USING A BIG BORE BOLT ACTION RIFLE By admin | March 2, 2023 | 50 USING A BIG BORE BOLT ACTION RIFLE How to use a big-bore bolt-action rifle. Posted in Optics
Really..you did real hard work in explaining the African hunting process quite precisely. But I’d like to point out one thing you’ve missed…like I’m a newbie to hunting with lots of friends like me around. So my quest for information is that how do I carry a rifle purchased and owned in America to Africa? What is the process including the legal formalities on both the sides..American as well as African, the transportation of my ownership rifle,with me when I board the airplane from an American airport, etc. Kindly do a separate video if need be. I think everyone like me, along with me would highly appreciate it sir. Thank you.🙂
Wow so many goodies here!!! I have been interested in hunting in Africa for years and Alaska. Really would like to bag a Warthog and a Kudu for sure. At this stage I’m a bit Leary of the cape buffaloes and all I read about them. I am a novice shooter for rifles (mainly a shotgun skeet and sporting clays background). Ok if you are still here lol, nowhere close to me as far as ranges go offer any kind of rifle training for higher recoiling guns and all the guys say I’m too small framed to hunt bears and anything in Africa….very frustrating to say the least. I have shot a 416 Remington magnum before and wow I would start laughing after I fired it, I can hit a pie plate at 50 yards but it was so very long ago and do remember it may be too much for me after watching your videos….. felt like a gut punch to come to terms with it but after watching your videos I had to set my Princess ego aside and have come to terms to go with a 375 H&H. But dang that 416 is too fun!!
Ok now that I am rambling and getting on my own nerves ( your videos are so helpful to me!) can you and do you know of anyplace that can offer me training on a 375? Under stress and the whole lot? I know it’s a lot to ask but any info would be appreciated and you will receive 1 Star coupon for an adult beverage of your choice!!! Lol 😂
Thank you Desert Dog for your excellent video. Your attention to field safety and gun discipline were particularly poignant.
What are you thoughts on red dot optics like Aimpoint etc., vs a conventional scopes like your Leupold above for dangerous game? My sense is the red dot are improving and becoming more popular, but I appreciate and respect your opinion on these matters. Also, what do you prefer for type of scope covers in the field? Another great video. On the model 70, when on the hunt, do you have your safety in full locked bolt safe or the middle safe position?
Hay what about the 45,60 how good are they
Know the anatomy of the game you intend to hunt AS WELL AS all they types of dangerous game in the area you will be hunting. Why? Because you may be hunting buffalo in Zimbabwe and a lion, elephant, or hippo may attack you from the brush. Practice taking shots at attacking dangerous game, and don’t practice shooting just one shot. An attacking animal may require 2 shots to drop them in their tracks.
Idk how you don’t have more subscribers! Awesome videos please keep them coming. Maybe a better microphone 🎤
Great video for basic instruction. Agree with pretty much everything, although I think not only this fella but many others under estimate the value and efficiency of a double rifle for dangerous game at DG shooting distances. After having and using one I can honestly say I personally believe they are easier to safely handle, easier to use and manage in the field loading and unloading, and allow much faster follow up shots. As another aside, after working in the firearms industry for 15 years,I wouldn’t use any of the cheaper assembly line rifles for dangerous game unless it has been completely gone through by a very competent gunsmith. If you’re going to put your life on the line, spend way more than you think you should on a good rifle.
Another interesting, informative, fun to watch video. For various and sundry reasons I know that I will never be able to hunt anywhere outside of the lower 48 much less an African dangerous game safari, but I do have what I call my American Big Bore. Custom Siamese Mauser 45-70 Gov’t. Loaded with a healthy charge of IMR 4064 behind a 400 grain jacketed FNSP at over 2000 FPS. That’s right out of a respected reloading manual labeled for Ruger #1 or Mauser bolt action rifles only! Plenty good for a charging grizzly or bull elk. Also handy to have around in the dinosaurs come back.😄
This is an excellent video. I appreciate this sound advice. (Rather than watching another exploding watermelon video.)🙂
You make very nice video man!
Safety is paramount. I cant remember the gentleman’s name but on a safari, he stepped in front of a 458 and was shot through the right shoulder. Pretty terrifying. I highly recommend your videos ,not just to safari hunters,but to anyone that hunts in groups. Best no nonsense advice I’ve seen so far 👍👍🎯🎯
It looks like u r a pretty big hefty guy for big bore guns but I met guys half ur size with .500×500 and never flinch once above .416 cal I need a butt pad on stock or shoulder pad due to shoulder injury on right side since my army time I like ur videos blessings to you thxs for posting great stuff
For me the 9,3×64 is better than the .375.. but I realy like the .416 Rigby in my CZ
Excellent organization of well thought out material. Thank you for the tremendous devotion of time to share your learning. Perry Pappous
What do you think about the a Winchester Model 70 .416 Rem Mag Safari Classic Rifle built 2001-2006?
