I like the way you think! I've given that some thought as well, and the rifle I'm looking at is offered in 500 Jeffrey. It's only a 9.5lb rifle though. Seems mighty light for caliber, but I could be wrong. How much does your rifle weigh?@TOBY458, why not just get a 500 Jeff.
I have been using one for many years and it has been so devastatingly effective on the largest of animals(Buff, elephant, Lion, rhino, hippo) that I just can't justify buying any other rifle/cartridge combination. Stopped many a nasty situation and have only ever needed one shot as with correct shot placement it just flattens everything. I have not been able to justify a second shot.
Sure needs differ, I use mine mainly in back up situations. Clients are better off with smaller calibers that they shoot better though(375 H&H, 404 Jeffery or 450 Rigby-458 LOTT if you have to, 458 WM definitely not).
The big 500 may just be the thing.
Nice looking rifle! Do you know the exact weight of the rifle, bare with no scope? Did you add extra weight?Toby, This is the exact same gun your asking about.
Except, this is mine in .450 Rigby.
I can say that I am vey happy with the .450 Rigby.
Just for fun, I just had a quick look at the Norma web/app and compared the trajectory of the .416 rig loaded with 400 gr projectile and the .450 Rig loaded with the 500 gr projectile and with both sighted in at 200 yards the drop to 300 yards has about a hairs width difference.
What kind of loads are you shooting? Bullet weight, velocity, ect.At the moment its still about 9.5lb bare, as it came from the factory. Have yet to get around to adding a new softer recoil pad and about 1/2 to 3/4 lb of lead.
I have mostly shot it without the scope, I have the scope sighted and its set up on Q/R rings, but normally leave it off.
The scope and rings would probably add another pound to the bare gun, then you have 4 to 5 rounds on top of that.
Have you shot any game with it? I bet the Northforks would be devastating!Have been loading 550 gr Woodleigh, softs/ solids can't remember the load offhand but Velocity runs at 2300fps .
You can push them faster if you wanted but thats where I stopped, as I don't see the need to go faster.
I would like to try 550 gr Northfork but not had the chance.
Thanks for the info!Toby: Here you go Found: These are all For the 550 gr
The load i was using is AR2209 but I load between 109 and 108 gr
You could also use Dakota .450 load data as they are essentially the same but the Dakota is loaded to higher velocity/pressure.
AR2209 100 to 106 gr 2160 to 2290 fps
AR2213 107 to 113 gr 2090 to 2210 fps
Reloder 17 99 to 105 gr 2185 to 2315 fps
Reloder 19 109 to 115 gr 2190 to 2310 fps
I like the way you think! I've given that some thought as well, and the rifle I'm looking at is offered in 500 Jeffrey. It's only a 9.5lb rifle though. Seems mighty light for caliber, but I could be wrong. How much does your rifle weigh?
I also like the idea of a 450 because reloading components are cheaper and more easily obtainable.