@BadboymelvinHi guys, I am in the process of ordering a new DR and have to decide on what I would like to chamber it in. This is not as easy of a decision as one might think given that I am trying to avoid caliber “overlap”. In making my decision and soliciting yours, the below must be taken into consideration . . .
- I have a 416 Rigby bolt that I absolutely adore and can cleanly take any huntable animal. Given this, there is no specific requirement to go bigger and, frankly, not really that many options to do so given modern loads
- Caliber selected needs to be able to be rationally used to hunt Elephant (no .303 British, please!)
- I will have a 500/465 at some point, so that can be eliminated
- I very much like the romantacism around the 450 3 1/4. Buying that would then make duplicative the rounds that were later introduced to replicate its performance? . . . The 470 NE, 500/460, 475NE, 470 Non2, 458 etc.
- Assume this will be my only DR and that it will not be scoped
I don’t know what else to say to guide your comments. I will try to respond to suggestions with what as I see as a downside to them.
My gut is to go .500NE but lead me as you will.
A nice Hymen or Krighof in 500 nitro. I know a person that bought the Hymen in 500 and absolutely adores it. He even used it to cull some roos under permit so he could have some cases for reloading. A bit of overkill but he had fun and got used to the rifle quickly. He shot off 60 rounds in a week so it's nice to be able to afford to use factory rounds on roos.