My rifle choices for plains game
1st). I won a .416 Rigby at the local SCI banquet...where else should it be used than Africa? I was going take my 7mm-08 because my '06 is a semi and they are not allowed in RSA. I also thought my wife might want to shoot something.
2nd) My PH told me that I should bring a gun that could be used for all my game should I have a failure, loss of the .416, or it's ammo and recommended that I bring my .338 WM loaded with 250 gr Nosler Particians.
Need advice on rifles I'm taking
Sorry to join this conversation late, but I need a some advice on rifles from someone who has "been there, done that" - I'll be hunting plains game in S.A. three weeks from today. I'm taking 2 rifles with good optics that have proven groups of <4" at 300yds with the following specs: .300 SAUM shooting a hand-loaded 165gn Barnes TSX going 3060 fps and a .30-06 shooting a hand-loaded 180gn Barnex TSX going 2816 fps. The species on my list are kudu, gemsbok, zebra, impala, blue wildebeest and eland. Which is the better choice as my primary rifle?
The second question: My wife will be shooting a 7mm Rem Mag with hand-loaded 140gn Barnes TSX going 3260 fps. It also groups <4" at 300 yds. Will this be OK for her plans to shoot a springbok, warthog and baboon?
I chose the TSX bullet and bullet wt's based strictly on the ability to group consistently and velocity standard deviation (< 9 fps) when shot through a chronograph and have NO TIME to work up new loads. Thanks!