Let’s ignore the caliber for a moment. You guys are spot on that 375 is a better all around caliber or even new client caliber.
I’m interested...why do so many suggest a scope on a 50-100yd high recoil rifle? Can most people get a quick short range aimed shot better with sights?....or maybe a red dot?
We are referring to a DG rifle for somebody to bring to Africa not a charge stopping big bore for a PH..I would never scope my 500 Jeff. I do however use a 1-6 X DG scope fitted with QD mounts on my 375 H&H makes it so much more versatile. As mentioned at low power(1x) it would also be faster than open sights for somebody who is not use to using open sights.
If it is cranked up to full power when following up then that person should probably need more practice...you always have the scope on the lowest power setting. Even after the initial shots have been taken and you start the follow up the scope gets cranked down to minimum.
For a visiting hunter the answer is quite simple, the scope is needed for..initial accurate shot placement...you need only one well placed shot to kill any animal.