Oh so confusing...is the 30-06 enough?

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  1. petrusg

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    You don't need more than the 30-06 for the Wildebeest, just shoot it where it counts! Many of my client have taken wildebeest with this calibre.
     
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  2. Agree with all of the above about the .06. Having said that, if you have any questions or concerns, just take your .375. That is an incredibly versatile caliber that will be great for a duiker to a buff and everything in between with the right bullets.
     
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  3. ShortMag

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    Yes, with a monometal bullet you need to go down in weight to get the best performance not up. I'd argue that a 150 monometal bullet is equal to a standard 180 grain bonded bullet and the 165/168s are equivalent to 200 grain bonded bullets.
     

  4. Philip Glass

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    .30-06 is fine for shots up to 150 yards in my opinion. Sometimes you may have a hard hunt and long shots and then you have an issue. So ask your PH what to expect.
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    30/06 will be fine .
     
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    Yep, Don't own one myself but last time I visited SA, two friends with me both carried 30-06's with the same load, 180gn Sierra Pro-Hunter. Worked well on everything, each took Blue Wildebeest,Kudu, Zebra, Red Hartabeest, Warthog, and a number of Belesbuck and Impala at various ranges out to 300 yards without any issues. Our PH's also carries 30-06's. As many have already said, Shot placement!
     
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    If in doubt take a 300 win mag using 180 grain Bullets.
     

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    By the way, with this .30/06 I also once shot a 5' shovel-nosed shark that was cruising up and down the shallows, up by Wittecarra Creek!!! :)
     

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    How well does the 30-06 stabilize 240gr?
     

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    I'm interested to hear someone's experience with 240's, too. I've shot 220's, and they're as heavy as I'd want reaching out to 250/300 yards, max plains game range. They start to arc pretty significantly, is what I'm getting at.
     

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    If with the typical 1:10" twist rate of the .30-06, I'd bet not very well. But honestly I don't think I've ever read of anyone developing a load even in the .300WM with that heavy a bullet. That in and of itself may give you your answer.
     
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    Agreed, Phil. On paper I'd think it would be more like a brick than a bullet. Maybe it's the perfect bowhunter's rifle load? :LOL:
     
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    To give a margin of stability, 1 in 9 or faster twist is desired for the 220 and 240 weights.
     

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    The 30-06 is a fine choice for plains game. I would stick with a 180 grn non-mono metal bullet. The TSX is a great bullet but will over penetrate and injury or kill the animal behind your target. I personally prefer bullets like the Nosler Partition or the Norma Oryx for PG hunting.
     
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    The 06 is all you need. 165 NAB’S will get it done!!!
     

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    +1 more for the 06.
     

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    MORE than enough.. locally the 30-06 is a very popular calibre and ideal for the bushveld, as well as certain open plains conditions.
    I only use 180gr, but the lighter bullets do the job just as well if put in the right place. Wildebeest are TOUGH critters!!
     
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    I used a 30-06 with 180gr expandable bullets on Wildebeest along with Kudu, Blesbuck, and Eland. It did the trick but even with good shot placement we ended up tracking for 100 yards or so. My humble recommendation, if you can shoot the 375 accurately bring it.
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    I've shot three Blue Wildebeest with a 30-06.
    Two with Hornady 165gr SST and one with 180gr Norma Oryx.
    It's plenty enough for Wildebeest.
    After using the Norma bullets last trip I will always go with the latter.
     
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    30.06 7mm rem mag 8mm rem mag 318 wr
    Have uses them all to little difference ....
    ...the Blonde has dropped a lot of them and hartabeest with her 7x64 and everything from 150 to 170gr ....
     
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