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  1. Nicholas Barcomb

    416 Rigby Sell Me On It

    Have not gone to Africa yet. Once my financial situation clears up, I should be able to go, but that could still be a few years away. Otherwise the 416 Rigby is ready to go with some 410 gr Woodleigh softs and solids. Also picked up some Norma Barnes 400 gr brass solids from an estate sale for...
  2. Nicholas Barcomb

    Canada moose hunt recommendations

    If there is a possibility of a reschedule for the next year at the same or reduced price, take it!!!!
  3. Nicholas Barcomb

    Will Quebec Open Caribou Hunting Again?

    https://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2020/01/13/arctic-canada-nunavut-government-asks-to-lower-caribou-hunt-which-could-impact-local-communities/
  4. Nicholas Barcomb

    .45 ACP recommendations

    Been reading this for a minute. You say you are a shotgun and rifle guy. How accurately do you shoot those weapons? Do you shoot them better because they fit you? If they do, then pistols are the same. What is comfortable in your hand and proper grip, should shoot best for you. You also...
  5. Nicholas Barcomb

    Need a new Bullet

    I've always loaded up Woodleigh PPs, RNs, SNs, and solids. Have not tried the CPs yet.
  6. Nicholas Barcomb

    6.5x55mm for Plains Game?

    Good day Johan! Please send me what OAL that you are expecting to use with the Norma Oryx via private message and hopefully I will be able to transfer some data to you.
  7. Nicholas Barcomb

    6.5x55mm for Plains Game?

    Interesting, maybe some of the laws are beginning to change. However, I am looking to hunt Namibia, Zimbabwe, and/or Tanzania. Last time I looked, minimum calibers in those countries were 7mm for plains game. Good hunting on the PGs. My heavy load for the 6.5x55 SE is a 160 gr Woodleigh PPRN...
  8. Nicholas Barcomb

    6.5x55mm for Plains Game?

    Love my Tikka T3 SS Lite in 6.5x55 SE. I reload all of my own ammunition for it using VihtaVuori N550 and VihtaVuori N560 as powders; bullets ranging from 85 gr to 160 gr from Sierra, Hornady, and Woodleigh. Everything that I load for that rifle shoots at least MOA using a 3-9x40mm Nikon...
  9. .405 Winchester Rifle Model 1895 Deluxe TD made in 1910

    .405 Winchester Rifle Model 1895 Deluxe TD made in 1910

  10. Accurate Molds

    Accurate Molds

    I no longer use the Hawk bullets. I went to Accurate Molds and had a mold made for a plain base boolit:
  11. Ruger #1 in .405 Winchester Rifle

    Ruger #1 in .405 Winchester Rifle

  12. CZ550 American Safari Rifle in .416 Rigby

    CZ550 American Safari Rifle in .416 Rigby

  13. Nicholas Barcomb

    Primers for 404 Jeffery

    Just because the powder column is so big, anything with a capacity of more than 80 grains should use a magnum rifle primer. I use them in my .416 Rigby along with a very slow burning magnum powder (Vihtavuori Oy N165). Good luck and stay safe!!!!!
  14. Nicholas Barcomb

    CZ550 416 Rigby Laminated Stock

    $895!?!?!??!?! Jealous here! I had to pay $850 shipped for a used one and then another $180 for a decent stock!!! Don't wait, GO BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  15. Nicholas Barcomb

    Thinking about a 405 Winchester

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......................................... .405 Winchester............................................ An original Winchester Model 1895 Deluxe TD made in 1910 I inherited and still shoot: I no longer use the Hawk bullets. I went to Accurate Molds and had a mold made for a...
  16. Nicholas Barcomb

    Bad Weather .416 Rigby

    Kinda breezed through this thread a bit. I bought a used CZ550 in .416 Rigby a few years back. It had a tiny rust spot near the muzzle, probably from leaning against something in storage for a few years. Anyway, I sent it to a local shop and had the original bluing bead blasted off and a...
  17. Nicholas Barcomb

    416 Rem Mag vs 404 Jeffrey

    Not sure why it brings up memories of Ruark and Selby, especially since Selby's favourite was the .416 Rigby for DG and a .450 double rifle as a backup. Anyway, probably just the connotations that the .404 Jefferey congers up about Africa, eh?
  18. Nicholas Barcomb

    6.5x55 - 140 Grain Reload Velocity?

