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  1. njc110381

    Experience shooting small plains game and deer with big bores?

    Thanks very much for all the replies. You've put my mind at ease, I'll give it a go. I've got 350gr Barnes TSX at the moment, I don't suppose they will open up too fast on a small deer. To answer a couple of things that came up - getting deer stalking with the rifle was no bother. The land...
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    I've finally reached the point of being comfortable with my .416!

    That's a pretty rifle! I have a 1.5-5 Leupold here too - the illuminated dot stopped working so I'm sending it in to be repaired. They're good scopes with good backup if they do ever fail.
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    Experience shooting small plains game and deer with big bores?

    Hi guys. I'm after some feedback please regarding shooting smaller animals with large calibre rifles. I want to take my .416 Rigby out for deer to get more field experience with the gun. The deer I generally shoot are around 15-30kg. How will it perform? I'm currently using 350gr Barnes TSX but...
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    I've finally reached the point of being comfortable with my .416!

    I do really like the gun. I'm itching to get out and deer hunt with it but was holding back until I was properly comfortable shooting it. I've got a long eye relief 1.7-10x scope on it so it should be good even for fairly small species at decent ranges.
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    I've finally reached the point of being comfortable with my .416!

    Funny you should say that. I like the idea of a Jeffery or Gibbs! The trouble is that in the UK we need to justify use. Ranges need to be approved and generally max out at 7000 joules/5162ft-lbs as the maximum allowable energy. To use it on other land needs another condition and generally you're...
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    I've finally reached the point of being comfortable with my .416!

    Thanks Rum Runner - I shall take that as a good tip and try to learn from your mistake. I'll get comfortable but try not to be complacent. Generally I find that most things bite me once I'm used to them and pay a little less attention than perhaps I should!
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    Longer shots 9.3x62

    As this is a resurrected old thread, I wonder what the OP chose to do, assuming he's done the hunt? 9.3x62 just isn't a long range calibre. Two things matter for good long range performance, velocity and BC of the bullet. The 9.3 doesn't really offer either because you either get good velocity...
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    .458 Lott recoil is no joke

    With a big bore it really is worth investing in some basic reloading kit. Even if you don't have the confidence to load for a DG hunt it's worth doing for the range, and with a bit of reading can be done quite safely. Factory loads for my .416 Rigby start at about £150/20 - £7.50 each here in...
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    I've finally reached the point of being comfortable with my .416!

    I thought I'd post this up as I had a bit of an odd day at the range yesterday. As always I took my .416 Rigby to put a few shots down - remind myself what it's like to shoot and keep myself on form. Somehow though it was very different to what I've got used to expecting. It's been a bit of a...
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    Any tips for using iron sights with failing eyesight?

    Wow, I didn't really expect this much of a response! Thanks all. I'll try the bigger foresight and see how I get on. I suspect it may take a little more than that, the ghost ring sounds good but it will need to somehow be fitted on a quick release mount like the scope so it wouldn't be a matter...
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    Best Deer Hunting Round, LOL!

    I was going to say exactly that. I've had lots of deer calibre rifles over the years but none have impressed me as much as the Swede. A 140gr 6.5 bullet has a SD of .305 - it'll pass right through a deer but at a velocity that doesn't bruise the meat too badly. I don't like fast rounds for...
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    Any tips for using iron sights with failing eyesight?

    I'm after some advice please guys if you wouldn't mind sharing your experiences? When I started shooting I was a pretty handy shot with iron sights. I moved over to using a scope for a few years and when I recently (last couple of years) tried to shoot with the irons on my new .416, I couldn't...
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    416 Rigby Hang Fire

    I run the same powder with 350gr TSX, it worked much better when I swapped my usual CCI primers for Federal 215's. That amount of powder needs a good blast to get it going and the Federals do just that.
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    Can you visit a hunting lodge without actually hunting much?

    Thanks for your replies chaps. Lots to think about! I completely agree re. the outfitters needing to make a living. I think the best thing I can do is talk to a few and also read the plentiful reviews on the site to choose the right people. For me, a trip that involved some driving around the...
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    Can you visit a hunting lodge without actually hunting much?

    Hi guys, At the moment I don't have the money for a big safari but I would like to visit, get to know people and see what camp life is about. My wife doesn't hunt but has been to South Africa and Kenya, and would like to return to that part of the world. Is it possible to visit a hunting area...
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    Heavy Bullets in the 35 Whelen

    I'd be very grateful for that, thanks. My only restriction with cast is having to make 1700ft-lbs of energy, so generally it needs to be heavy to get there. In the Whelen though that's not difficult. I went for a 12 twist barrel to make sure it could do heavy well if needed. Those are...
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    Is there such a thing as too big?

