I'm looking for my first "Africa" worthy rifle. I'm planning to get there in 2011 for cape buffalo to start what I hope to be a long love affair with hunting the great continent. If I follow suite with my firearm buying habit I've kept up for the past few years, I should be able to purchase 2-3 big bores by the time I head over the Atlantic. I would ideally like to start out with a CZ 550 Safari Magnum and order it in the next week or so. I would also love to get my hands on a double rifle in an N.E. chambering eventually, probably a few years off, though. My choice of the CZ is based upon its Brno 602 lineage, CRF, and extraction mechanism. The triple express sights and high (for cartridge) capacity, 2 position safety, and set trigger sweeten the deal more. The price is very reasonable (roughly $1000).
My conundrum is over caliber. The .375HH would be the most versatile, I would think, as an African cartridge. However, I've a love for .40+ cartridges (carry a 10mm concealed every day), and feel the .416 Rigby or .458 Win Mag would make me feel a bit better when its between me and an angry cape buffalo. The .458 Win Mag gives me 5+1 capacity versus the Rigby's 3+1. The ballistics and weight of the .458 projectile seem more appealing to me. I have no idea of the availability in African countries of the .458, but I'm assuming the Rigby is bountiful.
Ultimately, I believe I will be ordering the .458 Win Mag. Is my above reasoning sound? Any and all information is greatly appreciated, as I am totally new to this game of dangerous game and African hunting in general.
Thank you all in advance, and I apologize for the long winded post,