What gun do Professional Hunters like to use?

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It could be a London’s best made for an important lady of the past. You know so it would fit her, and be historically cool.
 

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Speaking of shotguns for leopards, how effective is the use of buckshot on them? I've heard varying opinions.
Not the best option I use Brenneke slugs
 

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Most Japanese girls in their 20’s weigh about the same as a double gun and a moderately packed day bag! Maybe a 450 Casull pistol would suit her better!
 

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I will list the DG rifles used by myself our other PHs

Myself .470 George Gibbs dbl. or .416R John Rigby
Wife .450-.400 Heym or .404J AHR CZ
PH .470 Evans dbl. with Trijicon mini RMR or .458 Lott CZ (one of Zims most experienced hunter, only uses the dbl. now)
PH .458 Lott CZ
PH .458 Lott CZ
PH .375 H&H push feed M-70 scoped (don't ask)
Of course all of the above PHs have other rifles in various calibers, but these are their "go to" working rifles.
As you can see there are a few rifles listed above that cost or are worth more than a Blaser, so it is not just a matter of what you can afford. No affront to the Blaser, just personal preference.
 

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Speaking of shotguns for leopards, how effective is the use of buckshot on them? I've heard varying opinions.
@tigris115

I have been using Eley Alphamax 2 3/4 inch LG shells ( with each shell holding eight antimony hardened lead slugs of .36 calibre ) in my Laurona 12 bore side-lock ejector to successfully take plenty of marauding Asiatic leopards , ever since 1972 . And I have never had an issue with their reliability . However , I must stress that only chest shots must be taken . Do to the thick and angled nature of an Asiatic leopard’s skull , the LG slugs often tend to either flatten or glance off ; upon striking skull bone .

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Most Japanese girls in their 20’s weigh about the same as a double gun and a moderately packed day bag! Maybe a 450 Casull pistol would suit her better!
She knows martial arts and gived the thing a healthy kick back.
 

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If the PH in your story:

1) Is the first in his family to hunt, he'll shoot a worn out BRNO 458 that he got second-hand from the game department;

2) Is of a line of PHs, he'll shoot a Rigby 416 for a bolt, or an Evans 470 for a double - these only when acting as a PH - otherwise he will shoot everything with a Rigby 350 or 9,3x62 - depending if he is from British or German lineage.

3) Is a man of taste and simplicity, a Rigby 416;

4) Does more elephant hunting than anything and finds himself all-too-often cleaning up his client's mess, a 458 Win Mag - one he had made by a lower-cost (read non-British) firm, but is otherwise 100% reliable;

5) Is over 6' and 220 lbs., he'll shoot a 577 Nitro;

6) Is a double rifle devotee and has a soft spot for the black powder guns his father used, a Rigby 450 Nitro (because it spanned black to smokeless powder);

7) Is an American who lived his dream of becoming a PH - a 375 H&H or 458 Win - either in a Model 70 - with a nod to the 375.



That should help ;-)
Novel approach... I agree with #5... I'm 6'3" and weighed 240lbs, pre-Covid-19... .577 Nitro Express would be my choice if I could afford one, and was a PH over there...
 

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There's definitely gonna be a comical scene where she falls flat as a board after firing a DG rifle for the first time.
Most Japanese girls in their 20’s weigh about the same as a double gun and a moderately packed day bag! Maybe a 450 Casull pistol would suit her better!
 

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