The somewhat controversial .458WinchesterMagnum
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