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Africa perfect rifle for elephant,buffalo,plains game?

With so many readers going to Africa and international members what is the perfect rifle for elephant, buffalo, big plains game (eland or giraffe) and other plains? What about for both elephant and buffalo? Single rifle for all? Big cats? Should be interesting discussion with so many opinions and variables.
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    With so many readers going to Africa and international members what is the perfect rifle for elephant, buffalo, big plains game (eland or giraffe) and other plains? What about for both elephant and buffalo? Single rifle for all? Big cats? Should be interesting discussion with so many opinions and variables.
    If I could carry only one rifle It would be one of the 416s.

    Very flat trajectory for a big bore, and plenty of stopping power with the right bullets.

    The minimum would be one of the 375s.

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    If I could only pick one cartridge to cover all the bases, it would be the 375 H&H Mag based on a lot of reading and a little hunting in Africa.

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    For Elephant and Buffalo I would use the 416 Rem mag with a 400 grain bullet . I have had great luck with the Barnes TSX. For the large plains game a 375 or 338 will be fine. I use a 338 RUM with 250 grn SMK's. It really smokes the baboons at long range.
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    The 378 Weatherby is one of the best all around rifles for Africa. It has tremendous power to kill anything dead. You got to be prepared for the big stuff and that rifle will kill anything else. With the high BC 375 bullets coming available now the 378 wby is about the best out there.
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    The 378 Weatherby is one of the best all around rifles for Africa. It has tremendous power to kill anything dead. You got to be prepared for the big stuff and that rifle will kill anything else. With the high BC 375 bullets coming available now the 378 wby is about the best out there.
    I believe you can also run 375 h&h through the 378 in a pinch.
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    Six African Hunts, Zim, Moz, South Africa. Three buff, 1 cow elephant, 1 hippo.

    Winchester Model 70
    375 H&H
    S&B 1.25x6 tips off with back up sights (ivory bead)
    Timney at 2.5 lbs
    Exibition English Walnut Stock
    270 grn Barnes X and Barnes solids
    Sighted at 200 (shot a baboon at 330, long ways on the Dark Continant!)

    I had a similar set up in .416 rem but the .375 shot better and more comfortable.

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