Best overall lion rifle

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  1. David K

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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 :):):):):):):):)

    My best always
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    Never hunted Lion before but all the calibers listed will work just fine according to what I've read. :confused: 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
    My best always
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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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    Hi,

    David, I can't help you about lion rifle because I haven't experience on this specie, sorry.

    Please, can you give me more information about your buffalo hunt on Thwane Safaris and Barnard family ? I have interest for this lodge. Thank you.
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    Couldn't have said it better Shakari. Picking the right bullet and putting it in the right spot is the major factor here. A quick expanding soft in that .375 will do just fine unless you are looking for an excuse to purchase a new gun.
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    David , Lions are soft skinned animals and when hit correctly they don't take a lot of killing. Your .375 will do just fine. I have seen plenty of Lion killed with 30 06's , so you wont be under gunned. Above posts have some sound advise on bullet choices.

    Happy Hunting

    Jan
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    Had a great 10 day hunt. Buffalo hunt was a once in a life time hunt. I took 6 animals and my wife took 10. Can't imagine meeting a nicer family. We will return with them in 2015.
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    I used a Remington 700 375 H&H with a 1 x 4 leopold lighted scope with removable mounts and Swift a Frame bullets. Worked great to take my lion in 2012, one shot and down so like all have said shot placement is the most important thing as finding a aiming point when the Lion is in a thicket is the hard part while he is roaring at me. Practice a lot on sticks helps as well, for this Fla boy them things are like snow ski's.
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    With lion shot placement is the key most any bullets except solids will work just great but the moment is big and trying to stay calm and concentrate on the shot makes things much easier for everybody.
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    I've never hunted lion, and for what it costs to shoot one I probably never will. I know the .375 H & H Mag. has long been regarded as the quintessential lion cartridge. It's been around for about a century and has certainly proved itself. Further, it's the only cartridge to which J. H. Taylor devoted an entire chapter in his classic African Hunting Rifles and Cartridges, calling it the best all around African round.

    Of course, when dealing with animals that bite back it's probably better to be over-gunned than under-gunned. I will, however, say that I have a Sako chambered in this round and find it a pleasure to shoot, even with hot loads pushing heavy bullets, and I'm no tough guy by any means. Anything much heavier hurts and might make me flinch. For my part I'd rather not get so stunned by the first shot that I'm late on a second shot if one is needed. That's why I think I'd go with my .375 if I ever gun for lion, which I almost certainly never will.

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