Great video Good information Thanks
What Leupold scope do you have on your big bore?
What are your thoughts on big bore revolvers for dangerous game such as .454 casull, .460 and .500 Ruger?
How much is a Hunting trip to Africa I heard it’s like a anywhere from 20-35 grand
This was a great video, thanks very much, from South Africa.
Thank you for posting. More polite term: "consolidate your fecal matter." ISYN. Keep on rockin’ in the free world.
I’m surprised African PH’s would recommend lowering the rifle to cycle the bolt. The British brag on the Lee-Enfield’s ability to cycle the bolt without taking your eyes off the target. It’s also one reason why they prefer English doubles to what they call "magazine rifles." You don’t have to take your eyes off the target to get a second shot.
I Realy like Norma Swift A-Frams and Norma Solid in .416 Rigby!
This is a GREAT video
I am humbled every time I watch your videos, we forget so much detail because of age and experience
Great video! I learned much today. Good job.
MY HUBBY bought a Mauser Bauer bolt action rifle in 375 H&H for $400 back in the 1980’s. Sold it years later for $600.
NOW, he kicks himself evert time he sees the current prices – $1,000 and UP !
If worried about ammo resupply locally in Africa, among .416, it seems to me that .416 Rigby may be a better choice. .416 Rigby has been an African standard for over a century. I am guessing that you would more likely be able to find .416 Rigby than .416 Remington, .416 Weather Etc. Key is to find what is available there and build equivalent handloads to practice with at home since factory ammo tends to be pricey for practice and familiarization in field position practice. Heck it would be overpowered for deer, but the purpose of this exercise is field experience. Since .416 bullets are already "pre-expanded" when compared, say, to .30 bullets, you can use solids and with proper shot placement, destroy less edible meat than with softs.
Norma Solid and Norma Swift A-Frame in .416 Rigby fit good together.
I agree with the 416s but don’t forget the 404 Jeffery which is actually .423 caliber.
Around the 4 minute mark, you are talking about 9.3 x 62, I presume?
Man I am loving that scope. I have 2 35 Whelen’s one is a Ruger Hawkeye Centennial model only 150 made I love this gun and it needs a new scope. By watching your video I think I know which scope to get.
Do you have a recommendation on sticks? I see yours has a squeeze/quick release. Great video by the way. Thanks.
I’m thinking about a 9.3×62, because it’s still reasonable to use in the states too. For more than just the really big animals. I would love to go to Africa for hunting, but I might only get to do it once.
DD, if you mentioned it in the video I must have missed it but did you cover sight in of the open sights and more specifically, did you mention that a taller front sight blade might be required?
You didn’t mention do not take a muzzle break
Good job, all very sensible.
Why are the objectives so narrow (24mm) on lower powered dangerous game scopes? Doesn’t that limit light? Would a 2-7 x with a more normal objective be acceptable on a .375 ? At what time might a rifle, if at all, have all the rounds in the mag and nothing in the chamber?
Love your videos so much, I often re-watch and keep in favs…
I’m considering a Sako grisly in 375 HnH for Water Buffalo and Scrub Bulls here in Australia.
This video has helped me out a lot, thank you for this great info.
Excellent and pedagogic lecture; I would certainly prefere the SAME ammunition to practice with (bought or reloaded) as to use in hunting dangerous animals, totally dispite the cost
What do you think about the Sako 85?
Excellent video, the best big game one I,ve seen with practical advice. you covered everything. From a model 70 fan, just bought a 458!
I think you should get your rifle and practice before you book your hunt.
I absolutely agree and myself use a led sled and past recoil shield sighting in and the past recoil attachment hunting. Makes a difference for the big thumper guns. I felt when it was introduced the .416 Remington cartridge would replace the .375 H&H as the one safari caliber. It hasn’t yet but is far better than the .375 on dangerous game and with 350 grain bullets can be decent for plains game. The safety rules critical. Your right a nervous hunter is more dangerous than the cape buffalo you after. Always follow the instructions of the professional. I favor and recommend the American system of working the bolt and tell friends keen on hunting nasty critters to practice working the rifle so you don’t short stroke that magazine rifle. If hunting here with a lever gun same thing practice working the action. Range work as well. Excellent presentation outstanding advice. Sent to some friends as it answers about all questions a hunter would have, new guy or experienced. I practice off hand and with sticks, you need to be competent with both.
Is the Ruger Hawkeye CRF? I owned a Ruger 77 tang safety, and it definitely was not CRF although it is made to look like a CRF bolt, it is merely a push feed with a long claw extractor.
Excellent job DesertDog, as always very informative.👍