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    Plains Game Bullet Choice

    Hi All,

    I am planning a trip to Namibia next year for Plains Game. I plan on taking a .300 win mag which will hopefully be "enough gun". I have been looking at the various brands of ammo that are available, Nosler partition, Barnes Triple shock, swift a-frame...the list goes on! For those of you that have been before, what type of ammo did you take / would recommend? I think 180gr should be enough. I really need to make a choice soon so i can get used to it and work out my drops at the various ranges.

    Any sugestions would be great.

    atb,

    Dave

  2. #2
    Hi Dave
    I use a Blaser .300 Win Mag and have done for 8 African trips.
    I use Norma 180 Grain with excellent results.
    Where I hunt it is very flat, so animals seeing you from afar,so shots are are 300 yards + very flat shooting.
    Look at my gallery, enough proof that it works.
    What I do is go onto www.mytargets.com and there is one that you can use to zero to 300 yards.
    If you have any problems getting it PM me and I will sort it out for you.

    Have a good trip.

    Regards

    DavieH

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    I only went to S.A. twice and on the first visit used a Weatherby Mk.5 in 8X68S calibre with the RWS 187gr H.Mantel copper hollow-point bullet.
    These worked perfectly on all species but it was `too much gun` for my feeble frame and I had the `ring of incompetence` on my forehead after the first shot. In the heat of the moment I forgot I was using this bruiser.

    For my second trip I took a Sako TRGS in .300 Win.Mag. calibre with 180gr Nosler Partitions which killed everything up to Kudu and Red Hartebeeste in fine style but did not half-kill ME each time I pulled the trigger.

    HWH.

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    If your rifle likes the 180gr A-frame, that is a good bullet for a .300

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    Hi DavieH,

    Thanks for the info. Are you talking about the 100 yard big game target zeroing 3" high? I will be collecting my rifle today, Browning A-Bolt with Boss, cant wait to get my hands on it and get some range practice in before the trip!!!

    atb,

    Dave
    Quote Originally Posted by DavieH View Post
    Hi Dave
    I use a Blaser .300 Win Mag and have done for 8 African trips.
    I use Norma 180 Grain with excellent results.
    Where I hunt it is very flat, so animals seeing you from afar,so shots are are 300 yards + very flat shooting.
    Look at my gallery, enough proof that it works.
    What I do is go onto www.mytargets.com and there is one that you can use to zero to 300 yards.
    If you have any problems getting it PM me and I will sort it out for you.

    Have a good trip.

    Regards

    DavieH

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    Hi Dave,

    .300 Win is a great plains game caliber, i have shot a lot of stuff with one. Personally i'm not a fan of partitions, or triple shocks, and neither are many PHs. I use Swift Aframes exclusively in African rifles requiring soft bullets, in my .300 i use the 200 grain Aframe loaded to 2740fps. This may not be the fastest you can push this bullet, but in Africa you dont want to be running hot loads, as it will ruin your trip when your gun keeps jamming.

    In terms of zeroing, this may sound simplstic, but when you get to camp, set up a target at 35yds and zero. This will put you 1.6 inches high at 100yds, .35 inch low at 200, and 8.6 low at 300, which is an easy trajectory to compensate for.

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    Thats the target.
    If you need any help please just ask.

    Good luck

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    Thanks Danpd,

    Do you home load these or are they available as factory loads? I think i will get a box of Federal and swift 180gr and see which "tunes" better with the Boss Brake on the rifle and go with that.

    I like the idea of the Zeroing you suggested, I'll try this out at the range here once i've found the load that works best. A little off topic, but what do PH's think of guys using rifles with muzzle brakes...

    atb

    Dave



    Quote Originally Posted by danpd View Post
    Hi Dave,

    .300 Win is a great plains game caliber, i have shot a lot of stuff with one. Personally i'm not a fan of partitions, or triple shocks, and neither are many PHs. I use Swift Aframes exclusively in African rifles requiring soft bullets, in my .300 i use the 200 grain Aframe loaded to 2740fps. This may not be the fastest you can push this bullet, but in Africa you dont want to be running hot loads, as it will ruin your trip when your gun keeps jamming.

    In terms of zeroing, this may sound simplstic, but when you get to camp, set up a target at 35yds and zero. This will put you 1.6 inches high at 100yds, .35 inch low at 200, and 8.6 low at 300, which is an easy trajectory to compensate for.

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    Hi Dave,

    I homeload, but Norma do offer the Oryx in 200gr or the Aframe in 180.

    In regards to zeroing, you will not always be given a nice bench etc to shoot from in Africa, it may just be a piece of cardboard nailed to a tree trunk, and it can be a bit nerve racking trying to shoot your best groups at 100yds in these conditions. I find the 35yd "trick" works well and once you are on at 35, you can confirm with a couple of shots at 100yds if you wish.

    PHs HATE muzzle brakes, in most African hunting situations the PH will be right next to you when the shot goes off, he will probably be watching through binos too, and there is no way he will use earplugs etc, so you are basically going to be contributing to his early hearing loss. IMO a 300win does not require a muzzle break, its once you get up to the big Ultra Mags and Weatherbys that you need a muzzle break. PHs are very wary of guys with these super magnum cartridges, as very few people can shoot them as well as a 30-06 or similar, and with the cost of ammo they won't have put much practice in either, and it means a balls up is more likely to happen.

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    I highly recommend the barnes bullets
    tsx or the new and improved ttsx used them this season with excellant results
    superb accuracy and whats really good about these bullets is there superior deep penatration due to there high weight retention.
    and you dont get any lead frAgments in your meat

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