View Full Version : What would you consider max range on NON DANGEROUS game with a 416 or 458 using softs

May 1, 2001, 10:25 PM
With a 416 Rem/Rigby using a low power scope, say 1.5-5x or so, what would you consider a reasonable max range on non dangerous game? I am thinking if one were on a "single rifle safari".

Would a 458 Win or 458 Lott have much less practical max range on non dangerous game?

Al Thompson
May 2, 2001, 05:03 AM
Can't really answer about the 416 (any flavor) as I've never chrono'ed one. Speculation is that a 350 grain bullet would be fine to 300 yards. (2600 fps, zero at 200y, 9 inches low @ 300y)

.458 Win Mag loads I worked up (400g X bullet @ 2350) still retained 2800 ft/pds (1700 fps) at 300 yards (zero @ 200, 12 inches low at 300y). Looks that would work too.

Couple of things - 300 yards is my max distance, both cartridges produce enough smack to work on game there. The 416 I shot would clover leaf at 200 yards, so accuracy would not be a factor.


May 2, 2001, 06:04 AM
Gizmo: How high did the 458Win 400 X-bullet hit at 100 yards?

John Y Cannuck
May 2, 2001, 06:33 AM
Any range you can comfortably hit the kill zone with either. They will do the rest.

Al Thompson
May 2, 2001, 08:01 PM
IIRC, about 2 1/2 inches... Enjoyed the cartridge, the rifle (old style) M77 kept dropping the floorplate.