Very popular, highly favored and extremely effective big game hunting rounds, 416 Rigby’s were designed in 1911 by John Rigby & Company in England, and were named for the diameter of the caliber (the first in this size). This caliber was born from an international race on arms development, and was initially designed to utilize the United Kingdom’s cordite strands (smokeless propellant designed in 1889 which replaced the use of gunpowder in the UK’s military forces). Initially, the 416 Rigby carried a load of 410 grains, traveled at a velocity of approximately 2 370 f/s and delivered 5 100 foot-pounds of energy to a target, making this caliber a formidable force to be reckoned with.
Designed specifically for the purpose of big game hunting in Africa and India, this caliber meets the needs of serious, professional hunters with a desire to down game such as tigers, lions, rhino’s and buffalo. In the United States, however, this caliber’s popularity for hunting species such as the Alaskan brown bear and the American bison has increased a great deal over time.
Cartridges inspired by the 416 Rigby’s effectiveness
- 300 Lapua Magnum
- 338 Lapua Magnum
- 450 Dakota
- 450 Rigby Magnum Rimless
Why the 416 Rigby is a popular hunting caliber
- Delivers full load energy to target: Bullet tips designed for the 416 Rigby mushroom in a heavy body and cause significant harm, thereby delivering the full load of energy to a single target.
- Reduced risk of ricocheting: Bullets fired from 416 hunting rifles do not exit the target animal, thereby ensuring no other animal is unintentionally hurt or incapacitated during the hunting experience.
- Breaks through bone and thick skin: The 416 Rigby delivers enough force to break bone and breach tough, thick skin without causing deformation.
- Accurate, dependable and comfortable: Head spacing, feeding, extraction, grip and recoil on hunting rifles utilizing the 416 Rigby are all designed effectively and successfully, and make 416 Rigby hunting rifles easy to use, comfortable, accurate and dependable.