Thats young man! I am 67, took a buff two years ago, will do another soon. I also took a red stag in Scotland last year, right on the top of a mountain, the climb was the toughest hunt I have ever done, makes Africa look like a billiard table.I had the double rifle bug years back but was able to get over. I got really busy with my Tournament bass Fishing, it pretty much made me forget anything else but tournament fishing.
Someone the other day on Accurate Reloading had a Searcy Double for 10k US. Its not an English Double but still a good solid double. If I get a chance to hund DG, it will be maybe one in my life time based on me crowding 65 in a couple of months. None the less, I thought about but just could not justify it.
English doubles are what its about no doubt.
Any extractor ptoblems Chashardy?For me it was the history and tradition of classic big game hunting in Africa and the photos and movies of hunters carrying big bore doubles on safari in Africa. I took a Model 70 on my first trip to Africa in 1987 and shot plains game. Didn't get back until 2018 and made the decision to get a double. It's so much fun to hunt with and I've used it on two hunts in Limpopo. There's just something about the look and feel of a double rifle that speaks Africa.
I used it in 2019 in thick bush stalking a nice nyala. First shot knocked him down, but apparently hit him just a bit high and went right through the hump of fat at his shoulders. After tracking for a bit we found him again and I hit him with another shot and he turned to run and I instantly fired the second barrel and he went down. My PH immediately said, "That's why I love double rifles!"
Mine's a Chapuis 375 H&H and I really enjoy hunting with it.