I attended the BASA shoot in Centurion, Pretoria this weekend and was very happy to see like-minded individuals in one place. Heavy doubles, big bores, stoppers, dangerous game etc. The list goes on surrounding the talk that sweetened the air. It was my first time in such an environment and to say the least I was welcomed by all with open arms. I learnt about the procedures involved before, during, and after all the shooting. What I also picked up as I sliently scouted the environment for valuable knowldge, is that I may have it all wrong... Why do I need to buy a medium-heavy calibre such as a .375H&H or .416Rem AND a a heavy stopper in , for example, .470NE? Do I, as an aspiring big 5 hunter and hunting consultant really really need to own the former? Maybe just .375 is adequete... I have not purchased any of the above yet, but I have almost settled on the .416Rem and finances permitting a .470 NE. But, after having taken the general trend of conversation to lean towards "saving money", I realised that I may just be biting off more than I can chew. What quantifies a purchase for a heavy .45+ double? Will I benefit from such a purchasewhen my ph could fill in that gap anyway? I realise that when buying especially larger calibres, reloading is the way to go. But I have no experience in reloading and I will only take it up upon the accreditation of my company. Should I just go ahead and make financial plans for a medium-heavy PLUS heavy double/bolt? Or should I, for now, just buy the former?