Deciding on Guns for First Safari

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    Possibly! But it's strange that this forum is the only one that's like this.

    Oh Well.. Life will go on.
     
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    Saul, I would check with your PH and see how happy he will be with you initiating things with a lion and one of the big doubles. A 470 - 577 would be great for follow-up as a charge stopper, but a lot of PH's will be much more comfortable if that first round is placed as carefully as possible with a scoped rifle. With lion, more than anything else you are hunting, you will be lucky to get more than one opportunity. And when you do, too often your target may be at an odd angle or even laying down. A scoped .375 or .416 will increase the certainty of that first shot - as clients, our primary responsibility. My recommendation would be to buy whatever "elephant" rifle makes sense to you and fits you best. As you can tell by the energy that went into this thread, you can find no shortage of opinions. Plan to use a scoped .375 or .416 for the other DG (your PH can probably create a situation where the big gun will work on buff, but it will take some shots off the table) . Have one of the boys drag along the big gun, and use it for follow-up if that unfortunate situation arises (and let him know you will tip him a lot for dragging the thing around!).
     
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    I have been doing some more research and the .450 NE is sounding very appealing. Are there any opinions on this caliber? How does it compare to the .458 Lott? Will it easily kill an elephant or buffalo? I handled a really nice Heym .450 NE and loved it. I also got to handle a .500 NE Heym that felt great too.
     
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    .450 NE is a far better cartridge, FOR DOUBLE RIFLES HUNTING IN INTENSE HEAT OF AFRICA, (as is the .470), compared to the .458 Winchester. The .450 NE, and the .470 will kill elephant and buffalo equally as well as the .458 Winchester IF the shooter does his part in placing the bullet where it needs to go--it is the hunter, rather than the caliber that does the killing. Such calibers are all that is needed, if hunter does his part. All things being equal, a hunter gets the attention of buffalo a bit more with a .500, than with a .450 or .470, but any of these will more than do the job, IF hunter does his job. Heym is a great rifle; I especially like their newer wider heavier actions, offered in addition to their earlier actions, wider/heavier ones more similar to old classic great British double rifle actions--take a long close hard look at these newer wider actions; they are wonderful.
     
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    With a minimum of fuss using the net, you can answer these questions easily enough. Of course it will kill a buff or an elephant, so will anything. This is just another of myriad Express rounds that mostly do about the same thing in a smaller or larger package. Not as powerful as the .458 Lott apparently but so what? Gonna kick less, be easier to shoot well, and will kill anything that walks if hit right. If you dont have a copy of Cartridges of the World, you should.
     
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    Perfect caliber and perfect double rifle manufacturer. I picked up an older Heym chambered in .458 Win Mag and had JJ Perodeau convert it to a .450 3-1/4" NE and regulate it with 450 grain North Fork Solids. It is an absolute pleasure to shoot, and there are so many bullet choices for this caliber. I went with 450 gr because my son will use this gun in Zim this year and 450 gr has a bit less recoil, but still meets the "minimum" sectional density of 0.3. Now he's taller than me, and we'll probably try to find a 500 gr loading that will pattern well. I've talked to a few people who have 450/400 NE and 500 NE, and many have said that if they were to do it over again, they would settle on the .450 NE (450/400 a bit light, 500 a bit heavy). With a bullet wt of 500 gr, and the sectional density is very impressive. Drop the speed a bit and load 300 grain TSX bullets and you have a gun that feels like shooting a 30-06 and will tumble anything in North America. Ours will keep almost the same POI at 50 yards with a 300 gr TSX at around 2,000 fps, and you can shoot these loads all day.

    The .450 NE was, at one time, the elephant cartridge that all other offerings were judged against. Then came the ban on the caliber and the rush to match it's performance with different caliber offerings.

    I don't believe you can go wrong with a 450 NE Heym!
     
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    I prefer one of the 450 NE's simply because of the availability of bullets that I can load in them. The 450's were regulated with 480 grain bullets but I haven't found any changes from stepping up a bit to the 500 grn.
    With a double you can use the 75% rule an make plinking loads with 350 grain bullets for the 450's.

    If you are going to load your own rounds for a DR then you NEED to get a copy of Graeme Wrights book, "Shooting the British Double Rifle." It's a must have for understanding how these things work and even safe pressure tested loads for most of the British Rounds.

    Another option is to look for an older underlever hammer gun. These are around and are proofed for nitro. BUT there are many that are only BP proofed so you need to be aware of the marks that show what it really is.
     
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    This is a 500/450 3 1/4" retailed by A. Hollis and made by Leonard who also made many of the Jeffery rifles. It's from 1906. It was also regulated with the 480 grain bullet.
     

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    Wow that's a beautiful rifle. The questions I have before I buy a .450 NE are what guns would a PH like to see me carry when hunting elephants and what guns would they carry? Since there are so many great PHs on here,
    It would be great to hear their opinions on calibers, as well as their stopping rifles. I'm constantly hearing about how PHs hate it when a client carries a weatherby rifle, so it would be interested to hear what they like to see in DG rifle calibers, as well as their personal stopping rifles. I would also like to know what peoples opinions are on Hornday DGS and DGX ammo. I have these new questions because I've been emailing with Ivan Carter about the issue and he is a firm believer in PHs carrying .600 NE rifle when hunting lots of elephants, as well as a client carrying
    At least a .470 NE. He also says that one should only carry hornday DGS and DGX. He also prefers Barnes TTSX to Nosler partitions. Sorry for all of the questions, but I just want to know if all of this new information is based on his sponsors or reality. Thanks everyone.
     
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    Keep in mind that all the calibers between a 450NE and UNDER a 500NE are pretty much the same except for a very few thousandths.450, 465,470, 475 ect.
     
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    Saul,any caliber from a .375 up will kill an elephant with ease if the shotplacement is correct.If you are comfortable shooting a .600 that would be fine but if youre not but you can shoot a .375 very well the .375 will be better.A bad shot with a 600 means less than a well placed shot with a .375 full stop no arguments.
    Lets just look at the following ballistics:
    .450NE 480GR Projectile at 2125fps develops 4814ft/lb Recoil 58.1ft/lb
    .458 win mag 500gr 2125fps 5015 ft/lb Recoil 53.5ft/lb
    .458lott 500gr 2250fps 5622 ft/lb Recoil 64.2ft/lb
    .470NE 500gr 2150fps 5067ft/lb Recoil73.9 ft/lb
    .500NE 570GR 2150FPS 5852ft/lb Recoil 77.2 ft/lb
    .460 Weatherby 500gr 2575 fps 7837 ft/lb Recoil 93.6 ft/lb
    If we look at these ballistics we see that there is very little difference between the 450,458 and 470 so little you will not notice it in the field.
    The lott and the 500 gives a slight improvement,and the real step up is to the weatherby,which comes at abit of a cost if you look at the recoil.If you are comfortable with the big weatherby by all means use something like that it is a beast,however I have seen few who does not flinch when shooting it.
    Personally I use a 458 win mag which has become a gem with all the new propellants.Relatively low recoil,which means less muzzle climb one of the biggest factors taking time between shots.If you look at the ballistics it does the same as the 450 and 470.Keeps me happy.
    I have great respect for Ivan Carter,but if he says "only" Hornady it is all sales talk,I use Hornady as well but there are other bullets which are just as good if not better.On the Barnes issue I must agree.
     
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    :agree: with you Pieter. Nothing more to add.
     
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    Sorry for being off topic here, this message is primarily for AkMike.


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