My first double and maybe second
Ive been waiting for too long to buy my first Double Rifle, now Im ready to take the plunge. First off, I accept theres no single rifle/cartridge that will serve for all game in any location. Im tempted by something in 9.3x74R as a compromise that will let me get some practical use with it in the States for Boar and Bear, as well as use in Afrika.
I refuse to be "That Guy", (the one who comes to Afrika with a gun he never hunted with); or worse "Him", (the guy who buys a gun/cartridge he cant handle and then brings it to Afrika shaking all the time just waiting to flinch). I expect my first safari will be limited to plains game. Im not opposed to buffalo; but Im also willing to reserve the bigger stuff for future trips. My ULTIMATE dream are the CATS.
Im open to suggestions, right now Im looking at a Chapius and also a Sabatti. I considered higher end rifles; but thought a lower priced rifle will allow me more trigger time and keep the door open for a second, heavier gun sooner. To that end, Im over loaded with info, from the older NE cartridges that are making a come back, to 500/416, and of course 470, etc.
Again my "plan" is to start with a medium (Im told the 9.3x74R is authorized for dangerous game in Zimbabwe). Once Im comfortable using that on the range and hunting here (Eastern US), then I'll consider the next step is a heavy Double.
Your assistance is appreciated; but please dont tell me I can hunt Eastern Whitetail with a 470. I know "I CAN"; but theres a difference between can and reasonable. Thoughts???