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- Mar 21, 2021
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Shootist43, currently I own rifles that are typical for whitetail deer hunting. A 270 Win (Bolt Rifle), a 260 Rem (bolt Rifle), a 35 Rem (in Marlin 336), a 243 Win (bolt Rifle), along with a 223 (bolt rifle) for smaller critters, and of course 22lr and shotguns.Welcome aboard Jeremy. Rest assured that we'll do our best to educate and inform you about everything you need to know about hunting in Africa. We'll also do our best to convince you that you NEED to be making that trip to Africa sooner rather than later. Use AH's search function to find previous posts on topics of interest to you. BTW what kind and caliber rifles do you own, do you reload what species of African game are you thinking about hunting?
I am planning to add a rifle chambered for something a bit larger within the next year or so, maybe later this year. Exactly what I add I have not decided yet, but I am leaning toward something along the lines of a 9.3x62, 35 Whelen, 300 Win Mag (I've owned a couple of these in the past and only sold them because they were - in my opinion - too much gun for my typical whitetail hunting), or maybe 338 Win Mag, etc... I have considered having my 270 rebarreled to a 9.3x62 or 35 Whelen, as the 270 and 260 are quite redundant and my 260 is a bug hole shooter.
I would love to add a 375 H&H in a couple years, and my current "dream rifle set" would be either a matching pair of rifles in 300 H&H / 375 H&H or a switchbarrel rifle setup in the same combo (I've always had a nostalgic attraction to the 300 H&H), although I'm not married to that combination.
I did reload for about 20 years, but lost all my reloading equipment when my son totaled my truck while all equipment was boxed up in the back seat (long story short, he walked away from a multi-rollover accident, but my reloading equipment did not fare well - I'll take the trade). I plan to re-equip in that area soon as well.
African animals I hope to hunt would probably be a "typical" plains game hunt for my first trip (Impala, Warthog, Wildebeest, and perhaps Gemsbok (my favorite), Zebra, Kudu, depending on area and availability, total animals in bag, time, etc.).
I would love to hunt the big 5 / dangerous 7 as well, but making those a reality will require me to have a few consecutive years of significant returns investment-wise, so I'm keeping those relegated to the "dream" stage of things for now.
Plains game I hope to make a reality no further than 5 years from this summer, as I will turn 50 in mid-2026 and would love to either make such a hunt as my 50th birthday present or (preferably) have a hunt under my belt by / before then.
Thanks for the questions and the welcome!