The OP sounds like he can handle it. He's already taking the ride on a heavy .45-70 load.Bolt actions are reliable if one takes care of them and is using a quality rifle. Heck, we have fought several wars with them. A great majority of big game hunts world wide are done with bolt action rifles. In regards to CZs they do have a reputation for being unreliable out of the box, hence why there are companies out there that make a living tuning CZ rifles. I would not judge double rifles based on Sabati (sp) experience, and you should not judge bolt actions based on factory CZs etc.. I'd also submit that learner PH qualifying shoots in Zimbabwe are not done with the most reliable rifles and ammo. Not to mention there are more PHs using bolt action rifles as the rifle to backup a client than double rifles from what I have seen.
But, we are not talking about you, are we? The OP is looking for his FIRST big bore rifle.
The only round you can count on being in the chamber, is the one in the chamber. Wether it goes off or not is different. I’ve had more FTFs than I am comfortable with. Luckily only a few hunting and those were intended for geese.For the money a Zastava is a good choice, crf ruggedly built. Most are Never going to win a beauty contest though.
I’ve never hunted dangerous game, I own both crf and push feed rifles.
my Uneducated observance the only round you can truely count on is the one in the chamber anyway.
I have had some amazing FTFs. The most exhilarating was on a well educated groundhog that was only thrifty yards away. I couldn't get the round to eject either so I had to dig it out with my fingernails and chamber a new one. It was a lot going on in a short period of time, but I still got him.The only round you can count on being in the chamber, is the one in the chamber. Wether it goes off or not is different. I’ve had more FTFs than I am comfortable with. Luckily only a few hunting and those were intended for geese.
I’m wanting to obtain a traditional DG rifle for hunting Cape Buffalo.
You may wish to have the action bedded and do a trigger job but after that the CZ Safari should be perfect. as most such guns are lightly used you might be able to find a deal on a pre-owned one as well. I picked up a used Steyer-M. S/T for about the same price as a new CZ many moons ago and that worked wonders for my first trip involving the big stuff but that said the CZ has a better feed and extract system for such work.I dont know your budget but you can pick up a cz 550 safari manum in 375 H&H about a grand. That is traditional and is a highly recommended DG CALIBER.
Id use as large a bore as Im truly comfortable with and don't lie to yourself, so a 9.3x62 or 375 Ruger or H&H is always a good choice, otherwise a 416 Rem is as good as it gets..I never like the 45 and larger bit recoiling calibers, not because of recoil but because of the slow recoil recovery with the big bores, plus I never have seen the need for larger bores..My all time DG rifle was the 404 Jefferys for no particular reason other than nostalgia, otherwise the 416 REM is just as good.