    My thoughts are that if someone is numb and dumb enough to shoot a .600 well, then why not? But for that to be true they need to follow their shot up as quickly with that as they would a smaller rifle that can do the same job. A lot of the big bore thing is fueled by willy waving. Mine's...
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    Heavy Bullets in the 35 Whelen

    Nice to see a Whelen topic posted up on here. I've just a couple of weeks ago found a gunsmith to build one for me - they're not at all common in the UK. The 9.3x62 would have been an easy route as they're not uncommon. A much more European cartridge. I came to a very similar conclusion to...
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    Anyone loading .416 300gr Barnes TSX?

    That's that then. Stoke up the 350gr TSX and learn to put up with the recoil! The first time I fired this rifle I was quite taken aback by just how much recoil it had vs my old .375H&H. Now, a year down the line and quite a few rounds down range I can quickly send down a whole mag full of...
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    Anyone loading .416 300gr Barnes TSX?

    Thanks Bruce. That is something I considered at the time. 300gr is very light and the SD is quite low. 350gr on the other hand should be coming somewhere close to being a good bet on buff as well as deer? I've got no interest in shooting anything larger than that for now. One of my worst...
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    Anyone loading .416 300gr Barnes TSX?

    Dragging up an old post but I find myself pondering over this question again. When I got to the gun shop to pick up my 300gr bullets they also got in several boxes of 350gr as the 300's were in short supply, so I bought those instead. Trying to get over 2500fps with 350gr is more punishing than...
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    What happened to British gun industry?

    British production in general is a lot lower than it was. We don't make things these days, we buy them in. It's a pretty poor show all round. I'm not really sure why things have gone that way but it's a shame.
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    Considerations for rifle selection you should consider for hunting/SHTF rifle

    I've never been much of a prepper. Really though, all you need is a tool to make you less attractive to criminals. No matter what gun you have you will always be a harder target than your neighbour who doesn't have one. Understanding of other methods of defence/attack comes as high as your gun...
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    Woodleigh bullets, any good?

    Thanks for that. At the moment I'm trying to find a happy balance between weight, velocity and energy. I'm a bit all over the place with my ideas if I'm honest, I don't know where to settle for a number of reasons. I started off a bit recoil shy but now I've had the gun a while I don't mind...
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    Woodleigh bullets, any good?

    The only trouble I ended up with is the heavier bullets can't make 2450fps from the Rigby. In Scotland that velocity is a legal requirement for deer, so my final bullet choice had to be lighter. I've got some 350gr TSX here but in hindsight 300gr would perhaps have been a better choice. It's not...
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    CZ550 Safari Aramid Stock .375H&H

    If it's that hard to find in Canada then surely you would get your money back? It would save another Canadian shooter the bother of sourcing one for their CZ if it doesn't fit your rifle? They are nice stocks in my opinion. I have one on my CZ .416 Rigby and although I have quite small hands...
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    Best rifle companies and calibers for dangerous game?

    I'm wondering how the OP got on? This thread was started back in 2016
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    9.3 X 62 or .416 Rem mag for buffalo

    I was going to suggest that if you can't handle the .416 with 400gr bullets then there's little point in having it. Then I read that you sold it. I think you made a good choice. Far better to shoot accurately with a smaller rifle than be all macho and muck up the shot with a rifle that's too big...
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    .416 Remington Magnum Recoil

    I think when striving to achieve anything in life, that's the best way to be. Take it on the chin when you fail but realise it doesn't have to be that way. If you're honest with yourself and your peers you can make a team effort to make changes and improve. Your posts have helped me a great deal...
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    .416 Remington Magnum Recoil

    I've got no experience of the .416 Rem but have a Rigby. Also had a .375H&H in the past. What I will say is that having shot both, I found the .375 a step up but nothing to worry about. I shot that rifle prone, over a ox of ammo at a time with no problems at all. When I got the Rigby I fired it...
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    The Big Bore Dilemma

    I have to say, reading that made me smile. I await the post that says the .404 is all the gun a hunter will ever need but on the other hand I've just ordered a .500... That's how I work anyway. I buy something thinking it is as big as I'll ever need, but then I want more. I wanted a .40+...
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    UK hunters where do you practice?

    Paul has helped me no end with my technique when shooting my .416. He's a seriously good teacher and an impressive shot himself. I generally try to work things out for myself but when all else fails I go to him because I know he'll pick through what I'm doing and tell me how to fix the issue.
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    Calibre options in CZ550 Safari stock?

