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.416 Taylor

The .416 Taylor cartridge (sometimes referred to as the .416 Chatfield-Taylor) was first reported on by its designer, American gunwriter Bob Chatfield-Taylor in 1973. The .416 Taylor remains a wildcat cartridge with a fairly good following among big game hunters.

Bob Chatfield-Taylor created the .416 Taylor cartridge by modifying the Winchester Belted Magnum cartridges.  The cartridge consists of a necked down a .458 Winchester Mangum or neck up a .338 Winchester Maggnum case and works well in Mauser or “short” magazine rifles [1].  The Winchester Magnum case allows ballistics that compare to the .416 Remington Magnum and the .416 Rigby but in a standard (.30-06) length action rifle.  Most shooters prefer the 2400+ fps velocities (400-grain bullet) of the Remington and Rigby.  For hunters seeking a .416 caliber cartridge in a standard-action rifle the .416 Taylor offers velocities approaching 2400 fps with a 400-grain bullet.

.416 Taylor cartridge dimensions.

Chuck Hawkes calls the .416 Taylor “a very sensible way to create a .416 caliber big game cartridge that will work in standard (.30-06) length rifle actions and pretty much duplicate the ballistics of the long .416 Rigby elephant rifle cartridge”.[2]

Craig Boddington says “I liked the rifle, and I also liked the cartridge. In power it usually lags just a wee bit behind the .416 Remington and .416 Rigby cartridges. Due to limited case capacity, it's difficult (but not impossible) to get a full 2,400 fps with a 400-grain bullet, but it's easy to get 2,350 fps, which is exactly what the huge-cased (and low-pressure) .500/.416 delivers. The latter figure puts a 400-grain .416 a bit under 5,000 ft.-lbs. of muzzle energy--still enough.”

Bullet                                    Muzzle Velocity(MV)                  Muzzle Energy(ME)
Double Tap 300-grain
Barnes X-Bullet                   2700 fps                                         4858 ft-lbf

Double Tap 350-grain
Barnes Triple-Shock
X-Bullet Lead-Free              2550 fps                                         5055 ft-lbf

Double Tap 400-grain
Nosler Partition                     2375 fps                                         5030 ft-lbf

Double Tap450-grain Woodleigh
Weldcore Jacketed
Soft Point                              2250 fps                                         5060 ft-lbf

[1] Safari Club International Website, The .416 – Big & Bigger.
[2] Chuck Hawkes Website, 416 Taylor.
[3] Craig Boddington, Gun Notes, G&A website 3-09-07

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