Hello from a newbie from PA
Just want to start out by saying I've never been to Africa but I've got it set in my mind and heart that I'm going to get there before I'm too old to enjoy it. And I'm going to take my daughter with me. The big question that I have is one that will start a lot of discussion, but here it is. For Cape Buffalo, What is the cartridge of choice, I've been told to use a .375 but I dont want to be the guy that shows up undergunned. I have shot 45-120's and my inline .50 with 150 grns of powder and a 300 grn tip and 3inch and 3 1/2 inch 12 ga shotguns, so I can handle heavier recoil but I dont have any experiance with dangerous game rounds. If anyone lives close to northeast PA I would be willing to meet with you and try out some big bore rifles too, that would probably help me decide on a cartridge that is enjoyable to shoot. Any advice is appreciated, Thank You
375 H&H is more than enough gun
I have taken two elephants and two cape buffalo not to mention dozens of plains game and an elk and a couple of bears with my .375 H&H. It is plenty of gun in skilled hands. The versitility that comes with the wide range of bullet choices makes it my favorite rifle.
You are far better off with a gun you can shoot well than being "over" gunned with a new big bore. I have heard more than one PH complain about clients buying new guns and not able to shoot them well. Recoil ruins plenty of good shots. Get what ever is legal, .375 H&H or bigger for dangerous game and become an expert with it and you will never be "under" gunned. Many elephants have been taken with tiny calibers by the old time ivory hunters who were great marksman working at very close range and true craftsman when it came to collecting ivory.