Dangerous-Game Rifles by Terry Wieland

By Terry Wieland

The recognition of rifles designed to take huge online game hasn't ever been larger. Terry Wieland, a well known firearms specialist, explores intimately the rifles and calibers which are drawing consciousness. This moment variation covers what has replaced within the box because the first variation used to be published-new calibers, new cartridges, new weapons, new actions-and contains new fabric on motion and barrel manufacture, tracing the creation of an outstanding, personalized, big-bore rifle.

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In the early 1900s, it became the London agent for Mauser, importing Mauser 98 actions. According to legend, Mauser began producing its large magnum action at Rigby’s request. Rigby both supplied other gunmakers with actions and adopted the bolt action as its own, making complete rifles of outstanding quality and introducing proprietary cartridges. 416 Rigby, which it unleashed in 1911. 416 is one of the finest big-game cartridges ever developed. Its huge case requires a genuine magnum Mauser action.

500 Jeffery (exact date unknown). 375 Belted Rimless Magnum, introduced in 1912. 375 H&H quickly established itself as perhaps the greatest hunting cartridge of all time. 375 H&H is the lone exception. At least two of the rimless cartridges have rebated rims (rim diameter smaller than the base diameter), which sometimes causes feeding problems and always feeds controversy. And in terms of dangerous-game cartridges, that was it for almost 50 years. 450 Nitro Express. 458 is a fine cartridge when loaded to its potential.

600 Nitro Express, which was introduced in 1901. However, like most London makers, Jeffery made some of everything, and the name may be found on boxlock and sidelock shotguns in grades from good to great, singleshot rifles, double rifles (both boxlock and sidelock), and bolt actions. 404s on Enfield P-14 actions. Jeffery’s interest in sights for rifles led to several notable developments. J. obtained a patent for a “graticule” (the English term for “reticle”) for telescopic sights, which consisted of a vertical post rather than the popular crosshair.

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