You are right of course about a well placed 125 gr bullet better than a miss-placed 180gr bullet. No reflection on you but I find it hard to believe that his dad didn't help him with what I'd think would be a better selection in cartridge and ammunition.
I though about this a good deal after reading about it, were I that recoil shy, what would I choose. I'd like to run some ideas past you:
6.5x55 or 260 Rem with 140gr premium bullet's
7x57 or 7mm-08 with150gr or 160gr premium bullet's
300 Savage or 308 win with 150gr or 165gr premium bullet's
It seem's to me that here somewhere should be a load someone like Fred could use in comfort. It also is a testimony to the attitude of some of us that it is our right to hunt even if we're not properly prepared. If a guy is to out of shape, he can sit on a log somewhere but if he is inadequate with a weapon he sure shouldn't be off slinging bullet's around the country, Africa or anywhere else!
I take it you don't run into this to much? I think I'd have to send them off. I have little patience for those that take the killing of animals that lightly.
Hi Don, thanks for your input. Fortunately I do not run into this much and this was my first experience of this nature. I'm not familiar with the 300 Savage or the 260 Rem but am with the other calibers mentioned and believe they would have been better choices.
I do want to make it clear though that I have no issue with Fred or his Dad. His Dad is a very keen hunter and sportsman who have hunted Africa several times already. When Fred displayed an interest in his Dad's passion, his Dad jumped at the opportunity to share the experience with him - something I appreciate and admire him for. And although the way I brought the story across might have created the impression that Fred was taking the killing if animals lightly I assure you that that was not the case.
As the saying goes: "any day with lessons learnt is a day not wasted". I certainly learnt a few lessons during this hunt.