I believe they are Cutting Edge Safari Raptor and they look wicked good.The author of the article, Phil Massaro, is a member of AH and an occasional poster.
Does anyone know what bullets are in the photo in the article and what size Allen wrench is needed?
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That's interesting Ray, thanks. The .423 450gr factory ammunition loads seem to hover around the 2150fps mark - I'm wondering the reason for this. I don't handload but a lot of my friends doThe data is out dated and has been for years...The 416 Rigby has the same powder capacity as the 416 Wby and in fact the 416 Rigby is a 416 Wby with the belt cut off..Using max loads of IMR-4831 you can get up to 2700 FPS with the Rigby or Wby..and 2600 plus FPS with a good bolt action 404 Jefferys, but folks are still using old world stuff at 2100 for the 404...I used my 404 at 2400 FPS for years with 400 gr. bullets. I used 2300 iwth my 416 Rem with 450 gr. Woodleighs.. I used 2400 FPS with a 416 Rigby which I soon sold as it was a big cumbersome rife on a big action and weighted 11 pounds or close...I used my 404 at 2613 FPS but found I got better penetration and overall performance at 2400 FPS and it seemed to kill better.
Ah I love the smell of nostalgia in the morning ....In this case I'd go with the 404 BUT if I were making a custom rifle in this league I would actually go with something even more obscure. I would build a .425 Westly Richards, just to be different. In it's original loading it will do everything the 404 and all the 416's will with exception to the 416 Weatherby offering.
I see Cutting Edge are offering 6 bullets for the .404jCutting Edge bullets are awesome. The Raptors do massive damage and the base drives straight!
The more I read about this rifle & performance the more I like it. For those of us who have used a stripper clip, great!. Also easy to handload using .404J cases and Woodleigh bullets. Ballistics seem to fit it inbetween the .404J and .416Rigby. Damn ! that's another charismatic blast from the past on my bucket list. If you build one, please post lots of photos. Thanks (I think)In this case I'd go with the 404 BUT if I were making a custom rifle in this league I would actually go with something even more obscure. I would build a .425 Westly Richards, just to be different. In it's original loading it will do everything the 404 and all the 416's will with exception to the 416 Weatherby offering.