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Old 06-08-2011, 10:32 PM
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Oooooh that is impresive. What rifle and groups do you need to shoot that?.
I'd immagine it'd have to be some heavy barrel target set-up
No actually it was shot using my light weight long range rifle.
This is a Remington 700 in .338 RUM with 27.5" number 4 profile Pac-Nor stainless barrel with 0.75" D.E. brake. Anything under 800 yards is toast.

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Old 06-09-2011, 05:07 AM
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Re: Sambar Down Under

You forgot to mention what groups you shoot.
Just wondering how consistent you need to be at those ranges
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:40 PM
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Re: Sambar Down Under

Hi Guys,

I'm new to the forum. I currently live on the Sunshine Coast Qld and will be moving back to Vicco. I currently hunt Red deer up here and will definitely be missing that when I move down. I'm going to start hunting sambar and was interested while reading this post that you guys use such large calibres. I use a Tikka LSA 65 in 270 win for the Reds and have been looking for a 30-06 or 9.3x62 to use in Vic. I also have an 8mm mauser (I love mausers)that I can use. I was under the impression that most shots are taken under 200 meters while hunting sambar. I have also considered getting 7mm Rem but I didn't want to go the magnums. Are they really required or is it just personal preference.

Most shots taken I have taken hunting reds have been between 120m to 330m but obviously you guys have taken very long shots at sambar. Could you give me a low down on the ranges at which you encounter the deer and does it make a difference in which areas of victoria you hunt. Also why don't they allow the use of 6.5x55 on sambar when the swedes shoot moose with this caliber, I don't get that.

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Old 06-20-2011, 12:19 AM
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Hi Guys,

I'm new to the forum. I currently live on the Sunshine Coast Qld and will be moving back to Vicco. I currently hunt Red deer up here and will definitely be missing that when I move down. I'm going to start hunting sambar and was interested while reading this post that you guys use such large calibres. I use a Tikka LSA 65 in 270 win for the Reds and have been looking for a 30-06 or 9.3x62 to use in Vic. I also have an 8mm mauser (I love mausers)that I can use. I was under the impression that most shots are taken under 200 meters while hunting sambar. I have also considered getting 7mm Rem but I didn't want to go the magnums. Are they really required or is it just personal preference.

Most shots taken I have taken hunting reds have been between 120m to 330m but obviously you guys have taken very long shots at sambar. Could you give me a low down on the ranges at which you encounter the deer and does it make a difference in which areas of victoria you hunt. Also why don't they allow the use of 6.5x55 on sambar when the swedes shoot moose with this caliber, I don't get that.

Cheers

Jorge
Jorge,
You will be fine with those calibres for the distances you mention. Most hunters use .30-06 size cartridges on sambar but they dont shoot them as far away as what we do.
The 6.5x55 is not legal because the ADA idiots talked the DSE into making the .270 as the minimum. A 6.5x55 would certainly kill a sambar just as well as a .270/303 which is about the smallest legal sized case.
Once alert to the hunter and all pumped up, a big sambar can be very hard to drop but undisturbed sambar are put down quite easy with a well placed shot. So your ability as a hunter and marksman plays a big part.
Sambar however are much harder to kill than Reds which I consider soft by comparison.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:03 AM
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Re: Sambar Down Under

There's been many Sambar taken with the smaller calibres before the legal requirements were set. I've spoken to one of the panel members who set the standards and he recieved many complaints from proficient hunters who regularly scored these animales with 6 & 6.5 mm bullets.
I also know of 2 who have taken 20 plus each with the 308.
For me personally I just like a fat bullet up to whatever calibre I can manage recoil wise. Previously I used a 9.3x62. I also had a 375H&H but that hurt me. My theory being a fatter and heavier bullet will do more damage and kill quicker, I also like the 376 styer because I like custom jobs and this is just a little exotic.
When hunting Sambar or any critter though, most important is shot placement and taking the animal when their not spooked. If you can do those 2 things you're pretty much guarranteed of a quick kill but shoot a running Sambar or when he's alert and you may have to go look for him.
If your favorite calibre is 270, 30/06, 308 or whatever if it's leagal and you're confident and comfortable using it then that's the one to use.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:22 AM
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Re: Sambar Down Under

i use a Tikka T3 270 win firing a 150gr sst.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:25 AM
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Re: Sambar Down Under

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Oakleigh hey, You have a bit of a drive then to get to good Sambar country.

I'm from down Gippsland way, so have them in my back yard so to speak.

That .325 should do OK with the right bullets. Be good for 500 or so with the right bullet placement. What scope are you running?

down Gippsland way hmmm SAME^^
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