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Old 10-18-2019, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default Show of hands...open discussion, who has killed a nalgai with a bow?

It’s on my short list. Just about got things lined up. Need to talk gear such as arrow weight and broad heads. I’ll be cranked way up on draw weight but I don’t think my 340 9.3’s are gonna cut it. I’m a cut on contact guy so I’m not interested in mechanicals. Let’s discuss....
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:13 PM   #2
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I haven’t got anything to add from experience but I would say a heavy arrow 475gr+ and a razor sharp 2 plate or 4 blade with bleeders will do the job just fine. Look at viper tricks, Magnus, or some of the higher end heads.

Anything used for elk or moose will probably work.
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:26 PM   #3
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I have only killed one and it was with a rifle. .308 with 178 gr bullet. There is a reson people use large magnum caliber rifles for them. I wont hunt them with a 308 again even though he on went a few yards. He just soaked up that bullet.

Bow set up for me would be 550 gr or more and as much weight as I could pull and be accurate. 80# ish and for sure a GOOD solid cut on contact BH
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:31 PM   #4
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I’ll be giving it a try in December.
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:36 PM   #5
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I have killed two. One bull and one cow. Cow was with an old nap nitron head. That was a little 3 blade fixed head. On my bull I used a beeman 300 shaft with quick spin vanes and an old black Magnus two blade head with glue on adapter. I think that total arrow weight was around 500-525 grains. Complete pass through at 30 yards. Bull spun around a couple times and fell over. I would go arrow weight of 500-550 grain. I like a premium cut on contact head for these situations. I would put iron will, silver flame and vpa up at the top. If not going crazy on heads I would consider a slick trick vipertrick. They fly great and penetrate great. The vipers can bend. I would have no heartburn using a stout 3 blade head like an exodus of you have enough behind it. If it were me right now I would go a skinny type shaft with some sort of collar. Like an axis with an iron will collar or a goldtip pierce platinum in the 250 spine. That’s the ones I know the best.
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:40 PM   #6
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Had to reply to say Not Me. Seen 2 of the monsters in South TX. Heard super hard armour. Hear they walk through fences. Even heard they walk on water???? Bazooka!
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Old 10-18-2019, 07:55 PM   #7
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Big critter - thick tough hide. I have never killed one with a bow. Have watched two shot with a 7RUM with a Barnes Triple shock and both hung up in the opposite shoulder hide. Id shoot a GK or similar and an arrow north of 500 if my bow would shoot it well.
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Old 10-18-2019, 08:00 PM   #8
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I have killed two. One bull and one cow. Cow was with an old nap nitron head. That was a little 3 blade fixed head. On my bull I used a beeman 300 shaft with quick spin vanes and an old black Magnus two blade head with glue on adapter. I think that total arrow weight was around 500-525 grains. Complete pass through at 30 yards. Bull spun around a couple times and fell over. I would go arrow weight of 500-550 grain. I like a premium cut on contact head for these situations. I would put iron will, silver flame and vpa up at the top. If not going crazy on heads I would consider a slick trick vipertrick. They fly great and penetrate great. The vipers can bend. I would have no heartburn using a stout 3 blade head like an exodus of you have enough behind it. If it were me right now I would go a skinny type shaft with some sort of collar. Like an axis with an iron will collar or a goldtip pierce platinum in the 250 spine. Thatís the ones I know the best.
Doc what was your draw weight for those kills? Never killed one but passed on two shot opportunities last hunt at Laguna bc of distance and penetration worries. Had rage extreme heads then but ordered a set of kudu 100g heads yesterday. Iíll be trying those in a few weeks. 445 grain total weight with 70lb @29Ē.
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Old 10-18-2019, 08:08 PM   #9
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The cow was a 70 lb old, old bow! I think it was my old golden eagle. I was in the brush rattling for whitetails and two cows walked by with one calf. The bull I shot was with an 80 lb bow tech tribute. With modern bows I think 70 lbs is plenty. Even 60-65 with a heavy arrow. Just look what guys are doing with Cape buffalo. I know of several killed with 50-60 lb compounds and 900+ grain arrows. My good friend just blew through a beast of a white bearded gnu on his ranch with 65kbs, an exodus, and a goldtip platinum pierce 300. Nilgai are a touch bigger and tougher but not a ton. Make sure you know where to aim!
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Doc what was your draw weight for those kills? Never killed one but passed on two shot opportunities last hunt at Laguna bc of distance and penetration worries. Had rage extreme heads then but ordered a set of kudu 100g heads yesterday. Iíll be trying those in a few weeks. 445 grain total weight with 70lb @29Ē.
Those are good heads! I might consider a 125 or 150 grain head in a single bevel but I think if you hit then right you are fine. I killed a yak(donít ask) with a similar setup to you. Two arrows and both poked through the offside.
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Old 10-18-2019, 09:40 PM   #11
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I killed a young bull with an old PSE at 65# draw weight. Used Beeman arrows and a spitfire broadhead. Shot it at 17 yds. I have wounded a couple also but it was total shooter error not my equipment.
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Old 10-18-2019, 11:17 PM   #12
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I donít know why you are worried about draw weight or arrow mass, just pull your face mask down. Your looks could kill a world class elephant, nilgai would be easy!



