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    African stalking rifle... :-)

    Got a new tool in the back of the Landy...





    CZ 550 in .458 Lott, 8 1/2 lbs empty and six rounds in the mag. All you'll ever need for a stalk on big mean things!




    Philip

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    Oooh! Interesting!

    How does the 458 Lott stack up against the 450 Rigby?

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    From a buffalo perspective, .450 Rigby and .458 Lott are exactly the same thing.

    From a practical African point of view, .458 Lott: factory ammunition available, can shoot .458 Win (available anywhere in Africa), greater magazine capacity.

    If you live outside Africa, whichever floats your boat... Less magazine capacity with the Rigby (doesn't make any difference in everyday's life), less pressure for same powder charges, less ammo available - if you reload and it's not a working rifle, I'd say go with the Rigby.

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    Interesting stuff. The lower pressure could be appealing for working a bolt fast and not getting sticking.

    Is 416 Rigby pretty common?

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    .416 Rigby? Not common in Africa. Expensive ammo, difficult to source. Until recent, there were few rifles available in that caliber. There are more .416 Remington. The "bread-and-butter" calibers available everywhere in Africa are still the .375 H&H and .458 Win Mag, and there are more and more Lott appearing around - either rechamberings, or factory rifles. Most common rifles among PHs and resident hunters are variations on the M98, Zastava, old Mausers, lots of CZ.

    South Africa doesn't count, there they have a much wider choice available than in any other country in Africa...

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    Its a beauty, does it have a ghost ring?
    Matt

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    Well, Harry Selby was championing the proper 416 back in the 60s.

    David.

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    Matt, yes, it's got a Recknagel aperture sight, drilled out to 3mm. I have similar sights on all my CZ - except the .17... With a fiber optic front, it's the fastest thing this side of red dot thingies.

    David, yes, Selby loved his .416, but this does not make the rifle/ammo more easily available to the masses... Even Selby had to set his 416 aside for some years due to scarcity of ammo. This said, he got his .416 because that's all what was available in the shop one day that his double got broken. Had he got a .425 Westley Richards, or .404 instead, he'd have loved any of those too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kano383 View Post
    Matt, yes, it's got a Recknagel aperture sight, drilled out to 3mm. I have similar sights on all my CZ - except the .17... With a fiber optic front, it's the fastest thing this side of red dot thingies.

    David, yes, Selby loved his .416, but this does not make the rifle/ammo more easily available to the masses... Even Selby had to set his 416 aside for some years due to scarcity of ammo. This said, he got his .416 because that's all what was available in the shop one day that his double got broken. Had he got a .425 Westley Richards, or .404 instead, he'd have loved any of those too.
    Ooooh, 404 Jeff nice

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    You sorted a load yet or sticking with factory?

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