What kind of thumper would ?I get myself in if

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 19:47 (248 days ago)

I got either a 378 GNR or a 416 GNR in a 18” barrel?

I'd do a 14+2" brake, that way it is not

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 20:30 (248 days ago) @ O’Gary

unmanageable as a handgun and super handy carbine (it's legal). I have one in .440 GNR and maybe my .476 GNR in that configuration. The .416 is expensive to shoot compared to the .378 GNR except if you shoot the Speer 350 gr. bullets. They don't make many less than uber-premium .416 slugs.

The .378 has an edge on versatility but both are fun. That's what I did, got both!

either one of them would take anything on this planet.

Gary Reeder
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 21:58 (248 days ago) @ O’Gary

Both have taken cape Buffalo and elephant, so take your pick. That is if you want a carbine. If you want a handgun, you are a bit long for that. My 450 GNR I used on the last safari is 13" plus the brake.

I’m trying to get down to more pistol length barrels

O’ Gary
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 04:43 (248 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

but the eyes want more optic help.

378 is my vote as well. I shoot a 15” incl

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 08:38 (248 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

Gary’s brake. In a carbine, I’d do 18” plus brake.

18” is about perfect for a rifle/carbine

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 04:09 (248 days ago) @ O’Gary

I have had Gary’s barrels in 16”,18”,20”,and 22”. And for me the best balance is 18” both in speed (fps) and handling. The 16” Encore pistols are unwilling, hard to shoot off hand. Both of those would be great thumpers, the 378 would be a better all around cartridge with a 30-06 trajectory. The 416 should should still be flat enough to 200 yards for us commoners. Sounds like a fun setup.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 07:42 (248 days ago) @ Blake

I had an Encore in 7GNR with a brake 17 inches long and the size was perfect for handling and carrying around. The same would work in 378!

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