The so­mew­hat con­tro­ver­si­al .458Win­ches­terMag­num

SA Jagter Hunter - - NEWS - By JO­HAN VAN WYK

I­ha­ve of­ten won­de­red which car­trid­ge has bag­ged the most num­ber of big-ga­me a­ni­mals in A­fri­ca. Re­ver­ed on­es such as the 9.3x62, .375 H&H, .404 Jef­fe­ry and cer­tain­ly the .303 B­ri­tish are con­ten­ders. Not­wit­hstan­ding their ro­man­tic ap­pe­al and ef­fecti­ve­ness, I don’t think any of the B­ri­tish dou­ble rifle car­trid­ges de­ser­ves to be on the list. Being ex­pen­si­ve, dou­ble rifles ha­ve al­most al­ways been the tools of choi­ce of the well-heeled and the­re­fo­re ha­ve not been ma­de in the sa­me num­bers as rifles for bolt-acti­on car­trid­ges. Con­se- quent­ly, the top con­ten­der will most cer­tain­ly be a bolt-acti­on car­trid­ge and my vo­te g­oes to the .458 Win­ches­ter Mag­num.

It was in­tro­du­ced by Win­ches­ter in 1956. Alt­hough dan­ge­rous ga­me car­trid­ges and rifles we­re tra­di­ti­o­nal­ly ma­nu­fac­tu­red and mar­ke­ted by a hand­ful of in­flu­en­ti­al B­ri­tish gun ma­kers, the mid1950s we­re hard on the B­ri­tish gun tra­de. In­dia, tra­di­ti­o­nal­ly the big­ge­st sin­gle mar­ket for the B­ri­tish gun ma­kers, was gran­ted in­de­pen­den­ce in 1947 and the new In­di­an go­vern­ment gra­du­al­ly tur­ned a­way from tra­di­ti­o­nal co­lo­ni­al purs­uits such as

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