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Old 10-05-2017, 10:09 AM
Nontypical Buck
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There really is no "do all rifle." You end up with a rifle "just big enough" for the biggest of game - which then puts it "far too [email protected] big" for smaller game.

The 308win is as "right" of answer for the Americas as anything. I'm not really a fan of the 308win in general, favoring 30-06 with a heavy bias from when I was younger, and for anything but the heaviest of game like brown bear, moose, and bison, I'd prefer the 7-08 over the 308... But any of these are right answers for the task.

If a guy is financially able to visit Africa, they're easily capable of purchasing a second rifle, so while a 375 H&H is capable of punching bunnies, there's not much point in doing so other than to be able to say you can and did, or to "prove" you can get more utility out of your DGR than just African Game. Kinda like pulling a pony cart with a 20 horse team... While not as extreme, frankly the same over-powered sentiment can be said about the 30-06 or 308win for anything smaller than whitetails. It's no coincidence you hear so many guys talk about 3 and 4 gun batteries to suit world wide game hunting.

Where you live in the US makes a big difference in what rifle will best suit you as a "do all rifle." If you live in a state with larger game like Elk or bear, where you'll have a realistic opportunity of regularly drawing or buying large game tags, you need more rifle than you might in other states where the largest game available is a mule deer. A guy who owns ONE rifle might do well with a 7-08 in Nebraska every year, then be able to employ the same rifle for elk or moose in the rare opportunity it arises. Alternatively, someone who lives in Montana where an elk tag might be common fare would be better served in owning a 7rem mag or 30-06.

Similar to what I mentioned above about financial ability and African hunting, a guy who lives in a state where his "every year" game is no larger than a whitetail, going out of state typically costs enough, if a guy is capable of making it happen frequently, they're capable of purchasing another rifle, at least temporarily, if and when that happens. Too many folks from whitetail/mulie only states have been lured into buying bigger rifles than they'll ever use because they have dreams of one day hunting larger game in far away states or countries...
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