My friend Mike Nice and I met a few short years ago when he and his hunting partner both decided that they needed a 458 B&M for their future hunting adventures. Both have been very successful with their rifles over the last few years. Not long after, Mike introduced his Son In Law, Beau, to Safari, and Beau has been hooked ever since. Having toyed with Mike's 458 B&M on two previous Safari's, Beau bought an excellent 19 inch 458 B&M I had here, that I was tempted to keep for myself.
We went to work on the rifle to get it ready for his 2014 Safari, his 3rd, and his goal was lion and leopard. I had the rifle set up shooting the 250 Socom about an inch high at 50 yards, and the 420 Raptor/450 #13 Solid dead on at 50 yards. However, when Beau arrived in Zimbabwe the 250 was not behaving properly, shooting overly high. While the 420 Raptor was steady dead on. Confidence in ones rifle, load, and bullet is very important on any Safari, Beau was confident with the 420 Raptor, and chose it to do all his work for him. I concur with that decision, in this situation, and of course with Beau's excellent shooting, and the 420 Raptor running 2275 fps or so, powered by the 458 B&M Cartridge, Beau was extremely successful in his quest, with everything being a 1 shot affair. I received an excellent short video of Beau taking his lion, leopard, hippo and a 13' 5" crocodile on his safari. This website only takes You Tube video, and I have not figured out how to get other video on yet, but as soon as I do, I have Beau's permission to share it here with you.