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Old 01-06-2013, 10:07 PM
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Re: Rifle for Africa Plains Game

Thanks for all the great information. I've started work on the necessary paperwork for the FAs, etc., plus have some info from a couple of airlines. MORE to do though.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:46 AM
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Re: Rifle for Africa Plains Game

Hi Bigsk
I live here in SA and am willing to assist if you have any questions or need help.
What animals are you going to hunt an where in SA?
For most game here the 7X57 ( my choice ) or the .308 will work.
Premium bullets and good shot placement is the key.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:40 PM
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Re: Rifle for Africa Plains Game

I've been to Africa a few times. My first time back in the 80's included cape buffalo so I brought a 375H&H. Shot plains game from impala up out to 300 yards with 270 Winchester power points, Cape Buffalo with 300 gr solids. The 375 worked great and I didn't feel over gunned on the plains game. It was an advantage on a few angled shots at longer ranges. On subsequent trips I continued to use it because I also hunted dangerous game. If I were going for just plains game and gemsbok, sable, eland, or kudu were on the list I'd bring a 7mm or 30 cal magnum minimum to handle longer shots which are very possible in South Africa. Your rifles would work fine with careful shot placement at the closer ranges. The bigger species are pretty tough, like elk.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:49 PM
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Re: Rifle for Africa Plains Game

I will be hunting in the Central Karoo area near Beaufort West. My wish list of game would include smaller game like Impala, Blesbok, Bonte Bok, Black Springbuck and hopefully a couple larger game animals e.g. Kudu and Blue Wildebeest. Haven't decided on whether Eland and Gemsbok are on the list. What ever opportunities present themselves works for me.

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:55 AM
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Re: Rifle for Africa Plains Game

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I've been invited by a co-worker to spend a couple of weeks at his home in S. Africa this summer and do a little hunting. I typically hunt with a 7x57 or .308 and was thinking of getting a .300 WM since my friend and the others on the hunt all use one. Thoughts? WM or WSM? Light Mountain Rifle / Featherweight or Medium Weight?
The 7x57 is more than capable of taking any of the plains game out to about 600yds.

You need to check the regulations where you are going and with the outfitter you are using to make sure what they'll allow though.

I have a very good friend in SA who's building a 6.5x284 right now for this exact purpose and he's been shooting plains game for at least 3 decades.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:32 AM
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Re: Rifle for Africa Plains Game

Bigsk
Wildrose and Greyfox are both on the spot for caliber choice.
According to the new laws the minimum bullet weight needed is 150gr for the animals on your list up to the Kudu and 175gr for Eland. For some reason our minister only used bullet weight to determine the standards and neglected to take all the other factors in considerations that contributes to killing power. On our local forum there was a nice debate on how idiotic that is.
I would loud the 7X57 with 150gr TTSX bullets for where you are going and the species on your list.
There are very long shots to be had where you are going to hunt as it is open and the wind can be very stiff in the Karoo. The animals will go down with a well placed shot. A bad shot will keep you tracking for a very long time. If you hunt the Blue wildebeest make very sure of your shat placement as they are know as the poor mans buffalo as they are very tuff and can take a lot of punishment as well as the Eland.
The small game on your wish list I hunt with my .243Win with 90gr E-Tips and the rest with my .30-06 with 180gr TTSX. My dad has a 7X57 with 140gr TTSX, 7mmRemMag with 160gr TSX and a 9.3X62mm with 286gr TSX bullets.
If you are a very confident shot with your rifles bring the 7X57. If you have are not 100% satisfied buy a new rifle and come over gunned. There has been one or two occasions that I had wished that I used a bigger caliber but that was in the Bushveld where tracking can be very difficult.
The most imported part in my opinion is to have 200% faith in your caliber and shooting abilities. Most of the complaints that PH's has is that the clients comes with calibers that they cant shoot as they flinch and wound game and that end in a long day of tracking.
The animals here are not that tuff, if you take in to account the 7X57 an .303 have been used to hunt all the non dangerous game in SA for more than a 100 years. A have a 1919 .303 in its original condition that comes from my great grandfather that I still use if the opportunity arises.
All of the above is my personal experience and opinions so if it is useful use it or donít if it is not.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:20 AM
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Re: Rifle for Africa Plains Game

You can't ask for better advice than from someone that lives in the Country you'll be hunting!!!

Jurgen, the SA PH group does not seem all that big, do you know Farnie Stynn from Thabo Mmoyo?

Thanks Jurgen for your advice!
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