Yee-haw. I love this caliber. I finally got out to the range with 40 rounds to dispatch into the berm. I marked those first 3 rounds which were shots I made while adjusting the scope. Then that's an 8 shot group in the nice cloverleaf. Those bottom two, I know I flinched and pulled them.
I was pretty pleasantly suprised with the performance of this barrel. This rifle is easily capable of MOA accuracy, I can just tell. It's also the first rifle thats had any of the following; a Leupold scope, a Timney trigger or glass bedded barrel/action. Holy cow, what a difference. I was very pleased with the accuracy, which of course could have been better, but I haven't shot rifle in a while and the safari magnums really do make you flinchy, very quick. While my experience with the company (ER Shaw) was not the greatest, I definitely received a good product, for the lowest price around.
I love the 416 Taylor. It really doesn't punish as bad as the other large bore's. It felt like a very hot 338 round. The Boyds laminate stock has good geometry and fit to manage the recoil well.
I didn't have time to get a chronograph, but based on the ballistic calculator at handloads.com, I estimate I had that 350 grain bullet going about 2450 fps. I'm hoping to get that to at least 2500. I'll start working loads a little higher once my shoulder feels better. Big thanks to WildAlaska and The Kid who gave me most of the 458 brass I used. - Andrew