Depends on the kind of animal that will be hunted. Profesional hunters can hunt most Zimbabwean animals with a .375 bolt-action hunting rifle. For birds a shotgun will need be needed. A client should familiarise himself with new equipment to see if the recoil can be handled. This will avoid problems with bruising around the eye from the scope, known as scope eye. Scope eye can affect the hunt as the hunter will flinch when pulling the trigger and affect the accuracy of the shot. Big recoil is common with heavier calibre rifles.
Heavier weighted bullets with heavier calibre rifles are needed to hunt bigger animals. With this ammunition there is less chance of sticks, stones or branches that are not always seen in the scope of the rifle deflecting the shot.