JD Spydo wrote: ↑Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:19 pmA very good hunting buddy of mine who is one of those guys who feels he must have the biggest of everything has a Weatherby Mark V like you mentioned in .460 Weatherby Magnum. The two times I shot that monster I thought I had a "Howitzer" on my shoulder That and another big gun another buddy of mine has which is a .375 Holland & Holland. I guess if I were hunting T-REX or Brontosaurus I might need something that big.
But that Weatherby .460 Magnum was surprisingly accurate for as big of a caliber as it is. That .460 had an Accubreak Recoil device. I'm glad it did but it still kicked me like a Missouri Mule
The only thing I don't like about Weatherby is that it is hard to find brass for re-loading and their factory ammo is up in the stratosphere price-wise. I guess if I were in Africa around Cape Buffalo, or a Bull Elephant I would probably like to have a gun like that. However Jack O'Connor hunted all of those monsters with a .270 Winchester if you can believe that.
I used to shoot a lot of the BIG ones when helping my gunsmith get his people ready for Africa about every year or ever other year depending.
Yeah, it can be brutal, even with a 50# bag of shot between the butt of the rifle and my shoulder.
.458's, 460's, 378's, 416's and some double rifles in .375 H&H and a few Nitro Express Caliber's.
Then some of what they considered small guns like the .338's, 340's and 300's.
One thing for sure, I would never own anything larger than a .340 Weatherby again if I ever got back into it again.
It's just like I said brutal.
And the .340 was bad enough even with the muzzle break.
The .375 H&H isn't really all that bad depending on the gun, not as sharp as some of the others.
The .378 Weatherby is absolutely painful compared to the .375 H&H recoil wise.
About Jack O'Connor and others Like Jeff Cooper hunting the Big 5 with small guns:
Yeah, I read and heard all of those stories too over the years, gain of salt in the end I believe.
It's real easy when they have guides with Large Bore guns backing them up in case they miss etc.
If one of them starts a charge stopping them with a small bore just isn't going to happen.