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.
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.A 165/168 monometal bullet is equivalent to a 180 or possibly 200 grain jacketted bullet. I hit my zebra in the front leg while it was quartering to me and dropped it there. It broke the leg and went through the animal diagonally, lodging under the skin on the far side. It opened perfectly and retained all it's weight.
If in doubt take a 300 win mag using 180 grain Bullets.Reading all the various posts on AH in regards to plains game and wildebeest.
Is the 30-06 loaded with 165/168 grain solids (ttsx, tsx, etc.) sufficient for dropping wildebeest?
After hunting RSA in 2017, my 06 was well accepted by all the land owners and other hunters I met.
I'm now thinking of taking 2 rifles. A .375 or .416 for wildebeest and my 06 for other PG.
All suggestions and options will be greatly appreciated.
Another question: Is the 6.8 SPC, 130 grain, PSP bullet on PG (ie blesbuck, impala, springbok, warthog, etc.) sufficient?
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!!!As
I can only give you my experience, but my .30/06 loaded with Woodleigh 180gr PSPs is deadly. In my experience 180-200gr projectiles are great in the .30/06 for Africa. My kids and I have taken kudu, wildebeeste, bushbuck, warthog, impala etc using the .30/06 with 180gr projectiles without losing a single trophy. Indeed my daughter used my .30/06 with this projectile to roll her water buffalo in NT (see pic: "Girl, gun and game"). We have a hunt booked in July and she will now be after her own wildebeeste trophy, using again, this combo.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
How well does the 30-06 stabilize 240gr?The .318 Westley Richards was THE medium bore rifle in Africa for a while. Mainly because of the 250gr projectile. A 30/06 with a 240gr projectile is almost identical in sectional density to the .318 250gr. Load it to about 2300-2400fps and it be an awesome PG round.
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.How well does the 30-06 stabilize 240gr?
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.How well does the 30-06 stabilize 240gr?