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One gun to hunt the WHOLE WORLD

We're talking Africa, India, Austrailia and the Americas.

List your top one or two or three choices for what you'd consider the best choice for having only one rifle to hunt the whole world.

mine would be.

1) ruger M77 African in .375 ruger

2) Weatherby mark V in 30-378 wby mag

3) Winchester M70 in 338 win

barring several restrictions on caliber size for use on elephant, i think the last two would still be excellent choices for anything but the largest animal in the world. i would even place the performance of the 30-378 above the .338 win. This is why my top choice s at the top! i'd bet that .375 won't expand enough to destroy a deer as badly as you'd think it could. but who knows. let me know if you've tried it.

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Well for most of my hunting

Well for most of my hunting no matter where in the world i think my 7mm remington magnum will work fine. As far as Africa goes I started a thread awhile back asking what I would need and as long as dangerous game was not on the menu I would be fine with what I had.

Moving up from there though I'm sure I would go with one of the .375 rifles of some sort. A lot more power but still somewhat useable for narmal hunts as well.

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If you are looking for one

If you are looking for one round to hunt the world then it comes down to one that is legal for all animals and any caliber up to .40 will not make it due to the regulations.  So my one rifle caliber would have to be the 416 Weatherby.  It has enough power for any animal up to and including elephant and with the choice between solid and soft point bullets it will handle any other animal.

So that would be my one rifle/caliber.  Now if you want a long range rifle/caliber to use on anything except for animals that you find on the African Continent then the one rifle would be the Weatherby .338-378 magnum.  Load it down with 185 gr bullets or go up to 250 bullets it will get the job done on everything from antelope to the large bears with power to spare. 

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i'm not real familiar with

i'm not real familiar with the 338-378, but sounds like an even heavier version of the weatherby cal that i've seen in action. and boy are they hard-hittin and hard recoiling.

i do know that the .375 holland and holland was extremely popular as a double rifle and was used extensively in india. many popular african hunters purchased custom calibers designed specifically for themselves. i've heard of calibers such as the .460, .458, 470NE, .577 (t-rex?), 600NE, 10.5x68.

craig boddington generally speaks highly of the .375 H&H, WDM Bell used a 7x57 mauser, and a .303 (and killed over 1000 elephants with them) i believe the 7x57 carries less energy than the 30-06. and that .303 is less than a .308. he exclusively used FMJ rounds and took only brain shots.

you guys might have more experience when it comes to the .375,

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I am gonna have to go with my

I am gonna have to go with my favorite gun....that would be my Ruger MK77 Mark II in .338 Win. Mag.  It has the capability to go up to a 300 grain bullet which would alooe me to hunt most gaem in Africa.  I like the versatility of my gun I have shot my antelope with it and it causes very little meat damage with a well placed shot.  I have compete faith in my gun that I can take alot of big and dagerous game with it. 

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Has to be a 375

Only one gun for the whole world?  What kind of sadist are you anyway!?  Considering that this would include an antelope in the States, a sheep in British Columbia, an elephant in Africa, a buffalo in Austrailia, a chamois in Spain, a brown bear in Russia, and what the hell a tapir in South America, I'd have to pick a 375.  Just to be different, maybe a 375 Ruger instead of the H&H.  Way too much for some & just barely enough for others & probably just right for none.

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I really like the way you put

I really like the way you put that. it's really like a "this bowl of porrage is to hot, and this bowl is too cold." kind of thing. the .375 is probably "just right" for absolutely nothing. maybe something around 800 pounds. a tiger maybe?

it packs a whollop, but it's not ideal for about anything. hmmm, i didn't post the thread specifically with chamois in mind, but good point.

i've just been reading a lot of threads about the best gun for this, the best gun for that. so i figured i'd go to the extreme and ask about the "one gun to rule them all," so to speak.

i think a .375 ruger aught to do the trick on an elephant anyways. i hope.

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In most countries if you are

In most countries if you are hunting for an elephant anymore the rifle needs to be at least .40 caliber which leaves the .375 out. 

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One rifle to hunt the world

Critter wrote:

In most countries if you are hunting for an elephant anymore the rifle needs to be at least .40 caliber which leaves the .375 out. 

After reading this response, I went to the African Forum over on AccurateReloading where many African hunters and African Professional hunters post and asked the question of minimum caliber required in Africa for elephants.  The following is a detailed response for all African countries.  It basically says that the .375 is the minimum centerfire cartridge for elephants in all African countries, and that .40 caliber is the minimum black powder caliber for elephants in Zimbabwe.

