Recoil: 404 Jeffery vs. 375 H&H and 416 Rigby

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  1. TexasBlueDevil

    TexasBlueDevil New Member

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    Assuming same rifle models, how does the recoil on the 404 Jeffery compare with the 375 H&H and 416 Rigby.

    I already have a 404 Jeffery, and really like it. A friend of mine is looking to buy his first big bore rifle, either a 375 or 416. He has shot my 404 Jeffery, and handles it well.

    Thanks!!
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    M'bogo hunter AH Senior Member

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    I read somwhere in a forum about the recoil issue on .416 vs 404 jeff and most people agreed that the recoil of the .416 is more of a violent kick than a push while that of the 404 jeff is a gentle push on the shoulder.

    I own none of these calibres (talking of others' experiences) though i'm thinking of buying a 404 jeff exclusively for lion hunting!IMO, i suggest the .375 H&H.
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    I have all three. I have a pre 64 model 70 in 375 H&h, a CZ 550 in 404 Jeff, and a Rugar in 416 Rigby. Based on shooting all three the 404 fits in between the 375 and the 416. It is a little closer to the 416 than it is to the 375. anyone who can comfortably shoot a 30-06 should be able to comfortably shoot a 375. The 404 is a step up and the 416 a small step up from there. The 404 was loaded to it's traditional 400 gr bullet traveling at 2150 fps.
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    I have a Winchester Safari Express with a scope in 375H&H, recoil is very manageable, enjoy shooting. Bought a Montana Rifle Company 404 Jeffries, haven't put a scope on it yet[was hoping to use open sights but old eyes cant see well enough] but recoil is significantly greater. Still breaking in 404 but no one else at range wants to help after watching me shoot it.

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