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Mauser 7x57. It served Karamojo Bell quite well!

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Please don't dismiss a double as way outside your budget. While it takes some hunting, you can find great calibers, like 450-400 3 or 3&1/4, or 9.3x74 (which is ballistically just below the .375 and still legal for buffalo in SA and elsewhere) for prices in the 5-7,000 range.

If you go with a bolt and really want open sights, you should also consider a peep sight which, particularly for gentlemen of a certain age, will be quicker on target and more accurate than express sights, because you are only looking to place the front sight on target rather than lining up the v and the bead correctly with express sights.

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.375s are really not my thing, but I have been tricked into buying two. One is a London Rigby ordered by a late good friend when he was station chief for the CIA in Kabul, during their war with the Russians. He hunted Gaur, but was late to the party for tiger hunts in India while he was there. It is equipped with multi leaf sights as well as a Griffin and Howe style double lever mount made by Rigby. I guess there are more out there, but I've not seen one. My other .375 is a first year Model 70 Super Grade built by John Oberlies and equipped only with a Lyman 48, never scoped. It is probably the epitome of understated custom bolt guns, by a maker that would be hard to duplicate. This is a Robert Patterson gun that he apparently never used.

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Yes, and it looked something like this


And killed big dangerous game something like this:



Factory ammo comes in 300 grain at 2225 fps, but you can handload 210, 300, and 400 grain ammo. On the upper end it packs the same punch as the 450/400 .


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Lots of choices none better than the other so its a good question. Some options;

Rigby 416
Rigby 350
Rigby 275

Mannlicher M-1903

Jeffery DR
Any pre 1960 Rigby DR

Win. M-70 pre-64 375
Win. M-70 pre-64 30-06
Win. M-70 pre-64 300 H&H

Holland Royal 500/465
Holland Magazine 375 H&H
Holland Magazine 300 H&H

Joe Smithson Custom
Ralf Martini Custom
Duane Weibe Custom
Ron Paul Custom

Heym "Martini"
Heym 89B DR

Brno ZKK-602 375 or 416 or 458

Ruger No. 1 7x57 or 300 H&H or 375 H&H

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Sako African in 375 H H. Had one that I used n Alaska. When I left the service I sold it to my hunting buddy
Can’t go wrong with a 375.

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I was partial to a .45-2.6-535. Worked just fine. Bought a Martini 577/450, but could not get it to shoot so it stayed home.


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I don't know if I will ever get to Africa. I bought these with hope that I might someday.

Here are my Ruger M77 Hawkeye Africans, one is a .275 Rigby and the other is a 9,3x62mm. They shoot and handle great. Plus, even setup with optics the weren't that expensive.



Out with the .275


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SlowpokeBill, Your handle is appropriate I guess, but do not delay. Plan that trip right now. Time is wasting away, and anything and everything will try to get in the way. Just go!


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