I have followed AH for quite some time and have read many opinions on rifle selection. So here is the question, what is the perfect Plains Game rifle? Is it a 25-06, 30-06, 300 Win Mag, one of the 375 family or a different one? You decide, and tell us why... Additionally, is there something that is too much for PG? I am only limited this to plains game (up to and including Eland) and NOT dangerous game.
I know there will be MANY passionate opinions, but please do not berate or belittle someone else for their opinion, because it is just that...opinion. The basis for this question is not only stopping ability, but minimal meat damage and hide preservation. Additionally, let us all consider that the rifles are using the "mythical" perfect plains game bullet so that we do not get into the discussion of bullet selection.
I did do a quick search, but do not turn up anything that specifically asks this question. If I missed a post, please let me know.
My opinion is the 300 Win Mag is a very good all-around PG rifle. It has the ability to reach out and drop something if necessary, and shoots a larger enough bullet (200gr to 220gr) to put the hurt on the larger animal but can be down loaded for the smaller ones. While the 375 H&H is the quintessential "African Caliber" I think it is one the large side for most PG animal. Your thoughts?
"Your favorite deer rifle" That is what the outfitter for my first PG Safari told me. Great advice, don't get hung up on caliber. Take what you can shoot well. Animals like Gemsbock, Zebra and Wildebeest are tough so shot placement is crucial. I know this is obvious but a lot of folks thing they need a magnum or huge caliber.
I used a .308 with Barnes 168gr VorTX and I had a great time.