The Best Hunting Rifle According to Ross Seyfried

Kinetic energy does not matter. Accuracy almost does not matter. The headstamp on the case certainly does not matter. Having
more shells in the magazine does not matter. How well you can hit with your rifle is almost all that matters!

I am about to offer you the keys to the kingdom of hunting-rifle success; keys gleaned from several decades of hunting and the
observation of more than 1000 head of big game being taken. This is not about me, but about the dozens of men, women and
young shooters I have guided or known around the world.

We have guided lots of successful elk hunters, I see hunters with the most expensive, plastic super-accurate “elk rifles” often fail
miserably. The hunters did not need a rifle that would shoot the expensive and claimed half-inch group, with the flattest trajectory
and loudest roar. Instead they needed a rifle that would allow them to hit a soccer ball at 150 yards.

Perhaps my most succinct quote is, “you cannot buy skill.” Buying new gear or a fancier gun is not the answer.

If there is a way to buy skill with a rifle, it is to buy ammunition or the reloading components to make ammunition and then pull
the trigger… a lot!

Focus your mind on a very basic principle, make the first shot count.

Within the realm of cartridges that are capable of taking big game, success in bringing down any animal, your actual animal, is
dependent on two things, where your bullet strikes, combined with the bullet that does the striking. Those two things and those
two alone will determine your success or failure.

To be a successful hunter you will need a rifle you can comfortably and confidently shoot that

1.        is chambered for a cartridge drives a sensible hunting bullet at something between 2500 and 3000 fps
2.        is between .25 and .323 caliber
3.        pushes 150-180 grain bullets to speed without undue recoil
4.        and achieves these criteria with a bullet that penetrates and expands with better than average weight retention

The most successful African Safari I ever guided was shot with a .270 Winchester loaded with 150 grain Nosler Partition bullets.
The rifle was ancient and worn, a pre-war Model 70. The “driver” was past 70 years old and this was his only rifle; a rifle that he
has used for many decades in most of the hunting grounds of the world. He shot two extremely tough animals, a zebra and a
wildebeest, first. Each fell to a single shot, as did a huge lion. He broke a sitatunga’s neck (that was the only target) offhand, in
the wind, at 300 yards. An elk-sized kudu bull tumbled when the bullet hit the point of his shoulders. There was no real magic; just
a great rifle, fine bullet and unimaginable skill on the part of the rifleman.

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