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Unread 07-24-2008, 01:50 AM
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Eastern Cape

Hello Dave,
We hunted in the high mountains of the Eastern Cape in the Tarkastad district. It is a tiny place but if you google it you get a result! A google search will show two flat top peaks called mary and martha - we hunted mainly on those. The animals shot were mainly mountain reedbuck but there were two springbuck and 3 blesbuck shot. The one blesbuck ram was measured at 17,5 inches and qualifies for Rowland Ward by a full inch. It is currently being shoulder mounted by roy hayes in Tarkastad. It is a wonderful part of the world and certainly worth a visit - different to the bushveld areas but just as rich in game and hunting.
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Unread 07-24-2008, 04:52 AM
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Location: Oahu, Hawaii
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Hello Dave,

Sounds Like a beautiful place I will look it up on google sometime! I would like to hunt Nyala in the Kwa Zulu Natal region of South Africa. It is a very beautiful animal and also Bushbuck.

Thats a fine Blesbok you got post some pics when its done I know id like to see it.

I hunted in Namibia for plains game as well If my memory is correct we hunted in Okanjati didnt take a blesbok while there but they are a very nice animal and just another reason to return I managed 3 Kudu a Gemsbok a couple of blue wildebeest and giraffe. It was a blast and great time for sure!

Take care and Happy hunting,

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Unread 07-07-2013, 06:22 PM
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Location: Lake Tahoe, Calif.
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Re: 85gr SGK

My accurate load with these goes out at 3040 very consistently (37.0 Varget). They are capable of .25 MOA groups, but a little slower than what Dave shoots. I also have an accurate 85 TSX load that is hotter...3200. But the way these SGK HPBTs expand on inanimate things I've shot, I can understand why they'd be so lethal on animals as long as you got penetration.

So my question is, would you feel comfortable about using them on a large buck...say 275 lb, at 300 - 400 yards? I would take a heart/lung shot at that range even though at targets it shoots 1" - 3" out there. I'm concerned a 85gr bullet is a little light for an animal that big at that distance. Doesn't leave much room for error.
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