As most of you probably already know I am a big Rigby fan boy and I have recently been looking at putting another Rigby in my safe. However the price point of the Heym Martini Express rifle, the good things I hear about it especially on this forum and the fact they make these rifles to order with cartridge specific actions & cartridge specific magazine boxes has got me looking away from Rigby for my next big game rifle.
The lead time on the Heym is a bit if a turn off, having said that I'm in no hurry for the rifle and apparently good things come to those who wait? I already know some specifics I'll be asking for- 14" LOP and grade 7 wood upgrade but I really am stuck on calibre. As most of you already know the Heym is offered in 375H&H, 416 Rigby, 404 Jeffery, 458 Lott and 450 Rigby. I already own rifles chambered in 375H&H, 458 Lott and 450 Rigby so I am leaning towards 416 Rigby but I love both the 458 Lott and 450 Rigby calibres. Also the 458 Lott I have now all though still in good working order has had a hard life to say the least so I'm think of retiring that rifle and possibly making this Heym it's replacement and yeah before anyone asks I'm more than happy to make this Heym a working rifle, I put all my rifles to work in the field.
I always hear so much talk on here when it comes to the 404 Jeffery and have seen many of these rifles online chambered in this calibre but I just feel the 416 Rigby is a better option, more bullet and brass choices in the 416 calibre, definitely much more readily available atleast where I am in the world anyway.
So at the moment for me it's a battle between the 416 Rigby and 458 Lott calibres but which calibre would you choose in this rifle and why? I'm interested to hear everyone's thoughts. My rifle will be scoped with a low power 1-4 scope and will be used for buffalo, scrub bulls and banteng.