Dakota 375 H&H with 300 grain swift a-frames and a Christensen Arms Mesa with 185 grain Berger Classic Hunters Bullet Performance
Before I go on with the hunting, I am going to make a side-note on the rifles I brought: Dakota 375 H&H with 300 grain swift a-frames and a Christensen Arms Mesa with 185 grain Berger Classic Hunters. In theory I didn't need to bring anything but the 300. However, (1) I have a hunt booked for next year in Tanzania and the 375 is going to be my primary rifle on that hunt, so I wanted to get some time-on-game with it; (2) I tried all summer to get the Christensen Arms to group well and couldn't do it...tried a-frames, partitions, barnes, in different weights, all kinds of different powders, seatings depths...it was all over the place. A week before the hunt I was about ready to throw the gun in the trash whenI tried the Bergers, and it shot them sub-MOA and they flew just like the ballistic calculator said they would all the way past 500 yards. So I took the rifle, but I wasn't as confident in it and I wasn't happy with the bullet I was using. On the flip side, the Dakota runs like a champ and it is dead-nuts accurate with those big a-frames. So I started the hunt with the Christensen and after morning of day 2 switched to the Dakota anytime we were chasing animals besides baboons, warthogs, or steenbok. For this interested, here are a couple sample bullets we recovered. it's pretty clear which are the 375's. Notice one of the burgers has completely lost it's core!