DOC, that would be me!
While I'm really looking forward to shooting the rifle, I have to mention that it was a pleasure meeting and working with cornhuskid. He's very knowledgeable about not only this caliber but reloading in general.
I plan to use it on a tuskless hunt next year. I was on the fence between the .404 and .416 but realized that loaded up to about 2350 fps-ish, it'll perform up to par with the .416. Sacrifices a bit of SD for more frontal diameter.
What has been your experience with the 404? Have you used it on Ele?
Could not agree more Doc.... Sad indeed!!!
Used my Montana Rifle Company 404 on a tuskless and buff in Zim a couple years ago. Did great job although I had 2 miss fires with Norma African PH ammo. Never had a misfire with Hornady. More than adequate and recoil not all that bad. Enjoy and good luck!