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:S Welcome: You are on the right site. Any questions, ask away. What part of central PA?
 

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TY all for the warm welcome! Planning a 2020 plains game trip. Thinking the .300 Win Mag with 200 grain Nosler Accubond should be good for that trip. Any suggestions if that is not a good combination of cartridge and ammo for this?
 

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Welcome aboard Steel Candy. Your rifle (caliber) and bullet combination will serve you well for the game you mentioned. Dude those Eland are big. Some are over a ton. You will however need to make your first shot a very good one. You will be inundated with offers from the Outfitter / Sponsors of AH. Start by making a spreadsheet of the offers and prices. When you get it narrowed to one or two ask them what they think. The guys here will give you a straight answer. I lived and hunted in PA for a while back in the 70(s) when I was working on Nuclear Power Plants. Please tell us a little more about yourself as it relates to hunting. Things like what have you hunted in the past, what kind and caliber rifle(s) do you own, do you reload.
 

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Welcome to our forum. As mentioned above the .300 Win mag might be a little shy on eland, but will be plenty of rifle for all the other plains game.
 

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Welcome aboard Steel Candy. Your rifle (caliber) and bullet combination will serve you well for the game you mentioned. Dude those Eland are big. Some are over a ton. You will however need to make your first shot a very good one. You will be inundated with offers from the Outfitter / Sponsors of AH. Start by making a spreadsheet of the offers and prices. When you get it narrowed to one or two ask them what they think. The guys here will give you a straight answer. I lived and hunted in PA for a while back in the 70(s) when I was working on Nuclear Power Plants. Please tell us a little more about yourself as it relates to hunting. Things like what have you hunted in the past, what kind and caliber rifle(s) do you own, do you reload.
I have hunted everything Pa has to off except bear. Some huge black near here, over 800 pounds but they are not always easy to find. Now for what I actually taken, deer, hogs, turkey, all of the small game, elk and 1 thing I was not planning on. Deer, feral hogs and elk all with my old .270 Win, miss that rifle. Deer, feral hogs and a coyote with a .300 Win Mag, small game with .22 and shotgun.

I was hunting private property near a high fence area and met 1 of their employees that mentioned they had a semi aggressive watusi that was out of his area. Less than 20 minutes later said watusi and I met up less than 40 yards away. He lowered his head, stomped the ground and I told the guy if it took 1 step towards me I was head shooting it. To make a long story short, .300 Win Mag between the eyes made it turn, 1 more behind the ear dropped it. Range was about 25 - 30 yards. I am not looking for that kind of excitement again. Weight was around 2000 pounds. I consider this to be my biggest hunting failure in letting it get that close before noticing it.

Currently I own 2 .308 AR 10s (1st AR10s and 1st .308), 30-30, .300 Win Mag, .22 LR, .22 Mag, AR 15 in 5.56, 6.8 SPC and .44 Mag. The ARs are semi auto, 30-30 is lever action and the rest bolt action. Favorite is the .300. Due to living in town at the moment I cannot reload, stupid regs on loose powder.
 

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While you can take only one rifle to Africa if you want to, my advice would be to take two. That way you have a back-up you are totally familiar with. Simi-autos are not allowed, and you cannot take two rifles in the same caliber. Bolts, levers, pumps and single shots are ok. For my first safari I took a 35 Whelen and a 6.5x55 Swedish Mauser; for my second I took a 404 Jeffery and a 35 Whelen. Both of the rifles you take should be capable (in a pinch) of taking the largest game you intend to hunt. I asked previously but the question is unanswered at the moment, have you already booked with an outfitter?
 

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No powder in a municipality? How is that possible? I've never heard of a restriction like that. What about loose chemicals that could be combined to be explosive? Besides, who goes around checking?
 
 

 

 

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