What cartridge have you thought about the most, but never owned a rifle chambered in it?
For me it all comes down to the .257 Roberts, .250 Savage, .300 Savage, .303 Savage, .260 Remington, .280 Remington, .308 Win., and 7X57 Mauser. I know a looooooong list. I am not truly sure which one I have thought about the most... Probably the .257 Roberts. Seems like the perfect deer cartridge.
Didn't you also desire a .500 Nitro Express calibre double barreled side by side rifle once , IvW ?If I could i would honestly want:
9.3x74R/7x57mm Bergstutzen with 26" barrels fitted with QD scope and extra set of barrels in 12ga/12ga 3' with 5 interchangeable chokes by Verney Carron and then a 450 # 2 NE, S x S also by VC.
That would be all I need....
Didn't you also desire a .500 Nitro Express calibre double barreled side by side rifle once , IvW ?
There used to be a rifle calibre called the .476 Westley Richards . I had 1 client bring a Westley Richards double barreled side by side rifle ... which was chambered in this calibre . The rifle was regulated for ICI Kynoch 520 grain solid metal covered bullets . He brought it for the purposes of a gaur shikar .Absolutely but I would prefer 3 1/4 inch loaded to 3" pressure. .500 is very effective but overkill for most except elephant.
450 # 2 NE is the longest of the lot, has the least pressure, has the strongest and best case design, and can easily be loaded with 500gr bullets to 2175 fps. The favorite double used by the best elephant hunter in my opinion in the thickest bush imaginable, Ian Nyschens. Such a chambered double would be the ultimate combination, with history to boot....
So did Percival(who used a matched pair of these), although many think Taylor used smaller bores(which he did and shot about 800 with the 7x57 MM), the bulk where shot with doubles. Taylor owned four rifles chambered in .450 No 2 Nitro Express, with them he killed several hundred elephant, scores of rhinoceros and several hundred buffalo. So did, Maharaja Nripendra Narayan 4 October 1862 – 18 September 1911.