African Hunting Rifles

A primary time hunter to Africa may have typically have chosen his rifle by strolling right into a gun store in his hometown and advised the person the store he wants a rifle for African looking. He’ll in all probability stroll out with a rifle which will or might not be the best calibre and/or end nevertheless it could be the rifle that offers the store proprietor (who might properly have by no means been on an African looking safari) the best revenue margin.

First, let us take a look at the fundamentals…

  • Africa is usually shiny sunny, dry and scorching. Because of this a gloss completed rifle is a step within the fallacious route. Any rifle that gleams is the fallacious rifle for an African looking safari. You might want to attempt to purchase one thing that has a matt or parkerised end on the metalwork and telescopic sight and both a dullish, oiled end wooden inventory or should you choose an artificial (however nonetheless non-reflective) inventory.
  • Lengthy barrels may also be a downside in Africa. This is because of the truth that you’ll spend a good period of time carrying it in your shoulder, and an extended barrel sticks up greater and displays greater than a brief barrel. One method to recover from that is to get into the behavior of carrying an extended barrelled rifle 7mm 08 ammo within the muzzle down place. It is also a good suggestion to place a bit of insulating tape over the top of the barrel to maintain the mud out. Shorter barrels additionally make for quicker goal acquisition and pointability.

Looking rifles which might be authorized in Africa fall into 4 primary classes….


There’s the single shot actions such because the well-known “falling block”. These will be discounted immediately as being removed from ultimate by dint of their being too sluggish to reload.

Then comes the underlever actions, the bolt actions (together with the straight pull bolts comparable to Blaser make) after which the well-known double rifles made by such distinguished corporations as Holland & Holland and Westley Richards within the UK and Heym in Germany.

Any of those motion varieties are perfect for Africa. Though most underlever rifles hardly ever are available in appropriate calibres for many harmful sport species and will due to this fact be discounted for harmful sport looking with the exception maybe of the massive cats.

  • The bolt motion rifles are by far the preferred alternative of hunters worldwide. In all probability one of the crucial standard and dependable forms of bolt motion rifles are the Mauser managed feed variants. We use these actions in.404 Jeffery on our firm loaner rifles. Do not feel that push feed rifles ought to be dominated out although, my very own Harmful Recreation rifle is a push feed motion made by Sabi Rifles in South Africa. It is a bit battered these days, nevertheless it’s by no means let me down, shoots as straight as a die and I find it irresistible dearly. The straight pull bolt rifles are a wonderful alternative (particularly) for left-handed shooters as left and right-handed bolts can typically be utilized in the identical rifle. Detachable magazines are an controversial level. Personally I do not like them a lot in any respect, as they will fall out if not accurately situated and a few hunters (particularly in moments of pleasure) drop them once in a while. Because of this they find yourself coated in mud after which should dismissed earlier than they are often changed within the rifle……Murphy’s legislation decrees that this can at all times occur on the worst attainable second!
  • Double rifles, though a bit on the heavy aspect are a pleasure to personal and use and as a rule, an important funding besides!. Having stated that they’re significantly costlier than a bolt motion rifle and in my view considerably proscribing of their use as a result of their design. Doubles actually solely come into their very own when looking Harmful Recreation at shut vary as they do, no doubt, permit for a quicker second shot than every other motion sort. The disadvantage of those rifles is that they want plenty of follow earlier than you may shoot them rather well. From my private expertise, at the very least 50% of looking purchasers who use double rifles cannot shoot them as precisely as they need to be capable of or as precisely as they assume they will. Some trendy doubles now have a cocking lever as an alternative of the extra conventional security catch. I personally don’t love these in any respect as in my view, the very level of getting a double is pace of use. The cocking lever removes a few of that pace. It is pretty uncommon to see a double rifle fitted with a scope however personally, I believe it is an important thought to suit a low energy scope with QD mounts. It makes the rifle much more versatile and sometimes helps dramatically with the important placement of that first shot.

When selecting any of the bigger calibres one issue that wants particular consideration is recoil. It is best to by no means purchase a rifle that you may’t study to shoot confidently and competently. Should you flinch on the shot then you might want to both take into consideration shopping for a smaller calibre or contemplate a muzzle brake or higher nonetheless, a mercury tube or tungsten bead recoil arrester fitted into the inventory. I personally shoot a brief barrelled.500 Jeffrey with a mercury tube within the inventory that tames the rifle down from a teeth-rattling demon to a pussycat……properly, virtually!


Most African nations have some sort of minimal requirement to hunt any harmful sport. Excepting leopard this generally interprets to round 4000 foot kilos and a bullet weight of 300 grains or so. That in flip interprets to a minimal calibre of.375 H&H magnum. Nonetheless, in my view, a.416 kills higher than a.375 and a.458 higher than a.416, and so forth.

Telescopic sights are a really private challenge and most hunters will let you know to spend more cash on this than on their rifles. I am not utterly certain that I agree with this. Know-how has superior a lot these days {that a} fairly priced good high quality Tasco scope, for instance, will carry out fairly properly on all however the heaviest recoiling rifles. When shopping for a scope for the lengthy vary looking safaris comparable to within the Kalahari then one thing like a 6-10 energy scope is an efficient alternative and one thing like a 3-6 energy for the nearer bushveldt looking. If you would like a scope in your harmful sport rifle then a 1.5-4 is about proper. It appears to be very fashionable to purchase scopes with straight tubes for Africa. I do not agree with this. Positive they appear ‘traditional Africa’ however they do not offer you any mild benefit in early or late mild circumstances. The scopes we match on our personal.404 Jeffery (firm loaner) rifles are Swarovski 1.5 – 6 x 42. The unrelenting march of know-how has seen latest introductions of many enhancements to scopes comparable to illuminated reticules, if you are going to go this route, you both have to discover ways to get the scope set to the best setting in loads of time earlier than the shot, otherwise you want to have the ability to set it shortly. Should you take too lengthy messing round with all these switches and so forth, you may miss your capturing alternative. Personally, I choose to maintain it easy and use a standard scope.

Good High quality QD scope mounts on the plains sport rifles are a good suggestion and should you put a scope in your harmful sport rifle, and I like to recommend you do, they need to be thought-about as completely obligatory. Your harmful sport rifle must also be fitted along with your alternative of open sights, however bear in mind you might want to see as a lot of what is making an attempt to stamp on you as attainable. My very own ‘cost stopper’ is fitted with a shallow vee rear sight and a giant crimson fibre optic foresight. The sights are set to what I used to be taught to consult with as ‘six o clock maintain, which implies the shooter sees as a lot of what is making an attempt to nail him as attainable. This arrange works like a dream for me, particularly in low mild circumstances comparable to are present in the actual thick bush that wounded sport like to cover in. These foolish little pop-off scope protectors ought to be averted just like the plague as they at all times make a noise if you open them thus alerting the sport and in case your scope cannot address the rigours of the African bush with out this stuff then you’ve the fallacious scope in your rifle.

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