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Browning A-Bolt 375 H and H

Anyone ever use the Browning A-Bolt 375 H and H in Africa?

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Browning A-Bolt 375 H and H

just a weatherby. soryy,cannot help

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If spending the money to go to Africa, for any animal that would require a 375 H&H, or larger chambering to be legal, I would not start out with "ANY" pushfeed rifle, regardless of make, or chambering! Shame on You!

This is not just a personal choice, but also a mechanical one. A DGR (Dangerous Game Rifle) if a bolt rifle should always have a well tuned CRF(Control Round Feeding) action, with a firing pin blocking safety. If a double rifle, it should be a side by side, and be chambered for a Rimmed cartridge of sufficient size, and fitted with two triggers, and a NON-AUTO safety.
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I've turned my sights toward the CZ 550 now. Still mulling it over though for a few days. Since the Winchesters seem all gone and I've had good luck with the Brownings I thought I'd give them a look but I do believe you are right for a serious dangerous game rifle there are certain requirements. I only recently discovered that the CZ 550 is the famed Brno that I've heard so much about and the American stock version fits me quite nicely.

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During my trip to Zimbabwe last July, I used a J.G. Whitworth 375 H&H with a muzzlebrake. I used a Federal Sledgehammer for the Buffalo and a Federal cartridge with a Barnes X Bullet for the leopard. Both were one shot kills. I hope to return for Elephant and I will be using a CZ550 in 458 Lott. One of my professional hunters lives in the states and is an african rifle dealer. He deals mostlly in double rifles but handles many bolt actions also. My CZ will be equipped with a mercury recoil reducer and a muzzlebrake. On a 375 the muzzlebrake should be adequate. The 458 Lott is the most reasonable priced cartridge of the big guys. The 375 is just a sweet rifle to shoot. I am choosing the Lott as it will be my tip to the PH. It will also overcome an aiming error on my part. If the kill is not quick, it usually knocks the bull out and the second shot will finish the job. Good Luck on your hunt. It probably will not be your last trip to the Dark Continent.

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Great stuff to hear. I just go an e-mail from a friend over there with his recommendations. Still doing a bit more research and getting over one or two more professional hurdles before commiting to anything specific, but it is at least in sight now and it's surely time to start getting the guns ready. If you happen to know, what does it cost to import a rifle these days?

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Great stuff to hear. I just go an e-mail from a friend over there with his recommendations. Still doing a bit more research and getting over one or two more professional hurdles before commiting to anything specific, but it is at least in sight now and it's surely time to start getting the guns ready. If you happen to know, what does it cost to import a rifle these days?

If you are thinking about the CZ 550, you won't have to import it, you can buy them here. However if you mean to import them into an African country, that is usually included in the safari price, but not always, so you need to talk to the people you will be hunting with. The cost is usually between $100, and $200 dollars, per rifle. As soon as you get the rifle you will be useing in Africa, or infact, anyplace outside the USA, you need to go to a Customs office, and get a customs form 4457 listing your firearms,with proof of ownership, as owned by you. The reason for this is so when you return to the USA, this document proves you are not importing the rifles into the USA, but simply bringing them back. The other reason is, so many hunters have done this, other countries consider the form as your license to have the firearm, and this gets you through customs in Africa far more easily. There is something else that will save you some grief, and that is the customs forms for the country where you are going, have to be filled out properly, and in RSA, for instance, there are several copies of the same form, and they must befilled out in "BLACK INK", and left "UNSIGNED" . It is best to fill these out at home,and leaveing the signing to be done in front of the customs people there. These papers, along with your passport, should be kept available to show anyone who asks for them, not in your lugage ! This will get you through most African customs far faster. The above are things you need to have your booking agent, or Safari co. make very clear to you before you leave home! I staple the form 4457 in my passport, that way it is in my pocket at all times!

In any case , good luck to you, and enjoy! Thumbs up

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Good information, but I was wondering what it would cost to import a rifle (shipping, permits, etc.) that was purchased in Africa to the U.S. going through regular channels. It sounds like a bit of a pain in the behind if you are not there to escort the thing every step of the way.

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