.408 vs .416

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Mitch_C, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. Mitch_C

    Mitch_C New Member

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    Hey im looking at getting a new long rang rifle. I'm tossing up between a .416 and a .408 I live in Australia (ACT) if that makes any difference.
     
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  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    How available are rifles in these calibers? With the infamous Aussie gun restrictions it seems it may be difficult to get them. The other issue is ammo. Are you planning on rolling your own? Is ammo commercially available? WHat is the likelyhood the government will put restrictions on such "sniper" ammo?
     
  4. Mitch_C

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    Thanx guys for you input. I didn't really look at restrictions in obtaining such caliber but I will work hard at getting one just don't know witch one to pick. I will probably be shooting pigs but I just also want a really big rifle
     
  5. BlueTurf

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    Either one will be fantastic cartridges but also very expensive.
     
  6. Txhillbilly

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    That would be some awfully expensive pork,shooting either of those calibers.

    Unless the hogs down under are as big as the buffalo,it's major overkill. IMO
     
  7. Mitch_C

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    I know it's overkill but for a long time I wanted a 50 cal but that's not legal here so I was thinking as big as I can that I can still easily acquire ammo for
     
  8. m72law

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    I know a muzzle loader ''50cal'' is no 50BMG,but its alot cheaper,easily accessible & pretty darn accurate BIG bore rifle;)
     
  9. bigdaddy573

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    What about a 338 win mag thats a big gun and ammo is a lot easy to get then military ammo
     
  10. Mitch_C

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    Cool thanx guys. I didnt realize 408 and 416 were considered military rounds. I'll look into the magnum
     
  11. Mitch_C

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    Does anyone know what brands do a .408 hunting rifle in Australia.
     
  12. HockaLouis

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    I was thinking .416 Rigby too. When a friend got one from his wife for Christmas and I looked into it, having always fancied a .375 H&H (something to consider), I was quite suprised at how (maybe as or more) versatile the Rigby is!

    Barret came out with their .416 to bypass the .50 restriction in California I'd read, but also that the US asked for something like it... Might be what you need indeed.

    But wouldn't you prefer a nice retina-detaching .338 Lapua Magnum out of one of those fancy Savages? May NOT be leagl Downunder as the metric-named caliber is in use as a British if not Commonwealth sniper round.

    Let us know how this develops -- this is cool!
     
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  13. Mitch_C

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    Someone I know was thinking about selling his 300 win mag. Any thoughts on that?
     
  14. Gatoragn

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    It is "big" enough for most of us. May not be an ideal choice for African buffalo, but should work on pigs, red stag, wild cattle, etc.
     
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  15. Mitch_C

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    Down her each state/territory are like separate countries. I found out I can gat a .416 in NSW but can't get it registrated in ACT even though ACT is completely surrounded by NSW. Who made these stupid rules
     
  16. JTJ

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    The rules are made by politicians that are afraid an armed society might get fed up with stupid rules and rise up against them.