Not especially tough, the larger calibers are not considered necessary, however, with tongue in cheek I remind you that "you can often be under-gunned, but for all intents and purposes, there is … He killed 13 animals up to eland size with a 7mag and 175 partitions. KUDU1. Larger calibers such as the.416 or.450 calibers are better, as the rhino’s skin is incredibly thick! The bullet went in throught the backs of the guts and through the front shoulder. Pretty tough for them to anywhere with the engine room taken out...grin. A gut shot kudu hit by a .416 is still a gut shot kudu. These calibers are best limited to short-range applications at a maximum of 100 yards. A couple of posts on this thread have suggested kudu zre about the size of a cow elk. I would pick a rifle I was familiar with, could shoot well, pick a good quality bullet and go hunting. For the record, I wasn't about to play "what's the minimum" with this 59" kudu so I whacked him with a 300gr A Frame out of a 375. Author Phil Massaro used a .300 Win. Copyright © 2000-2020 24hourcampfire.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Five best calibers for hunting Africa – medium to small game 243 – this smaller, long-range caliber is ideal for hunting the open plains of the Free State. Any .30 caliber will do the job. 270 Win w/150 NPT or 130TTSX, 300 WBY w/200 NPT or 180TSX, 8x57 w/200NPT. .375H&H w/270gr TSX...cuz that is what I had in my hand at the time. In actuality, any caliber that would be used for mule deer will work. Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3. It’s a superb target and match cartridge to 1,200 yards. I have three that would work. My deer rifle is a 7mm08. The.270 Winchester and 7mm Remington Magnum have both been used on many successful Kudu hunting safaris in Africa, and both will work well if using high quality bullets. .300 Something (because longer shots are normal). Don't neglect to have him study the anatomy of the prey. The best time of the year to hunt for Trophy Kudu: The middle of April to the end of May-early June. I have a hunting trip cumming up and dont have my licence for my 30-06 yet. Please tell your choice and why. Of course the various.338's using 225 gr or 250 are a very sound choice as is a.375 shooting 270 gr bullets. Hunting gemsbok can be very difficult, so it is necessary to have the best caliber on hand. Dropped dead at the shot. Get the best deals on Kudu Large Animal Taxidermy when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. But with a 30, a 338 and 375 calibers at my hunting disposal, I won`t be going out and getting a 25 caliber for any future kudu hunt. He needs to talk to his PH as to what he recommends. Further down this page is a comprehensive list of best caliber suggestions for hunting big game in Africa. Well, not exactly. We have used the 9.3x62, 7x57, 358 Win and 8x57 without issue. Same thing (almost). There has been a lot of heated discussion about what caliber is appropriate for hunting trophy kudu in Africa. I would pick a rifle I was familiar with, could shoot well, pick a good quality bullet and go hunting. It’s also a very effective hunting cartridge on game up to the size of American elk and African kudu to ranges of 600–650 yards. I shot him walking away with a 300 gr. He thinks he wants a 700 in 280 rem. My nephew will appreciate the advise. I shot them both with 120 Nosler BT's that I had been head shooting the cull animals with. The reason I worded it as minimum caliber is because he wants something he would be comfortable to use in ohio or ky also. next time. In the range of 6.5 Creedmoor bullets, what would you recommend for hunting different species? It is recommended that you try out the rifle before you buy it as you need to be able to shoot it accurately and comfortably. Turned me loose on 2 kudu bulls too. cartridges with soft-point or hollowpoint bullets are in order. I spoke with an African pro last night who said bring "anything"...as long as it was a 270. Nephew going to Africa and wants to know smallest caliber for kudu. Recommended Caliber for Hunting. and second is the .308. Hunting. Is it possible, despite all the new hunting cartridges introduced in the last … Rifles for Trophy Kudu Hunting in Africa. 8mm Remington Magnum. They are about the size of a cow elk so it usually depends on what else you might be hunting as far as rifle choice. I'm leaning towards taking the 270 WSM; I just don't think a plains game hunt will require the stopping power of a 300 Weatherby or 375 H&H. While the other cartridges on this list earned a spot at least in part due … Here is one that ate some dirt due to a 165 TSX from a 308 Win. Or you can go more conventional and say .308. Use good bullets , I used nothing but Barnes , a little bit of advice do not let a PH rush you into taking a shot , only shoot when you are ready , in any case if you draw blood you still pay whether you get to put him in the truck or not . Again, 375 H&H is the minimum caliber that should be used. I have limited first hand experience, 3 kudu to be precise. I spoke with an African pro last night who said bring "anything"...as long as it was a 270. Nice Kudu Ingwe,is that 7x57 a custom military mauser? These will not be