Norma has teamed up with Woodleigh bullets to offer the finest dangerous game ammunition available. Tried and tested steel-jacketed solids and bonded-core softpoints are coupled with high quality
Norma brass and powder and loaded under the most rigorous inspection standards in the industry. Nickelled cases are used to ensure the most reliable feeding and ejection from rifles whose metalwork is too hot to touch or is full of the inevitable African dust. The Woodleigh FMJ bullets use a steel jacket twice as thick as any other in the industry. Cases are all hand inspected both before and after loading. We carefully select powder and primer in order to make variations in point of impact from batch to batch as small as possible.
It is our goal that you can pick up a box anywhere in the world and have the same point of impact as with the box you used at home.
William Jackman Jeffery introduced this cartridge in 1909 as a rimless version of his popular .400 Jeffery. In spite of its name the bullet diameter of the .404 is .423'. As it does not demand a magnum-size action (but a modified magazine) the .404 was often made in inexpensive rifles and became one of the most widespread and popular calibers for all-round hunting in Africa and India.
In Europe it was designated 10,75x73 - a 'magnum' version of the then popular but now almost obsolete 10,75x68.
Unlike most of the British cartridges this round was loaded in Europe by RWS. This kept the old workhorse alive long after many of the big bores had been temporarily retired due to lack of ammunition. The case of the .404 was also used for the line of wildcat cartridges designed by Dakota Arms. Norma now makes cases for reloading.
Due to its lesser case capacity the .404 could not quite match the velocity or energy of the .416 Rigby. Originally the .404 was loaded to a muzzle velocity of 2125 fps resulting in a muzzle energy of 4020 ft. lbs. But with modern and more slow-burning powder it can be handloaded to practically the same velocity as the .416 Rigby was originally. This fact combined with the availability of first grade soft point and solid bullets makes the .404 a very good and flexible choice for mixed big game hunting in Africa as well as for some of the largest species in Europe and North America.
|Bullet Type||Rounded Soft Nose|
|Ballistic Co Eff.||0.365|
|Rounds Per Box||10|
|Rounds Per Case||100|
|Trajectory Short||0 @ 100m|
|Trajectory Long||-244mm @ 2|