Which chambering for hunting plains Game?

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  1. PeteG

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    7x64 with a premium projectile will be fine.
     
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  4. Scrumbag

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    What do you reckon would be a good projectile? Something like the Norma Oryx or Vulkan? (Reckon the 285gr Oryx out of the 9.3x62 would do it or maybe even the 232gr version to be a little flatter shooting?)
     

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    @Scrumbag , If you are planning to hunt Namibia, best you leave the 9,3 at home. The 7x64 is a superb caliber with lots of power and a very good trajectory.
     
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    Good to know!
     

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    I believe in the .338 WM with a 225gr Swift A Frame.
     

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    Any bonded or monometal projectile. 160 accubond, a-frame, Barnes TTSX or similar.
    With my 9.3x62 I shot a red stag through the neck at 100yds using 286gr prvi partisan projectile. The damage to the spine was impressive. The velocity was low 2200fps so a premium projectile is not needed, simple cup and core will work.
     
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    Must be because of where I live, but I've never even seen a 9.3x62! I know absolutely nothing about that cartridge!

    When I get back, I'll be taking either my Tikka T3 7mm Rem Mag with 160 grain Barnes TTSX, or my Browning BLR .308 Win again shooting Barnes TTSX. Largest animal that I will possibly be shooting would be kudu and blue wildebeest. Area will likely be EC.
     

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    Interesting a Southern African would say this (probably some Dutchman :) ). The 9.3x62 is the quintessential caliber for German Southwest Africa. Based on my admittedly limited experiences hunting both central Namibia and the Caprivi, it would be a superb choice.
     

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    I would not use the 232 grain in a 9.3x62 for Africa. Bad Scrumbag .. bad, bad Scrumbag.
    Its a projectile for small boar, Roebuck or chamois, for when you have no other rifle.
    286 conventional SP is all you need, even for Eland. Tens of thousands of plains game were cleared in Tanzania with that combo (for colonial grazing and disease control) last century. That combo worked then and still works.
     

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    9.3x62 has the legs at longer range, but you will need a scope. My 9.3, like yours, is open sight and I have made a first round hit at 255yds on a 16"x16" steel plate. On game though I would limit myself to 100 yds, possibly 150 yds with some more practise.

     

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    7x65R?
     

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    You could get it d & t'd easily enough no?
     

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    I plan to hunt Namibia next year with eland numero uno on the list. I am planning to use either a .30-06 with 200 gr bullets, (Nosler Partitions or Accubonds), or a .338 Win mag. Sort of torn here because I have taken a .338 before and have never taken anything with a .30-06. Both shoot great, the '06 is lighter, and both work fine. I am leaning towards the '06 and with heavy bullets would have no qualms about shooting and eland with it. I would not consider the 7x64 inadequate either assuming good bullets and shot placement. I note one previous post about a poorly hit critter with a .338, as if somehow it was the fault of the .338 for poor shooting. The .338 hits quite hard but shot placement is always paramount. I lost a waterbuck in RSA with a .338 due to poor shooting. When I shot properly, even with marginal bullets its a lot of cartridge for PG. BTW, on that hunt I was using Hornady Interbond bullets. Fine for small stuff, but usually loses over half its weight. I was only driving them to about 2625 too so it wasn't a matter of too much velocity. I would not use them again, despite being a very accurate bullet.
     

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    yes
     

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    I shot everything from springbok to eland with a 300 ruger compact mag. loaded with 180 grain nosler partitions at 2800 fps.
     
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    And that is a maximum load in the 30-06. I am thinking on a load that would drive a 200 gr Nosler to about 2600 or so.
     

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    More range time required me thinks! That's pretty cool
     

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    OK, I'm sorry!
     
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