I have a pre 64 Super Grade with a 26" barrel. I've been wondering if I should cut it down to 24". It shoots 200 gr TSX's well but was looking for opinions as to barrel length and bullet weights. I do like the North Forks in general, as Uncompahugre mentioned. I shoot them in my 404 Jeff but haven't in other calibers.
By all means take the 300 H&H it was designed for use in africa. Just practice alot it requiers a magnum action so some short stroke the bolt in the heat of the moment practice will prevent this.
Two guns, 300 H&H, Africa? Don稚 get hung up on H&H. Try one gun, the 338 Win. Mag., two bullets: 200 gr. Spare point loaded with 72.8 gr. of 4350 at 2900 fps or 250 gr. round nose with either 67.8 gr. of 4350 at 2600 fps or 74 gr. of Norma MRP at 2700 fps. Both are hot loads. Tried this years ago and don稚 know if these powders are still available. Get modern scope with selectable two zeros. You池e not going to shoot a large animal at 400 years unless you are chicken. 250 load has first zero suitable for brush in case you are surprised and something around 170 yards for longer shots then figure elevation beyond that.
Take the 300 H&H a very nice classic cartridge. It will do all plains game without a problem if you do your part. Learn where to put your shots, there is good shot placement information on this website. Order some target from Safari Press and practice. My Eland was a 1 shot kill from a 30-06 with a 180gr bullet, perfect heart shot.
Iv'e got a mint pre 64 in 300 H&H. I guess I need to shoot it. Just hate putting a scope on it. But heck, thats what I bought it for.