.375 H&H enough gun for Cape Buffalo?

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  1. Eric Anderson

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    Only Buffalo I have ever shot, was with a .375 Ruger. I Shot it 3 times, but it never moved. It kept trying to get up, and I kept shooting at it.
     

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    Here's what a 375 will do on a big Water Buffalo.
     
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    Superb! and that on a full frontal! He was dead on first shot!

    Just goes to show, SHOT PLACEMENT!!
     
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    And I used your favorite bullet! Barnes TSX! :LOL:
    All jokes aside, on those frontal shots, the 300 grain Barnes bullets expanded and penetrated perfectly.
     
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    Toby458, I don't recall, did you post anything in AH's Bullet Performance Data Base re. this hunt?
     
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    Art, I don't recall if I did or not. I'll post a pic of the bullets that I recovered from the three bulls and one cow I shot.
     

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    375HH with a Barnes 350 gr TSX will take anything that walks the planet. My buf full frontal at 30 yds, 1 shot kill. Eland at 75 yds full frontal 1 shot and an insurance shot.
     

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    Hi Terminator, so did you hunt your buffalo yet?
    I hunted mine last year with my 375 H&H Ruger No1 Tropical. Used A-Square dead tough soft. I have also taken a zebra with it, lung shot, ran 40 meters. Also impala and warthog, they just drop. All the reading I did recommended this calibre, they were right, it is superb for everything. My latest purchase is a Atelier Verney Carron O/U double in 375 Flanged Magnum, I am told it is an even better cartridge than the H&H because it dumps more of its energy in the chest rather than zipping through - the famous 2400fps thing. I also have a Marlin 30-30 for small plains game, took two warthog with it in June this year, but somehow it feels nicer wandering through the African bush with a beautiful 375 in hand.
     
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    I don't know about African Cape Buffalo ( yet ) , but l have killed 2 Australian Water Buffalo with my .375 HH Magnum Winchester Model 70 .
    The first one was killed with two Kynoch 300 grain Round nosed full patch solids .
    I first aimed for a heart shot. The bullet broke the Brute's foreleg , but distorted before it could reach the vitals. My second shot was a Double lung shot. It didn't hit any rib bone by luck and that sealed the Buffalo's fate. It went 80 ( ish ) yards , blowing blood out it's mouth and nose and dropped dead.
    I killed my second Water Buffalo with a 300 grain Swift A frame expanding bullet . A single shot in the soft part behind the shoulder.
    I also shot one with Hornady DGS ( Dangerous Game Solids ) but both my shots failed to penetrate into it's heart.
    My Friend , then Finished it off with a Shot from a .470 Nitro Express Double Rifle ( loaded with Federal Solids ) .
    I haven't used Hornady Bullets since. Although , Maybe a lung shot would be different .
    I would highly recommend the Swift A frames for Cape Buffalo.
    That said , l want you to take this observation l made, into consideration :
    A Lung Shot on an Australian Water Buffalo with a .375 HH Magnum loaded with 300 grain Kynoch Round nosed full patch solids , at 42 yards , causes the Buffalo to run for 80 ( ish ) yards , blowing blood from its mouth before collapsing.
    Now ,
    A Lung Shot from a .470 Nitro Express loaded with 500 grain Round nosed full patch solids ( kynoch ) at 35 yards yards will cause the Buffalo to limp 45 ( ish ) yards before collapsing.
    Same Shot placement ( Lungs ) , Same Bullet ( Kynoch Round nosed full patch solids ) , similar distance . Why then , did one Buffalo drop dead at 80 yards and the other drop dead at 45 ? The only variable must have been the bullet caliber.
    Of course , this is all a moot point , since l don't consider an Australian Water Buffalo dropping dead after running 80 yards to be a sign of an inadequate bullet. But from my humble observations , the difference IS there .
    PS : I am not a scientist or a Ballistics expert . Just a recreational hunter who made an observation.
     
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    I have killed Cape buffalo with a .375 H&H. My wife just killed hers with a single shot from her 9.3x62. I prefer using my .458 Lott on buffalo. It just seems to get their attention more!
     
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