I have used a variety of cartridges over the decades. 375 H&H, 416 Rigby, 416 Rem, 458 WinMag, 450 Ackley, 500 Jeffery, and 470 Nitro Express. My favorite and most used has been the 416 Rigby using it alone for over fifty Mbogo. Have used the Rigby off and on for fifty years so have used a wide variety of ammo. Currently prefer 400 grain TSX in that caliber. By the way, all calibers have worked fine for me. If you are new to buffalo hunting and not accustomed to heavy recoil use a 375 H&H as it will work fine and you will be less apt to flinch a shot awry. Kindest Regards
I've shot buffalo with Nosler Partitions, not my favorite, Woodleighs, TBBC's, and my favorite, Swift A Frames. All with a .416 Rem. They all died. Just got back from Tanzania with four on ticket. Swift A frames did fine when I did my part. Botched one.
Ever since my first African Safari in 1974, most of the Cape buffalo which I’ve shot … were taken with a .375 Holland & Holland Magnum . I took one in 1978 with a .458 Winchester Magnum, but then realized that it’s penetration was relatively anaemic compared to the .375 Holland & Holland Magnum .
Of all the .375 caliber rifles which I’ve rented from my White Hunters over the years… The best would have to be an early model BRNO ZKK602 with the Hog’s Back stock and the folding diopter on the top of the receiver. Initially my preferred set up for Cape buffalo, was one RWS TUG 300 Gr soft point ( for the initial shot ) and five Remington 300 Gr round nosed steel jacketed FMJ solids in the magazine ( for the follow up shots ) . Now, I prefer the Federal 300 Gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claw controlled expansion soft point almost exclusively. And it’s served me very well.
Just for kicks, I’d really like to take my next Cape buffalo with a .505 Gibbs though. Such a regal caliber.
For nostalga, I like my trusty Winchester M1895 .405 WCF with a healthy dose of Viht N530 and a tough Hawk 350 grainer at 2270 fps. Otherwise I have my absolutely reliable FN M98 Express rifle in 9,3x66 Sako (converted from 9,3x62) with a 286 grain Barnes TSX at about 2530 fps.
NTH, Just found your message. I hunt with Eland Pro Safaris in Namibia. Wide selection of game and great folks. Hell my PH and his family ARE adopted family, LOL! I book people to hunt with them and should you be interested I'd be happy to meet and discuss a trip. Anyway all the best to you and give me a shout sometime. Bye for now.