.405 Winchester and Cape Buffalo?

Discussion in '.375 & Up' started by Mr. 16 gauge, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. AZDAVE

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    CRS it is a Simson, Between the wars manufacture. Very well balanced and so far it has shot everything from hornaday factory to Woodleigh hand loads very well. I need to add a recoil pad to get it out to the correct LOP 15in vs 14 1/4 (Long Arms).
     

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    AZDAVE - I just read about a Simson shotgun to .405 conversion over on another forum and I saw your post on that thread also. That is a very pretty rifle and well done kit. I joined the forum to chat with Birdhunter50 about the rifle and learn more about where I might find a good .405 double.
     

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    CRS, I am also a member on that forum and read about that conversion. Mine is a factory built double rifle. the only small blemish is 300m folding leaf sights is gone. 100 and 200 are there, but I don't really see using it for a 300yard prairie dog sniper so I can live without it. I hope you find one as they are just a really nice rifles. If I came across one in my searches I will forward you the info.
     

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    Thank God for Woodleigh, Northfork, Hawk et al.

    Those folks really do help keep the old stuff running in a way that enables them to keep up with the new stuff.
     

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    Tarbe,
    Amen to that.
    In my rifle, the 300 grain Northforks at 2250fps make it a whole 'nother thing for taking the big and bad. Did you see my Asian water buff report on the NF site a while back? Dead before it hit the ground!
    For the real big and real bad, the 400 grain Woodies at 2080 fps do the job also.
     
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    sorry to drag up an old thread but does anyone know what 405 win ammo availability is like on the dark continent?
     
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    If it's there expect to pay 1.5 times what you normally pay.
     
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    Think I might just stick with my 375 H&H
     
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    Take the 405, as you will get more satisfaction using it on buff than your run of the mill 375 that everybody and their uncle are using. I'm sure glad I did that.

    Take your own ammo or expect to pay about $100 a box for the Hornady stuff.
     

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    Its no run of the mill 375 its an A Francotte best. I just dont know why but I keep hankering after a double
     

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    I know why.

    It's the same reason many of us hanker for a double, as well.

    It is because we are rifle loonies...otherwise known as gun nuts.



    Tim
     

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    Only if you can fire a good premium grade 400gr bullet at over 2000 Fps.

    If you intend using 300 gr bullets, rather use a 375.

    I would however not want to have one in my hands when following up on a wounded buffalo that is for sure! Once wounded they can absorb an amazing amount of lead.
     
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    Norfolk Shooter,
    Thank you for bringing up this old thread- now I can show you my .405 DR.
    With red deer hind:
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    In the box:
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    Showing off QD mounts' Thete is also a peep sight that fits the mounts.
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    Design and weight takes away all 300 grain recoil and makes 400 grain pleasant of the bench rest.
     

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