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Unread 01-30-2012, 01:20 PM
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Re: LR Water Buffalo


Great choice of bullet/round combo for a head on frontal attack of a buff!!!! He is lucky the buff decided to turn and run after that first shot!!!
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Unread 02-04-2012, 08:53 PM
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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.
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Unread 02-04-2012, 10:46 PM
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A few posts already have covered a number of important points.

Yes you can kill them at 500 yards with a .30-06. A head shot with a solid would do it.
Why would you ? It would be like shooting a cow at 500 yards and a cow costs a lot less.
They are marketed as DG and I doubt you'd find an operator happy to let you take a long range shot.
A mature animal on average is larger than Cape Buff and have (I believe) overlaping ribs.
There is no legal minimum for hunting Water Buffalo in Australia. Most outfitters state the .375H&H as a minimum and recommend .458 or larger.

Indigenous meat hunters are often recorded as useing nothing more than a .22 magnum in the ear, to kill them.
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Unread 02-05-2012, 12:05 AM
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Yep! I guess you could shoot 'em with a .22 LR....if your brain was small enough!
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