Bow enough?

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Africa' started by Wolverine67, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Wolverine67

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    I'm going to South Africa on my third trip in a year in august...This time with my new bow.
    So I was wondering if my set up will be adequate for kudu and blue wildebeest.
    Its a Martin Sabre mag, 60 pound DW. 29' DL. 403 grain arrows. Planning to use Silverflames and possible Magnus Snuffer, all 125 grains.
  2. BRICKBURN

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    If it is not I'll be amazed.

    Put it in the right spot and show us all the pictures.

    Have fun.
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    Should be a deadly combination. Good luck and bring back lots of pics to post so we can all drool over them.
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    That set up will work just fine IMO. Put the arrows in the right spot and show us the pics when you get back.

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    Im sure it will be great. Using the cut on impact heads is a great plan as well especially on the larger game. You will do great.
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    Your setup is plenty good for your hunt.
    Looking forward to read the report and look at the photos when you come back from your hunt:)
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    Your setup will work great.
    On my bow safari, I used 100 gr. Muzzy MX3 broadheads, which worked great. I have since been using the Muzzy Phantom heads, very stout and fly very well.
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    Using your equipment description I did a quick Kinetic Energy calculation using the manufactures IBO speed and came up with 61 ft/lbs KE. The general consensus is that 61 ft/lbs is more than enough to kill large size game. Shot placement is still the most important factor. Good luck and have fun.
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    His setup will be far below IBOspeeds. IBO is 5gr per lb if I remember correctly, that is 300gr, his arrows are 403gr. Still using my setup which shoots 418gr arrows 286fps I have launced 2 arrows through moose at 40yds that stuck hard enough into the tree behind that I wrecked the broadhead trying to get them out. I should note that they were tuned quite well which is every bit as important as KE.
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    Hi Wolverine 67

    Your setup is more than adequate.

    As you are most probably well aware it might take a bit more time to get the silver flames to group but I would certainly stick to them just because of the fact that they will out penetrate most broad heads you might get away with a bit more?

    Have fun and shoot straight!

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    Your bow is quite enough for everything here except perhaps Elephant! Just chuck a hand full of Prozac into your bag and you're good to go! :) Having hunted 40 years 20 of that Pro work, I still get a major adrenaline rush when the critters in at 20 yards and I gotta pull the string back!!!! :) Just gotta smooth out them pre shot jitters a bit!!
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    Your set-up is fine, concentrate on the correct shot placement as that is key.
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    Trond Good luck on your hunt all of you bow hunters have got me wanting to try 1 or 2 animals over there with my Bow have to see what I can do for my next trip.
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    Your right Diamondhitch. I used the info he provided and plugged it into a speed calculator which allows you to use the IBO as the base. After I plugging in all the required info his Martin sabre mag should shoot at 262 ft/sec thus generating 61 ft/lbs of KE. This arrow speed calculator can be seen at: Archery Calculators-Calculate Arrow Speed, Kinectic Energy,Front of Center % It is fun to play with and gives you some real numbers to see where your bows performance is at. I agree Wolverines set-up should prove more than ample.

    Good to hear from a fellow moose hunter. I have been an avid if not obsessed with moose hunting.
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    Stretch if you find your self with to much moose meat on you hands give me a yell, where do you do your moose hunts are they drawing or OTC thats the one thing I miss most about Alaska a Moose in the freezer every year, red meat didn't come from the store not much of it does now but moose was better then whitetail.
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    Thanks to everybody for great feedback! I will post a report and pics after the hunt
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    I didnt realize you had done some speed calculations there, good tool.

    Moose is my favorite animal to hunt. Takes 6 years to draw for rifle in the zone I prefer but at least a guy can hunt every year with bow. This year my bro hunted 8 days with bow but couldnt close the last few yards. Opening morning of rifle season he was calling for me and I had a bull come to within 15 feet and he had 3 silent bulls slip in to within 30 yards of him! LOL figures.
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    Moose meat is my favorite meat bar none. I have moose hunted in Ontario, Canada in three different area's over the last 17 years. All were bow hunts and I have been lucky enough to shoot 14 bulls with my bow. I have using Dwayne Bolen at Thousand Lakes Outposts - Hunting @ Thousand Lakes Outposts
    I personally always do a DIY hunt but you can do a guided hunt for $200 a day extra if you want to. Dwayne provides a wilderness tent camp complete with hot showers. He provides the tags and maps, accommodations and a good area to hunt. Dwayne is a pilot and is flying over the area looking for moose all summer long. He is a good guy and will tell it to you straight up.
    If you contact Dwayne tell him Stretch (Mike) sent you.
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    If you click on my photos, upper right portion of my post, you'll find a picture of a bull elk I killed in September, 2010. I took it with my Hoyt Turbohawk set at 60# with a 400gr or thereabouts arrow with 100gr Wac'Em three blade broadheads. The arrow passed between ribs on entry, passed through the lungs, hit and broke a rib on the offside. Arrow stopped at this point. The bull left just a little blood from spitting up. No need, he went less than 100 yards. After walking down the hill 30 yards, I could see where he lay dead.

    I can't imagine your setup not being affective on a Wildebeest. They're known for their toughness, but a 1" hole in the lungs he won't be able to recover from.

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    That Jerome is a sneaky bugger I tell ya!

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