Re: LR Water Buffalo
Much has been said on this post but just add some comments having shot cape buffalo requiring multiple 375 rounds through both lungs and heart, 470 rounds not exiting, and seen big bulls shot with .22 rounds headshots. I know of a buffalo shot at close range with a 22. Capstick claimed to have shot an elephant as a wager with a 22lr through the heart but said it took a long walk to follow. I read once of an elephant shot at 600 yards. The point is it is possible with a 30-06 head shot but borderline with a side on chest shot and certainly not a typical single shot kill. This summer we tracked for 10 hours a sable shot in the chest with a 30-06. We need to remember , unless there are other mitigating factors, that in compassion for the animals we kill we should make it as clean and quick as possible - that usually means a high power rifle with a properly placed vital shot and for cape buffalo the minimum is a 375 or 9.2. As Kirby points out prcise bullet placement is still key.