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Ruger Mark II Magnum .416 Rigby

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The classic-looking Ruger was a very good rifle, and we'd Buy It if we wanted or needed all the nostalgia of the Rigby round. This one had enough weight to be comfortable to shoot, and it performed well in nearly all respects. However, it needed trigger work and a softer recoil pad.

Ruger Mark II Magnum .416 Rigby

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Basically a Mauser design, the Ruger was controlled feed. The checkering was nicely done, the wood and metal finish were superb, and everything worked well.
Inside, a steel plate encircled the angled bedding screw and extended forward to provide a second, forend-catching, recoil lug. The barreled action was held to the stock with five bolts. All this steel between the hands helped balance.
Thin webs of wood like this, between the magazine and trigger cutouts, generally split quickly on rifles of heavy recoil. The wood at this point is so thin that it doesn't add much strength to the stock. We don't believe this would get worse, but we'd watch it closely if we owned this rifle. Steel cross bolts sunk into good epoxy like Brownells' Steel Bed will help prevent stock splitting, but this rifle has no room here for that treatment. We found this on the Ruger .416 Rigby before we fired a shot. It didn't get any worse during our testing.

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