Muzzle vel. on the 350gr. barnes will be around 2300fps. That is a fairly mild load, it could be pumped up to higher vel. but it would increase recoil and really wouldn't make it any more effective at taking game.
Edd Woslum of Evolution (AKA Pungubwe) has written a series of articles about the Tembo. He goes through the design phase the first trip to Africa with it and went as far as having a “professional rifleman” test it in Africa on numerous different animals. The articles start in the September 2001 issue of The Accurate Rifle magazine and follow in the Oct, and Dec. issues, and Dec. 2002 issue.
The best way to get info on it is to just call Edd at 208-983-9208. Be careful though, I called him about a rifle 3 years ago and I ended up going to Africa with him twice now and we're planning the third. I think that was the most expensive call I've ever made. But those two trips were the most wonderful of my life.
Q-optics What country and type of animals are you going after this time? I found a sight on the internet once where these guys had placed 100's of downloadable quicktime or *.mpeg 20 - 30 second long all about them shooting ever animal under the sun and it was broken down into what calibers they were using.
Here is my custom .458 with a 44mm and sun shade screwed on. It's a Douglas 24 inch barrel.
.270 Ackley improved 29 inch 1.250 dia. target barrel 7mm STW 28 inch 1.250 target barrel. I also love my .458 mag for varmints and the biggest game in the world.
Q, I feel for you [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
I was looking at almost the same thing but decided on the 366DGW to handle both jobs [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img] and someone to make some heavey weight bullets... 350 & 400 grainers with EXTREMELY HIGH B.C's [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
The 366 DGW is a 416 Rigby necked down to take a 366 caliber bullet with no other changes.
Think of it this way a medium bore with the power and penertration of a 416/460 Weatherby mag. A 300 grain A-frame @2900fps = 5600+ ft lbs.
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I'm working on a deal to go to Zimbabwe in the Danda North area after a couple cape buffalo. I tagged along with a couple friend on a buff hunt in Danda South this year. I was designated camera man. (I was really questioning my sanity after following up a wounded buff with nothing but a carmera in my hand. That won't happen again.)
Tex, I have a stock .416 Rigby that could be rebarreled, that .366 DGW sounds like just the ticket.