- Sep 11, 2020
Sounds like you have an ample arsenal of weaponry at hand. Some of the bigger antelope take a pretty good punch. I hit my last kudu a little low at 440 yards with PH's 270 WSM and we had to run him down in thick stuff. No exit and no blood. But we knew he was very sick. Property owner on the radio was watching from a mile away and saw it lay down twice. Still, we were lucky. It was late in the day. Fortunately he ran into an old fenceline and didn't have enough gas left to jump over (they can clear an eight foot barrier). The tracker and I stumbled onto him standing there about done for. That night when the PH reset his scope, he discovered he didn't get the clicks right for windage adjustment. I think the problem was range finder binocs and scope turret were not on the same system of measurement. He uses Barnes bullets. Not sure of the weight. I'm told zebra can take a lot of punishment too. Most airlines will let you pack two rifles (Air Canada allows three as I recall). I think taking the 6.5 and 300 H&H would be a great choice then borrow a .375 from the lodge if you decide on buffalo or eland. If buffalo or other non-elephant dangerous game are about he'll probably be packing one anyway. I'm only taking the Springfield this time. If something real special pops up in the next zipcode there's always my PH's gun at hand. Previous trips I've taken a second rifle for the lodge owner (416 Rigby CZ first trip and 45-90 double rifle second trip). Leaving a rifle there is VERY complicated. Dont't try it without expert assistance! Hauling around a double gun case in the airports is a big pain in the ass. They just don't stay on the carts and a real bitch to carry in hand and deal with rest of the baggage. My new single gun Pelican will be here on Friday ($139US). Make sure your carryon has shoulder straps (to free up hands for gun case) and make sure your checked baggage DOES NOT. Joberg Airport will not allow checked baggage with shoulder straps and the airport booths that shrink wrap strapped luggage don't do it for free!The number 1s I have kept are all 1moa or a little better, the target is my 257 roberts at 300 yards a couple of days ago. that would be about .25 moa. When they shoot they shoot. I think the 257 could do a lot of work/ the 275 even more in Africa. I love my 375s but I really like the 300s. I’m betting for antelope the 6.5 prc could become a favorite.
Edit: A good PH will always bring along a backup gun for client in case client's craps out (and mine did). For example, last trip when we were after buffalo and antelope, he brought a 30-06 CZ from the lodge as an alternate for my Springfield, his .375 CZ for me to hunt buff, and his 458 Lott CZ to back me up for everything. When we finished buffalo and went south for plains game, he put away the two big guns and backed me up with his 270 WSM which he let me use for long shots (+350 meters).