The Classic "Big Five" & the .500/.416 NE
- The Perfect Companions for the African Adventure.
Krieghoff's goal is the perfect combination of gun and cartridge. So in conjunction with German specialists in big bore ammunition, we have developed a new flanged cartridge - The .500/.416 NITRO EXPRESS (3 1/4").
The designation says it all. It is a 3 1/4" .500 caliber case and a .416 bullet - components which are popular throughout the world and readily available everywhere. The ballistics are perfect for use on dangerous game - similar to the famed .416 Rigby but at slightly lower pressure and with the supreme advantage of a flanged cartridge providing reliable extraction in a double rifle.
Ballistics for the .500/.416 NE (3 1/4") (Test barrel 25,5" / 65cm) Pmax: Bullet:
Energy at muzzle:
39,885 psi (2,750 bar), Copper crusher method
44,962 psi (3,100 bar), Piezzo method
Bullet: Woodleigh softpoint and solid 410 grs (26.6g)
Velocity: 2,330 ft/sec (710m/s)
Energy at muzzle: 4,940 Ft lb (6,700 J)
These characteristics indicate an ideal combination of high energy and flat trajectory. The .500/.416 NE provides maximum effectiveness with moderate pressure. As shown above, velocity and energy are similar to the belted .416 calibers like .416 Rigby, but the .500/.416 NE offers the supreme advantage of a rimmed case suitable for double rifles.