308 Win or 9.3x62 Mauser for Plains Game Hunt

Discussion in 'Up To .375' started by Fastrig, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Shootist43

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    Fastrig, on another AH thread Phillip Glass is looking into getting custom barrels for his Blazer R8. One of the guys asked if the custom barrel maker Phil is working with makes 404 Jeffery barrels. Phil said he would ask. You might want to keep an eye out for his reply.
     
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    Thanks again!! I don't like carrying around a really heavy rifle in the field either, don't want to fight terrain AND my rifle. My Mauser fully loaded up is on par with your R8 weight wise and it's a dream to carry. Think I'll reconsider the 404J and look more at one of the Blaser R8 Success models in 375 H&H. Like the idea of having the extra synthetic stalk for places like Alaska. Really appreciate your insights as it's going to be a chunk of coin for this next rifle and I'm only planning on having one big bore rifle so want to get it just the right one.
     

  3. Fastrig

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    Thank you very much. I sent an email to a dealer to see if Blaser would do a custom chambering in 404J, haven't gotten an answer back yet.
     

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    So...how is this panning out? Any news yet?
    I agree with Red Leg on his comments, especially about 2 rifles and if one is a 9.3 and the other .308 with 180gr bullets. No real advantage to the 308 so just take the 9.3. 300Wm, 375H&H and 404 Jeff are a bite different but in any case I'd then pick one of 9.3/.357/.404 AND the .300 for a tw rifle battery or just the .300 with 180gr bullets (in .300 WM the do make sense) and be down to one rifle that can shoot close or far without much thinking about hold-overs.
     

  5. Fastrig

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    Taking the 9.3x62 Mauser M12 Max and calling it a day.....has quickly become my favorite rifle.
     
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    Right. I was in Eastern Cape for PG, no lions, elephants, etc. where we hunted, but buffalo were there. Going after Wildebeast, walking in the field with bush to one side, suddenly a herd of 20 buffalo sensed us, and stampeded toward us...well they probably smelled my buddy way in the back or something, otherwise why toward us right? In any case, tracker unarmed, PH unarmed, all running back at breakneck speed, my buddy way, way back and there I am alone with a 9.3, nowhere to hide or climb and 20 buff rushing. Luckily they rushed across my path about 50m (felt like 20) ahead of me from one side to the other and kept going. I have to admit that even then, knowing it would have made no difference, I wished for .458 Lott or bigger, rather than the puny 9.3. :D
     

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    Cool! Great choice I'm sure....good luck!
     
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  8. Fastrig

    Fastrig AH Enthusiast

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    Think I would have preferred a 50 cal machine gun in that situation :)
     
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  9. sgt_zim

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    This is the 50 cal I'd want for that scene

     
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    Yeah, Man! Puff the Magic Dragon second generation.
     
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    Wonder how that brass is for reloads :)
     

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