The quick fire power of a Blaser (this one in 9.3x62) was put to good use on my first tracked Zambezi Lion;
The next was worked over by a large and fast moving 425WR woodleigh soft as it was departing the scene in the Niassa area;
One of my favourite rounds and have seen it in use on Buffalo, lion and Hippo.
I've always used 300grn SWIFT A FRAMES and 286grn WOODLEIGH FMJs for Buffalo with good results.
For lighter built game the 286grn WOODLEIGH soft's have worked flawlessly for me.
Not an ideal calibre for "follow...
I have had the pleasure to have hunted with dozens of good Trackers BUT the best three I have been with are Ian Gibson's Ndabelle tracker Robert, Stu Taylors Shona Tracker Davie and Lyndon Stanton's Shangani Tracker Jabalani. All Zimbabwean trackers.
These trackers often learn there trade as...
I have killed a few Cape Buffalo with its smaller brother the 9.3x62 and certainly consider them both adequate with well placed and well constructed Bullets.
However the 293grn TUG (Uni Classic) is NOT what I would consider well constructed for Buffalo! If you can get some bullets loaded then...
Pictures with report to come of my hunt just completed with Wayne Van Den Burg of Nyamazana Safaris of Zimbabwe.
I used a 470NE at communal lands adjacent to some Forestry Blocks between Bulawayo and Wankie.
Some hunting terrain;
One needs a shotgun for the Doves;
Here is a list of my essential equipment for Safari;
My Essential Safari Equipment list;
3x light high quality wool socks (Kathmandu or Mountain Equipment brand Aus & NZ made. Minimise blisters very important!).
3x cotton short. (King Gee brown colour...
I have killed and seen others kill quite a few Cap Buffalo with the equivalent round made for the bolt action, the 9.3x62. I would happily hunt buffalo with the 9.3x74R or the similar 375F .
More importantly would be bullet choice. A strong Softnose and some solids are ideal.
My favourite is a scoped 9.3 double with heavy scope reticle such as German 1 or 4 posts with Woodleigh or Gecco soft nose bullets.
My Blaser Attaché in 7x64 with RWS TIG bullets or 9.3x62 with Woodleigh bullets work well also.
You would be surprised how many "AD" happen with the Blaser and Keighoff type safety. Many PHs detest this type of safety. Personally I have used a bolt type Blaser for many years BUT would not purchase a double rifle in Blaser.
My Ultimate is a Westley Richards.
That will work and if you pick your shots and work hard to reduce that distance (something not done so much these days with the long rand gear) you will find the hunt so much more enjoyable. These days I mainly hunt with open sights for the extra pleasure of the hunt.
As much as I love the Round nose soft, I personally consider them too soft for buffalo in calibres lower than .450. For Sub .450 on Buffalo the Protected Point is the way to go OR even Better still the Swift A Frames or Northfork softs or Cup point solids.
Here are some recovered Woodleigh...
Have killed a few Cape Buffalo with this round. More than any calibre in fact, and it has performed as well if not better than the others such as 470, 416 and 458.
I have found the 300grn Swift A Frame and 286grn Woodleigh Fmj bullets work well on Buffalo but am quite keen to try 286grn...
Congrats on your successful Safari.
Who was the other PH on the Leopard follow up?
A good friend of mine hunted with Ritchie last season in the neighbouring block and enjoyed his time with him and his team.
Love that Chewore area, both north and south.
Did you get lucky on Hyena?
Hard bullet but its still a diameter of 9.5mm even if it does not open up. Without hitting the CNS, the cat will likely not die as quick as like with a softer soft and if you miss the vitals altogether (heaven forbid) you might have some excitement on your hands. My choice is the Woodleigh round...