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Africa perfect rifle for elephant,buffalo,plains game?

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Re: Africa perfect rifle for elephant,buffalo,plains game?

I vote the same as long time long ranger, you will find in a lot of cases the 378wby out muscles most 416s at the muzzle and in retained energy due to higher speeds and higher BC bullets and will drop anything mentioned above and has a pretty respectable range compared to others, unless you want a lazzeroni 10.59 meteor!
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    Re: Africa perfect rifle for elephant,buffalo,plains game?

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    I believe you can also run 375 h&h through the 378 in a pinch.

    I wouldn't want to do that... Considering that the H&H is so much smaller than the 378 There is going to be a LOT of case expansion. I also wonder how it would headspace since you couldn't use the belt. I would bet on getting case head separations, too.

    There isn't any free lunch... All that power comes with a very healthy (some say vicious) amount of recoil...

    My personal favorites are my (2) 375 H&H and my 416 Rigby.
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    I believe you can also run 375 h&h through the 378 in a pinch.
    Actually its the 375 weatherby that you can run the H&H in as needed. The big 378 is built off the rigby case, just with a belt added.
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    Re: Africa perfect rifle for elephant,buffalo,plains game?

    One rifle the .375 H&H in my safe. Two loads. Barnes 235 grain TSX, and 350 grain TSX. The rifle is an old trusted companion, but I've never used either bullet. I'd hope the big one opened a little, and the light one held together a lot. Just in case the magazine was loaded for something other than what was standing in front of me.The folding leaf express sights would stay, the QD mounts I'd keep. The 1x4 Leupold 30mm European scope on the rifle might get exchanged for a bit more magnification, and a lighted reticle.

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    Actually its the 375 weatherby that you can run the H&H in as needed. The big 378 is built off the rigby case, just with a belt added.
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    Talk to a resident hunter of the Dark Continent and they will tell you that high velocity is not necessarily a good thing. Reliability, Penentration and Accuracy are the three criteria for an African BG rifle.

    The .416Rem Magnum does not have a particularly good reputation in Africa due to its higher operating pressures.

    The .375H&H was designed to take large soft skinned game and does that task very well, but it is a medium bore.

    Doubles are fine untill the going gets really dirty. You only need a small amount of crud on the face and you only had two shots. (something that doesn't get much airplay in current publications).

    Large bores start at .450+ and as Elephant have been mentioned that is where you need to look if you can handle one comfortably.

    Cats aren't that tough and an accurate anything 7mm/.30 cal+ will do.

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    Re: Africa perfect rifle for elephant,buffalo,plains game?

    Seems to me Boddington has been knocking down all the big 5 with a ruger? Enough gun rules the day, be safe...
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