Ep 74: Phil Massaro On Big Bore Rifles And Hunting Dangerous Game


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Today, we have a special guest on the show: gun writer and big bore rifle enthusiast Phil Massaro. We’re going to talk about choosing the right rifle, cartridge, and ammunition for hunting dangerous game (most notably cape buffalo). The advice commonly given about hunting dangerous game is to “bring the most powerful rifle that you can shoot accurately.” That’s not bad advice, but it really leaves a lot of room for interpretation and is a subject that deserves a pretty in-depth discussion.

Well, that’s exactly what Phil and I provide in this episode of The Big Game Hunting Podcast!

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What We Covered

1) Examples of why it’s so important to be appropriately armed on dangerous game hunts.

2) Brief description of some of the most commonly used big bore hunting cartridges these days.

3) Things to keep in mind when choosing a cartridge for dangerous game hunting.

4) Pros and cons of hunting with a bolt action rifle vs a double rifle.

5) Specific dangerous game bullet recommendations.

6) Examples of how things can go wrong, even when using really heavy hitting rifle cartridges, with poor shot placement.


1) PhilMassaro.com – Phil’s Web Site

2) Phil Massaro’s FacebookInstagram, & Twitter Pages

3) Double Time– Phil’s article in the American Hunter with the full story of his cape buffalo hunt in the Chirisa Safari Area of Zimbabwe. This is the hunt he referenced in the podcast where he shot two buffalo with his Heym 89B double in .470 Nitro.

4) Video of the cape buffalo shot with a .375 H&H I referenced at the end of the podcast: here.

5) Picture of that cape buffalo’s heart below.

cape buffalo heart

6) Video of the cape buffalo shot multiple times with a .416 Remington Magnum, .458 Lott, and .500 Nitro: here


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