    I would not waste a 140 gr bullet on a Duiker or Klipspringer. I would look at using the 120 gr A-Frame or 130 gr. Scirocco II for that. If you are stuck on Swift bullets. Otherwise, any decent cup-n-core bullet for small deer (roe buck size) should work. I would keep the 140's for...
  19. Nicholas Barcomb

    404 Finally Finished!

    Nice!!!! I'm waiting for my .416 Rigby to get back from being cerakoted.
  20. Nicholas Barcomb

    Central Barren Ground Caribou Hunt

    Thanks, sent them an information request!
  21. Nicholas Barcomb

    Central Barren Ground Caribou Hunt

    Does anyone have a favorite outfitter for hunting central barren ground caribou?
  22. Nicholas Barcomb

    416 Taylor Load Data

    You may wish to purchase a copy of QuickLoad data. It has information on the .416 Taylor Magnum. Maybe purchase a copy of Ken Waters' "Pet Loads" too. http://www.neconos.com/ https://www.wolfeoutdoorsports.com/ken-waters-pet-loads-complete-volume/ Good luck and stay safe!
  23. Nicholas Barcomb

    6.5 x 55 Swede for African plains game

    Dewald, which animals would those happen to be? I am looking at Zimbabwe, SA, or Namibia for PGs and buff at some point in the near future. Already have a .416 Rigby for the bigger stuff. I have a few different lighter calibers to choose from for the PGs and am leaning towards the 6.5 x 55...
  24. Nicholas Barcomb

    Debate time: .308 vs .270

    Cut my teeth on a Springfield 1903A3 in .30-06 SPR, so neither the .308 or .270 are useful to me. After I grew up and matured, I lean towards the 6.5 x 55 SE to get things done. ;)
  25. Nicholas Barcomb

    6.5 x 55 Swede for African plains game

    I don't use manuals for my loads. I have them and read them from time to time to ensure that I am doing it correctly and I re-learn things as well as see new things on occasion that help me as a handloader. I utilize Quickload software to make up loads and to ensure that I am not going past...
  26. Nicholas Barcomb

    6.5 x 55 Swede for African plains game

    48.3 gr Vihtavuori N560 CCI 200 LRP 3.150" OAL Trim case to 2.165", chamfer and debur, and crimp.
  27. Nicholas Barcomb

    6.5 x 55 Swede for African plains game

    Love my Tikka T3 Lite SS in 6.5 x 55 SE!!!!!!!! That's it in my avatar picture and took that little caribou bull at about 25 yds with a 140 gr Hornady SST. The round did not exit, entered the near shoulder and blew out the opposite shoulder, with the majority of the jacket and core buried into...
  28. Nicholas Barcomb

    Peregrine 480gr VRG-3 Vs Hornady 480gr DGX Bullet Performance

    I'll stick to the Woodleigh's, thanks!
  29. Nicholas Barcomb

    Best Broadheads for 50# bow

    Firehuntfish: The no-issues means that at 20 yds, my father put a Grim Reaper 125 gr, Razor Tip broadhead through the near shoulder (ball and blade of bone) of a whitetail, through the near lung, top of the heart, the far lung, and imbedded itself into the outside of the far shoulder ball and...
  30. Nicholas Barcomb

    Best Broadheads for 50# bow

    My father used to only be able to draw back a 50# bow until recently and only used Grim Reaper original broadheads and had no issue with them on any game he shot them at. I've also never had an issue with them on any game that I have shot them at either. Until you use them, you'll never know...
  31. Nicholas Barcomb

    Best Broadheads for 50# bow

    I use the original Grim Reaper broad head called the razor tip, but may go over to these new ones shortly: https://www.grimreaperbroadheads.com/products/fatal-steel-mechanical-broadheads
  32. Nicholas Barcomb

    Blind Magazine vs Hinged Floor Plate vs Removable Magazine for Dangerous Game

    Not a PH, but have hunted all over North America with a hinged floor plate, blind magazine, and detachable magazine. I have hunted in other parts of the world with detachable magazines and blind magazines. My favorite, the hinged floor plate for ease in removing cartridges when necessary. I...
  33. Nicholas Barcomb

    Powders and primers for the .416 Rigby

    Not very well yet. Having issues with the QD scope mount. Need to send the action and barrel out to get cerakoted first and then to find a range that I can shoot the .416 R on. The current range that I am a member of will only allow .300 Winchester Magnum as the largest caliber, even on the...
  34. Nicholas Barcomb

    Namibia and a 30-06....Which bullet?

