7mm-08: What is your opinion as a plains game rifle?

Discussion in 'Up To .375' started by Jfet, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. enysse

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    My CZ 550 H&H feels no worse than 12 gauge shooting 2 3/4 loads
     
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    ... and then when you break the trigger of you 375 H&H on your first animal in Africa the felt recoil of the rifle is similar to a 22.(y)
     
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    Even if some of us think that the recoil from a .375 is totally fine and even fun to shoot with, there are still many that are not able to shoot well with one.
    No matter how much they practice with it at a shooting range.
    A good recoil pad and a well fitting stock is extremely important for felt recoil, but still there are people that are more recoil shy than others.
    And it has nothing to do with what size you are or how much man you are.
    I highly recommend test shooting a well fitting rifle in .375 at a shooting range before buying one.
     
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    A 375 H&H is not a must have for African Plains game. I just recently returned from a trip and it was the first time I had taken a rifle larger than my 300 WinMag. The previous trip, I took the 300 and a 7-08. This trip did include the 375, but it was intended for the smaller species on my list using solid bullets like oribi and red duiker. I ended up taking three species with the 375, an oribi, bushpig and zebra. Any of these species could have been taken with the 300, but I chose to use the 375 instead.

    My recommendation is to take a rifle that you would be comfortable taking elk hunting. My friend took his 30-06 shooting 150 gr AccuBond bullets and most of them made two holes including kudu, oryx, waterbuck and blue wildebeest.

    Good luck with your choice!
     
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    how much worse than a .30-06? I am thinking of an x bolt, so the weight should be around 6.5 pounds. Should I heavy it up a bit with lead in the butt? I did that with a synthetic 06 and it helped. What would ideal weight be? 8 lb?
     
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    Heck I don't know, worse! If you wanted it dampened on a light weight 30-06, go with a heavier gun like a Winchester 70 or CZ 550. Or add a mercury damper into the stock but why not go all the way and have CRF as well? Of course if you really like the Xbolt, go ahead and get one and do what you need to it.

    Someone more technical might be able to answer better but try this http://www.chuckhawks.com/recoil_table.htm

    But don't be afraid to take a 30-06 for plains game, especially in an area where you won't be in proximity to dangerous game.
     
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    I think in Namibia you have to use at least a 7mm or 270 caliber.
     
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    Was your 338-06 a factory rifle or a Custom Build,,I'm in the middle of a 338-06 build on a savage action and wondering as I don't see a lot of offering for that cartridge fro Major manufactures
     
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    I think it is perfect for what you guys are looking for. The 7mm-08 is very similar to the 7x57 and if you ask anyone in africa what rifles have taken the most animals you would get the same answers with the 7mm mauser being one of them. Take some good bullets and youll have a great time. Good luck.
     

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