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Africa hunt - firearm question

Im in the early stages setting up a trip to Africa, maybe next year 2013. I havent narrowed down what I am going to try to hunt yet. - -Any advice to a weapon? - Is a 300 -win mag enough gun for blesbok, kudo and some of the other plains game? -Or should I be thinking bigger?
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That should do it with a 200gr bullet
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Im in the early stages setting up a trip to Africa, maybe next year 2013. I havent narrowed down what I am going to try to hunt yet. - -Any advice to a weapon? - Is a 300 -win mag enough gun for blesbok, kudo and some of the other plains game? -Or should I be thinking bigger?
I took a blue wildebeest, impala, blesbuck, warthog, and bushbuck with a .30-06 using 180 grain accubond bullets. You will have no problem with a 300 Win Mag at all. Just use a premium bullet. I'm headed back in May of 2013! If your interested in coming along with us, your more than welcome. I have 5 guys in our group. A sixth would be no problem. Best of luck in your adventure!
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Your .300 Win Mag will do the job on anything up to and including Eland. For dangerous game, you would need something like .375 H & H or larger, but you don't mention that sort of thing, so go with the .300 win mag. I have taken over 20 plains game animals with my .300 Weatherby Mag, which is just a tad harder hitting than the win mag, but not enough to make a huge difference. A good quality 200 grain bullet would be a good idea. Nosler partition at a minimum. You will be spending a few thousand bucks on the trip. Don't go on the cheap with ammo. I have used Kodiak bonded core, Trophy bonded, and Swift bullets, as well as Barnes X, all with good results. A good hit is of primary importance for sure.

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I'm leaving in June for safari in RSA and I'm using my .300 win mag w/ 180 grain Hornady Superformance SST. I'm looking Kudu, wildebeest, blesbuck, impala etc. The PH and safari owner tell me it is more than enough gun. Like we all know quality ammo and shot placement is the key.

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Im in the early stages setting up a trip to Africa, maybe next year 2013. I havent narrowed down what I am going to try to hunt yet. - -Any advice to a weapon? - Is a 300 -win mag enough gun for blesbok, kudo and some of the other plains game? -Or should I be thinking bigger?
What part of Africa are you going to hunt? The rifle you should take will depend on the type of terrain where you will be. If you will be in the bushveld country, then a .308 with 180's would be perfectly fine. For plainsgame it is only in the wide open, long shooting areas where you would need a magnum.
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Last fall American Hunter had a good article about the USA favorite .30-06 doing similar game in Africa, I believe it was with some of the people from Federal checking out their new bullets. The article also touched on Teddy Roosevelt, Earnest Hemingway and Robert Ruark taking various plains game with the ought-six.

Their kills ranged from 25 to 300 yards in the article. I believe so long as you know your weapon and its limits, and use a premium bullet to aide your cause, you can take down a lot of those critters with American deer rifles.

I'm jealous - post those pictures someday in the distant future, good luck and safe trip.

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Just on the off chance any of you might be interested, I did two shows: a power point and a movie type show on my friend Tom's hunt in South Africa last June. If you would like a copy of both on CD that you can play on your computer, drop me a pm.
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biggest, baddest, supermagnum out there does not makeup up for a bad shot anywhere on any game. practice, practice, and more practice to make this trip a once in a lifetime event. fwiw. p.s. don't practice from a bench with sandbags. practice like you are actually hunting i.e. standing, kneeling, improvised rest. real life shooting. no cement tables in africa.
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In addition, practice shooting off a shooting stick. Lots of professional hunters carry them. Some are nothing more than a big walking stick while others are dipod type.
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