.22 Mag for Steenbok?

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  1. Sol Griffith

    Sol Griffith New Member

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    How many of you have brought a rimfire on safari for steenbok and duiker? Seems to me like a solid choice considering their size and thin fragile skin.
     

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    I have used this cartridge for more than 50 years. It is underestimated by many. Hampered for the first 35 years by ammunition choices, there are now some real smokers being loaded. Don't know if and where it is legal for Steenbk, but it would be my choice too...................FWB
     

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    I would bet it would work well, not sure however if legal.
     

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    South Africa Limpopo Province Ordinance. Applies to the other provinces as well.

    In other words, the .22 Mag is not legal.
     
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  5. PARA45

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    Will a 22 Hornet work? I want to say I saw a show in which the hunter used a 22 Hornet.
     

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    I took a 22 Hornet to Limpopo this year for Red Duiker and Sharps Greysbok worked great
     
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    We took a .223 w/ 55gr soft points this last trip and it worked great on monkey, steenbok, honey badger, civet, jackal, genet.. Only one with any damage at all was the jackal because I hit a rib on the way out..
     

  8. ActionBob

    ActionBob AH ENABLER SILVER SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    I used a 22 Hornet on a cape Greysbok and I'd say it's the perfect caliber for these little guys. Just a bit light if you happen across a bushbuck or something.
     
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    I just looked up the weight of Steenbok and the Internet says 26 lbs. I’d use a .22 mag on any animal that size if legal.

    Didn’t get a .22 Mag until I was in my 50’s. When sighting it in a big jack rabbit happened by and I shot it. It pretty much blew the rabbit up. So yea I think it would do well on Steenbok size animals at reasonable ranges.

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    My Steenbok was taken with a 300 H&H and 180 gr. TSX’s...

    My Klipspringer, Vaal and Mountain Reedbucks were taken with a 30-06 with 150gr. PPU cup and core’s.

    :)
     

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