I think Daryl did an excellent job on the article above, and now he has taken it to the next step, going to the field with his 50 B&M. Daryl wanted to go to Africa with the 50 B&M and I hooked him up with long time Friend and PH, Andrew Schoeman. In fact, this is July 2011, and I just returned from an incredible Safari myself with Andrew, using the 500 MDM and 458 B&M with great success. Daryl has taken buffalo and hippo with the 50 B&M and I will let him tell you about it!
.50 B&M performed very well on both buff and hippo. In each case first shot was the 470grn HP with a 515 solid following to speed the ‘quietening’ process.
Buff presented standing face on and took first shot in the chest, which
broke the shoulder and passed through one lung. Put the bull face on the
ground bum up turning in a circle. Solid hit him in the right hind quarter
after he had spun 180 degrees, and solid passed through the length of the
body, through the other lung, exiting low on the neck. Game over. Found
five of six petals from the HP in the shoulder area but not the main
projectile. Range 57m.
Hippo was taken standing broadside with HP punching through the shoulder,passing through the top of the heart and smashing the outer ribcage on the opposite side. Solid followed up in the right hind quarter and is believed to have ended up in the stomach, somewhere amid the vast quantity of digesting grass. Hippo shot on land but made it into the water where he collapsed about 10m from the shore in knee deep water.
Recovered the HP projectile but not the petals. Range 47m
Here is an Article Daryl did on this hunt.