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    .404 Jeffrey

    Does anyone have firsthand experience of a .404 Jeffrey. How does it compare to the usual suspects, eg .375, .416 and 458Win when used for DG.
    Thanks

    HL

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    .404 Jeffery

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander View Post
    Does anyone have firsthand experience of a .404 Jeffrey. How does it compare to the usual suspects, eg .375, .416 and 458Win when used for DG.
    Thanks

    HL
    Hi HL

    Whats DG? ...dead game!! ...and what are you intending to use it for?

    last time I saw a .404 Jeffrey in action this is the sort of damage it was doing!!

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    cheers
    50/50

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    Sort of fiercer than a 375 not as fierce as a 416. Pretty popular round for buffalo and stuff though.

    David.

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    Thanks for the reply David. Answer on the recoil is as I expected, was not sure about its popularity in recent times - although once the main stay of many game wardens.

    50/50 - DG = Dangerous Game

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    Actually many of the classic calibres in a well fitting rifle didn't really bite too hard, more a sort of strong shove than a smart smack.

    David.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari View Post
    Actually many of the classic calibres in a well fitting rifle didn't really bite too hard, more a sort of strong shove than a smart smack.

    David.
    +1 to that - the hype/anticipation before pulling the trigger is worse!

    Andrew

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    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    I used to have a .375 and a .404. The recoil on the .404 was not so different from the .375 when loaded to original specs of 400gr @about 2100fps and 4,000ft/lbs but at those specs the .423 bullet hit a great deal harder than a .375 on buffalo. Those specs are considered ideal for buffalo and more than adequate for elephant (at one time standard issue for game departments). The only thing that it was found to be less optimal for is tuskless cow hunting in thick bush. For this and the biggest bulls, the 5,000 ft/lbs of the .416 Rigby and .458 (with handloads) is more effective, but these days you can duplicate .416 Rigby ballistics with low pressure .404 handloads. The new 400gr woodleigh hydrostatics and 450gr solids would make it an even more effective choice. Unless you want a .30-06 length action (.458), it would be my pick... otherwise it is .500 territory to get any significant increase in power.

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    Out of intrest what would you put on your ticket for a 404 jeffery would you put .404 or the actual caliber of .423. Sorry for hijacking the thread but I've been thinking about it for a while.

    Cheeres

    Snag

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    I would think you put down the "official" calibre. After all a .303 is actually .311 a 500 jeffery is bigger bore than a 505 gibbs I think. The funniness of calibre descriptions seems to defy logic.

    David.

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