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Pick Your Gun
Here’s the scenario. A tiger charging at close range out of the grass, leaping with claws extended and mouth open, right onto the top of your elephant. Which rifle, cartridge, bullet combo do you go with?
For my peace of mind, I want something with two triggers and two barrels, both big enough for the kitty’s head to fit in. Not too big, however, because this rifle needs to be fast handling and well balanced—just look at the wheels on that cat! So call it a Holland & Holland Round Action Sidelock in .500/465 H&H. This rifle will set me back £40,165 ($80,921), which makes it, by the way, the bargain priced Holland & Holland double. The fancy one, the Royal, will costs at least £83,475, which translates into $168,163 of your hard earned American greenbacks.
But what price can you put on your own hide and the utter reliability that comes with owning an English Best gun? You might be broke, but at least you don’t have to worry about the rifle going ‘bang’ when you work the triggers.
The cartridge from Kynoch is loaded with 480 gr. softnose bullets that chug downrange at 2,150 fps and is a proven dangerous game load.
If forced to forced to face up to financial reality—meaning I have to grab a rifle from my own gun safe—I’m pulling out my Ruger Magnum in .416 Rigby. The speed of the tiger’s charge means I’m only getting off one shot, but that uncomfortable fact is offset somewhat by the confidence I have in the Ruger. I’ve hunted with it in three countries in Africa and have shot it out to 300 yards. It’s accurate and the cartridge has been sending animals to their reward with aplomb since it was introduced back in 1911. You could do worse.