Most Coveted Dangerous Game Calibers

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Is 9.3x74R really a good choice for leopard? I was under the impression fast calibers were a better choice but have no experience, only cats I ever hunted were feral domestic ones.
So anybody backing up on leopard or lion with any of the NE calibers are wrong?

Leopard on the charge are shot at feet, most important is a solid hit, the 9.3 x 74R allows you two very quick well placed shots because it is light, easy to handle and very effective. Much underrated cartridge, killed many DG including elephant.

Speed kills on the highway especially if you are on a superbike....
 

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So anybody backing up on leopard or lion with any of the NE calibers are wrong?

Leopard on the charge are shot at feet, most important is a solid hit, the 9.3 x 74R allows you two very quick well placed shots because it is light, easy to handle and very effective. Much underrated cartridge, killed many DG including elephant.

Like I said, I’ve got no experience with large, dangerous cats, I’m asking, not commenting.

I’m actually a big fan of 9.3x74R and do most of my hunting with a DR so chambered.

Speed kills on the highway especially if you are on a superbike....

No, it doesn’t, it’s the sudden stopping that does.
 

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I have enjoyed reading about grown men "jonesing" for DG caliber rifles. I have heard of all theses calibers, most since I was a child: 416 Rigby, 450/400 NE, 404 Jeffry, 458 Lott, 505 Gibbs. There are also the many American dangerous game calibers, and I am sure many others. Of course I find the British calibers more romantic. I ask here: what is the most coveted / rarest caliber. Not necessarily the most coveted rifle, but caliber. Of course it might not be possible to separate the two. This is not a poll. I am just trying to better understand these magical calibers.
470 NE
 

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Is 9.3x74R really a good choice for leopard? I was under the impression fast calibers were a better choice but have no experience, only cats I ever hunted were feral domestic ones.

I am having Heym build me a 9.3x74R specifically for a leopard hunt this year. Crossing fingers that it will arrive on time as promised. My PH is fine with that caliber for leopard and bait.
 

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I am having Heym build me a 9.3x74R specifically for a leopard hunt this year. Crossing fingers that it will arrive on time as promised. My PH is fine with that caliber for leopard and bait.

Insteresting, I need me a Leopard hunt so.
 

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So far I only own two 9.3x62's. One is a 98 mauser, and the other is a sauer. I own a interarms mark x in 416 taylor improved, and a ruger #1 in 416 remington magnum.
 

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I hear A LOT of people on here saying that .460 WBY is the best safari caliber ever made! Especially with a muzzle break
The problem with it, is people get it, set it up in a lead a sled. Then they get out in the field, scared to death of it, and make bad shots. All the while, they could got a .375 H&H/Ruger, and been just fine.
 

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I have a Lott and love it.

That said, it's way too young to be considered a classic must have for nostalgia sake caliber.

It's like arguing that a 375 Ruger is better than a .375 H&H. A Ruger is inferior simply because it isn't an H&H . :)
The H&H is inferior to the Ruger. Because the Ruger matches it (and exceeds in some cases) in shorter barrels. Ran with a 24" or 26", the Ruger will exceed the .375 Wby, and actually inches close to the .375 RUM.

Yes the H&H has been going 99 years, and has a phenomenal track record in Africa and every where else. But the Ruger is in no way, inferior. I wouldn't care to say it's the greatest .375 in existence.
 

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The problem with it, is people get it, set it up in a lead a sled. Then they get out in the field, scared to death of it, and make bad shots. All the while, they could got a .375 H&H/Ruger, and been just fine.
I submit that if one does not practice with it even a .375 H&H will be too much. There are people that put a muzzle break on a .308. :ROFLMAO:
 

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I submit that if one does not practice with it even a .375 H&H will be too much. There are people that put a muzzle break on a .308. :ROFLMAO:
I had a Rem 700 VTR .22-250 that had a brake built in lol I ended up selling it, because those tiny bullets just don't excite me.
 

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