Barnes .404 Jeffrey 400 Grain Tsx Velocity

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I am heading to Limpopo in May for buffalo, and would like to load the .404 Jeff, 400 grain TSX. What velocity will give me optimal bullet performance?
 

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Had mine loaded at 2150 FPS two years ago.
 

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OK, can I ask you guys who have actually shot a buffalo with this bullet to comment on bullet performance? I’m interested in range of the shot, response of the animal to the shot, as well as penetration/expansion details.
 

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OK, can I ask you guys who have actually shot a buffalo with this bullet to comment on bullet performance? I’m interested in range of the shot, response of the animal to the shot, as well as penetration/expansion details.
While I have not used the 404 400gr TSX bullet on buffalo, I have used the 375 300gr TSX on 4 buffalo. In my experience when I was running them at 2450 fps when I hunted Australia water buffalo, they killed very well. However on some of the shots that weren't within 50 yards or less, I noticed the bullets didn't expand nearly as well. So by that, I would say to keep your muzzle velocity up as high as you can stand it, or just use a Swift AF.
I used Swift in my 416 RM on the one buffalo I shot with it and the results were perfect.
 

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90 yards, head on shot, center of chest. Buff immediately dropped, got up, turned 180 , ran 30 yards and rolled over dead. Bullet came to rest in stomach full of fresh eaten grass.

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Good stuff, thanks.
 

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Great bullet for Cape Buffalo. I run mine at 2350 in the .404. Shot my last Buffalo with it and bullet preformed flawlessly. Shot was shoulder at 35 yards.
 

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I am heading to Limpopo in May for buffalo, and would like to load the .404 Jeff, 400 grain TSX. What velocity will give me optimal bullet performance?
82 grains RL17 at 2325 FPS. Shot was quartering towards 75 yards. Spinal shot to cervical/thoracic junction. Dropped to shot. 8 inches of vertebral bone destroyed. Insurance paid with Barnes solid 75 grains RL17 same velocity/point of impact.
 

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