Caliber for springbok

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the caliber depends on several issues :
  • location of hunt - Kalahari is mostly long distance shooting 200m and further
  • Kalahari wind is strong and .243 although adequate , it struggles in the wind
  • my choice would be and is : .270 or 6.5x55
  • the .280 also performs very well in the Kalahari
 

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25-06 works well....

Either of your choices seem right to me
 

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During a cull I rotated between 3 rifles..300WM and 7mag for longer shooting and a 25-06 for closer and midrange work.
 

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.243 is excellent for springbok and a very flat trajectory... not suitable in general for kudu size animals etc. 7mm is fine for a 1 x gun PG hunt ( excluding eland)
 

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I've taken springbok with a 7 mag with Barnes TSX 160 g, a 375HH with Barnes TSX 235 g, and a 6.5 CR with Hornady 143 g ELD-X. The 6.5 or 7 mag are perfect. Both have flat trajectory and killing power at any practical range. 375 is a little much but it was what I had at the time. Still good out to 300 yards.
 

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Hard to beat the .243 or 25-06 for Springbok
 
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Like others have posted, Springboks are about the size of our Whitetail deer. Just about any Whitetail deer cartridge, including the .243 Win, would be a fine Springbok cartridge.

I've only killed two Springboks. The first was a Common Springbok that I shot with a 7mm RM, shooting a 160 grain Accubond. The second was a Black Springbok that I shot with my .375 RUM shooting a 270 grain Barnes TSX bullet at 3040 fps. Both easily killed the Springboks.

Luckily I had a hotel gratis needle and thread kit in my pack that we used to sew up the exit hole that the TSX left in my Black Springbok so we could take a hero picture. :eek:
 

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