    Me too!!!!!!!!!
  35. Nicholas Barcomb

    Tika T3 6.55 x 55

    I went with Ungava Adventures in 2015. We stayed at Camp Charlie, which was about an hour flight northwest of Kuujjuaq, QC, along the Koksoak River.
  36. Nicholas Barcomb

    Tika T3 6.55 x 55

    Fiocchi, didn't mean to get your knickers all bunched up! It read to me like it was family members that had shooting problems. No, my shot placement is not always the eye, that just happened to be the only presentable shot on the hog at the time. It was frontal with no clear shot other than...
  37. Nicholas Barcomb

    Tika T3 6.55 x 55

    Sorry, but I own 2 Tikka T3 Lite SS, one in 6.5 x 55 SE and the other in .30-06 Springfield. I also own a Tikka T3X Lite SS in .243 Winchester. My go to is the 6.5 x 55 SE and have not had to track any animals when using the right load and aiming for the proper spot. Maybe your family members...
  38. Nicholas Barcomb

    Tikka 30-06 or Ruger 7mm

    I am a Tikka guy and own 3. Like others have said, for the money they cannot be beat. I have 2 Tikka T3 Lite SS, one in .30-06 and one in 6.5 x 55 SE. My newest edition is a Tikka T3X Lite SS in .243 Winchester. All of them are shooters at 1 MOA or less, but the damn .243 Winchester is...
  39. Nicholas Barcomb

    “Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.” ― Franz Kafka

    “Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.” ― Franz Kafka
  40. Nicholas Barcomb

    Best Rifle for all Deer hunting

    I'm in the 6.5 x 55 SE crowd. For antelope/ pronghorn/ smaller deer species, 129 gr to 139 gr, for standard deer/ caribou sized game, 140 gr, for elk/ kudu sized game 160 gr. Anything at 500 yds and less should be DRT with these combinations and a good shooter! Decent recoil and if the shot...
  41. Nicholas Barcomb

    6.5x55 - 140 Grain Reload Velocity?

    I have not tried any solid metal bullets in the 6.5 x 55 SE, yet. I did try some Barnes 120 gr TTSX in a 6.5mm Patriot Combat Cartridge on an AR15 platform. They did not perform well due to the small case capacity and couldn't reach the velocity needed for expansion on contact. However, I do...
  42. Nicholas Barcomb

    6.5x55 - 140 Grain Reload Velocity?

    This intrigued me a bit. I shoot a Tikka T3 Lite SS in 6.5 x 55 SE. The barrel is 570 mm or 22.441" long. I use 48.3 gr Vihtavuori N560 powder, Norma or Lapua cases, 140 gr Hornady SSTs, a COAL of 3.150", and I am getting a chronographed 2771 fps on average. It may be possible to get it up...
  43. Nicholas Barcomb

    Quebec Caribou Tips?

    Try these guys out: http://www.moosevalley.com/subpage.php?id=3 http://mayfloweroutfitters.com/your-adventure/hunting/woodland-caribou/ http://newfoundlandmoose.com/page/caribou http://redindianlake.com/page/woodland-caribou As for rain/ wind gear, all I used was my old issue gore-tex, some...
  44. Nicholas Barcomb

    Quebec Caribou Tips?

    gebo, you will be paired up with another hunter and a guide, don't worry too much about the pack. I put 100+ lbs of caribou in my military frameless day pack and did fine. The furthest we packed out was about 3 miles oneway over a bog and humped out 3 'bou over that and then had to pack...
  45. Nicholas Barcomb

    Quebec Caribou Tips?

    Went the last week of September in 2015 with Ungava Adventures. Definitely bring a rod for fishing!!!!!! We weren't allowed to because the season closed before we went out. It is very windy on the tundra, like others said, a good waterproof shell is a must! As you can see by my avatar, I am...
  46. Nicholas Barcomb

    Why are Weatherby guns in 375+ calibers not liked on a Safari?

    Haven't hunted Africa yet. Still planning, but the day is coming soon! I am of the crowd of energy transference and do hunt with a 6.5 x 55 SE for NA big game. Recently I have sold a Ruger #1 in .405 Winchester and purchased a CZ550 Safari in .416 Rigby as a DG rifle when I go to Africa. I...
 
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