considered in this article, although many rifles and calibers suitable for CXP2 game are also suitable for CXP3 game. It is in pursuit of CXP2 class game that sportsmen spend the greatest amount of both time and money. Mag. A thousand miles north of there, anywhere from Namibia to the Northern Province of RSA, and a big bull can be as large as a mature Montana bull elk, weighing 700 pounds or even more. That said, I'd be more than comfy lighting the torch on one with a 243 and a 85 TSX and or a 25/06 with a 115 Noz. Also I wanted him to know that he does not need a 375 that he would never use again. This formula works so well, in fact, that calibers that once would have been considered marginal for Africa--at best--are proving their worth on even the largest non-dangerous game. Do not take a unfamiliar rifle , and practice , practice . At least that's what I would take if I got to go to Africa. As Dober said, Id feel fine with a .243 and a premium bullet....That said Ive never used a rifle that small on them, but have killed them with a 7x57, an 8x57, a .30-06,.300 Win mag, and a .375 H&H. I have seen them taken with 308,270, 30-06, 260 ,7mm mag ,7x57 . All would do just fine up close or further. I have far from a lot of experience on Kudu but I have shot a few. • .25 caliber bullets have relatively low ballistic coefficients 3. For varmints I would use 100–120 gr bullets. You can kill anything with a 223, but do you really won't to play the minimum game? Also I wanted him to know that he does not need a 375 that he would never use again. Among the .30-caliber magnums, the .300 H&H owns the nostalgia category, and the .300 RUM wears the horsepower crown among commonly produced rifles, but you can take my word for it: The .300 Win. I thank you. Free shipping on many items | Browse your favorite brands | affordable prices. to take this big kudu bull. Kudu definition is - a large grayish brown African antelope (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) with large annulated spirally twisted horns; also : a related antelope (T. imberbis). The right caliber to use for kudu? I thank you. Muzzle energy should be no less than 1500 ft. lbs. This Kudu was taken in Namibia, with my .300 Wby. Yep the bigger-the-better-the-tighter-the-sweater strategy was applied! The .30/06 Springfield: Why This Old Cartridge is Still the Best for Big Game Hunting. For centerfires, small-capacity.22s (i.e.,.22 Hornet,.218 Bee,.222 Rem. that you would use to take a large western mule deer . and 200 gr. By Ron Spomer. Have a nice trip . Good day gents. I have far from a lot of experience on Kudu but I have shot a few. This was my first African animal, a Limpopo bull that fell from a 140 gr Ballistic Tip from my 7mm Rem mag... As Dober said, Id feel fine with a .243 ......... A couple of posts on this thread have suggested kudu zre about the size of a cow elk. Caliber options in handgun, carbine, and rifle barrels range from .17 Mach II and .22 Long Rifle to .44 Magnum and .45-70 Government. All worked well. However, we consider the 30-06 as the best all-round caliber for hunting plains game in Africa. If you use 1st shot 270 on whitetail and 2nd 243 it will drop to 25%. So I'm thinking 7 or 300 Mag verity your choice. But with a 30, a 338 and 375 calibers at my hunting disposal, I won`t be going out and getting a 25 caliber for any future kudu hunt. My minimum would be a 30-06. that you would use to take a large western mule deer . But this is hunting where any thing that can go wrong will, I personally think I would like a little extra horse power to give a fairly heavy bullet plenty of penetration. The key is precise shot placement. They're smallest in southern South Africa, where a really big bull of the Cape subspecies might weigh 500 pounds, but they average somewhat smaller. As far as minimum caliber is concerned, a 260 with a 120 Speer and a muzzle velocity of 2750 worked for me on this one at about 400 yards. Get him a copy of "The Perfect Shot" to study, then study again. A single Contender has the capability of serving as an entire battery of firearms at far less cost than for a battery made up of other types of guns. If you shot twice with the highest caliber it will drop to 0. I hesitated to include the .243 Winchester on this list because frankly, it comes up … We will use a weekend to match a bullet to the rifle. Swift A-Frame bullet. Jorge,that is a GREAT BULL,was it killed in Zimbabwe? There are some really great looking Kudu pics posted here. Copyright © 2000-2020 24hourcampfire.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. To answer your question about rifles here is where a good 180 gr bullet out of a.30-06 or a.300 mag are about prefect. OK I’m gonna split the difference between the 30–30 and the 30.06. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. 338 Fed...compliments of the talents of Karnis. I just talked to my buddy here who went over there for the third time. Another tip is to make some shooting sticks out of bamboo , at least your height or a little longer and secure the end with wraps of bike inner tube . In single-shot handguns the .308 is about my starting point for big critters. 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