Gentlemen, hello this is my first time to this forum and I'm excited to be here. I've been scrolling the last few days just reading. Signed up today because I have a mighty task at hand. A little about me I'm 43 years old. I've hunted mainly in Canada & across North America. I've hunted almost all the deer species except for moose and elk but they are on my list. I've hunted whitetails in the south all my life. In 2014 my dad and I got the itch and we went to Africa for a father son plains game hunt and it was an incredible experience. I'm 6 feet tall 280 lbs broad shoulders and pretty muscular legs. I shot my 325 wsm with factor 200 grain accubonds, it put everything we shot on its ass including a huge blue wildabeest. All one shot kills. I just booked a lion and plains game hunt for May 2018 and my heart is pounding. The biggest gun I own is my 325 wsm. Should I buy the 375 H&H or 416? I have no interest in ever hunting an elephant or hippo. Buffalo and crocodile are down the line later. But I figure if you're going to shoot a lion drop a serious hammer if I can shoot it straight. I'm willing to spend up to 1,500 to 2,500 for a nice dependable rifle. I'm a little prejudiced. I only try to hunt with Zeiss optics, Swaro or high end Leopold stuff. I love Sako for the smooth actions but I'm not spending 9,000 for a safari gun I also love Coopers but not spending 6,500 on these 416s or 375s. One more thing will barrel length matter? I'm accustomed to shooting 24 inch and 22 inch barreled rifles. Whats good gentlemen and what can I do with this budget? Hunting is a passion for me! I'm a pretty successful business guy in my personal life and I've been a pretty successful hunter as well, because I'm very good at being humble, shutting up and listening to those who've been there done than. Sorry to ramble looking forward to answers.