.425 Westley Richards

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  1. Quaticman

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    I have the opportunity to purchase a beautiful custom rifle built on a P17 action chambered in .425 Westley Richards. I don't know too much about this rifle/cartridge combo other than John "Pondoro" Taylor spoke quite highly about the cartridge in his book "African Rifles and Cartridges". I've heard that the rebated rim sometimes causes feeding problems. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this rifle/caliber combination.
     
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    Here's a pic.
     
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    I have a 425 WR on a Montana 99 action, the biggest problem is feeding it, the only brass available is Bertram and in my opinion gargabe. I recently made some brass out of Bell 404 Jeffery and it works much better. Love the caliber now that I’ve got good brass.
     
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  4. Quaticman

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    This rifle comes with 50 pieces of brass and Redding dies along with 100 Woodleigh bullets.
     
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    Beautiful rifle!
     

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    It was the rifle of the Uganda game dept pre-independence.

    The 404 Was used by most of the British colonial game departments and thus became more popular.
     
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    It is a gorgeous rifle! Unfortunately, unless you have some way of making brass from existing brass, it is all but dead. the other problem then is going to be locating the 0.435" diameter bullets. I am sure woodleigh makes some but I am pretty sure you are going to be stuck with shooting $70/50 bullets whether you are punching holes in paper or shooting animals. I love the idea of the round as it is a classic, but in practicality, it is hard to advise you to buy it.
     
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    I was fortunate to pick up a Westley Richards 425 several years ago. I have only seen about eight or ten of them for sale over the past twenty five years. Half of them have been in rough shape and not ones I would be apt to buy. I love the caliber a short mag before there were short mags. IMG_1971.JPG IMG_1967.JPG IMG_1968.JPG IMG_1969.JPG IMG_1976.JPG IMG_1978.JPG
     

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    If you can sources brass and bullets go for it.
     

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