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Old 01-18-2020, 12:07 PM   #1
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Got invited down to a HF ranch in Falfurrias to nilgai hunt Thursday, I took my 270 wsm w/ 140 grain accubonds in tow. Ranch owner wasnít comfortable with that round so he gave me his 7mm weatherby mag w/ 160 grain partitions to shoot. We headed out on high rack on a Jeep. We drive for a couple hours then at last light going back to lodge we see a big old bull on a fence line, put it tight on his shoulder pulled trigger and heard it hit hard at roughly 180 yards. Bull ran straight into brush, we then make first mistake and only waited 15 min or so bc sun was going down. Didnít find any blood and looked for about 20 min till dark. We decided to back out go eat and come back with flash lights. So approx 4 hrs after shot we went out to look. The three of us split up, I eventually find him still alive only 80 yards or so from where he was shot but didnít have a gun mistake #2. He jumped up and ran off never to be seen again, we found his blood trail with good bright lung blood but it went cold. Put in prob 20 miles if walking over next day and half with no luck. First time Iíve lost an animal and it just so happened to be a hint someone else paid for.


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Old 01-18-2020, 01:04 PM   #2
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Dang! That stinks!
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:11 PM   #3
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I have always heard that they are tough critters.

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Old 01-18-2020, 01:14 PM   #4
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Yeah they are super tough. Sorry to hear that.
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:19 PM   #5
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Hate to hear that-- just part of hunting.
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:36 PM   #6
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Man thatís a tough break. A 7mm partition through the lungs should put anything down. Tough critters for sure


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Old 01-18-2020, 01:40 PM   #7
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Bummer
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:42 PM   #8
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Yeah those are two well learned lessons. Sorry for the lost Nilgai.
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:48 PM   #9
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Sorry to hear that. They are crazy tough especially the big ones
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Old 01-18-2020, 02:21 PM   #10
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Sorry to hear about that. I put 2 rounds of 7mm stw with accubonds into a bull and he still ran. Neither bullet exited. Very tough animals.
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Old 01-18-2020, 02:25 PM   #11
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Bad deal.. Very, very tuff animals for sure.. Some Big bulls can soak up some serious punishment..
Most people do not realize how thick and tuff the skin can be on some bulls.. I've seen it over an inch thick in the shoulders and neck..
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:21 PM   #12
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Ouch that is a hard couple lessons to learn in that situation.


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Old 01-18-2020, 05:05 PM   #13
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I would never use someone else rifle with out shooting it first and then it would need to be explained that is the only way I’m going to hunt. I hate you lost it. Either gun would kill that animal no doubt if hit right.
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Old 01-18-2020, 05:09 PM   #14
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they are insanely tough animals.

sorry about the lose.
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Old 01-18-2020, 05:26 PM   #15
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Sorry about losing the animal, it is a sickening feeling. I myself have never shot one, but my friend lost one a couple of years ago with a .300 win mag. Very tough animals for sure.

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Old 01-18-2020, 07:39 PM   #16
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Thats sucks man.
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Old 01-18-2020, 08:40 PM   #17
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The first one is the worst! Everyone hates it, but eventually it happens to everyone.
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Old 01-18-2020, 09:01 PM   #18
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Sorry to hear about that. I put 2 rounds of 7mm stw with accubonds into a bull and he still ran. Neither bullet exited. Very tough animals.
Shazaam!

Dangitall. Better luck next time TBone.
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Old 01-18-2020, 09:26 PM   #19
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Well...I almost feel better. I went to Kingsville today and dropped the wife off at her folks and I ran off to chase Nilgai on a place not far away. I was toting my 6.8.
Had a nice bull step out by a fence line about 200 yds, steady rest, wham, right in the neck. Dumped him, back legs went out and never flinched. I held on him for a few seconds, no movement whatsoever, so I jumped in my truck to go check him out. Just then I look up and he staggers to his feet and turns and runs back into the brush. I am dumbfounded, the property is only 80 acres and I scoured every inch and found no trace except the tracks he left getting up and taking off. Replayed it in my head all the way home tonight. Makes no sense, crazy tough. I'll get another chance soon.
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Old 01-18-2020, 09:57 PM   #20
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Got lucky and was able to hunt nilgai last weekend. Finally got a shot at a bull. I hit him with a 300 win mag perfect in the shoulder. He ran off. Iíve heard so many stories that if they hit the brush and you havenít found them in 50 yards your success rate goes down tremendously. However, we found him about 30 yards in the brush line. No blood and no exit. I think I was very lucky.

Sorry you lost your bull. Hopefully another opportunity will present itself.


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Old 01-18-2020, 10:23 PM   #21
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Just saw on Facebook where an old buddy of mine shot an albino Nilgai bull. Was pretty cool looking.
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Old 01-18-2020, 10:55 PM   #22
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Tough luck. Sorry to hear.
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Old 01-18-2020, 11:00 PM   #23
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Sorry to hear, I hope you get another chance at it soon. If I had the chance at a Nilgai I’ll probably borrow my dads 338 Lapua. Those suckers can take lead, super tough I’ve heard.
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:01 AM   #24
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I would never use someone else rifle with out shooting it first and then it would need to be explained that is the only way Iím going to hunt. I hate you lost it. Either gun would kill that animal no doubt if hit right.


Doesnít sound like the gun he was using was the issue.

And it doesnít sound like you would have taken the free nilgai hunt that the OP had.

