Hi guys, yes itís another calibre thread but one I could use a bit of input with.
Iím putting this in the big game thread as the intended rifle would be mostly used for overseas hunting and maybe a bit of use back here for visitors needing to borrow a rifle or a spare if my working gun is in the shop.
First I think I should give you a bit of background on my current setup before we get to the meat of it. Currently for my overseas rifles I have 2 rigs the first is a M03 in .30-06, it fitís me like a glove and is great up close on moving targets with the 1-6x24 Swaro and I have a second 3-12x56 Ziess in itís own QD mounts for use as a general purpose rifle. My second rifle was bought as a mountain and plains rifle after a trip out to northern Namibia which highlighted my lack of experience at longer range shooting. Itís a Sako 85 SS hunter in 7mm Rem mag with a Khales 4.5-18x50, a real track driver and with the scope using either the ret for holdover or dialling in (Yeah like I ever have time for that) I feel happy shooting out to around 4-500 yards.
Now the 7mm is for use overseas hunting in places and at ranges that are outwith the norm for general Deer Stalking over here so please bear that in mind and letís not have a long range rage thread or I will ask the Mods for a lock.
I have been looking for a way to combine these two rifles now for quite while but I keep coming up short. The main reason I would like to do this is since Rigby is back in London and now producing a .416 in semi obtainable money I would like to finish off my inventory with a Big Game rifle. However I would like to make some space and simplify my ammunition requirements which currently covers 150 grain .30-06, 180 grain .30-06 and 162 grain 7mm Rem mag. The latter two are becoming more sporadic and I have to order them in more often than not, which means I have to travel to the other side of Scotland to pick it up.
Iíve thought long and hard about a .300 Win Mag but I borrowed one once and it kicked the living daylights out of me and Iím a big enough lad 6í 1Ē 90kg and very fit. It might have just been the rifle itself an old Ruger 77 All Weather with a rubbish plastic stock but I donít have fond memories of the .300.
Iím looking for suggestions on calibre and possible rifle combinations including scopes. The suggested rifle could be used on Boar in Croatia, Chamois in the Austrian mountains, Zebra on the plains and Kopies of Namibia or Eland in wait a minute thorn. Also the calibre must be available the world over. I suppose that maybe I should just keep the two rifles as such a thing may not be effectively possible but I thought I would ask the question, thanks in advance.