Rifle & Cartridge

Hunting tips N/a Rifle and Cartridge Recommendations

Bolt Actions : When backed-up by a PH any rifle design can be used. When hunting alone a controlled feed design as a Dakota M-76, Enfield P-14/Mod-17, Kimber Caprivi, Mauser M-98, Montana 1999, Springfield M-1903, Ruger M-77 RSM or Hawkeye, or Winchester Safari should be considered.

Double Rifles : Boxlock or sidelock. It is immaterial in modern trophy hunting situations whether the rifle has ejectors or not.

Single Shot Rifles : Not recommended once following-up is required.

Bullets : The flat-nosed, large meplat, hydraulic expansion Peregrine Bushmaster is the first choice, followed by the Barnes TSX. If non-expanding solids are opted for consider (in alphabetic not preferred order) the South African made Dzombo, GS Cusom FN, Peregrine FN solids, or the foreign Barnes solid, the North Fork Premium Flat Cup-point solid, or the Woodleigh/Speer hydro-dynamically (not hydrostatic) stabilised monometal bullet.

Cartridges : Large (≥ .400” bore) and Super Bore (≥ .465”) cartridges are required. The various .338’s – .375’s can be used where legal and if the hunter is more accurate with these than larger calibres. Do not go overbore on power unless very used to such cartridges as it affects hunter accuracy and between shot recovery time.

Typical Cartridges (where legal) :

.338 Magnums 275-gr bullets
.358 Magnums 275-gr bullets
9,3 x 62 / 64mm 286-gr bullets
.375 H&H Magnum 300-gr bullets
.375 Ruger 300-gr bullets
.450/400 400-gr bullets
.400 H&H Belted Magnum 400-gr bullets
.500/416 Krieghoff 400-gr bullets
.416 Ruger 400-gr bullets
.404 Jeffery 400-gr bullets
.425 Westley Richards 410-gr bullets
.450 No.2 480-gr bullets
.458 Lott 480-gr bullets
.458 African 500-gr bullets
.470 Capstrick 500-gr bullets
.500 NE 3” 570-gr bullets
.500 Jeffery 535-gr bullets

* Read more in African Medium Bore Cartridges by Pierre van der Walt

Average Body Dimensions Trophy Dimensions
Average male mass: 1,000 lb (450 kg) Rowland Ward Minimum: 20” (51cm) : Method-12
Average shoulder height 3.6’ (1,10m) Rowland Ward Record: 28” (71,1cm)
Spoor size front: 3.8” (96mm) SCI Minimum (Rifle): 40 / SCI Record (Rifle) 72⁴⁄₈ : Method-10
Spoor size rear: 3.8” (96mm) SCI Minimum (Bow): 36 / SCI Record (Bow) 40⅜

Distribution

The equatorial forest belt of the Congo Basin that includes the DRC, Cameroon, Gabon, south-western CAR and the Congo (Brazaville). From there the dwarf forest elephant’s range stretches westward along the southern coastal belt of the Bulge of Africa through Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, south-western Mali, Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and The Gambia into Senegal.

Behaviour

The social complexity of buffalo are often underestimated. Most herds vary from about 50 to a few hundred, but in that

Tends to live in small herds not exceeding 20 and never gathers into large herds. Home ranges overlap and there is no evidence of territorial defence. They often enter clearings to drink and eat mineral rich soil. These clearings are shared with lowland gorillas, forest elephant, bongo, sitatunga, and the red- and giant forest hogs.

* Read more in Game Animals of the World by Chris & Tilde Stuart

Sexual Dimorphism

Males are heavier than females and develop heavier horns with bigger bosses.

Habitat & Food

Forest dwelling grazers that also consume herbaceous plants

Rifle & Cartridge

Hunting tips N/a Rifle and Cartridge Recommendations

Bolt Actions : When backed-up by a PH any rifle design can be used. When hunting alone a controlled feed design as a Dakota M-76, Enfield P-14/Mod-17, Kimber Caprivi, Mauser M-98, Montana 1999, Springfield M-1903, Ruger M-77 RSM or Hawkeye, or Winchester Safari should be considered.

Double Rifles : Boxlock or sidelock. It is immaterial in modern trophy hunting situations whether the rifle has ejectors or not.

Single Shot Rifles : Not recommended once following-up is required.

Bullets : The flat-nosed, large meplat, hydraulic expansion Peregrine Bushmaster is the first choice, followed by the Barnes TSX. If non-expanding solids are opted for consider (in alphabetic not preferred order) the South African made Dzombo, GS Cusom FN, Peregrine FN solids, or the foreign Barnes solid, the North Fork Premium Flat Cup-point solid, or the Woodleigh/Speer hydro-dynamically (not hydrostatic) stabilised monometal bullet.

Cartridges : Large (≥ .400” bore) and Super Bore (≥ .465”) cartridges are required. The various .338’s – .375’s can be used where legal and if the hunter is more accurate with these than larger calibres. Do not go overbore on power unless very used to such cartridges as it affects hunter accuracy and between shot recovery time.

Typical Cartridges (where legal) :

.338 Magnums 275-gr bullets
.358 Magnums 275-gr bullets
9,3 x 62 / 64mm 286-gr bullets
.375 H&H Magnum 300-gr bullets
.375 Ruger 300-gr bullets
.450/400 400-gr bullets
.400 H&H Belted Magnum 400-gr bullets
.500/416 Krieghoff 400-gr bullets
.416 Ruger 400-gr bullets
.404 Jeffery 400-gr bullets
.425 Westley Richards 410-gr bullets
.450 No.2 480-gr bullets
.458 Lott 480-gr bullets
.458 African 500-gr bullets
.470 Capstrick 500-gr bullets
.500 NE 3” 570-gr bullets
.500 Jeffery 535-gr bullets

* Read more in African Medium Bore Cartridges by Pierre van der Walt