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O.K., I'm in the market for a new big bore, and I'm looking for a little input, suggestion,whatever from you guys.

I've narrowed it down to three choices, and they are listed in the order of current preference:

1) .404 jeffery in an 03 mauser
2) .375 H&H in an 03 Mauser
3) .458 Lott in an 03 Mauser

Let me just list some of my other big'uns relevant to this discussion so you all have an idea of what I already have/might need, just in case you want to give input on ballistics gaps etc. They are as follows:

35 whelen in a remington mountain model, 350 remy mag guide gun

338 remington win mag

45/70 (listed b/c it's in a Ruger #1 and can be loaded pretty hot, but it's still a single shot, so not a real viable DG rifle) I've also got one in a Marlin cowboy lever action

9.3X74R Chapuis double

416 remington remington custom shop

470 nitro express 140 Merkel

So, what do you guys think I should go with here. Feal free to list anything I haven't already, and feal free to make any comments on Mauser or certain brands in general. Thanks for the input fellas.

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700 t-rex.

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Yeah, I've seen that recoil video with those little guys falling all over the place trying to shoot the thing... about what it looked like when my wife shot my 338 winny. Laugh

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I don't think you have any "big bore" caliber gaps so just get the one that calls to you the loudest. Thumbs up

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I just purchased a CZ 550 American Safari magnum .375 H&H. I've only shot it 5 times, but I like it. The recoil is very managable even off the bench.

I chose it because I can use it to hunt cape buffalo or grizzly and also use it hunt elk, moose and with some 235 grain bullets deer if I wanted.

The ballistics are very similar to that of the 30.06.

And the CZ was priced right.

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Madden;
I'm not following you on the '03 Mauser. Do you mean a '03 Springfield?

Anyway, the CZ .375H&H is a very nice rifle for the money.

Savage made the 116 Safari Express rifles in .375H&H and .458WM. Like any Savage, these have the advantage of rebarreling yourself.

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JCalhoun wrote:
Madden;
I'm not following you on the '03 Mauser. Do you mean a '03 Springfield?

Anyway, the CZ .375H&H is a very nice rifle for the money.

Savage made the 116 Safari Express rifles in .375H&H and .458WM. Like any Savage, these have the advantage of rebarreling yourself.

What do you mean, "rebarreling yourself." I'd appreciate knowing more about this. thanks.

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JCalhoun- Here's an example of an 03 mauser on the cabelas sight. They are 03 or M03 African mauser rifles.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/content/community/gun_inventory/invent...

I know that CZ makes a 404 and a 375, but do they make a Lott? I could always convert a 458 win, but I'd rather get the Lott straight up. I've heard great things about the CZ's, but I've also heard that with big bore rifles the stock is often too weak and glass beading is required. I know this aint no big thang, but has anyone else heard this?

I also know that CZ makes a .505 Gibbs, but I'll admit that that recoil is out of my league, at least in terms of practice. Call me a coward. With the Lott, at least I could load win mag bulllets or load it down to practice. I can even handle the full load off hand, but I've heard the Gibbs is a baby killer (as in, you shoot it, no more kids for you). I really do shoot quite a bit and do love practicing with my big boys; I'd also like to keep my shoulder and retinas intact for the golf game.

Do you all think that the 404 or 450/400 shoots flat enough to use as a plains game rifle? Essentially, is it a good one gunner for an all around safari?

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Yes, CZ makes a .458 Lott. My friend who suggested that I buy a CZ has the Lott.

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03 Mauser. That's a new one on me!

The Savage rifles are apearently made to be easy to switch out barrels. As I understand it all yu need is a go-no go guage and a barrel wrench. I hear lots of guys doing it at tho they were washing the car!

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Instead of buying the Mauser 03 .375 you could buy a CZ .375 and have 2 grand to spend.

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