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BEST OVERALL RIFLE FOR HUNTING AFRICAN PLAINS GAME?


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On March 27, 2019 at 1:24 PM, Don fischer said:

Never been to Africa but always wanted to go. Not gonna make it I'm afraid. One thing I think I got about it through reading is the most important component is not the cartridge but the bullet. Seem's to me it's always a heavy for caliber bullet! I suspect that the 6.5's with 156gr class bullet's would work fine. 175gr in 7mm's and 200gr in 30's. Guessing a 308 with a 200gr bullet would be fine. I don't think you could carry anything that would be good to go for a charge by some dangerous game. I doubt even a lion would be able to take a well placed 200gr 30 cal bullet. At the same time it might not be a good idea on something like a Cape Buffalo! Then again a 458 with 500gr solids will probably pretty will stop anything from a Dik Dik on up! You'd have to decide just how much your willing to carry! I read years ago where Elennor O'Conner only ever killed one elephant. Did it with a 30-06! Oh well, so much for that theory. The range of animals in Africa is huge and I think one can get over gunned pretty easy. If I ever did make it there now, I'd carry my Nikon and a couple nice lens! I have lost my desire to shoot an animal there for some reason.

Yup.  I'd be happy just to see those critters in the wild.  

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I found plains game hunting pretty boring unless you just want to shoot a lot of animals.  Any 30 caliber rifle with good bullets will do.  I shot mine with the 375 H&H since we were hunting Cape Buffalo.  Now, That's real Hunting.

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