|The late Mr. William "Bill" Ruger
|(1.) Newer Hornady 416 Ruger Version introduced in 2009
|(2.) Older Bell 416 Ruger Version, Limited, 1991
|Current Rifle Cartridge Section
The 1991 (416 Ruger) was limited to just 200 Cartridges.
The cartridge was made by Bell Brass for a very special
(No.1) Ruger Single Shot Rifle.
The rifle was given to Bill Ruger on his 75th. birthday in 1991.
On the headstamp: the 16 is for 1916, Bill Ruger's birth year,
the 97 is the year cases were made, 1997, yes, 6 years after the
rifle.A bit odd, but that is what James Bell said.
Picture to the right :
James Bell, owner of Bell Brass
and mother "Tootie"
Bell enjoying the 2006
"SLICS" Saint Louis International
Cartridge Show sponsored by the
|New Current (2009) Version and Older Limited obsolete (1991) Version
There are two different .416 Ruger cartridges!
(1.) Introduced in January 2009 by Hornady, the .416 Ruger cartridge, which is basically a 375 Ruger expanded to
accept .416 projectiles. It produces dangerous game power for a medium size cartridge vs others with longer lengths.
(2.) The first 416 Ruger was limited to 200 rounds, produced by Bell Brass Company and given to Bill Ruger in
1991 for his 75th birthday.
Ruger Company made a special Ruger "Number One Rifle" for Bill Ruger's 75th birthday and Bell made the
cartridges for the rifle.
The two cartridge are completely different. The 1991 version is basically a 416 Rigby with a slightly different neck angle.
The headstamp was (Bell 16 97 416 RUGER)