Re: .375 H & H vs. .458 Lott
Though posted several years ago, I am going to give my response to this question anyway. I had the same dilemma a long time ago and in the end decide to purchase both the 458 Lott and the 375 H&H. It has been an interesting journey. With regard to the 458, it was an evolution of sorts. Initially, back in the early 90s, I bought a 458 Win mag, sold it, bought a 458 Lott, sold it and regretted selling it and eventually bought another 458 Lott - this time to keep and never sell again!
Regarding the 375 H&H, purchased it and never looked back.
Both rifles are amazing to shoot. I've harvested a couple of bison with the 458 and elk with the 375. As the others have said, the 458 kicks like a mule but it's such a cool gun! To minimize the jolt, I wear a padded shooting vest and have a Limb Saver butt pad on it - makes shooting my cannon quite manageable.
The 375 is a Browning A-Bolt and is equipped with the Boss system. Frankly, it kicks less than my 30-06. And speaking of the 30-06, I did get an opportunity to hunt Africa and was excited to bring my Lott and H&H with me. The guide told me to leave both guns home and bring only the 30-06. I ended up harvesting several big game trophies, all one shot kills!
Nevertheless, I have that 458 Lott sitting in my gun cabinet just waiting - as a reminder that I WILL take it to Africa eventually and get me a Cape buffalo!