My favourite African hunting cartridges

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Thanks for sharing Pieter! Having fired your 500 NE I can say the recoil was all I wanted to deal with!
As one might imagine my favorites are the 300 win mag and the 416 Ruger. These two have done the job for me.
However, you and I may hunt Cape buffalo one day with the 458 Lott Bryson walked around with last year.
 

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I've never pulled the trigger on anything bigger then a .300 win Mag. I have a .338 win mag but never had a reason to use it yet. Bought it used from a friends family upon his passing. I may have to try out one of Pieters big boys this year during my hunt. Maybe take a warthog with a double ! Go big or go home :)
 

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That is a great combo, like hearing what people who make their living as a PH use. The 7x57, (9.3x62 or 375HH), and a 404 will take care of everything you need. But being lucky enough to collect since I was young have a few others. I like my 404 Jeff more than the 416 rigby. Velo Dog please remember that your 500 is good for all things from cotton tail bunny’s to Elephants:cool: Have shot a 500NE a good bit but never had the chance to shoot a 500Jeff or 505 Gibbs. (I know a gap in my education). Now if we just get them to start cloneing wolly mammoths and saber tooth cats:rolleyes: Thank you for starting this post, be safe and have a great 2016 safari season!
 

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this thread reminds me that I don't use my 404 Jeff enough .......... I need to change that !

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Nice thread. My current three favorites for Africa are
275 Rigby (7x57)
416 Rigby
500 NE

However, I am a sucker for Rigbys and my three in these calipers happen to be three of my favorite rifles right now. Of course, a 375 H&H always has a place on a list like this too and I would very much like to try out the 404 Jeff.
 

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While I will probably never get to Africa now, a 7x57 and 4o4 Jeffery would have taken care of things when I had them a few years ago. Fortunately I still have the 7x57 and the 404 is in the hands of someone who will undoubtedly take it into its natural habbitat one day in the not to distant future. The 318WR and the 9.3x62 have been two others that have always had a niggling presence in the back of my mind as well, with constant poking at me to build one or both of them. Next on the adgenda though is a 6.5x57.
 

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My take is:

* 6,5x54MS, very good for lesser game, penetrates like crazy, for the pot
*.375H&H, for all the reasons mentioned above
*.458Win.Mag, its cheap and kills ele no matter what the naysayers think
*.475 NE, a 2150fps/5000 foot-pound round, because I happen to own one
*.600 NE, because it is the ultimate stopping rifle on elephant.Period.

If doubles are omitted I would opt for a .500 Jeffery built on a ZKK 602 action, poor mans stopping rifle but indeed well proven..
 

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Awesome selection and evidently well thought out.
 

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