I dunno, to me that's one of the sayings that sounds good at face value but if you think about it doesn't hold up. Take a 9 3 or a 375, plenty of things they excel at which is the exact reason they're considered all rounders.The whole problem with a rifle or cartridge that does it all is that it excels at nothing.
The general consensus on this board is that the .375 and 9.3 are acceptable, but less than ideal for stopping a charge.I dunno, to me that's one of the sayings that sounds good at face value but if you think about it doesn't hold up. Take a 9 3 or a 375, plenty of things they excel at which is the exact reason they're considered all rounders.
having known and hunted with Don, his carry gun and preferred gun was a 9.3x62 for everything but elephants- there the gun was sxs 500/416I recently read and re-read the article by Don Health entitled The "All Round Rifle" And Other Slippery Shibboleths'
In the article, Don discusses his requirements for the one rifle to do it all in Africa, which are briefly outlined below:
- The rifle must be able to drive a bullet through to an elephant brain from any angle;
- The rifle must be accurate enough and flat shooting enough for use on plainsgame under local prevailing conditions;
- The rifle must be easy to shoot and absolutely reliable;
- A selection of bullet types must be available that are suitable for taking all size classes of game from dik dik to elephant efficiently;
- The cartridge chosen must be easy to reload, and economical to practice with;
- The scope should have a setting of 2x or below for use on dangerous game;
- The ammunition should not be so bulky as to preclude easily carrying 20 or 30 rounds;
- The rifle design should facilitate rapid follow up shots.
In terms of cartridges he concluded that the 375 H&H was too long, the 9.3x62 was just adequate in power, and that the 376 Steyr was anaemic. He did write that if the 376 Steyr had been designed to fit a standard 30-06 length action instead of a short action it would have been 'the ultimate general purpose cartridge for Africa.
This brings me to the 375 Ruger. Is this the cartridge Don Heath had envisioned? Any thoughts?
All I remember was a Mauser custom in 9,3x62 plus a 500/416 ?? double rifleThanks for the info! Can you shed any light on his particular rifle?
Would you look at that! Haha Nice way to drive sales.All I remember was a Mauser custom in 9,3x62 plus a 500/416 ?? double rifle
there is a great article he wrote for me posted on the Norma website under cartridge of the month on mauser. Don was a gifter writer and the article is a great read on the history.
www.norma-usa.com then scroll to cartridge of month click on and select article