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Any feeding or magazine issues rebarreling a Ruger Hawkeye 7 Mag to .375 or .416 Ruger?

I have been sitting on a barrel and stock but finally found a nicely priced stainless donor so may get more motivated.

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The magazine geometry is different. In your area I would send only to Dennis Olson or Randy Selby. Both understand the issue.


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Excellent. Thanks!

I have been in contact with Dennis on previous projects.

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I loved my 416 Taylor. The best thing that ever happened to a 7mag. Sure some cases didnt make the transition but they were free. Certainly enjoyed leaving the empties on the mountain. If only they knew

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Originally Posted by frank500
I loved my 416 Taylor. The best thing that ever happened to a 7mag. Sure some cases didnt make the transition but they were free. Certainly enjoyed leaving the empties on the mountain. If only they knew

The Taylor is on the short list for the 416. I already have a .358 NM so probably won’t do a 375 Taylor.

Right now I can find .338 brass easier than Ruger brass so that may sway the decision.

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I love my .416 Taylor. Brass can be sourced more easily than the .416 Ruger. CWD4-whatever makes new dies if you can’t find old Lee/Hornady/rcbs dies.

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Thanks. When I checked this afternoon C4HD had dies in stock and 4D had a reamer available for rent.

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I’ve got a set of their dies for my 6mm SPC. Strange name for a company, but great dies.

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I’ve got a set of their dies for my 6mm SPC. Strange name for a company, but great dies.

My .400 Whelen dies came from them also. No complaints.

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MkII M77 Rugers made easy going from 7mm Rem. Mag. to .416 Taylor
and from .338 Win. Mag to .458 Win. Mag., no feeding issues for me.
If the Hawkeye mag box is that much different for the .375 Ruger and .416 Ruger compared to 7mm Rem. Mag.,
maybe the parts could be ordered for replacement ?
That would be a good research project.
Dave Scovill was able to get the RSM sheet metal box for a .375 H&H and convert/re-barrel a MkII M77 Ruger to .375 H&H.

BTW, I re-barreled a 7mm Rem. M70 Classic to .264/.375 Ruger (aka .264 Ripmoor, my own version of wildcat), no feeding issues.

I just put 3 of the .416 Ruger into my .458 Win. Mag. made from a .338 Win. Mag. MkII Ruger M77.
Seems to feed smoothly starting into the chamber.
Ditto my .416 Taylor made from a 7mm Rem. Mag.
In my experience the Hawkeye and MkII M77 Rugers are identical in the mag box dimensions.
Polishing feed rails and ramp might be all that is needed.
Put some .375 and .416 Ruger dummies in your 7mm Rem. Mag. action and try it.

"CH Tool & Die 4-D": https://www.ch4d.com/

Yep, CH4D is kind of an odd name, but C4HD would be even more so, hehhehheh.

CH4D dies have been good for me on
.400 Whelen
.470 Mbogo
.458 Win. Mag.
.400/.395 Nitro Express 3" Aboriginal ... that last one is my own design of wildcat based on 9.3x74R brass.
CH4D has done a lot of 9.3x74R wildcat dies, sort of a favorite of the proprietor, I knew they knew how to do those,
back in the day ... we are all getting older, hope he is still kicking.
I have a .50-110 WCF set from CH4D just waiting for some use to see if they are any good.
If I see them collecting dust somewhere, I buy them, no worries for CH4D quality.


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I beg to differ sir.... a 7mm mag would make a great 405 magnum since i wont be doing Africa anytime soon. plus you could also take varmints with 41 mag bullets, or any game with it.

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A .405 Magnum off the .338/7Mag case would be interesting...a .400 Ruger also.

I did pick up a .416 Ruger the other day and will likely play with it some before sending it down the road. Will keep a few rounds on hand for testing actions for suitability for future projects.

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Originally Posted by frank500
I loved my 416 Taylor. The best thing that ever happened to a 7mag. Sure some cases didnt make the transition but they were free. Certainly enjoyed leaving the empties on the mountain. If only they knew

Yeah, but the 416 Ruger is even better. Totally under-rated.

Whitworth .375 H&H up top, below it a 416 Ruger.
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I think Riflecrank is correct, feeding issues would be minimal if any. Any issues would probably be more of an individual specimen variation.

This thread was a memory joggers for me. I have an unfired (except factory) early production stainless 375 Ruger take-off barrel, minus the front sight insert and rear sight assembly. And I have a stainless Ruger Mark II in 300 Winchester. If I recall correctly the 300 has had 20 rounds down the barrel since purchasing in the mid 90's. This might be a fairly economical path for me to an additional 375 Ruger.

The 375 & 416 Rugers are probably my favorite cartridges of those calibers.
I agree the 416 Ruger is under appreciation.

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Yep, just get a 416 ruger. I thought you'd want a break from headaches like the brass and feeding issues you dealt with on your .400 Whelen.

8lbs 6oz scoped, 416 ruger is a carry all day Alaskan kinda gun.

I chronographed that 400 grain dgx bonded ammo at 2450 fps, it's a glorious load that cannot be outdone. Because it's simple and affordable.

Still some bs though, needs a b&c stock. It hits balsa wood like a fkn splitting maul.

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Originally Posted by mainer_in_ak
Yep, just get a 416 ruger. I thought you'd want a break from headaches like the brass and feeding issues you dealt with on your .400 Whelen.

8lbs 6oz scoped, 416 ruger is a carry all day Alaskan kinda gun.

I chronographed that 400 grain dgx bonded ammo at 2450 fps, it's a glorious load that cannot be outdone. Because it's simple and affordable.

Still some bs though, needs a b&c stock. It hits balsa wood like a fkn splitting maul.

The headaches are what keep it interesting wink

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I chose the .416 Taylor over the Ruger because I didn't care to be hamstrung by having only one maker of brass. But if you lay in a good supply to begin with you're covered. Either is a good round.

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I did run some .416 ruger rounds through some of my magnum bolt face rugers. Some are CRF with no lip on the bottom of the bolt and some are push feed.

The .338 without a lip on the bolt face fed smoothest and seemed to control the round as it should. The others seemed to work ok also and likely wouldn’t need much work. I suppose the lip could be machined off also to make them CRF?

With the price of Ruger Alaskans right now this is one of the rare times a custom may make economic sense if you can find a reasonably priced donor. A stainless model 70 in .416 Ruger would be hard to beat for a using rifle.

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Originally Posted by bluefish
The magazine geometry is different. In your area I would send only to Dennis Olson or Randy Selby. Both understand the issue.

Dennis is great, and he gets the work done and gun back to you in this lifetime.


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My Taylor is a stainless model 70, rebored from 7 mag. It feeds just fine except that I found about one round in 10 would have the case mouth snag on the mouth of the chamber. A light crimp to the rounds makes them feed like butter.

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