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Old 10-29-2018, 07:24 PM   #51
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I have not shot one and likely will not get too,, however I would most likely go with the 35 Whelen myself
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:32 PM   #52
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I know on the King. The guide will more than likely hand you a .35 whelen


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Old 10-29-2018, 07:40 PM   #53
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I used a 30.06 with 165 grain
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:09 PM   #54
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I shot mine with a 300 win mag and it dropped him. Made a believer out of me. My boy killed a cow with a 270 and she went about 30 yards. Itís very common to shoot them and have absolutely no blood trail so I would go with something like the 300 to make tracking easier.
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:30 PM   #55
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I've seen 3 shot with a .300Wby with 180gr partitions and not one took a step.


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Old 10-29-2018, 08:36 PM   #56
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180 or 200gr NP in a 300mag of your choice works really well!!!
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:47 PM   #57
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Another vote for the 35 Whelen.
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:57 PM   #58
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I haven't had the opportunity to hunt them, but from all the research, use the biggest gun you can shoot comfortably. If I were to book a trip to the King Ranch (or somewhere similar), I'd build me a 35 Whelen or maybe a 375 (either Ruger or H&H)
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:01 PM   #59
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My .280 AI just took down a big mature Colorado bull elk at 398 yds with a 150 grain bullet. Love this round/gun just picked it up prior to my trip
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:05 PM   #60
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I’ve got a savage 338lapua that’s killed a couple of bulls. PM me if interested.
Have loading dies, cases, and 250 accubonds
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:07 PM   #61
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I shot and killed one last year with a 300WM pushing a 180gn TTSX 3,100 fps. Took out the top of the heart and lungs on a 70yrd walking shot. Bull still ran 100 yrds and the bullet did not pass through.

You can kill an elephant with a 22, but if i only have one chance and im spending money if I draw blood, i am going big.
We had a bull shot with a 338 Lap Mag that did not pass through in my group, Also had a bull shot 4 times with a 300WbyMag and we recovered all 4 bullets.

good luck and practice elevated heart rate shooting off sticks.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:07 PM   #62
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Shot mine with my 375 H&H (300gr Swift A-Frame). He took one through the shoulder like a champ at 60 yds, wheeled and ran away and shot him through the top of the pelvis as he was running mach 5. Definitely an animal that you can’t really have too much gun for.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:21 PM   #63
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338 is a great nilgai gun. We killed dozens of them back in the day on the Kenedy Ranch down there
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:35 PM   #64
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My pic would be the big 30s. 300 Weatherby mag to the 30-378 Wby. With at least a 200 gr Nosler Partition or Barnes TTSX. But I shot mine using a 270 and a 160 gr Nosler partition. Took a few rounds though.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:38 PM   #65
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.300 Weatherby mag here. 165 grain ballistic tip. take his shoulder out and he can't go far. Does about the same as .243 on whitetail. Bullet stops at the hide on opposite side. Probably could switch bullets and get an exit but I have always shot this bullet. It shows the flattest trajectory
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:40 PM   #66
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Shot mine with a 375 Ruger. 300gr Sierra Game Kings worked well. Dropped one where she stood, and the second tried to run after being hit but didnít make it far.
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:07 PM   #67
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I have not had the chance to pull the trigger on a nice bull myself, but a buddy of mine who shoots at least one nice bull/year on his lease won't use anything less than a .338 or .375. I agree, it's all about shot placement and I'm sure you can knock them down with just about any caliber if placed right. As stated above, you have to take out their ability to run in order to keep the tracking distance relatively short. Good luck and hope you knock down a nice one. The meat is phenomenal!
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:49 AM   #68
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Shot placement is definitely critical with whatever you shoot one with and the bigger the round the better. I use a 300wby with 200gr eldx, it kills on both ends.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:08 AM   #69
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Thanks guys a lot of good info...keep it coming.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:36 AM   #70
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I re-barreled a 30-06 to 35 Whelan specifically for Nilgai and bear. Haven't got to hunt one yet, but a 225 gr Accubond will be what I use. Hogs, WT and Axis have been DRT
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:51 AM   #71
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Never hunted a nilgai but I watched an 11 year old kill a kudu, two zebra, and a blue wildebeest with a 6.5 creedmor and never need a follow up shot. Nothing ran more than 60 yards. So Iím gonna say shot placement is much more important than caliber


