Njc, a fine plan of action. BTW your chosen scope will be perfect. I think the eye relief is 4 & 1/2".
It is a little depressing when the decisions are not based on law but often on uninformed or ill informed opinion!
Maybe the secret is to apply for a 500 Jeffrey (knowing the whole while they will refuse) and when they refuse you slide the 416 in as a more reasonable alternative.
You guys make me feel very fortunate.
Cograts.Well guys, I'm feeling a little bit excited today. My application to have a .416 Rigby added to my firearms license has been approved. This is a huge achievement in the UK and there is only one other rifle of this calibre in my county! I wasn't sure I was going to get it but it's all turned out perfectly. They haven't specified any quarry restrictions which is amazing - I've been authorised to shoot any lawful quarry.
This probably sounds a little odd to users in countries where you can buy what you like and shoot whatever you choose. Here I've been given about as much freedom with it as I could ever expect. It's a great result.
I have my stock of Woodleigh Weldcore's at the ready, some Norma brass and a set of dies. I'm hoping to pick up the rifle at some point in the next couple of weeks ready to sight it in on my usual range day on the last Sunday of the month. Any tips for shooting it for the first time? I've never shot a calibre this large before so I'm expecting it to rattle my teeth a bit! It's a CZ550 Aramid Composite, nice and robust with a bit of weight to it and a good size butt pad!
Congrats on a great calibre. As you are loading your own, start with some down loaded rounds, min recommended loads and build up in 2 grain increments, and as suggested start standing up. Standing up is not a problem for me but off the bench I pad up as she kits. This is just my recoil tolerance, most have a bit better than me.
I've never fired a round I wasn't happy to shoot again a few times. That said, I've never fired a .416 Rigby!