Well bro, did you make a final, final decision?
I have to admit, practicality only played a small part in my decision on what to take on my trip.
I took a No 1 in 300 H&H because I wanted to hunt Africa with a "classic" rifle/cartridge combo. I can't afford an original Farquharson...so No 1 it is/was.
The 30 Super worked super on everything up to Eland, with the 180 TTSX.
@CatahoulaI am going on my first plains game safari next year. Zebra, wildebeest and warthog are on the menu. My Howa 30-06 is making the trip and is more than capable of taking the targeted game. However, I am enamored with the Ruger number one, having owned and hunted with several. I had planned on picking up a .375, (Already purchased a big lot of bullets from Tarbe) but the one I had my eye on has sold. It's probably overkill anyway. I was also offered a 416 Rem. at a great price, but that is definitely more than needed. I've got my eye on two, a 9.3x62 and a 405 Winchester. I know that either is more than enough for my planned hunt. Either is also usable for all manner of North American game. So.....
1) 405 Winchester- Limited options in ammo and bullet selection, especially heavier than 300 grains. Brass and ammo are pricey. Trajectory makes it a ~200 yard gun. But....the one I'm looking at has a beautifully figured stock. Should be a winner within it's limitations. Teddy took it to Africa! (I'm a nostalgic old guy) It's a discontinued caliber that had limited production. It is slightly more costly than the 9.3 and definitely more costly to feed.
2) 9.3x62. Good availability of brass, bullets and ammo at reasonable prices. Trajectory suitable for longer ranges. Available NIB at reasonable prices. proven over and over on all manner of African game. But.... all that I have seen have plain jane wood on them, as do most (Not all) of the recently produced number ones. These are readily available so I could shop around to find one that catches my eye. I do admire nicely figured walnut.
What to do? I know, get both. Probably not happening. If I purchase two, one will be a .375 or .416.
if you get a 9.3, almost any bullet is better than the 286 partition.I personally admire both the .405 Winchester and the 9.3x62 mm Mauser . However , ( taking your particular context into account) the 9.3x62 mm Mauser makes for the more practical choice . These is no plains game , which a 286 grain Nosler Partition soft nosed bullet cannot safely bring down ( assuming reasonable shot placement , of course ) .
single shot falling blocks have a lot of appeal visually.
however in the real world, if you want to hunt with a single shot, you can use a bolt repeater and load it with 1 round for the same effect.
then if you want a repeater you can load the mag as well.
a more versatile choice.
@bruce mouldsif you get a 9.3, almost any bullet is better than the 286 partition.
don't ask me how i know this.
i tried the 9.3 to see how it compared to the 375.
first attempts were with the partition, and i thought that the 9.3 was almost a useless calibre.
luckily i tried 300gn and 286 gn swift and found out that the 9.3 can compete with the 375.
the partition would be an ideal bullet for small to medium antelope.
decent bullets for anything bigger.
the swifts will also handle smaller game too, so you only need one bullet in reality.
same problems in 338 with partitions, even on a big pig.
in fact speer cup and core bullets proved better and more reliable than partitions there.
We all knew that @bruce moulds wasn't about to change his stripes.There goes the romance!
chris,Bruce , all I’m hearing is .375 is still the better option.
I couldn't agree with you more Prof. 45 plus yrs of use in all calibers except 22cal. Kinda sounds little the fable about the sky is falling or the Boy who cried Wolf!@bruce moulds
You have repeatedly gone out of your way to make it very clear that you have had negative experiences with the Nosler Partition . Likewise , I have repeatedly highlighted my successful experiences with Nosler Partitions on all manners of game . For upwards of 40 years .
As I have said before , you do not recommend the Nosler Partition because you encountered failures with it . I recommend the Nosler Partition especially because I have had very successful results with it .
the things you hunt could mean that you are a dead man walking.
when you try better bullets in a fair way, you will see what i mean.
the killing effect is more profound than with partitions.
@Graham HunterI couldn't agree with you more Prof. 45 plus yrs of use in all calibers except 22cal. Kinda sounds little the fable about the sky is falling or the Boy who cried Wolf!
again i say, pictures of dead animals or trophies prove nothing.@bruce moulds
I know you mean well . But if it has not happened to me in 40 years of hunting these things
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then , I rather doubt that I am going to get mangled anytime soon . I am not saying that no one has ever had Nosler Partition bullets fail . However , it has never ever happened to me .
And yes , I also own 500 grain Swift A Frame soft nosed Norma factory loads for my .458 Winchester Magnum .
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They work commendably well , but I do not find the Nosler Partition’s performance to be unsatisfactory in anyway .
Many hunters these days are so mesmerized by the performance of modern bullets , that they tend to dismiss older designs as completely unreliable . I can understand this view , but I personally do not agree with it .