Possible chance to go hunt in Africa

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[email protected] posted this 2 weeks ago

So my brother calls me the other day and says, "hey you want to go on a Safari"? Me: huh, to Africa? Brother yep! Making a long story short, if this all works out, the subject of ammo came up. Seeing as how 30 06 factory ammo is almost non-existent right now, would it be ok to take handloads? I would rather take factory but my brother says handloads are fine, at least that's what he was told.

The largest game in the chosen package are Kudu and Zebra, That brings up the Hornady 180gr. 30 caliber interlock bullets that I have a supply of.  Would they be adequate? From what I can find, no premium 30- caliber bullets like Nozler partitions etc., for handloading are available either. 

I shoot a 180 grain Saeco cast out of my Model 70 accurately using an almost full power 30 -40 krag load. I would love to take it but a failure with homemade bullets might start an un welcome conversation. 

If all this starts a conversation I figure it will be fun if nothing else. Thanks Folks

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Squid Boy posted this 2 weeks ago

Made several hunts with a buddy that used a 30-06 for all his plains game. He was using 220 grain semi-pointed Nosler partitions. He was also the best game shot I ever saw. African hunts are expensive and the bullet is the cheapest component but I think the most critical to success. I would beat the bushes to find the very best bullet and heaviest as well and they will be cheapest in the end regardless of what you pay for them. If you have factory boxes to match the head stamps, that might make things a bit easier. Some countries are funny about details. Best of luck, it will be a fantastic time. Squid Boy 

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Brodie posted this 2 weeks ago

I know that components are hard to come by right now, and the Hornady interlock is a very good bullet, but if you can get your hands on some Nosler 180 gr. partitions I think that they are even better.  Heck my Dad and old Charlie shot I don't know how many moose with 180 Sierra soft point boat tails, I even shot one myself. ( That was back when Sierra bullets was in , or near, South Gate Ca.  and we could get seconds for  next to nothing.  Take some of your cast 180 or 200 gr. bullets with you.  Where you hit the beastie is much more important than what you hit it with, and you might find something to take a poke at with them. 

Best wishes for your hunt. 

B.E.Brickey

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[email protected]net posted this 3 days ago

Well I was able to get a couple boxes of Hornady 180 gr. GMX bullets Some kind of a high end all copper thing. I think it will be fine if it does what Hornady says it does. Also found Norma brass. I've had good luck with Norma brass. So far so good. 

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gnoahhh posted this 3 days ago

Sounds like you got it covered. I would've beat the bushes to come up with a hat full of 180 TSX's. As much as I love shooting/hunting with cast bullets, for a once in a lifetime hunting trip I would secure the very best/latest in jacketed bullet technology no matter the cost. Besides, if an unfortunate unplanned incident developed with an animal that could obliterate me, I would feel a whole lot better in that butt-puckering moment if I had a proven jacketed bullet up the spout ready to speed on its way at maximum velocity and guaranteed to penetrate/expand in an unholy manner. A 200 grain lead bullet at 2000fps simply isn't going to do that nearly as well.

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Larry Gibson posted this 3 days ago

"The largest game in the chosen package are Kudu and Zebra, That brings up the Hornady 180gr. 30 caliber interlock bullets that I have a supply of.  Would they be adequate? "

The Hornady bullets will be entirely adequate.  I have killed many elk and caribou with them along with big horn sheep and many deer loaded to 2700 - 2800 fps out of my 30-06s.  I've used the 180 SP and 190 SPBTs but mostly prefer the 180 SPBT.  Ranges ran from 25 to 478 yards.  Never had a problem with them and prefer them over any "premium" bullet including Nosler partitions.  If i were to hunt Africa I would use my '06 with the 180 Hornady SPBTs for all but DG.

LMG

 

Concealment is not cover.........

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Squid Boy posted this 3 days ago

African game can take an extraordinary amount of killing if hit badly the first time. I sadly witnessed a Sitatunga literally shot to pieces after being gut shot with a 375 H&H. Bullets are cheap by comparison to a lost head over there. Buy the very best you can find. Shoot straight and good luck. Squid Boy 

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Wineman posted this 3 days ago

You may not be able to bring your rifle or ammunition. My friend went to Namibia in 2019. They used the guides rifles (300 WM with a suppressor). He is also a good game shot and was able to get Zebra, Heartabeast, Oryx, Eland, Warthog, Kudu and Baboon. Got all the taxidermy done there.

Dave

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[email protected] posted this yesterday

We are going with a trusted acquaintance that has been there and using this outfitter 3 times. He says it is a class act. Taking our own rifle and handloads is not an issue. Also the outfitter will have big guns to rent if needed or want. 

Really I'm kind'a just going along for the experience. Might decide not to pull the trigger anyhow. With my modest home I don't know what I'd do with a stuffed Zebra. WE will see.

I started practicing shooting in the back yard using those tripod sticks like they us over there. Used the pellet gun. It was fun and enlightening. Will take the 06 using the cast real soon. Maybe shoot some groundhogs. Small ones eat pretty good. 

Anyway thanks guys! 

 

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