Fair enough. Let me pick it up. In my posts you will note that I have attempted to differentiate between the ideal "client" and PH dangerous game rifles. I truly do believe they represent different sets of characteristics. And if it wasn't clear before, I think it is a mistake for a first time dangerous game hunter, particularly one with limited experience with open sights, to arm himself with a "stopping" rifle - particularly a double. That is not his job - exact first shot placement is. Note that I am not saying a double shouldn't be used by a client for buffalo. But one would hope such a client would have a lot of experience with that type of rifle and sights before adding to the risks of everyone else in the party. I obviously have no issue with a fine, well-behaved mauser-actioned rifle. I am fortunate to own and to have owned quite a few. Though I do not believe searching for a period Birmingham or London bolt rifle is necessary to acquire an "ideal" dangerous game rifle. And were I the owner of the Blaser you describe above, I likely would not have become enamored with mine. However this rifle is equipped with Blaser's Classic Sporter Stock - not the two-piece/visible receiver design. To my form and function programed brain, it turns it into a different thing entirely. The rifle has the feel and weight of stalking rifle, perfect open sights, the finest trigger pull of any rifle that I have ever owned, shoots sub-MOA with nearly everything I feed it, and is the fastest non-double rifle or semiauto that I have ever used. It is also fast out to 300 meters in .375 - not many doubles do that unless the target is a tank. I'll place it and the three rounds in the magazine unapologetically in any gunrack in any camp on any hunt with any set of clientele in Africa or anywhere else. None of this says that I have given up on mausers. Far from it. My current favorite light rifle is my Rigby .275. But I have come to appreciate and trust the R8 - particularly in this form. This one will be making it's third trip overseas three weeks from now.