The AR platform will limit you somewhat unless you go with the AR10 and have it chambered
in something like a 338 RCM or the 325 WSM.
A good bolt action will do the job and if set up right it will allow for follow up shots if needed.
I would consider a 7 rem mag to be about the minimum for one shot kills but you can expect
the Nilgai to run a few yards.
If you want a knockdown, any thing at or above a 300 RUM should do the job.
Nilgai are no harder to kill than any other animal that size they are just very tough and dont
want to go down.
I have used a 416 and it hits them like a train at a rail crossing but the 338s are better for
long range, where I hunted shots were 700+ yards and I limited the 416 to 400 yards.
The 300 RUM seems to be just about perfict for distance and knock down if the right bullet
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Originally Posted by DerekFSU
I need a rifle for shooting Nilgai while both they and I are on the move. Being a large antelope, I need a caliber big enough to go all the way through and leave a blood trail. Since both parties are moving at times, the more rounds in the magazine the better. We lost a large cow this weekend hit broadside while running with a .270 shooting Nosler partitions. Zero blood trail. We then took a small cow and cut out a .270 that hit it broadside but stopped just inside the skin on the exit side.
The 458 SOCOM has some nice weight to it but I don't know if it has the punch to get all the way through the animal. The Armalite AR10 Ultramag is close with the .300SAUM round but the 24" barrel is a bit more than I want and the 5 round magazine less than I want.
I like the .300WSM for the added punch, hot round, and reduced kick for less muzzle rise while firing multiple rounds, but haven't seen much available. I have seen Noreen ULR rifle in .338 lapua and .300 win mag but as mentioned before, the less kick/muzzle rise for follow up shots the better.
Simply (sarcasm), all I need is a AR15 with a Surefire 60 round magazine with an Eotech firing rounds that will completely pentrate a 700lb animal. Any thoughts? Thanks.