Originally Posted by RMHUNTER
we will be shooting kudu on the large size impala on the small size. My ph says long shots are around 250- 300 but we could have close shots at 75. If ultra long range (500+) shot is found he will let me take it.
With all due respect to those who have successfully killed game with Berger bullets...
Little 200 pound deer or elk are one thing, Kudu in the brush is something very different.
I am not here to bash Berger, rather to suggest the OP bring the best tool for the task at hand.
Hunting in North America has little to do with hunting large animals in Africa.
You will spend hard days fighting for shot opportunities. They come few and far between and will come quickly and the shot most likely will come at the north end of a south bound Kudu as it departs the scene thru patchy brush. Most shots will be within 75 yards at extremely wary animals.
Not to mention African game can be as tough as hell. Most prefer a 375 for Kudu and that should tell you something.
At home we shoot animals behind the shoulder (to save meat) while in Africa they smash the shoulders.
Once you see the terrain, the impressive size of the Kudu, get a look at its massive bone structure, then see how much lead they can soak up, you will understand why. You need a bullet that can smash BOTH shoulders and is fully capable of extreme penetration.
This is NOT wide open North American hunting...VLD bullets mean almost nothing inside 500 yards and you will not see a shot that far.
Practice shooting of a standing tripod....Its very weird until you get used to it.
Bring some solids.
Dry fire a couple hundred times a day.
A good scope in the 1-5X or 2-8x is about ideal. Leave you tactical scope at home.
I like the 375 H&H, but whatever you bring be sure that you are comfortable with it.
Bullet performance over horsepower. A 30-06 in near perfect for most of Africa.
1.5 MOA is plenty of accuracy over there.
Your PH is your best guide...ask him his honest opinion of a Berger for African hunting.
I promise he will look at you like you have 5 heads if you show up without at the very least having a bonded bullet.
You will also find that your trackers are bullet performance experts.
They will ALWAYS bring you a recovered bullet and a in depth discussion will always follow.
You do not want to let those guys down....If you do they will be very selective as to the game they show you....African bush politics do not favor the man that cant drop game quickly...Choose a bullet that will get the job done from any angle, though any bone or muscle.
It is often said that there are those that have been to Africa, and there are those that are going back.
You are in for the trip of a lifetime!