- Sep 24, 2012
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Go now, before you're too old, save the pennies and GO!! I went last year and am going back in 2017, this time to Namibia, just trying to decide on the 416....
Ok I've been looking at barrels. I have heard nothing but good things about kreiger but I'm curious about pac nor. Does anyone have experience with them?
I agree with that completely. I believe that currently the .404 J is the most in demand rifle in this general size of caliber. To buy a true Jeffery Rifle new, they run around $36-38,000. I have seen a few older ones for $10-15000, but not many. I am having one imported from South Africa just now at a price I can afford. It is new with a M98 action. It may be 2-3 months before it arrives and maybe 2-3 months later before I see it. I have wanted a .404 J for nearly a year now, and I am finally within a few months of it happening. If everything works out, this will probably be the rifle I bring up to your place in the future for that rockfish fry!!!
I look forward to seeing your new .404 one fine day.
Is it being built by Sabi Rifles perhaps?
Those look like very fine Mausers, for the relatively reasonable price that Sabi charges for them.
Here in the USA, a couple times I have made offers on rifles in this caliber (www.gunsinternational.com) but each time the sellers would not negotiate.
Meanwhile, I must make do with the .416 Rigby caliber, oh poor mistreated me - lol.
My .416 is a CZ 550 that I have had modified to my liking (Model 70 type "safety", slightly shortened barrel, custom front sight, barrel band sling stud, etc., etc.)
If you bring up your new .404 some day, I only live about 2miles from a rifle range so, perhaps we can fire a shot or two from these and one or two other rifles I have here?
Thanks for the advice, I've already started work on getting the ruger cartridge to feed. It feeds ok from the left but the right side still hangs up a little. I haven't had it hardness tested or had the barrel fitted yet. I'm hoping to do those this winter. I need to tweak the extractor a little bit too but I'm only using hand files and stones to remove metal, I'm resisting the urge to dremel.I read your notes on not wanting to alter too much a 1917 action. There were millions of military Mausers made and it would hold little or no significant historical value. So hack away and feel OK doing so. Reading what you intend to do to it anyway you might as well feel free to make whatever mods you wish. It seriously depends how far you want to go with this build of yours, being your first rifle as you say, then probably best not to get too carried away. You don't have to modify a 98 too much to get a very good rifle. Personally I'd got the .416 Taylor, reloading for it is a piece of cake and .458 WinMag brass is more common place than .416 Ruger. Resale value wise, if two identical rifles were on the shelf in either calibre, I'd grab the .416 Taylor every time. Be careful before removing any metal to get a rifle to feed as once removed it's bloody hard to replace.