I have just had a fairly long debate (that was very amicable) with my my local firearms office about my request to have a second .416 on my FOC. The reason I wanted it is because I picked up a lovely rifle at Holtsí Auction at a knock down price. The reason I gave the firearms office is I am traveling to Africa very soon on a very expensive holiday and wanted to take a spare rifle. Which is perfectly true.
I was turned down because that was not a good enough reason to have a second .416. BUT following more discussion if an applied for a .50 say I could justify that on the ground I was shooting something the 416 was ideal suited to.
I may sound naive here and I am in favour of sensible gun control. But any gun in the wrong hands can be extremely dangous. If you get shot with anything bigger than a .243 above the waist you are more than likely going to die. Does nt matter whether itís a .243, .308 or a .416 you are still just as dead.
My argument is it is the individual that should be licensed not the firearm. If you are suitable qualified, experienced and have a good reason to own one, why does it matter what caliber you have. Also does it matter how many rifle you hold as long as they are secured correctly.
I would also like to download my .416 to use on Reds in a forest and relatively close range. I own the gun anyway why is this any more dangous than using a .30 caliber?
It is a bit before my time but is not that how the old Section 1 &2 FOC worked.
PS- anyone want to buy a cheap .416 rem mag Sako??