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Old January 17th, 2017, 06:57 AM   #1
 
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Testing Ruger 416 African with Hawk and Barnes Bullets

I made a companion purchase of a 416 Ruger Hawkeye African to compliment my 375 Ruger. This 416 African rifle has a muzzle break and the trigger pull was a respectable 3.5 lbs. I removed the pressure point at the forearm to free float the barrel since I would be reloading for the rifle and not using factory ammunition. The rifle was fitted with an older Redfield 6x40 scope using Ruger medium rings. I also fitted the stock with a Limbsaver slip on recoil pad and Beretta cheek pad.

Components: Brass used in the testing was Hornady. Primer used was Winchester Large Rifle Magnum. Dies used were RCBS sizing and seating die. Bullets used were Hawk 300 grain 0.035 jacket flat base spitzer having a length of 1.1250 inches and Barnes TSX 300 grain all copper hollow point flat base bullet with a length of 1.2560 inches. Hawk does not provide any data on BC but according to estimator ( Ballistic Coefficient Calculator GunData.org ) a value of 0.479 was calculated. A bullet data base from ( www.ShootForum.com - Bullet Database)
has a Hawk RN with a 0.375 BC so this seems reasonable. Barnes states their bullet has a BC of 0.298 which for ranges less than 300 yards seems adequate.

Preparation: A total of 100 pieces of brass were weighed and sorted +/- 0.5 grains. Hawk states their bullets are +/- 0.5 grains and I weighed 50 with an average of 299.1 and a std. dev. of 0.4 with a min of 298 and max of 299 for a N of 50 bullets. Hawk also indicates their bullets do not like to be seated into or near the lands. For Barnes, the statistics were mean 300.3, std. dev. 0.84, min 299.4 and max of 300.6 for N of 50 bullets. Reloading data and testing (see reference web site below) used a COAL of 3.325 for the Barnes bullet which I employed in my testing. For the Hawk a seating depth just functional in the magazine COAL 3.391 and the Barnes 3.325 were evaluated. Bullets were seated half way into the case and then rotated 180 degrees to help with keeping bullet run out minimal.

Powders: Initial testing included Hodgdon BLC2, Ramshot TAC, AA 2320 and RL 15 powders. From ( http://1587510142.rsc.cdn77.org/RRoo...DATAKKempa.pdf ) provided loads for all but RL 15 powder. For RL15 I used data from [Range Report Marlin Owners Rifle: my new 416 Ruger Alaskan featuring a Matte finish stainless receiver and 20" barrel, Hogue synthetic stocků]. All testing started at 0.6 grains less than the listed maximum and 3 grains below that starting point and then varying one grain. Accuracy was predominant over velocity.

Initial testing: Using a Bald Eagle bench rest and leaf rear sand bag Hodgdon BLC2 at 82.5 grains provided a 3 inch group at 100 yards for the Hawk bullet (Fig 1) at a COAL of 3.391 with no improvement at 83.5 grains and/or 84.5 grains. For the Barnes bullet at 82.5 grains BLC2 provided a group of 0.75 inch (Fig 2) and increased to 1.5 inches at 83.4 and 84.5 loads. Hawk bullet at a COAL of 3.325 was larger than the original 3.391 COAL. The Barnes 82.5 grain load was chronographed at 2775 fps. This rifle did not respond as well to the Hawk bullet.

No increased copper fouling was observed for the Barnes bullet from my cleaning regiment which did not change, although obviously empirical. Recoil off the bench was considerable especially at near maximum loads but was tempered by the brake and shooting pad. After 24 rounds my shoulder was sore but not bruised. I am very pleased with this purchase.
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Wow! That is impressive. The Barnes 300gr .416 TSX @ 2775fps is serious medicine. I figure anything that walks in the State of Texas could be handled by the .375, even the toughest Eland on a game ranch. The .416 must be destined for greater things. Is Africa in your future? What do you intend to smack with all that killing power? Please post pics of your rifles...I can only dream of big-bore rifle play.
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Wow! That is impressive. The Barnes 300gr .416 TSX @ 2775fps is serious medicine. I figure anything that walks in the State of Texas could be handled by the .375, even the toughest Eland on a game ranch. The .416 must be destined for greater things. Is Africa in your future? What do you intend to smack with all that killing power? Please post pics of your rifles...I can only dream of big-bore rifle play.
I have attached a photo of the two riffles. The top is the 375 which was purchased before brakes were common and has an upgraded stock. The scope on it is an older Bausch and Lomb 1x-6 x 36mm. The bottom picture is the 416 that was tested in this post. The 375 will shoot close to the 416 except it likes Hodgdon 100V with a 250 grain Barnes TSX bullet.

I am hoping to head to Alaska for brown bear. A work colleague of mine years ago has a camp site and is doing the planning.

PS the paws in the top right are my dogs. I guess he wanted to be in the picture.
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Well, it looks like you are well prepared for big bears. Have fun practicing with those big-bores. Good luck with the bear hunt!
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Nice rifles. Good luck on the bear hunting.
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Did you try some rapid fire strings, working the bolt as fast as you can?
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good range report for sure, a buddy mine who has taken grizzly and brown bears only used a 338 WM.....he was gonna take a 375 H&H and guide service told him no, don't bring anything over a 338....they told him they had too many issues with people shooting too much gun and being able to make good first round shot or being able to make a fast follow up due to recoil...he said 338 took them out pretty quick, he thought he would need more gun also...you sound like you are shooting enough to get a handle on it....aim small, miss small.....hold out for a big one.....
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nice one if a rhino escapes from the zoo and comes to your neighborhood you are ready.
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My .416 Rem loves the 350gr Barnes X. .6" groups at 100 yards. I've been trying to get Nosler to make a .416 Accubond because a 350-400gr controlled expansion bullet that was as accurate as a match bullet would rule the World.

For grins and chuckles, plug the ballistic data for your 300gr X bullet load into whatever ballistic software you have. Then plug in the data for a .308 168gr match load. You'll be surprised.
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