Is Bigger Always Better?

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Good read Karl very well written, Deon are you reffering to me and my 375 H&H?

Karl, with the info you are getting on kills how about a article on terminal bullet performance between the various bullet manufacturers.
Don't know if you recall our chat long ago of which bullet made more internal damage Swift or Barnes?
 

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Hahahaha Frederik, no, you had sense and bought a bigger gun!

Some other people I know.....
 

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A wealth of experience, and knowledge of basic physics is a rare combination for any hunter.....and I salute you for a fine article. Failure to appreciate the difference between energy and the work done by that energy is the most common misconception, and you clarified that nicely. Thanks for sharing......FWB
 

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Karl,
This is excellent information. Thanks for the hard work to put an article like this together! There are many good points in here.
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I found that article one of the best I have read. I was a little surprised that the " little 375HH" outscored all the other calibers for one shot kills. Kind of debunked the 416 -500 hype. I think a good bit is the shooter. Too many have the idea that they need a shoulder fired super boomer and end up not being able to handle the recoil. That does not make for good shooting. Accuracy trumps noise and recoil so one is better off using something managable instead of lugging around something to stroke the ego..
 

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gosh, cannot resist, as per the title,

it depends on her name and if you ask her. :)
 

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that off my chest, very well done article. facts, just the facts. energy does not kill stuff, long holes thru vitals do. nicely done.
 

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I thought this group may enjoy this article I wrote in the latest African Gazette.
A link to that particular issue (of which Divan Labuschagne, one of our great PHs, also took the cover picture):
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Let me know your thoughts....
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Good article. Karamojo Bell had a few words to say on this subject and stated it didn't matter whether the animal was hit with a 250gr or 800gr bullet, if it didn't hit the vitals the animal didn't die. Found an interesting article on the Book Your Hunt blog worth reading and this quote from Bell "when an elephant was hit in the right place with the .275 it died just as quickly as when hit with the .400, and, vice versa, when the bullet from either rifle was wrongly placed death did not ensue."
Perhaps this is why it is said the .375 is the most popular caliber for Africa.
 

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Thank you for sharing Karl!
Makes one rethink the 'need' for a caliber larger than .375

I also wonder if the same could be said about the other dangerous game such as elephant, land hippo and rhino. Especially for a frontal charge, would the .375 still be the 'best' option?
 

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If hit in the CNS a solid from a 308 or similar will stop and land animal. If not, the bigger the better. A buffalo shot through the lungs with a 375 is going to die, but it may take a bit of time, particularly when the beast is pumped up with adrenaline, and in that time a lot can happen. Calibers do matter which is why there are legal minimums. In 1953 a lady called Bella Twin shot a record Grizzly with a 22lr rifle. It obviously can be done but I sure wouldn’t try it.
 

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