So true. Guys with nothing to do is a problem. I suspect many of us remember the younger years when a group of guys got together without a plan... things get humorous and messy.Mostly because the last year has been shall we say challenging! I think we all need the distraction. Boredom is becoming more dangerous than a buffalo. I still can't figure what caliber will work on that.
He may well be still waiting for the trackers to find it...and get sent the horns.....The new Hornady Revo load for a 30-30 develops about the same energy at 100yards as produced by a good 308 load at 300 yards. Both using 160-165 grain bullets........FWIW.....wonder if the OP of 7 years ago ever bagged his eland? If I have $35 grand riding on a 300 yard shot on a LDE, I might want a bit more.................but a fun question for us bored hunters...................FWB
No. Too far. Too little gun. And honestly, it wouldn't matter what gun for me.... Bigger gun, say .35 Whelen or bigger and under 200 yards is about as far as I would push it. But then I have never in more than 50 years of hunting big game in North America shot farther than 200 yards.Hello!
If all goes well, next year I might be going to South Africa with my dad for plains game hunting. I've been craving a nice, light .308 for about a year and I'm getting to a point where I'm feeling a firearm purchase might be justified. I live in Sweden and our unarmored moose are no match for .308 boomsticks. Neither are our brown bears. I want to get the 20" .308 to use as my "only" hunting rifle. It will be enough for all Swedish hunts, and this South Africa trip won't be a frequently reoccuring thing. I might get a .300 win mag in the future but it's not at the top of my "to buy" list. I don't want to have to buy two rifles, I'm on a student budget.
I believe in volume practicing and marksmanship. I often hear people say any caliber is good enough for any animal, only to find out they are talking brain shots. I'm not comfortable with brain shots, to me shot placement means lungs and/or shoulders and lungs. The heart is a bonus.
I know this subject is old and rehashed, but would you consider the .308 enough for eland, even at a range of 300 yards, even if you were intending to go for the shoulder?
Would I be fine hunting Eland with a 20" .308 that I had practiced a lot with?
Hi Cliffy,Your chances of a 300 yd shot are slim. Every PH I have hunted with has never put my sticks up for a 300 yd shot. They all want to get closer and usually can. That said, my partner 2 years ago, shot an eland at 240 yds with a 308 but using NORMA 180 gr ammo Shot was right on the shoulder and penetration was not too good. It got into first lung only. We had a fun couple of hours tracking it for the finishing. I was not impressed with the Norma bullets. On skinning only small fragments could be found. Even with premium bullets I would be hesitant to do a 300 yd shot on an eland with a 308. Your 308 will be fine for everything you hunt but try to keep the shots to 225 yds or less and I'll bet you a beer you can keep them to 225 or less with no problem.