I've used a 30-06 on game similar to plains game animals except Kudu etc and the 180gr bullets will do the job but If I had to choose only one rifle to take to Africa, for both DG & PG I would take a .404J with .257gr & 300gr bullets for PG. The beauty of the Cutting Edge .257gr is it's reversible from a hollow point to a solid! how handy is that for the really littlies without blowing them to bits and ruining their lovely skins (and meat)?. The velocities of this relatively light bullet in a big boomer are probably quite frightening but I guess you could download them. The 300gr can be loaded to .375H&H velocities, another handy load, and for close encounters of the big stomping & hooking kind, A-Frame's .400gr & Woodleigh's .450gr. The one African DG that would really scare the britches off me is the Rhino, which tend to go through things rather than around them - they are protected (from all except poachers) and I hope they can still be around in Africa for a long time to come, it would be a shame to lose such a magnificent beast, however, I digress.I know there is hundreds of very good caliber combination out there but between the ones on the pole which I think is the more common ones. Which one would you take if you could only take one and bag all the plains game found in Africa.
Because you have only one rifle you are able to reload for it to find a perfect load for your quarry.
After choosing please state why ?