North Fork 416 SS

.416 Dia.

325 gr.

Sec. Density  .268

FIV Functional impact speed  1700-30000Fps 518-914M/s

PIV Preferred impact speed  1800-2900Fps 548-884m/s

Length 1.279”

This bullet was designed as an elk bullet for the 416 cartridges.  It’s faster muzzle velocity and its more rapid opening characteristics extend the range of the 416s out past 300 yds.  The very same characteristics that make it a good elk bullet make it less than ideal for African game.  The 416-325 has been used in Africa but due to its lower sectional density, it generally will stay in the animal and that usually isn’t the preference of most hunters.  For Africa the 416-370 bullet is to be preferred, in every case.  The 416-325 has also been used on moose, interior Alaskan Grizzly, and American Bison, and those hunters have expressed their happiness with the performance.  What it all boils down to is if you need greater penetration, then use the heavier bullet.  In the last photo, the bullet in the center was recovered from a moose and the bullet on the right was from a bison.  Two other shots on the bison exited.  The one from the bison had a little run in with a saw at the meat processor.  Both were shot using a 416 Taylor.  

In the lower photo, the bullet on the left was recovered from a moose and the bullet on the right was from a bison.  The one from the bison had a little run in with a saw at the meat processor.  Both were shot using a 416 Taylor. 

.416 Dia.

370 gr.

Sec. Density  .305

FIV Functional impact speed  1800-2900Fps 548-884M/s

PIV Preferred impact speed  1900-2800Fps 579-853m/s

Length 1.440”

This is the heavy weight hammer in 416.  It is suitable for anything that a 416 soft point is suitable for, moose, big bear, Asiatic buffalo, Cape buffalo and any other animal in that size range or temperament.  Even though it was designed for the heavier species, it will still open on the lighter species.  It’s the only 416 bullet that you need for your Safari.  One bullet weight for everything.  One caution, do not intentionally down load this bullet.  It was designed and constructed to perform it’s best when driven at the top velocity potential from the currently available cartridges.  When used on dangerous game, the bullet will do the greatest damage and penetrate its best when used inside 150 yards.  Unless you are sensitive to recoil or you have a carbine length barrel, there is no reason to shoot this bullet slower than 2500fps from a Remington, or 2600 from a Rigby or Weatherby.  The penetration increases at the higher velocities.  I know this is counter to the accepted practice of slow to moderate velocities giving the best penetration.  That method only pertains to conventional, full-length core, bullets.  On a conventional bullet, the faster they are driven, the more they expand and the less they penetrate.  With North Forks, the mushroom size is at it’s maximum around 2100 fps. Due to its design, when it is driven faster, the mushroom does not grow in size. Therefore, with a constant mushroom size, the faster bullet will have a higher momentum with the same frontal area.  The result is greater penetration at the higher impact speeds.  At the slower speeds, or at greater distances, the bullet is more likely to stay inside the animal, with the bullet invariably found just under the hide on the offside.  Once again gentlemen, this is a sledgehammer.  Do not swing it like a fly swatter.