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Old 10-30-2018, 10:04 AM   #72
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Any caliber that will effectively kill a whitetail will kill a Nilgai.
I'd use a 7mm-08 or a .25-06.
A heavier bullet or more energy isn't going to put one down that's hit in the muscle.
Very tight and low on a broadside shot. Slightly quartering away is ideal, more so you don't have to blow up the delicious shoulder with a well placed broadside shot.
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:39 PM   #73
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My first one was taken with a 300WBY. I also have used my 7MM Express.
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:50 PM   #74
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I killed mine with a 300 Win. Mag. and 180 gr. federals
Same here.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:29 PM   #75
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Shot two one with 300RUM 180gr bonded bullet worked fine, shot the second one with a 375 H&H because I wanted to, 275 gr bullet did not exit and found under the hide buldging on the opposite shoulder. They are tough, hide is thick and vitals are forward and protected by the big shoulders. They are fun to hunt, both mine shot under 150 yards walking into a good wind.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:46 PM   #76
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Any caliber that will effectively kill a whitetail will kill a Nilgai.
I'd use a 7mm-08 or a .25-06.
A heavier bullet or more energy isn't going to put one down that's hit in the muscle.
Very tight and low on a broadside shot. Slightly quartering away is ideal, more so you don't have to blow up the delicious shoulder with a well placed broadside shot.
. . . or eland.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:58 PM   #77
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Any caliber that will effectively kill a whitetail will kill a Nilgai.
I'd use a 7mm-08 or a .25-06.
A heavier bullet or more energy isn't going to put one down that's hit in the muscle.
Very tight and low on a broadside shot. Slightly quartering away is ideal, more so you don't have to blow up the delicious shoulder with a well placed broadside shot.


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Old 10-30-2018, 10:21 PM   #78
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Shot this one years ago with a 35 whelen.
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:27 PM   #79
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.22 to the ear is my go to, but some people donít have the nerves for it.
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Old 10-31-2018, 06:21 AM   #80
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AR 10 in 375 Raptor, shooting 260 Accubonds
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Old 10-31-2018, 09:45 AM   #81
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Shot this one years ago with a 35 whelen.
Nice bull.... might have to look into the 35 Whelen a little more. A 30-06 necked up to 35 cal and pushing a 225 gr bullet.
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Old 10-31-2018, 06:22 PM   #82
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I am going in March, and I plan to take my 7 mag shooting a Federal Premium 165 grain Sierra Game King.
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Old 10-31-2018, 08:27 PM   #83
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I am going in March, and I plan to take my 7 mag shooting a Federal Premium 165 grain Sierra Game King.
I would go with a bonded bullet, 160 gr Nosler accubond, 175 gr Partition, or similar. Definitely would not use a gameking.
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:18 PM   #84
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I would go with a bonded bullet, 160 gr Nosler accubond, 175 gr Partition, or similar. Definitely would not use a gameking.
What's wrong with a GameKing?
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:57 PM   #85
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What's wrong with a GameKing?
Gamekings are rapid expansion type bullets. With 3/4"-1" thick hide on the neck and shoulders, heavy muscle and bone....I'd want a bonded bullet or mono-metal type (E-tip, GMX, or Barnes)
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Old 11-01-2018, 03:59 PM   #86
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What's wrong with a GameKing?

Reports of core/jacket separation. I experienced it with one of the two nilgai I killed. I recovered the jacket from the shrapnel that was left of the spine after it hit. The core exited the other side.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:35 PM   #87
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Gamekings are rapid expansion type bullets. With 3/4"-1" thick hide on the neck and shoulders, heavy muscle and bone....I'd want a bonded bullet or mono-metal type (E-tip, GMX, or Barnes)
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Reports of core/jacket separation. I experienced it with one of the two nilgai I killed. I recovered the jacket from the shrapnel that was left of the spine after it hit. The core exited the other side.
There are several different rounds out there, but it's difficult to tell which is the one to use for the best combination of penetration and damage.

