .416 Rigby is too big a round for me to use for long stints.
     
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    It appears the 404 Dak is just about the same power level as the standard .416 Rigby which is to say a fine cartridge but one with a fair amount of recoil. Of course a handloader can make it whatever he wants, such as similar to the original .404, the Jeffery. My own .404 Jeff-CZ at standard velocity or a little above is a pussycat, mostly because of a heavy rifle with good recoil pad. Choices, choices. Delicious!
     
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    I would buy the 404 Dakota...it duplicates the 450/400 3.25. I really like the 450/400 3"!

    The 450 Dakota is close to the 460 Weatherby Magnum and that is way too much power for me.
     
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    The 450 Dakota is stout but it does NOT recoil anywhere near like a 460 Weatherby. Now that the Remmington owns Dakota the quality of their rifles has also returned. Both are good calibers. Talk to Richard Spruill at Dakota and get his recommendation.
     
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    James,
    consider the standard 458 Lott.

    It is available in quite a few factory rifles, loads are accessible in factory cartridges and if your comfortable with that level of recoil... it is a marvelous performer on thick skinned game.

    Just a suggestion.
     
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    I was out of pocket this past weekend...thank you men for your reply...

    Enysse - Currently a 375 H & H is the biggest i own.

    Code4...last year i rented a 450 NE while on safari. i have had the chance to shoot 458 win. I have shot many different 375 and larger guns up to and including the 458...i wanted the chance to shoot a 577 NE however i missed the chance...

    Sestoppelman - After talking to some fellow hunters this past weekend i and leaning toward the 404 Jeff...While talking with the Dakota group i was given many ideas and what period i would be looking at to have a rifle built, however my fellow hunter friends reminded me that if you need to find ammunition on the road you will be in deep doo-doo with the Dakota...

    Paul - the 458 Lott idea was also given to me this past weekend and i could have one of them built...what i am looking at doing is going elephant hunting in 2013 or 2014...and my wife would like to take a trip with me to Australia and i was hopping to go hunting while she goes site seeing...i am trying to put together 2 trips a year for the next few years...hunting and vacationing...and if i can kill 2 birds with one trip hat is great...

    Uncompahgre -- i am not sure who i talked to at Sturges --i did not put the name on paper...I like the rifle and the ones i looked at appear to be well built...the down side like i said above was the ammunition stage of the operation...i have no doubt in my mind that i would be able to shoot the Dakota rifles well.
     
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    404 Jeffrey, is a winner! Hope things work out for you.
     

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