My partner and I just returned from our first African Safari last month. We are already planning #2... Our experiences were similar except in how our rifles/calibers performed. We both took one rifle; me, a Steyr Mannlicher ProAfrican in .338 RCM Improved (I now call it the .338 Kudu) with a 4-12 x 50mm Swarovski and he took a Ruger African in .300 Win. Mag. with a Zeiss 3.5-10 x 50mm. I shot a Blesbok, Blue Wildebeest, Kudu and an Impala. Other than the Kudu that ran for about 10 yards, all others fell where they stood*. He shot a Blesbok, Wart Hog, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartabeest, Gemsbok and an Impala**. * My Blue Wildebeest required a second shot to the heart at close range to finish (not good bullet expansion from the 225 gr. Interbond) and the impala required the same (first shot was through and through). It was my understanding that the ammo needed to be factory made and no hand loads are accepted. Therefore, I was left with a couple of choices; 185 gr. SST and 225 gr. Interbond, both from Hornady. All shots were between 50-125 yards. ** My partner did shoot and recover an Impala, but took a shot at another Impala from 175+ yards and it was hit, but not recovered. His Blesbok was shot at about 125 yards, but ran another 40-50 yards after shot. It was recovered in a small brush pile. His Wart Hog shot was from 265 yards and dropped the hog in his tracks. He was using Winchester 180 gr. Super-X ammo. Most of his shots were through and through, except for the hog and Blue Wildebeest. Both of us are experienced elk and deer hunters and usually have more powerful scopes. Many times we were in close range and found we were at the 10x point; adjustment needed and we dialed down. I feel my choice did well, but the bullets were a weak link. I felt his cartridge was not good for short range/brush as he had the through and through and probably deflections from the brush on other non-hits. I did consider bringing another Steyr in 7mm-08, but decided to scale down the bullet size of the .338 to an option offered; 185 gr. for smaller game and had the 225 gr. in case I came across larger game such as Kudu and Eland. He likes the .300 Win. Mag., but may consider other options. That all said, would you recommend having two rifles/hunter or pick one? Either way, what rifle, caliber/cartridge/bullet and scope set up would you recommend?