Now you have me curious as to what English piece you are happy with? For guns I prefer American and German ones.
Now you're touching another huge passion of mine: Big game hunting with big game rifles in big game areas...
I came to a point several years ago where I wanted to hunt everything only with double rifles instead of as previously with bolt action rifles. I wanted to pick up the rifle and aim with the same instinctive feeling and the same ergonomical layout as with my shot guns which are a pair of bespoke Holland and Holland 12 bore Royals. I think they are marvellous so it was a natural step to hop over to H&H in London to have me measured up for a series of three identical double rifles - a dream series!
I knew since long ago exactly which calibers would suit my hunting optimally. The smallest caliber (double No.3) is a .375 H&H Flanged Magnum NE. It's a great long range big game caliber. The barrels are adjusted for 100 yards and I have one short range and one long range scope for it in order to broaden its use. People don't like taking long shots with doubles but it's perfectly doable if you have the double built with the barrels adjusted for 100 yards as opposed to the conventional 50 yards. You also need best gun quality trigger feel for long range precision which most doubles don't even come close to. That's probably another reason why hunters are uncomfortable with doubles for long range shooting. I shoot all my baits with the .375 double. Some impalas have been shot at 130 and 140+ meters distance (I use a Leica range finder for longer shots when time permits). It is a caliber I am totally comfortable to shoot with lying down for yet increased precision but it is still big enough to legally use on an emergency elephant charge. I have entrusted this double to be my leopard rifle and also for crocks. The common language amongst Zimbabwean hunters is Shona. I have therefore in gold inlay the Shona words for leopard and crocodile between the barrels: ingwe and ngwena.
Double number 2 is a .500/.416 Nitro Express. It is made from a .500 3" 1/4 shell necked down to .416 caliber. This is a very powerful caliber. It has theoretically the same long range capabilities as the .375 but a whole lot more knock-out power. Since it is a good long range caliber, albeit a bit powerful for extreme precision, I had it built with the barrels adjusted for 80 yards with a 410 grain bullet and a short range scope for occasional longer shots. It is a very impressive caliber which throws a lot of lead at good speed. If I could only have one double it would be this one for its versatility. Luckily I can have all three doubles.
The .500/.416 NE was invented to mimic the ballistics and power of a .416 Rigby but for a double. The .416 Rigby is a very succesful caliber but only for bolt action rifles. Besides from lacking the flange it also develops too high gas pressure for a double rifle. With the big .500/.416 you can achive the same characteristics at a lower gas pressure. I have entrusted it to be my lion double and also for buffalo and hippo. Consequently is says in Shona: shumba, nyati and mvuu between the barrels.
My biggest double (No. 1) is a .500 Nitro Express. The trackers call it the makooro mbobo: the big double. It has no scope option because it is made for close calls. Besides, it wouldn't look aesthetic with a scope on a five hundred and you cannot mess with the beauty of bespoke guns. The barrels are adjusted for 50 yards. The massive half inch barrel diameter throws a stunning (no pun intended) 570 grains of lead at almost 2200ft/s. It has saved my skin last year on an elephant bull charge. Since it is so well made, there is absolutely no problem with double tapping it in fast sequence in spite of its massive power. It is entrusted for hunting the elephant and the rhino. Between the barrels you can read in Shona: nzou and nhema.
All three doubles have a bright ivory bead and a fairly big V-sight with a golden pinnacle in the V for quick instinctive shooting at close range. The sights and many other features are made to my specific requirements. My thing is stalking all the way up so they are almost only used with the open sights. Although it is very good to put the scopes on when hunting bait animals for the cat hunting. Otherwise you would additionally have to carry a scoped bolt action rifle. I can carry even the heaviest double on my shoulder, the five hundred, seven days a week, week after week. I think it is important for one's self esteem and group acceptance to carry one's own rifle instead of getting help from the trackers. The trackers are working hard enough with the very complicated tracking. Besides, they are not porters, they are highly respected top of the line trackers.
Well, these are my dream H&H hunting weopons and I have hunted all the big game inscripted on them apart from the rhino. My way of "hunting" the rhino is by working with the Rhino Foundation marking and monitoring wild rhino. You can get a licence in South Africa tomorrow for a rhino but I only hunt the wild Africa. I don't do "canned hunting".
Note: All my hunting is licenced by CITES and I do a lot of hunting of problem animals, e.g. over-the-hill animals which venture towards habitated areas. I am also actively engaged in anti-poaching and saving the wild rhino. Legal hunting is the best functioning way of resolving conflicts between human and animal interest. It is also the best known solution to keep poaching at bay. I think it is a spectacular, interesting and exciting thing to do and I will hunt the big game for as long as I physically can.