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    Bullets for Kudu and Gemsbok

    Hi chaps, opinions please. Rifle is 270. Bullet is Speer grand slam 130 grn. Is that enough for said animals or 150 grn?

    Tusker

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    Bullet is relatively well made and am sure would be good enough if you stick it in the right place!!
    That said Kudu are big compared to your average UK Red Stag

    as to bullet weights......
    150gr at factory speeds has lower downrange energy and worse trajectory than 130gr

    unless you are pushing you 150gr at above 29-3000fps then IMO stick with 130's

    this one fairly dropped:


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    I have to say I wouldn't dream of using a .270 in Africa!
    I used my .416 Rem with a Speer 350gr SP to good effect - instant death and no chasing of wounded animals for hours.
    I would recommend a MINIMUM of a 7mm Mag with a good heavy good quality bullet.

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    I wouldn't know, may I suggest you wade through this thread .270 Winchester for plains game | AfricaHunting.com of you haven't already found it.
    The guys on that forum have more safari experience than any other online resource and should steer you in the right direction.
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    I use my .270 and 130gn Speer Grandslams for everything I shoot in Africa - unless you're hunting dangerous stuff like hippo, buffalo etc, you'll be fine for everything up to and including Eland. Same applies to 7x57, .260R, .270WSM etc - I've seen them all used with aplomb and animals all dead on the spot.

    Most of the plains game species are pretty thin skinned - just buy yourself a pocket copy of The Perfect Shot and make sure you are familier with the slightly different heart/lung placement than found in European large game species. Many PHs like you to use .30s and Magnums because they have a bit more margin for error but if you know your shot placements and are confident at longer ranges off sticks, they're not essential.

    A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamant View Post
    I use my .270 and 130gn Speer Grandslams for everything I shoot in Africa - unless you're hunting dangerous stuff like hippo, buffalo etc, you'll be fine for everything up to and including Eland. Same applies to 7x57, .260R, .270WSM etc - I've seen them all used with aplomb and animals all dead on the spot.

    Most of the plains game species are pretty thin skinned - just buy yourself a pocket copy of The Perfect Shot and make sure you are familier with the slightly different heart/lung placement than found in European large game species. Many PHs like you to use .30s and Magnums because they have a bit more margin for error but if you know your shot placements and are confident at longer ranges off sticks, they're not essential.

    A.
    Great advice I can tell you fact no big game animal on the planet will survive long with correct placement. I've used accubonds and Barnes in Africa with superb results they also may be another option to look at. No experience of the grand slams though no doubt there good though. try africahunting.com forum some good stuff on shot placement HUNTING Kudu | AfricaHunting.com

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    I started on 6.5 x 55 before I got my 9.3 x 62.

    Most stuff I have shot with the Swede. Only Eland have I NOT used the Swede on.

    I now carry my 9.3 and my son carries the 6.5.

    Kudu and Eland I would choose to use the 9.3 but everything smaller is fine with the 6.5.

    Just hit them in the correct place.

    Stan

    P.S Zebra are better with a bigger calibre than 6.5 / .270
    You Really do want to stop them running. Surprising how far one can run after a 9.3 in the shoulder...... Three hours and 20 miles.

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    The majority of the game ranches that I know in the Northern Cape use Privi.

    Gemsbok are no tougher than fallow. Kudu perhaps a little tougher.

    Anything that works on red stags will work on either.

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    Have used my 270 with Barnes 130 gn TTXs on four hunts on plains game up to a kudu bull, the Barnes performed perfectly and all were one shot kills, used 130gn partition the first time then found Barnes and have used them ever since, they punch through bone and muscle and leave an exit hole except on the larger antelope species, where they sit under the hide on the offside. Would recommend them to anyone, they perform well and you can eat right up to the bullet track as well. deerwarden

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    Thanks guys, 130 grn it is then.
    Tusker

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