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THE .416 RIGBY
The .416 Rigby has earned itself the name as perhaps, one of the best and generally considered excellent allrounder big calibre rifles in Africa. Not only is it versatile in use, but also carries enough punch to put down the biggest game in Africa. The .416 has become popular and is widely used by many PH’s and hunters in Africa today. What improves it’s popularity is the fact that the .416 can also be used to hunt general plainsgame, such as Kudu, Eland and Blue Wildebeest for example.
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Although the Rigby is perhaps the most well known and popular rifle in the 416 range, Ruger and Hornady have teamed up to produce the new .416 Ruger cartridge which will be available next year (2009). The 416 has become parhaps the most common and most used allround big game rifle in Africa today. Packing more punch than it’s little brother the .375, the 416 has definitely found it’s way into the world of hunting.
Check out the following video put together by the Ruger and Hornady guys. We’re sure you will find it interesting and informative. If you are considering hunting the big stuff in Africa, then a 416 will be a very good choice of gun, seeing that it certainly carries enough punch (providing you use the right ammo) and it can be used for hunting your bigger plainsgame species as well.
The round is basically a necked up .375 Ruger and offers performance comparable to the classic .416 Rigby in a standard length cartridge. The Ruger M77 Hawkeye bolt action will be available chambered in this cartridge.
Hornady claim on their website that the 416 Ruger offers the same performance in the compact 20″ barreled Ruger M77 Hawkeye Alaskan as the .416 Rigby in a full length rifle. 416 Ruger cartridge delivers the same performance as the fabled 416 Rigby, but does it in a shorter 20″ barreled Ruger Hawkeye rifle that is extremely compact and easy to carry.
I am skeptical about this claim. It will be interesting to see what results firearm magazine writers get when they test the ammunition.
Ruger M77 Hawkeye Alaskan (20″ Barrel) Ballistic infomation:
Click to expand. Product Video (there are a couple of video snippets at the start of charging elephants being shot. Really crazy stuff!):
The .375 Ruger has proved to be popular and I think so could the .416 Ruger. The standard length action is a compelling reason to choose this cartridge over the .416 Rigby and .416 Rem. Mag.
If you are set on getting a big gun such as this, we will also recommend you speaking to our friends at RW HART & COMPANY. Bobby and Wally Hart are fourth generation custom rifle builders and they are now launching a 40 HART ULTRA MAGNUM. The 40 HART will carry the same punch as the 416, however will outperform any rifle in this category with custom precision and accuracy.
You can contact BOB HART yourself by visiting their website right here and he would be happy to help: BOB HART