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Old 06-02-2012, 09:00 PM
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Water Buffalo?

I won a water buffalo hunt and need to figure out a rifle. The hunt is in March of 2013 and need to piece everything together. The hunt is going to take place on game ranch here in Texas and the shot will be around 100 yards. The guy that gave away the hunt will be hunting with me with a big bore 500 something, as back up.


1. Use my 300wsm with a 220gr bullet.

2. Put together a 338LM and use 250gr or 300gr bullets.

3. Put together a 375 H&H.

Thanks for any input.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:11 PM
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Re: Water Buffalo?

If your planning on going to africa ever, then go .375 H+H or bigger ( I would go .378Wby or .416 something). If you're like me and realisticly wont go to the Dark Continent use what you have or put together that .338 LM so that you'll use it here.

If you use a the .300 Win or build a Lapua I would go with Swift's or barnes of some flavor.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:33 PM
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Re: Water Buffalo?

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Old 06-02-2012, 10:36 PM
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Re: Water Buffalo?

Is it a Water Buffalo or a Cape Buffalo?

The water buffalo is smaller and easier to kill than the Cape Buffalo. a .300 or better will kill
the water buffalo but for the cape buffalo you will need at least a 375 for quick kills. of
course a bigger rifle will allways be a safe bet.

Most water buffalo will weigh up to 1500 pounds . the big Cape Buffalo will exceed 2000
pounds.

Call the ranch and find out the size of the biggest Buffalo they have and base your rifle
needs on that. Look for at least 2500 ft/lbs of energy at 100 yards and use well comstructed
bullets like the Swift A Frame.

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Old 06-02-2012, 10:38 PM
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Re: Water Buffalo?

It is a Water Buffalo.
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Re: Water Buffalo?

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I won a water buffalo hunt and need to figure out a rifle. The hunt is in March of 2013 and need to piece everything together. The hunt is going to take place on game ranch here in Texas and the shot will be around 100 yards. The guy that gave away the hunt will be hunting with me with a big bore 500 something, as back up.


1. Use my 300wsm with a 220gr bullet.

2. Put together a 338LM and use 250gr or 300gr bullets.

3. Put together a 375 H&H.

Thanks for any input.
Just borrow a .375, 45/70, or 458wm.

For that matter borrow a 300wm, 338 or 300 Rum from someone on the board.

If you are going to do this hunt over near Jacksboro, let me know and I'll do the loaning.
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Re: Water Buffalo?

Check with the guy hosting the hunt. He will have a recommendation for you.
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