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    Headed back to Africa in 2015 and was wondering what might be the best overall lion rifle?
    Shoot cape buffalo in June 2013 with Thwane Safaris with a 375 Jarrett.

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    David your 375 will be just fine.

    OR are you looking for a reason to purchase a new rifle? Then look for a 416 Rigby.
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    No such thing sorry to disappoint, 416 is awesome though but the 378wby has proven itself to be great for lion well, so has the 416rem , the 375h&h as well as the ruger, so the 404 Jeffrey your Jarret would work great as well as:-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-)

    Seriously though pick the one you like good hydrostatic shock matched with wound channel is any cats down fall.

    Find a rapidly expanding soft such as a nosler, or any of the hornady softs..... DO not go with the Barnes on this one......:-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-)

    Or aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh well I'll just go with Mr. Grage i kinda like he's way of thought on this one :-):-):-):-):-):-):-):-)

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    Never hunted Lion before but all the calibers listed will work just fine according to what I've read. I am wondering why not the Barnes though they've worked perfect on any game I have taken with them and believe me thats a lot of game.
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    Bob i find them a little hard if you will, :-) and they do not create the excessive and large wound channel i have experienced with softs such as Hornady and Nosler.

    On heavier boned and thicker skinned animals the Barnes would be my preference but they under perform on cats from experiences i and some others have had...:-)
    While an okay or marginal wound channel might be acceptable on A kudu or eland I would personally prefer as always a round that is best suited for the task.

    The cat's also tend to go much further than what they do with these "soft" softs in my experience
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    If you want to do the hunt with a classic then I would go with a scoped 425Westley Richards.
    This Calibre worked well on my second Lion;
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    A 375 whether H&H,Ruger or whatever is perfect for lion.Agreed a classic would be a 425 or a 404.Softs such as Hornady will work perfect.I found the local PMP bullets which are quite soft to work perfect on lion with a 375H&H.
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    I have used my .375 H/H and hand-loaded 250gr Sierra Gamekings with outstanding results. Federal's 270gr Power-Shok is also very effective on cats. Both types of bullet resulted in clean, one shot kills. Shot placement is, of course, extremely important.

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    Shot placement & correct bullet design are considerably more important than calibre but .375 will do the job as well as most of the other choices.

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