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Old April 11th, 2008, 04:05 PM
Scott Brady Scott Brady is offline
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.416 Rigby Testing

On my way down to Copper Canyon, we stopped for a few days of camping and fun with the Hansons. There is ALWAYS fun involved, be it repelling into a 100 year old vertical mine shaft, driving some great 4wd trail, or testing quality firearms.



On this last trip, it was all about the .416 Rigby, a custom LH rifle that Jonathan recently picked up from a year of stock and action work.

At $5 per round , we decided to "test" the rifle on a couple of water filled paint cans.

Here is the result




And for those of you with the bandwidth, here is a simple iMovie in HDV of Jonathan and I firing a few rounds... Stephanie is pretty funny while holding the camera.

BOOM
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Old April 11th, 2008, 04:21 PM
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Awesome!!!!!
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Old April 11th, 2008, 04:34 PM
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That's cool.

....and I thought my .270WSM ammo was pricey.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 04:54 PM
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Nice.

The stock looks very Dakota so at first I thought it was a Dakota. But the sweep of the bolt handle and bolt shroud don't look Dakota in the pic.

What kind of action is that?

Does the mag hold four shots?

Do tell.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 06:35 PM
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The action is a Model 70 Classic, the closest I could get to a left-handed Mauser action for less than $3,000. It was in .300WM, pretty easy to open up for the .416.

I had the stock blank sitting around for years waiting for this. The gunsmith forgot that I asked him to shape and bed but not finish the stock; I wanted to finish and checker it myself (fortunately he didn't checker it).

So I'm going to strip it, shorten the forend to a more classic Rigby silhouette, and lose the ebony tip. I realize they have some practical value, but I want this to look as much as possible like my English Rigby .275. So I'll refinish it darker with a London oil, then checker it in the standard Rigby style.

I still need to file in the sights. That's going to hurt at five bucks a round. I need to break out the reloading gear. It's ready for Warne rings, so I can mount a 1.5 x 4 scope if I choose.

It's very pleasant to shoot. I think it exhibits less felt recoil than the Ruger .458 I used to own.

The magazine holds three rounds. There's a trick to chambering a round over a full magazine with a Mauser extractor, so I can have four rounds loaded.

Roseann knows someone with a concession in the Selous, so if I'm lucky this rifle will be christened on a buffalo there within a year or two.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 07:06 PM
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That's awesome. I'm excited for you.

I think shortening the forend and removing the ebony forend tip will be nice. I hope you do the sloping forend tip. I love the way that looks and much prefer it to the vertical or round forend tips.

I don't know what stock oils you have on hand, but I have had very good results with this:

http://www.jeffsoutfitters.com/store...&categoryid=75

I really like this kit.

If you don't have it already, I also have a pretty good stash of Rigby porn in case you need reference pics.
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Old April 11th, 2008, 07:33 PM
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I'm so glad to see the Purdey's kit is still around. I used one to refinish a shotgun years ago. It was easy and resulted in the perfect English-style finish.

I've got some Rigby porn, but there's never enough . . .
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Old April 14th, 2008, 04:22 PM
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I'll burn a disc for you and have it ready for your and Roseann's visit.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 08:37 PM
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Old April 25th, 2008, 09:04 PM
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JMH,
Great Hat!
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Old April 26th, 2008, 07:15 AM
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Thanks - It's an Akubra Slouch. Stout piece of gear - it looked way too spanky for a good five years after I bought it.
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