Would appreciate any thoughts on the Rifle and the caliber....
LGS has one available............. nice 'looking' rifle!
I have had my Ruger Hawkeye African for about 10 years now, and really like it. It has no muzzle brake, I don't think there is any real reason for one on this cartridge. I have taken it to Argentina for Asian Water Buffalo, to Texas for Nilgai, and then off to Africa for Black Wildebeest, Sable, and Lion.
The only problem I had with the rifle was with the stock splitting early on, at the tang area and also in the cutout area for the trigger mechanism. I ended up stocking it in a McMillan
McWoody with magnum fill, with no problems since then.
I handload Barnes TSX 270 gr. bullets at 2800 fps, and TTSX 250 grainers at 2880 fps, both of which shoot very accurately.