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I am considering the purchase of a Heym double rifle in .458 caliber. The rifle has automatic ejectors. I have heard that because the cartridge doesn't have the flanged rim that traditional doubles possess that it will fail to eject reliably. Based on your experience, can you provide guidance on whether I should get serious about this purchase?
I just returned from my third plains-game hunt in RSA and I want to return next year for crocodile. My PH told me to hunt crocodile with whatever rifle that I am most comfortable with, but recommended solids. Kevin, what is your recommendation? My PH actually took a croc in the Limpopo River with a .22-250 Rem, but I don't want to be undergunned. I was thinking about my .300 Win Mag with Barnes solids.
What do you think of the .416 Ruger? I'd like to see Barnes, Nosler, Speer, or Swift to make a .416-cal bullet of 300 grains with a polymer tip for plains game and for all of us in the USA who shoot deer.
I have no practical experience with the .416 Ruger. It is simply too new on the market for African PHs to have gained sufficient experience with it. I have, however, a sample of this cartridge in my collection and I must say that it sure is good-looking.
Ballistically, the .416 Ruger is no different than the .416 Rigby or .416 Remington, and I have considerable experience with both of these well-proven-in-Africa cartridges. All three can send 400-grain .416 caliber bullets downrange at velocities up to 2,400 fps which, believe me, is considerable.
A new book by Craig Boddington shares the stories of people who have been on the receiving end of animal attacks.
Incidents of hunters, trackers, professional hunters, and innocent bystanders getting injured or killed by dangerous game animals crop up every year, and the trend toward hunters becoming the hunted seems to be on the increase.
Bears, both in Asia and North America, still take bites out of humans on a regular basis. In Africa, hardly a year goes by when at least one PH, tracker, or hunter gets killed by a Cape buffalo. Leopards have always been plentiful in Africa and are no less dangerous now than they were thirty years ago. Hippos and crocodiles may take the largest toll of all, so it pays to be cautious whenever you approach an African river.READ MORE
If someone had the intention of only taking one rifle to Africa to shoot mostly plains game, but would also like to hunt buffalo, elephant, and lion, would you say that the best all-round affordable caliber is the .375? The .375 was recommended to me for both distance and capability to kill (understanding that the PH would be able to “stop” an elephant or buffalo with his rifle), but I would love your input on the matter.
The elephants of the Selous need help, and hunting is critical to their survival.
By Brad Fitzpatrick
When Benson Kibonde left his position as chief warden of the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania in 2008 he thought the days of rampant ivory poaching in Tanzania were long past.READ MORE
Africa’s Greatest Tuskers is a new book by Tony Sanchez-Arino that does what no single volume has ever attempted: It lists every known elephant ever taken with at least one tusk of 130 pounds or more and tells the stories of who hunted these elephants, who owns the tusks, or how they were found.