I love rifles with big holes in the end of the barrel. I admit that I don’t get to use them much here in Oklahoma, but I haven’t found a turtle or an armadillo that can keep going after a hit from a .416 Rigby. Part of my fascination with big bores comes from reading so much about Africa. I have a somewhat romantic image of the .375 H&H and the .416 Rigby and of course all the Nitro Express cartridges. As we have discussed in a previous post, doubles are a bit pricy for many of us but one can find affordable single shots and bolt action rifles in these big calibers. One of the great things happening today is that with all of the current interest in big bores many ammo manufacturers are making affordable ammo. I have been finding Hornady .416 Rigby ammo for $70 to $80 a box. I used their new DGX soft point on a cape buffalo with excellent results and I am planning on using their new DGS solid on elephant this year. I see many articles these days that claim that most PH’s like to see their clients show up with a .375 for dangerous game because they shoot them better than bigger calibers. I have shot my .375 and .416 one after the other and I really can’t tell any difference in recoil. My .375 is built on a Remington action and weighs about nine and a half pounds and my .416 is a Ruger Magnum rifle at about 10 pounds. Both are very comfortable to shoot especially compared to my light weight .300 mag. The great thing about being an American is that we can have as many rifles as we wish, so even if we don’t get to use them much they are still great to own and shoot.