1) How many shots on average , would it take with a .458 Winchester Magnum to drop a bull Elephant ?
2) Did he own any rifles of larger caliber than the .458 Winchester Magnum ?
3) What was his total battery ?
Terry's reply was interesting and short , yet precise.
He seems to have no problems scoring one shot kills on Elephant with his .458 WINCHESTER MAGNUM .
His largest caliber was a .458 WINCHESTER MAGNUM . While he also used the Department Issue .404 Jeffery Mauser , a .303 Lee Enfield and Double barrelled rifles of Nitro Express Caliber , the largest he owned was that .458 Winchester Magnum Mannlicher Shoenauer rotary Magazine rifle . I find his killing of an elephant with a .22 Hornet mind boggling . That's a tiny bullet ! Probably the smallest documented caliber used on an African Elephant ( I do know that a few Indian Rogue Elephants near Shiliguri used to be dispatched with the .22 Winchester Rimfire Magnum full metal jacket bullet through the exposed ear hole , but the Animals were tranquilized first . )
His battery was in total :
One .458 Winchester Magnum Mannlicher Shoenauer rotary Magazine rifle
One .375 HH Magnum Winchester Model 70
One. 30-06 Winchester Model 70
One .270 WINCHESTER MODEL 70
One 12 gauge Aya Double barrel 3 inch chambered shotgun with two sets of barrels ( one of which were cylinder bore for leopard ).
Terry's choices , to me , reflect the era when Kynoch had just discontinued their line of centre fire Cartridges. Barring the .375 HH Magnum , they were all American Calibers.
I find his experiences with the .458 Winchester Magnum interesting. It's not a caliber many of us like today ( myself included ) . But he appears to have had no problems. The reason ( according to Terry ) is that , from a 26 inch barrel as Steyr Mannlicher made for him in his custom. 458 Winchester Magnum , the correct Velocity can be acquired. How interesting !
I find it ever more mind boggling that Terry would use your ordinary run of the mill Hornady Ammunition ( 500 gr FMJ Meplats ). I personally have not had good experience with this brand in my .375 HH Magnum Winchester Model 70 . Contrast this with Mr. Richard Harland who used to load his issued .458 Winchester Magnum with 450 grain Monometal solids.
I wish l would ask Terry more about whether he would use his shotgun on leopard , with slugs or buckshot . But l guess it missed my questioning.
Would Terry's battery be a solid choice today ?
Well .... Hell yeah.
I would totally take a shotgun , a .270 , a .30-06 and a .375 HH Magnum to Africa I would replace the .458 Winchester Magnum with with a .505 Gibbs Magnum by Kilimanjaro rifles though , loaded with 525 grain Cutting Edge Monolithic meplat brass Solids . But that's just me.
It IS interesting however to note that Terry mentions the .458 Lott , saying that he would use it if it was there during his time. That leads me to believe that he MAY have opted for a .458 Lott over the .458 Winchester Magnum if he had one.
It's fascinating how he picks a flaw with the floor plate design in most Rifles . Apparently , due to shooting so many rounds , he used to experience Magazine floor plates popping open with almost every rifle he owned ( including a rebarrelled .458 Winchester Magnum Westley Richards Mauser ) before he got the Mannlicher. I sadly experienced this Same problem on a .460 Weatherby Mark V on a feral hog hunt many years ago.
I hope anyone here might find this of interest. I also have a nice email from Mark Sullivan somewhere in my computer and also from the sadly deceased Ian Gibson about their respective batteries.
PS : Barring what he wrote in his email , l tried to fill in the gaps from my memory of reading his memoir .