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Hunting Africa: Choosing a Big Game Rifle

It is always important to consider the range of animals you can hunt with each particular rifle. While you can hunt most big game with similar ammunition, the required size of bullet when it comes to something of immense size, such as an African buffalo, would most likely not be a great choice of round for something like a white-tail deer.


Taking this into consideration, it is important to make a decision based on whether you are looking for an African big-game rifle or a rifle for hunting America’s much smaller big-game animals!

1. Remington Model 700 CDL

Noted for its high performance, great build quality, and classic design, the Remington Model 700 CDL is our top choice as the left-handed hunting rifle. The hunting rifle will provide you with a degree of dependability and accuracy that almost no other model can equal. This gun is powerful enough to down all sorts of big game, from whitetail deer to full-grown grizzlies. Its hinged floorplate magazine can hold up to 4 cartridges.

Pros

  • Highly Accurate

  • Great Built Quality

  • Powerful

  • Neat classic design

  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Somewhat disappointing finish

Verdict

The Remington hunting rifle brings tremendous value, performing better than ever pricier competitors. You won’t go wrong with this purchase.

2. Browning X-Bolt Hunter

Another rifle option scoring high on quality; the Browning X-Bolt Hunter is a rugged, feature-laden rifle that will offer dependable performance regardless of the conditions you put it in. Its soft recoil pad will ensure you are not met with harsh recoil when firing, and its trademark feature trigger system offers one of the best trigger feels on any hunting rifle. The detachable rotary magazine sits in line with the bolt, making cartridge loading quick, efficient, and snag-free.

Pros

Cons

  • Relatively pricy

Verdict

If you are after a left-handed hunting rifle that will feel incredible in your hands, this option is a must-consider.

3. Ruger American Rifle

Available in both standard and compact versions, the Ruger American rifle is easy to use, packs a lot of punch, and of course, scores high in terms of accuracy as well. The rifle feels just as good as it looks and carries a lot of features that ensure optimal performance and comfort when shooting. One downside worth mentioning is that the magazine is cheap and prone to causing loading problems.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Highly Accurate

  • Powerful

  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Poorly Designed Magazine

Verdict

With an affordable price and plenty of good features, this rifle is a great entry option for lefties who are new to big game hunting.

Final Thoughts

When selecting a hunting rifle, two of your main considerations should be caliber and barrel size. A bigger bullet will hit harder than a smaller one at the same speed, but that also means more recoil and the need for bigger cartridges. Since you are likely to be shooting from afar, the bigger the barrel length the better to afford you the greatest range. Being left-handed shouldn’t affect your hunting skills with any of these great hunting rifles by your side.



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