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.458 cal bullet for Afirican lion hunt

Getting ready for a lion hunt in Africa and am planning to take my Winchester mod 70 in .458 win mag. Any suggestions on a good bullet.? I hand load and have looked at a couple of bullets, but do not have any experience with lion hunting and understand that you do not need a real tough bullet, but one that will open quickly and still get through muscle and bone in case of a charge. Any been there got that check in the box experience? Thanks for the input.

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.458 cal bullet for Afirican lion hunt

I do not have the experience in Lion hunting but this sounds like a question for your P.H.

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Re: .458 cal bullet for Afirican lion hunt
md73 wrote:
Getting ready for a lion hunt in Africa and am planning to take my Winchester mod 70 in .458 win mag. Any suggestions on a good bullet.? I hand load and have looked at a couple of bullets, but do not have any experience with lion hunting and understand that you do not need a real tough bullet, but one that will open quickly and still get through muscle and bone in case of a charge. Any been there got that check in the box experience? Thanks for the input.

MD73, if I were going to use a 458 Win Mag for lion hunting, which wouldn't be my first choice, I would hand load a 480 gr Woodliegh soft point to about 2100 fps, and make sure it hit the right place the first time.
What I mean by this wouldn't be my first choice for lion hunting in general is, lion hunting is done in several ways, and for all except over bait, the 458WM isn't my idea of a lion cartridge. In any event, I wouldn't use a .458 bullet of less weight than 480 grs. Even 500 gr bullets have been known to not pennitrate the full shoulder if a big lion. You need that SD of a heavy bullet.
If tracking, or simply drive-spotting, many of the shots will be long, and most at a running animal. For this a good 375 H&H, or 416 Rem Mag is a much better choice, and actually either of those pennetrate better then a 458 Win Mag , from difficult angles. I'm quite sure your PH will tell you the same thing.

If you will be hunting over bait, the the 458WM with the 480 gr Woodliegh will be fine! Are you takeing a smaller rifle as well, if so what is it chambered for? If it happens to be a 338 WM, 9.3X62, 9.3X74R, 416 RM or a 375 H&H, your PH may ask you to use one of those, instead of the 458WM, with the proper bullet either of those will do a yoman's job on lion. When a lion hunt these days is going for upwards of $35K, it make sense to shoot what will give you the best results. I'd sure hate to have to pay $15K trophy fee on a lion I shot, and lost!

Good luck, on your hunt! Who are you hunting with,how, and where?

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