February 2012

416 Rigby Rifles: CZ Fixes Its American; Ruger, Not So Much

Several years ago, we looked at a trio of big-game rifles and failed two of them. Since then, CZ USA has upgraded and refined its ‘Safari Classic’ bolt action. Ruger, in contrast, has not.

Those of us who like big rifles have plenty to choose from, both in type of action and caliber. Some of us have found out that rifles bigger than 30 caliber are, for those prepared to learn how to control them, far more fun than those of 30 caliber and under. There are a few tricks to help you avoid being hammered by the big ‘uns, and we’ve published a few of those tricks from time to time on these pages. For the uninitiated, begin with a heavy-enough rifle, one that has appropriate weight for the caliber. In this test we are going to look at two rifles chambered for the 416 Rigby, and such a rifle could easily weigh over 10 pounds without being declared too heavy.

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