Why the 300 mag for the small caliber in the battery?
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11-25-2013, 09:02 PM #21
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11-26-2013, 05:19 PM #22
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275 rounds of 416 in 7 months ? WOW, you are way ahead of most any other big bore hunter I meet. There seems to be a few rifles every year coming up for sale such as "458 for sale 20 rounds shot with 2 boxes of ammo available with rifle. Used on 1 hunt" I've seen several of those kind of ads over the last few years.IF YOU GO ONCE-YOU WILL GO AGAIN-DEAL WITH IT
11-26-2013, 05:42 PM #23
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Ha. My buddy has been hunting buffalo for almost 20 years and uses a 458 Lott. He is a big guy in good shape and can only tolerate shooting 7 rounds during a practice session. I don't think he's put 275 rounds through the whole time he's had it.
12-20-2013, 06:20 AM #24
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12-20-2013, 07:41 AM #25
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It's funny you say that you see these larger rifles come up for sale often with only a box of ammo through them. There is actually an identical M70 in 416 on budsgunshop.com right now, and it's 250 bucks cheaper than what I paid for mine. Oh well, the money is already gone!
12-20-2013, 09:29 AM #26
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if the 300mag is considered "small", what about my poor ole 300wsm. Should I throw it away?
My poor little wife is going to be carrying her Savage 111 Ladyhunter in 7-08. Maybe Marius and I had better back up her shots on those vicious Impalas so she doesn't get charged and trampled. lol
Her rifle, btw, is the prettiest rifle I have ever looked upon. maybe.
12-20-2013, 09:15 PM #27
12-21-2013, 03:46 AM #28
We are all cutting this pretty fine if we are debating the difference between 170gr 7 mag, 180 gr 30-06, and 180 gr 300WM. I am pretty confident that no kudu on continent will be able to tell the difference. For a first trip, I would suggest bringing something you have. I would guess the .300 is the most common loaner that I have seen in camps. My personal favorite PG rifle is a .338, but that hardly makes it "best". What I wouldn't do on a normal short duration hunt (7-10 days) is bring three rifles. I can almost guarantee you that two will likely never come out of the case. And if you do start playing musical rifles, you are almost guaranteed to have the wrong one when your springbok stalk suddenly turns into an eland or zebra opportunity. The more I go over, the simpler I try to make it. For instance, in August we'll be in Moz for 14 days with buffalo at one end of the list and duiker at the other. I'll bring either my .375 or .404 - TSX's for buff/sable etc and solids for the little guys. I would also note that if I am in "stomp you" country where DG is prevalent, I prefer not to tote around a little rifle even if that buffalo tag is filled. A game ranch in the RSA is a totally different thing.
Practice is important, but most of it can be accomplished with something a lot less punishing than a heavy bore. Someone above is correct that the worst recoil generator extant is a 12 bore with a magnum load (the 3.5 inch waterfowl loads are ridiculous) - but I don't "practice" with them at the skeet range either. I shoot off sticks a lot at the range, but only periodically with my .404 or .416 and only a few rounds. A 30-06 or even .243 is just as effective. I would also note, you can do almost as much good learning the sticks dry firing from the deck or even in the basement."We sleep peaceably in our beds because rough men stand ready in the
night to visit violence on those who would do us harm" Winston Churchill
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