Nilgai Killer- Semi auto larger than a .308?

Discussion in 'Antelope Hunting' started by DerekFSU, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. DerekFSU

    DerekFSU Member

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    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.
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    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
    is used.

    J E CUSTOM





     

  3. DerekFSU

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    Great points, thanks! I'm thinking the AR platform so I can run an Eotech and non-bolt in case I need to blow through 20 rounds in a hurry.
     
  4. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    do you hunt in an area of Africa where extra ammo is a must for the locals?
     
  5. DerekFSU

    DerekFSU Member

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    No sir, South Texas. But a good amount of "spray and pray" with them running and us chasing.
     
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  7. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    I believe the Benelli comes in 338 Winchester now.
     
  8. DerekFSU

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    Glad to help.
     
  10. snake

    snake Well-Known Member

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    browning stalker semi-auto in 338 win mag. 3+1 mag. just get another mag just in case. I can't see 4 rounds of 338 not killing what you need and dropping it.

    or like said before. ar10 in 338 wsm or 338 rcm.
     
  11. Damol

    Damol Well-Known Member

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    Not following this to well, spray & pray!? Why do I have a vision of gut shot Nilgai running off to die a realy crappy death? Something not right about this plan.
     
  12. the shotty

    the shotty Well-Known Member

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    not semi but what about an 1895 45-70 guide gun?
     
  13. c_bass16

    c_bass16 Well-Known Member

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    I'd suggest a 7mm or 300 SAUM. Build on either platform and start slingin lead
     
  14. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    Browning BAR in 30-06 chop down the barrel to whatever length you like. :D