Really good poem!Grandpaw’s Jeffery
It rested between the Ivory
That hung on Grandpa's wall
It's finally checked and yellowed
Like the tusks it helped to fall
It's barrel smooth and polished
From a hundred bearers hands
It reflected the light warmly
Like campfires flickering brands
The stock of English walnut
Chewed and clawed a bit
It still showed a trace of checkering
an a dent where a horn had hit
Stamped on the barrel lightly
Was a name and not much more
A single word "Jeffery"
If that rifle could only talk
And take us back once again
With grandpa in Africa
A time of Buffalo, Elephants and men
But that day has set it's sun
And the rifle speaks no more
Oh what I'd give for one last time
To hear it's mighty roar
Not sure why our Chessie sneaked into this thread, but she came along to the range so she can stay.
Loads were Hornady DGS 400grains over 76grains of Vithavouri N150, cases made from 375RUM.
Rounds feed nice and smooth from both sides, but I do need to look into the magazine. It will take 3 rounds but then the top round will not feed. As far as I know the action came from the factory as a 375HH, when I found it it was rebarreled to 7mmSTW.
And yes, the bolt handle is on the right side
I am in the UK and planning and getting parts together for the same build on the same left handed Win M70. I only have a 30-06 follower and I’m not sure what will work.
I’ve seen that brownells offers an extended mag for the M70 to better accommodate the 404J.
I shopped the last two years for a bigger DGR than my 375h&h. After looking at everything available, I settled on 404 Jeff. Then the search began for specific rifle finally settling on the Heym Express Martini. It's pricy but less than a custom rifle and Ralf Martini is one of the best in the business. Heym's engineering and machining is second to none and the rifle cycles ammo flawlessly as fast as you can work the bolt. My final decision rested on shooting both 404 and 416 Rigby side by side in same model rifles. Both are great calibers, but the 404 won out for following reasons: 1) very easy to reload ammo; 2) can be loaded to match Remington 416 performance and almost 416 Rigby performance; recoil was lighter on the 404 and more comfortable for me; ammo is less expensive (even though I reload). In final analysis, both are great calibers and you can't go wrong with either. As a post script, if cost is a big consideration, I would not hesitate with the CZ. They make a great rifle.
I agree with you "Dave D." Good luck in Africa.I bought a 404 Jeffery (Heym Express) six months ago after two years of research and shopping trying to decide on something larger than my 375. I settled on the 404 because of versatility, easy to load and easy to shoot. It was the right decision because the 404 is everything you read and hear about it and fun to shoot. I put 27 rounds thru mine last Monday over a three hour practice session and could not have been more pleased. I'm loading to about 2300fps which puts it right in there with the 416s but more comfortable to shoot. After 23 rounds no sore shoulder! Accuracy is 1 moa with Swift A-frames and Barnes solids shooting to less than 1"inch apart at 100 yds. Drop is 4-5" from 100 to 200 yds. I would recommend 404 to anyone shopping for a DG rifle. (Hope I can still say that after a buff hunt in TZ this October!) Good luck with yours!