5 Best Rifles for Hunting Safari 2021.
Africa has been an attraction hub for adventurous hunting expeditions. Hunters from all walks of life make this trip to Africa on a regular basis.
Africa is the embodiment of natural attractions and is loaded with every one of life’s natural beauties.
Africa is well characterized by its abundance of games which makes it a tourist destination for hunters from every part of the globe.
Thousands of tourists, hunters and families make this trip to Africa on a yearly basis.
African countries like South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe have become a tourist destination for trophy hunters.
The fun attached to trophy hunting does not downplay the importance of having a good rifle with you. There is no absolute list of the best rifles that guarantee high results and fun as there are a lot of rifles in the market that can meet your needs. However, we have compiled a few that we highly recommend.
The major factors that determine the kind of rifle to be in use, is the destination, and the type of games you are hunting for.
The location and nature of the hunting ground is a key factor to consider in selecting the right rifle for hunting expeditions. Also whatever your choice may be, the rifle has to be:
Functional: The rifle has got to work effectively and must be ready to release bullets anytime you need it to.
Dependable: Some rifles can actually disappoint you. Just when you need them to work, they begin to malfunction. You need to make sure that your choice of rifle is the one that you can rely on.
Rugged: Your rifle should be strong enough to withstand any tough condition at all. Whether it is hot, cold, rainy, snowing or muddy, the rifle should be up for it.
Durable: You do not want to be buying another rifle every single time you want to visit the safaris in Africa. You are however at liberty to own as many as you do wish, but they should last. Most of the rifles in the market are quite expensive, and to that, you do not want to be wasting money on new rifles every now and then.
Highly Accurate: To be honest, hunting is not an easy task. It is therefore important that your rifle must be as accurate as possible. At least, it should be able to put every shot into a 2-inch circle at 100 yards.
Balanced: A good rifle should not be difficult to carry about. The shift from the hanging position to the aiming position should be seamless.
Based on the factors above, you can take a look at the top 5 rifles that we highly recommend:
1. Ruger Hawkeye.
The Ruger Hawkeye is designed in such a way that it is reliable, versatile, affordable and at the same time performs its duty effectively.
The rifle is simply an instant classic. It sure addresses the challenges of trophy hunters all over the world.
It offers hunters a host of functional enhancements that provide amazing shooting experiences.
It will impress you with its performance-improving features.
The features are:
- Weight: 3.2 kg (7.05 lbs) unloaded, 3.34 kg (7.37 lbs) loaded, extra rounds in butt
- Length: 88.9 cm (35 inches) unfolded, 64.44 cm (25.37 inches) folded
- Barrel length: 36.83 cm (14.5 inches)
- Cartridge: .30-06 Springfield
- Cartridge weight: 180g
- Action: Bolt Action
- Muzzle velocity: 823 m/s (2,700 ft/s)
- Feed system: 5 rounds, Integral box magazine.
2. Remington Model 700.
The Remington Model 700 is unique in its own way. The rifle is designed in such a way that it can go as far as possible making it possible for you to kill a game even when you are at a far distance. Its accuracy level is second to none.
It has a 22-Inch heavy free-floated barrel and receiver. The receiver that was machined from a solid-steel bar makes for exceptional strength and consistent shot placement.
The recessed bolt face fully encloses the cartridge case and the integral extractor is set in a groove inside the rim of the bolt face to fully support the cartridge head.
The rifle includes an adjustable length-of-pull kit and three comb-height inserts.
The features are:
- Weight: 8.99 lb (4.08 kg) empty without scope.
- Length: 41.5 in (1,050 mm)
- Barrel length: 16.5, 18.5, 20, 22, 24, or 26 inches
- Action: Bolt action, rotating bolt with 2 lugs
- Feed system: 3-, 4-, 5-, or 6-round internal magazine (detachable 10-round magazine in model 700 Police DM in .308 Win.)
3. Browning X-Bolt Target McMillian.
The Browning X-Bolt Target McMillan has all it takes for every form of hunting expedition. It has a 28-inch barrel with eight full-length flutes. It is stainless steel, button rifled and finished with a recessed crown with a chamfer.
The barrel is a heavy contour that measures .910-inch just behind the muzzle brake.The muzzle brake has a pattern of small holes around the total circumference. It is loud, but effective. It also blasts up a lot of dust and debris when prone, due to the holes on the bottom.
The brake is a flush fit with the barrel with no spacers or washers as it does not need to be timed to the barrel.
The features are:
- Weight: Approximately 6 pounds 11 ounces (depending on variation)
- Barrel length: 20-26 inches.
- Cartridge: Winchester Short Magnum, .223 Remington , .375 H&H , other standard cartridges.
- Action: Bolt-action
- Effective firing range: 1000 m
- Feed system: 3 round, 4 round or 5 round detachable box magazine.
4. Weatherby Vanguard .300 Winchester Magnum.
This is the next generation of Weatherby rifles featuring a match quality two-stage trigger, new stock design and guaranteed SUB-MOA accuracy.
New look, new feel and a new level of performance. Proven Weatherby Vanguard action (Mauser-style, dual opposed lug design) SUB-MOA Accuracy guarantees a 2-inch circle at 100 yards when used with Weatherby factory or premium ammunition.
Match Quality Two-Stage Trigger is devoid of creeps for consistent let-off and is adjustable down to 2.5 lbs. Trigger housing is constructed of lightweight alloy. Full Length 24″ Barrel provides maximum velocity and increased accuracy.
All barrels are cold hammers forged for long life.
5. Savage Model 99.
One unique feature on the Savage model 99, is its rotary magazine. This was first introduced on the Savage Model 1895, the magazine consists of a machined brass spool capable of holding five cartridges.
A novel idea at the time, and Savage also provided a small hole in the side of the receiver that allowed the magazine to show how many cartridges were in it. The Model 99 was the first hammerless lever gun, and its spring-loaded firing pin had a much faster lock time than one fired by a hammer.
The rifle also featured a tactile cocking indicator on top of the receiver toward its rear where it could be easily checked with the thumb.
All of these innovations were ahead of their time, which makes the Savage Model 99 a rifle for all times.
The features are:
- Cartridge: .303 Savage , .32-40 Winchester, .300 Savage , .30-30 Winchester
- Action: Lever action, hammerless rifle
- Feed system: Rotary magazine, later models had a detachable box magazine.
- Sights: Open iron sights, tang or receiver-mounted aperture sights. Later models had provisions for mounting rifle scopes.
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