Kalahari Hunt

Discussion in 'Antelope Hunting' started by Jinx, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Jinx

    Jinx Well-Known Member

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    Was invited by a friend to go Oryx and Springbuck hunting in the Kalahari. We packed up on Thursday morning and left for the weekend. The area has had exceptionally good rain this summer so the game was in very good condition.
    The drive is 9 hours and we arrived just in time to see the sun set.

    Woke up at 06:30 and the sun rose at 7:30, zeroed the rifles and we were off. I shoot a 264 Win Mag with 140 gr Rhino bullets at 3000 f/s. We shot 6 springbuck, 3 Oryx and 1 kudu. The 1st springbuck fell from a 140 gr. The buck stood quartering forward, the bullet entered the right front shoulder broke the bone and was retrieved in left hind leg. Will weigh the bullets and report on weight retention.

    The Oryx below was shot just before sundown with the 264, bullet broke left shoulder, through heart and was found at opposite shoulder under the skin. Will post pics of the bullet, very nice mushroom. Oryx are known for their toughness to take town. The horns measured 932 mm. My friend used a 308 with 180gr bullets and shot his Oryx at exact same place but failed to penetrate to opposite shoulder. Just shows that small calibers are also very deadly.

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    The picture below is my friend who went with with a very nice Kudu
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  2. Jinx

    Jinx Well-Known Member

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    Springbuck:

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  3. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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    Wow, beautiful animals. That is impressive perormance from the 264. My next build will definetly be in 264 cal, just not sure which one yet.

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  4. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations, nice shooting and awesome game. Beautiful pics and a hunt some of us dream of. Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. Jinx

    Jinx Well-Known Member

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    Bullet weight retention was 97.5%. Excellent performancegun)
     
  6. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Jinx, what bullet were you using?
     
  7. Jinx

    Jinx Well-Known Member

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    I am using Rhino Bullets. I cannot find Noslers in SA and Barnes X cost $65 for 50 over here. The Rhino bullets are local made and shoot under 1 MOA in my rifle.
     
  8. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

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    I really like my 264 win mag also. With proper bullets it does a great job on about anything. Congratulations on a fine hunt. Those are some nice animals. Good to be such a short drive from such nice animals. I am fortunate in Wyoming, USA where I live. I can see trophy deer and antelope off my porch and elk, moose, grizzly, sheep, wolves with a 35-45 minute drive.
     
  9. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for responding and they certainly seem to being doing a good job.