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Respectfully, experience from many tough safaris tells me I can’t always have the perfect set up. I may be tired from climbing hills day after day. Maybe I’m dejected from not seeing game or something else can be going on making things not ideal. Or Maybe the shots are all very far. And then some of you guys shoot a zebra from the truck first day! Perfect rest on the truck, easy shot, not tired from weeks of hunting, or any other issues going on. It’s easy right! (This happens a lot)@ Mr 16 gauge if the 6.5 Swede will handle moose it should handle plains game with the right bullet and correct shot placement. I used the 35 Whelen with 225grain Woodleigh PPSP.
My son used humus Howa 308. Other have gone down to the 257 Roberts up to and past the 416 rem mag.
@Mr 16 gauge
Get her shooting off the sticks from the start with the 22 and others as she works her way up. Don't forget field position as well.
Shot placement, shot placement, proper bullet selection, patience for the right shot and a rifle you shoot well will trump a poorly shot big gun any day.
Good ears to listen to what your PH is telling you and confidence in self and rifle equals one zebra rug and what ever else you shoot.
I don't know why but kids can kill game with rifles we consider inadequate but us adults need the biggest we can get.
My son killed as much with his 08 as I did with the Whelen. In hindsight the 308 would have done both of us.
Look guys. Those of you who are very experienced hunters and who have a checkbook to pay for wounded game that get away may do as you please.
My advice here on AH is directed to the novice African hunter. The guy planning his first or maybe second or third safari.
I can kill most anything with my .223 but is hat the right thing to do? My point is always to direct folks to the right caliber for them. This thing of trying to use he smallest gun possible is nonsense.
So here’s a zebra story: in Namibia in 2016 hunting leopard so needing bait. I take a shot at a mountain zebra off sticks at about 175 yards. All looked good and it was a hit but took a bit for him to go down. Hmmm what’s the deal..... we my 300gr Accubond hit a little twig and the bullet entered sideways thus not performing correctly. I didn’t see that the bush was in the way but that’s hunting and I’m glad I had a .375!
One more story: a close friend goes on safari with me last year to Namibia. He is an excellent shot and shoots at NRA etc and he’s a gun and gear guru. He insists on taking his 6.5 Creedmore against my advice. He even gets a little smart with me about it!
I give up knowing what will happen. It is a real hunt with ARU Safaris and no easy shots and no shooting from the truck allowed. He wounds animal after animal and thankfully he had a very good PH and tracker and all were eventually found.
Folks you can vomit: shot placement, shot placement, shot placement, all you want. It’s not a bench! It’s Africa!