For almost 50 years, most of my big game hunting has been with push feed rifles. It wasn't until I started reading internet forums that I learned that there was a big deal about push feed rifles. Most of my rifles are push feed, but I do have 2 Mark X Mausers that are control feed.... I am wondering if the controlled round feeding vs non-controlled is an issue that is more invention of a problem than a real one?
I looked up this subject to see what people on this forum have said about control round actions. The reason being I have not bought my first African rifle yet and wanted opinions. Myself I have hunted with a Remington 700 all of my life. I bought a 30-06 when I was 14 and it's still my main rifle for Deer, Pronghorn and Elk. I have never had an extractor problem or a trigger problem. I know where the bullets are going to go. Just today I watched a video on this site with a hunter going after Elephant and was using a Remington 700 in 416 Remington magnum. The guy has hunted worldwide. Also saw a guy hunt buffalo with a model 700 on another video. I am wondering if the controlled round feeding vs non-controlled is an issue that is more invention of a problem than a real one?
I agree that often times too much is made of minor differences.
Having said that, if I were building or buying a bolt rifle specifically for DG, it would make sense ( to me) to spec controlled round feed.
I guess my Number 1 rifles are CRF! Thumb and forefinger!
Funny you mention a 721. Thats the rifle in my display image. One of my hobby's is buying 721's in unloved shape and if the bore and action are in good shape, I clean them up and refinish the stock and restore them back to former glory. I have found the 270 win models with the 24 inch barrel to be really accurate. I inherited one from my father and was thinking about glass and pillar bedding it and passing it on to my son until I took it to the range and zeroed a new scope for it. No need to mess with it. The rifle was so accurate I decided not to mess with it. I have a 30-06 on the way and as soon as that is done I am going to look for a 300 H&H to add to the collection.