300 yard eland shoulder shot with a .308 - would you take it?

Discussion in 'Up To .375' started by Technologist, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. woods1126

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    Thanks for the report Technologist! That is a nice looking Eland, and I bet you are already thinking of ways to get back to SA!! ;) Kevin
     

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    personally I would use anything smaller than a 338 WM on Eland .
     

  3. Longwalker

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    I have only ever shot one eland but I have shot a bunch of Canadian moose and elk with the .308 out to about 250 meters. all of them were killed efficiently. I think the .308 is a very adequate moose cartridge. However, I was not happy with my eland experience. I was using the PH's 30-06, with good Barnes 165 gr. TSX bullets in an accurate Sako rifle similar to one I had at home. Eland was a measured 265 meters, quartering away, moving very slowly broadside. I slightly pulled the shot rearward, and put the bullet through the near edge of the diaphragm and angling forward into the opposite lung. I shot at the running eland at about 320 meters or so and just hit the dewlap under the neck. Then I hit again at about 400, breaking a front leg at the elbow because I had failed to allow for enough bullet drop. Then we began the follow up, and I shot that poor bugger three more times, a couple minutes between shots, each shot right through both lungs before he finally dropped.
    My advice for your .308 is to use it, with good tough bullets, but stalk a little closer than 300 yards/meters. I think 200 is a sensible max. Make sure you make a double lung shot ( like my brother did with the same rifle/cartridge) and you will have no problem. But get an eland's adrenalin up, and they are incredibly tenacious!
    I plan to go eland hunting again, but next time I will bring my .375. Not because it's necessary, but for my own peace of mind.
    Good luck on your hunt!
     
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    yes ,it is.
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  5. archer36

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    Well the ballistics chart tells me that a 165 gr. Triple Shock has about 1500 ft lbs of energy at 300 yds so it is more than enough. Why the obsession with shoulder shots? I never saw an animal survive a double lung shot for very long.
     
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  6. Hank2211

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    I've used a .300 win mag and had excellent results, but I wasn't at 300 yards. I think the .308 should be enough, in theory, but you don't have much room for error in shot placement at that distance. And when an eland starts to run, it can run for miles. Personally I'd rather use a .300 than a .308. No one would (or should) laugh at you for using a .375 either.
     
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  7. Diamondhitch

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    With a proper caliber, there is no "hopefully I don't hit big bone". The answer is in your trepidation over suitability of the cartridge.
     
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    Exactly
     
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    Longwalker, any animal hit in only one lung is going to run a LONG ways. You still have one functioning lung. I still believe the 308 Win is enough but you have to shot well not just good.
     

  10. Ado

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    308 @ 300 yards - no shot at an eland

    I agree with the comments in this thread that your PH would probably not let you take his shot.

    Now...

    308 @ 150 yards - yes
    300wm @ 200 yards - yes
    375 @ 300 yards - yes

    But frankly where is the hunting in a 300 yard shot? Stalk closer and if you don't get a shot then stalk again, and again, and again... That is hunting.

    Ado
     

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    Well said Diamondhitch, well said indeed.
     

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