Glad to see that you booked with Chris Troskie Safaris! You should have a great hunt. Chris and Sabina will treat you well!
The planning that you are doing now is a large part of the fun of such an adventure! And for gun people, picking the right gun and bullet load builds up the experience! In both Limpopo and Natal, the .375 H&H with 300 grain TSX and R-15 loaded to 2570 fps, worked well for me for everything from impala to zebra. On a subsequent trip, I used a .458 Lott for buffalo (and a Kudu) with the .375 as a second rifle and for plains game. I think either of the two lever actions you mention would be great in the bush veldt, also, but i would want something that shoots a little farther/flatter for parts of Sabrisa (and Natal if you are going there) as there is the potential for longer shots since there are some mountains both places so I, personally, would not take just the Marlins. I did seriously considered taking my Guide Gun in .45-70 the 1st trip as a second gun and may at some point for a hunt in the Limpopo thornbush. That said, the .30-06 or .300 Mag will do anything you need for your plains game hunt. And, the .404 will be a great caliber in the thick stuff and still reach out if you need to! I like two holes in an animal when I shoot it! You will have a blast sorting this out!
Look forward to hearing about your hunt! I hope you and your daughter have the best of times on you first of many hunts in Africa!
PS. It's hard to go to Africa just once!
Looks like Im gonna have to do two guns only. Daughter is not 18 yet so I have to bring em both in, so probly go with the 404 and a 30-06 ( mebbe 270) for her.
We'll keep the lever guns for hog huntin
Have reloading supplies inbound for the 404 already, lookin to pick one up from CZ during/right after the SCI vegas show
And thanks for the replies and comments, Ill be posting lots of pics and stories when we get back
cz do a lovely little rifle in one of my favourite calibres 9.3x62. i think it would be perfect for your daughter, as my son used mine three years ago when he was nine to shoot his sable. with this rifle she will be able to take most animals in africa and america. its great on pigs, or should i say hogs.
^^^ Ill definitely put that one on the consideration list for her, thanks!