Originally Posted by Jorge in Oz
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.
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.