5 Best Rifles for Hunting Africa in 2017

Best Rifles for Hunting Africa

Africa has been a center of attraction for adventurous hunting expeditions. Hunters from all over the globe make this trip to Africa on a regular basis. The vastness of the African region is well typified in its abundance of games.

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 on the best rifles that guarantees high results and fun. However, we have compiled a few that we highly recommend.

The location and nature of the hunting ground is a key factor to consider in selecting the right rifle for hunting expedition. Also whatever your choice may be, the rifle has to be:

  • Functional: The rifle has got to work and must be ready to release bullets anytime you need it to.

  • Dependable: Some rifles can be really annoying. 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 seldom fails.


  • Rugged: Your rifle should be able to withstand any 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.


  • Highly Accurate: The African safaris can pose a bit of challenge. Therefore, 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

Ruger Hawkeye

Reliability, versatility, performance and affordability are the major considerations in the manufacture of this rifle. It is designed to be 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: 180 gr
  • Action: Bolt Action
  • Muzzle velocity: 823 m/s (2,700 ft/s)
  • Feed system: 5 rounds, Integral box magazine


2. Remington Model 700

Remington Model 700

The Remington Model 700 rifle reaches across extreme distances with very high accuracy. It has a 22-Inch heavy free-floated barrel and receiver. The receiver that was machined from solid-steel bar makes for exceptional strength and consistent shot placement.

The recessed bolt face fully encloses 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 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 26iches
  • 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

 Browning X-Bolt Target McMillian

The Browning X-Bolt Target McMillan 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

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 hammer forged for long life.


5. Savage Model 99

Savage Model 99

The most notable feature on the Savage Model 99 is its rotary magazine. 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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