    The 550 Safari as far as I'm aware is, but the standard action size 550 has already been replaced with the 557 I think? The idea of two actions in one stock would enable a much smaller case to be taken. I would most likely keep the rifles in their standard form most of the time but it would be...
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    Calibre options in CZ550 Safari stock?

    Evening chaps. My recent experience of shopping for a Blaser barrel with my friend and also previous suggestions that I could have two actions but one stock to travel light have got me thinking, what other calibres could I get on an action that fits my CZ550 .416 Rigby stock? Is the magnum...
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    UK hunters where do you practice?

    I'm in the South West. We have a couple of ranges here that are cleared to 7000 joules of muzzle energy, about 5160ft-lbs. I think most private ranges are cleared to that energy, but if in doubt check the range safety certificate. Finding a club that will let you shoot their rifles of that kind...
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    Barnes bullet failures?

    I had a bullet failure on a whitetail deer using their 270gr .375H&H ammunition. I personally would take something a little more premium if I was to hunt dangerous game! It wasn't even a close shot - 100 yards give or take a few.
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    Dangerous Game with 9.3x62?

    Slug seems to be a real sore subject with Gloucestershire. I don't think they see the point as it's not generally deer legal and is a bit much for foxing. I suppose now boar are starting to be more of a thing that's a good use? When I first started out they wouldn't accept boar even existed...
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    Dangerous Game with 9.3x62?

    A very kind offer. Thank you. I think my friend has firmly settled on the .375H&H now. We went to view a barrel today and he's keen. It turns out his stock doesn't need any work for the mid weight barrel to slot in, which was one worry he had. Barrel, bolt face and magazine insert are all...
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    Dangerous Game with 9.3x62?

    I think that's my friend's approach to it. If you're legal you're far less likely to have issues.
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    Dangerous Game with 9.3x62?

    Well it seems that my friend has had a busy day on the internet. I came home to an email saying he's found a .375H&H barrel and bolt head for it. We're going to look at it tomorrow! He's not sold on the 9.3 and the .416 doesn't fit his gun. .375H&H is lovely. I wish I'd never sold mine!
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    Dangerous Game with 9.3x62?

    Thanks guys. Your advice has been much appreciated as always. What I have noticed from looking at the chart on the Blaser website is that if he was to step up to a MA bolt head, not only could he have a .375H&H but he could buy a .416 Rem Mag or .458 Lott! He's in a different police area to me...
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    Dangerous Game with 9.3x62?

    Just a quick one chaps. A mate of mine has a Blaser R8 in .308. He wants something to shoot boar, bear, maybe African DG too. Will the 9.3x62 work for that? I know it's borderline and some countries want .375, but that will take a lot more changes to the rifle for it to work. From what I can see...
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    Best Recoil Pad for .458 Lott

    My CZ550 is the aramid synthetic stock version. It came with the pad fitted as standard. Edit. They do a grind to fit model. It's not the easiest process to be honest and when I did the pad on my .375H&H years ago it wasn't all that pretty. I guess it depends on 1. How fussy you are and 2. your...
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    Best Recoil Pad for .458 Lott

    My .416 has a Pachmayr Decelerator on it. That seems like a very nice pad. Spreads the recoil well. When I shoot the gun my whole body rocks, but it's never bruised my shoulder. There's only so much any recoil pad can do and this is one of the best I've used.
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    .416 Rigby from prone?

    I'm around 14 stone/85kg. Height 5'7"/1.7m. I can see how that could happen. I hope the poor lad recovered and is able to shoot again now?
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    Finally got a scope on my .416!

    Well I got back from Scotland yesterday. Had a great time, shot eight hinds between the three of us. My three were taken with my 6.5x55 firing 140gr Hornady SST - lovely round that and more than capable. Larder weighs were around 70kg. The .416 is now set up. We all had a play with it (three...
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    .416 Rigby from prone?

    It really does pay to know how to shoot a firearm from as many positions as possible. You never know when you may need to take a slightly unusual shot. Prone is the most steady position available and is usually the easiest, just not in this case!
  48. .416 Rifle mounted with Meopta Meostar R2 1.7-10x42

    .416 Rifle mounted with Meopta Meostar R2 1.7-10x42

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    .416 Rigby from prone?

    It's being upright that matters isn't it. Whether it's sitting, standing or anything in between it allows your body to rock back with the recoil. My .416 certainly rocks me a bit!
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    .416 Rigby from prone?

    Well the answer to that came back pretty much as I was expecting! Thanks chaps, I'll avoid it. The shots I will be firing at deer up in Scotland will almost certainly be prone. Stalking is done over hilly ground where the lay of the land is the only cover. Popping your head up over a small hill...
 
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