TBone, sorry about the trip. It is tough losing an animal that you are certain is dead.
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:09 AM   #25
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Sorry to hear, I hope you get another chance at it soon. If I had the chance at a Nilgai Iíll probably borrow my dads 338 Lapua. Those suckers can take lead, super tough Iíve heard.
They are big. Just the head and cape from Rod's weighed 50 lbs. The heart was huge. Just a tad smaller than a football.
They are pretty tough but not invincible.
Search for the nilgai with a 7mm-08 thread. That guy's went down quick.
Put it in the right spot and they won't go too far.
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:34 AM   #26
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The other part of hitting one is their skin, we've shot them in the white spot on the neck and the exit wound is hardly noticeable and that's with a 180gr 300 Win mag. That skin is almost like rubber in how it seals back up. Sometimes its almost better to put another round in for good measure.
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Old 01-19-2020, 10:00 AM   #27
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That sucks man, hate to hear it.



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Old 01-19-2020, 10:22 AM   #28
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Sorry you lost him. The absolute best shot is 1Ē above the elbow joint heart shot and down very quickly!


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Old 01-19-2020, 11:17 AM   #29
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No dog?
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Old 01-19-2020, 02:33 PM   #30
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Sorry you lost him. The absolute best shot is 1Ē above the elbow joint heart shot and down very quickly!


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Yep. It looks low, but works great.



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Old 01-19-2020, 03:08 PM   #31
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My son dropped a nilgai cow when he was 16 with a 270 150 grain. He hit her twice but she dropped where she stood. Hate to hear you lost it.
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:26 PM   #32
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I've heard many a similar story about Nilgai from some good shooter's ..
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:42 PM   #33
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I met a guy hired by the Kenedy ranch to kill as many as he could(damaging fences) He only used a 243 and would shoot in spot on neck and or the hump. Otherwise you run risk of them running off never to found. I've killed a few and lost one big one..he got hit by a 180gr and 7mm twice in shoulder and still got away.
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:24 PM   #34
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Thanks everyone for the comments, I figured Iíve shared a few success stories and I should share this as well. There were a few mistakes made that will be hard lesson learned. I asked ranch owner about a tracking dog but he didnít know of one. The first big pool of blood we found was about 30 yards from where it was shot. It was a 10Ē-12Ē puddle, so I think he stopped there for a little bit till he was pushed by us pulling up in the Jeep. I donít feel like the shot was bad but Iíll be interested to hear from them when they do find it.


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Old 02-11-2020, 11:55 AM   #35
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Well they finally found him in some thick brush about 600 yards from where I shot him, shot was further back than ideal... still would have laid down and died most likely if not bumped...


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Old 02-11-2020, 12:10 PM   #36
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Better approach slowly....may still be kickin'.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:16 PM   #37
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Knowing just how good Nilgai meat is, seeing that is painful! Better luck next go round.


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Old 02-11-2020, 12:19 PM   #38
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Well that sux that he didn't make it, great eating.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:25 PM   #39
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I bought some partitions for a Nilgai hunt and figured I would try them out on deer first. I hate those bullets, I had to track both deer I shot with them. Went back to the cheapo core-lokts and started dropping deer where they stand again. So now I have 3 boxes of $40 bullets I can't stand. The guide says I need to use them and I haven't went on the hunt yet soooooo
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:33 PM   #40
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You were in a high fence? I have read enough threads on here to know that he couldn't go far in that little cage. Must have been tied to a different tree than you originally thought.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:42 PM   #41
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Thats why I'd insist on using my own rifle. Who's to say the borrowed rifle shoots "on" or "consistant" ?

The .270WSM would have done it (if put in the right place) imo.

And knowing/having confidence in it helps a lot.



And just for what it's worth...……. I've never even seen a Nilgai.

But I do have a .270WSM.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:43 PM   #42
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Crazy how strong they are
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:48 PM   #43
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Break their shoulders. That's how you get them. I used a .300 Weatherby and broke both shoulders on both of the bulls that I killed, and neither went far at all. People get all caught up in preserving meat shooting behind the shoulder. You have to put tough animals down physically.
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Break their shoulders. That's how you get them. I used a .300 Weatherby and broke both shoulders on both of the bulls that I killed, and neither went far at all. People get all caught up in preserving meat shooting behind the shoulder. You have to put tough animals down physically.
That is what you are supposed to do, but unfortunately you are wasting your time posting this.
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Old 02-11-2020, 01:14 PM   #45
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Glad you found him bubba! Yeah,he would have died where he layed down.I never even chase a doe that runs where I can't see 'em.I got all day,and then some most o' the time..It definitely happens though.It's happened to everyone,if you pull the trigger enough.I know a lady that kills Elk with nothing,but a .243..She lives near Wall Mountain in Co.She aims at the soft spots,and let's them lay awhile.Killed more than anybody I ever met.
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Old 02-11-2020, 01:40 PM   #46
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I bought some partitions for a Nilgai hunt and figured I would try them out on deer first. I hate those bullets, I had to track both deer I shot with them. Went back to the cheapo core-lokts and started dropping deer where they stand again. So now I have 3 boxes of $40 bullets I can't stand. The guide says I need to use them and I haven't went on the hunt yet soooooo
What caliber? Partitions are my favorite all around bullet. I've used on elk, deer, hogs, antelope. I've never had anything run much if hit in lungs/heart area. The most is probably 50 yards and all exited with good blood trails.
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Old 02-11-2020, 02:37 PM   #47
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.308 I swapped to those after sighting it in with them. Shot two deer with them and the first one I had to track about 200yds after a double lung hit. I swapped back and shot an Axis buck and 2 whitetail with the core-lokts and they dropped in their tracks with same bullet placement
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