"Not true other than in the 60's or 70's there was a East African min of .40 maybe for Keyna and Tanganyika ( -- cant remember that was before my time).

Here is the current min's:

Benin
• There is no minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Benin.
• Benin does not require a minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity) for calibers used.

Botswana
• The minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Botswana is .222 caliber for any game other than dangerous game.
• The minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Botswana is .375 caliber for dangerous game or big game hunting.
• The maximum equipment allowed for rifle hunting in Botswana is .577 Nitro Express caliber.
• Botswana does not require a minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity) for calibers used.

Burkina Faso
• There is no minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Burkina Faso.
• Burkina Faso does not require a minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity) for calibers used.

Cameroon
• For Group 1 - Small Game, the equipment requirement for hunting is .240 caliber or less, shotgun may be used as well.
• For Group 2 - Medium Game, the equipment requirement for hunting is .240 to .354 caliber.
• For Group 3 - Big Game, the equipment requirement for hunting is .354 caliber or larger.
• Cameroon does not require a minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity) for calibers used.

Central African Republic
• The minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Central African Republic is .375 caliber for dangerous game or big game hunting.
• Central African Republic does not require a minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity) for calibers used.

Ethiopia
• There is no minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Ethiopia.
• Ethiopia does not require a minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity) for calibers used.

Mozambique
• There is no minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Mozambique.
• Mozambique does not require a minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity) for calibers used.

Namibia
• Smallest caliber allowed 7 mm (.284).
• Minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity)
• Big Game
5400 Joule
(Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhino, Lion, etc.)
• Large Game
2700 Joule
(Greater Kudu, Cape Eland, Oryx / Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Hartmann's Zebra, Burchell's Zebra, Giraffe, Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope, Waterbuck, Tsessebe, Leopard, etc.)
• Medium to Small Game
1350 Joule
(Springbok, Impala, Blesbok, Gray Duiker, Steenbok, Ostrich, Caracal, Black-Faced Impala, Red Lechwe, Damara Dik-Dik, Klipspringer, Black-Backed Jackal, Warthog, Cheetah, Nyala, Chacma Baboon, Game Birds, etc.)

South Africa
• Most provinces do not have a minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting and rely on common sense.
• Some provinces require a minimum of .375 caliber for dangerous or big game hunting.
• No provinces require a minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity) for calibers used.

Tanzania
• The minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Tanzania is .240 caliber for any game other than dangerous game.
• The minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Tanzania is .375 caliber for dangerous game or big game hunting.
• Tanzania does not require a minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity) for calibers used.

Zambia
• Zambia does not have a minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting plains game and rely on common sense. Caliber in the .270 range will be well suited for some of the smaller plains game in Zambia.
• The minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Zambia is .300 caliber for dangerous game such as Leopard and Lion.
• The minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Zambia is .375 caliber for dangerous game or big game hunting such as Elephant, Buffalo and Hippo.
• Zambia does not require a minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity) for calibers used.

Zimbabwe
• Class A Game
5300 Joule
Minimum caliber 9.2mm in diameter
(Elephant, Hippo, Buffalo)
• Class B Game
4300 Joule
Minimum caliber 7.0mm in diameter
(Lion, Giraffe, Eland)
• Class C Game
3000 Joule
Minimum caliber 7.0mm in diameter
(Leopard, Crocodile, Kudu, Oryx / Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Zebra, Nyala, Sable Antelope, Waterbuck, Tsessebe, etc.)
• Class D Game
850 Joule
Minimum caliber 5.56mm in diameter
(Warthog, Impala, Reedbuck, Sitatunga, Duiker, Steenbok, Jackal, Game Birds, etc.)
• Black Powder Rifles
Minimum caliber .40"

 

My choice of one rifle to hunt all of the big game animals of the world would be my .375 RUM.

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Thanks for correcting me.  I

Thanks for correcting me.  I guess that the information that I was going off of was either wrong, old or a combination of both old and wrong.

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Pick the right country

Guess that if I have to (& can afford to) scratch the elephant itch, I'll have to go to one of the few countries that still allow the 375. 

Or take a battery of guns to include a 260 remington, a 30-06 & a 416 Remington or Weatherby (don't really think the difference in horsepower makes any significant difference if you hit the spot). 

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