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Old 10-19-2019, 12:07 AM   #13
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I donít know why you are worried about draw weight or arrow mass, just pull your face mask down. Your looks could kill a world class elephant, nilgai would be easy!



You sir.....can Suck it.....
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Old 10-19-2019, 12:22 AM   #14
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Those are good heads! I might consider a 125 or 150 grain head in a single bevel but I think if you hit then right you are fine. I killed a yak(donít ask) with a similar setup to you. Two arrows and both poked through the offside.
Thanks for the replies Doc. I did consider the 125s but Iíd have to adjust everything. Which ainít hard so itís not out of question yet.
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Old 10-19-2019, 01:00 AM   #15
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Get a good heavy arrow and a good head like others mentioned above, or even a Magnus buzzcut or black hornet. If it was me I’d probably shoot one with a 200 gr redline Maasai from grizzly stick
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Old 10-19-2019, 01:37 AM   #16
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I’ve killed a few with bow including a huge bull at Laguna few years back. Shot all of them with full metal jacket arrows and rage broad heads.
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Old 10-19-2019, 08:28 AM   #17
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I shot mine with the old Epsilon 340 (9.3 gpi,if I recall) with a 4 blade 125 gr Muzzy (the late Mike Mireles didn’t allow “wobble heads”!) with 4 inch vanes, 70# Hoyt Stryker. Total arrow weight was likely in the 440 gr. range.

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If I was going today I’d go with my current elk setup - 70# Traverse with Easton Injexion (.166) and 125 gr Iron Will BH (-510gr total arrow weight)

All that said, a properly placed shot with a razor sharp broadhead from any well tuned whitetail bow/arrow setup will do the trick. Good luck!
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Old 10-19-2019, 09:22 AM   #18
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Its awesome you pulled that off Michael, I hope to get it done one day
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:36 AM   #19
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My buddy has killed two cows using Magnus Stingers 4 blade. Total arrow weight is about 450 grains and blew through both. He shot both of them at night with a bow light. One was at about 45 yards and the other at 62 yards.
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Old 10-19-2019, 12:01 PM   #20
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Killed mine with the same setup I use for elk. Black Eagle Spartans, 75 grain brass insert with an Iron Will 125 grain head.

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Old 10-19-2019, 07:50 PM   #21
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Thanks for the info fellas.
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:51 PM   #22
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Have killed a few, any strong broadhead should do. First bull was with a bear razor head, with bleeder vains in 1979. At that time I couldn't find anyone who had killed one with a bow, before that.
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Old 10-20-2019, 07:38 PM   #23
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I shot two with a 70lb CS34 with a 450 Black Eagle Spartan with a 100 grain QAD Exodus. Both pass through shots. I do have an extra 30 grain insert on the front end to increase the FOC.
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:24 AM   #24
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I have taken several with my bow and recurve. Shoot the same equipment as you do for white-tail and you will be good...Seems like some folks think they need a complete set up for different animals....you need to stay with a set up and use it for all animals...
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