Does anyone have an opinion on the Winchester Expedition Big Game Long Range Ammunition 7mm Remington Magnum 168 Grain Nosler AccuBond LR?
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Old 11-01-2018, 11:22 PM   #88
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Just want to reiterate that although the 300gr SGK did experience core/jacket separation that people criticize the bullet for, it penetrated as good as any other and destroyed the animal on the spot.


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Old 11-02-2018, 12:21 AM   #89
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Just want to reiterate that although the 300gr SGK did experience core/jacket separation that people criticize the bullet for, it penetrated as good as any other and destroyed the animal on the spot.


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Old 11-02-2018, 09:03 AM   #90
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300 gr 375 H&H vs 165 gr 7 mag? Almost double the bullet weight and much lower velocity equals much better penetration
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Old 11-02-2018, 09:26 AM   #91
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Father used a 300 SAUM with 200gr Accubond.
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Old 11-02-2018, 09:51 AM   #92
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300 gr 375 H&H vs 165 gr 7 mag? Almost double the bullet weight and much lower velocity equals much better penetration
Does that make them deader? Dead is pretty dead so far as I know.

I am going to switch from the Federal Premium with the 165 gr Sierra Game King to the Winchester Expedition Big Game Long Range with the 168 Grain Nosler AccuBond LR.

I normally shoot arrows. I am no expert with guns.
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Old 11-02-2018, 10:13 AM   #93
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Does that make them deader? Dead is pretty dead so far as I know.

I am going to switch from the Federal Premium with the 165 gr Sierra Game King to the Winchester Expedition Big Game Long Range with the 168 Grain Nosler AccuBond LR.

I normally shoot arrows. I am no expert with guns.

There is a huge difference in the ways those two bullets will react when shot out of those two different rifles. I have never shot a Nilgai but I have shot a few big animals in Africa. when I am hunting Big tough animals I want big holes and as much possibility for and exit as possible. Yes shot placement is key to any kill but are you willing to pass on a shot just because the bull is not standing perfect broadside at 100 yards or do you want a proven BIG GAME cartridge that can cleanly take BIG GAME animal when you fudge a shot or the animal is in a not so desirable position. All the comments about taking them with any cartridge that will take a deer are correct (mostly), I for one am not willing to chance it. If you want to step up to the big leagues and hunt big animals use the correct cartridge/bullet combination and get after it.
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There is a huge difference in the ways those two bullets will react when shot out of those two different rifles. I have never shot a Nilgai but I have shot a few big animals in Africa. when I am hunting Big tough animals I want big holes and as much possibility for and exit as possible. Yes shot placement is key to any kill but are you willing to pass on a shot just because the bull is not standing perfect broadside at 100 yards or do you want a proven BIG GAME cartridge that can cleanly take BIG GAME animal when you fudge a shot or the animal is in a not so desirable position. All the comments about taking them with any cartridge that will take a deer are correct (mostly), I for one am not willing to chance it. If you want to step up to the big leagues and hunt big animals use the correct cartridge/bullet combination and get after it.
I can't speak for the OP. I think he was looking to buy a new gun. I am not.
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:35 AM   #95
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30-06 180gr Sierra Soft Points work well.
But I could use a new 338 Win Mag.......
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:45 AM   #96
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I'm currently building a .338 Federal for my next nilgai hunt. I have been on a number of nilgai hunts (still haven't personally shot one) and the one thing that I like about my AR10 is that I have an immediate backup shot if the first one is not perfect. They can take a hit.
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Old 11-02-2018, 07:46 PM   #97
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I’ve been on hunts with family and seen bulls killed with a 308, 270, and 300wm. However, I personally think a 300wm or bigger is your best bet. Shot placement is really the name of the game here
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Old 11-02-2018, 08:43 PM   #98
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Y'all may convince me to buy a dang 300 mag yet.

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Old 11-03-2018, 12:42 PM   #99
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:32 PM   #100
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I’m going in Feb. just purchase a Ruger African in 375 Ruger going to use Hornady dangerous game 300 he bonded expanding..... should be a good combo
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