10,75x68 for elephant?

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  1. Bonde

    Bonde New Member

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    Can a 10,75x68 be used for elephant with success?

    I thought of handloading 400grs woodleigh solids, the ones for .404J, but would the velocity be high enough?
    What velocities may I expect?

    I'd very much like to hear about others experiences.
     
  2. 505ED

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    First of all let me say I have never shot an elephant--but have seen a few 10.75x68 built.

    With good woodleighs at 400 grains I would say YES it is good enough for elephant, it will do what a 416 remington will do or close to it. On that note though make sure if you are getting it built it will feed the woodleighs-- the 10.75x68 is a finicky feeder, and might give you a problem. You can push the 400 grain bullet now with modern powders around 2150 look at WW748. Also look at northfork 380 grain bullets.. you could get the FPS up to around 2200 and would be good to go with a super bullet. Check feeding on the northfork they can be a bitch with the flat nose.

    Ed
     
  3. Bonde

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    Thanks!

    I live in Norway, so am limited to VV, Reloader and Norma powders. Heard the N550 gives high velocity.

    Will look into the North Fork bullets!
     
  4. Russel. G. Keith

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    Hi Guys.
    I have never used the either the 404 or the 10.75x68 but my father and grand father did.
    So if you don't mind I will pass on what they both told me.
    They both seemed to feel that 2200fps second with a 40 cal was the minimum my father called it the idiot factor.
    My Grand father loved the 404 (he died at the age of 83 and shot a lion for every year of his life. But then he was a stockman and shot comparitvly few elephant) He felt it was the best all round rifle but then to him it was simply a tool in his day to day work.
    Both men felt and had several stories to back up what they had to say.
    They both agreed that the 404 was ideal for Buffalo, cats and 99.9% of elephant but just a little short for frontal head shots on very big elephant.
    Some years back a highly experianced game scout in the Chobi was killed by a very large elephant bull all his shots were well placed but just lacked the penetration.
    The 10.75x68 is as to the 44special and the 44mag the 404.
    I am told that some folk used the 10.75 in the 404 but only for light game.
    Guys sorry that this is all second band but the best I can do
    Be safe
    Russel
     
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    Interesting take on the Matter Russel.
     
  6. matt85

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    ive never taken an elephant so take my opinion with a grain of salt. but i think a 42 caliber bullet at 2100+ would work on elephant but would be far from ideal. my opinion is based off the 450/400 NE 3" being used on elephant successfully. the 450/400 NE 3" fires a 400gr .41" bullet at only 2050 fps which seems to work "ok".

    -matt
     
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    Properly loaded there is no reason it would not do the job with proper shot placement paramount as always. Its just a shorter .404 Jeff. The 10.75x68 had a somewhat spotty reputation due largely to poor bullets.
     

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