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#5952145 - 09/29/15 09:00 AM 30-06 enough for Nilgai?
cameron00 Offline
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Got invited on a Nilgai hunt at the King Ranch. Pretty fired up.

Anyhow, the title says it all...

My deer rifle is a 20-inch barrel .308, so though I'm certain it could kill one, I'd like a little more range and power.

Anyone have reservations on using the venerable 30-06 on a Nilgai?

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#5952152 - 09/29/15 09:02 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: cameron00]
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the guides at the Mariposa Recommend a .300 mag of some sort. King Ranch used to have a min. restriction of 7mm rem. if I remember correctly.

Imo a .308 is gonna be light, load up a .30-06 with a 180 grain Barnes or Partition and you should be fine.

From what I've been told, running shots are the norm on the King ranch, most are hunted out of top drives.
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#5952153 - 09/29/15 09:03 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: cameron00]
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It will do fine. Just select a heavy bullet for deeper penetration. A 180 grain Nosler Accubond has worked will in a 300 WM on Nalgai. For the 30-06, a 220 RN or 200 grain Accubond would be good medicine. I would NOT go lighter than 180 grains. If you need anything, let me know. I have these bullets in stock.
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#5952157 - 09/29/15 09:05 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: cameron00]
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Sure it will. As advised just use a quality, heavy bullet.
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#5952163 - 09/29/15 09:08 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
the guides at the Mariposa Recommend a .300 mag of some sort. King Ranch used to have a min. restriction of 7mm rem. if I remember correctly.

Imo a .308 is gonna be light, load up a .30-06 with a 180 grain Barnes or Partition and you should be fine.

From what I've been told, running shots are the norm on the King ranch, most are hunted out of top drives.


Way we hunted them. They aren't found of trucks and don't stay still long

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#5952165 - 09/29/15 09:08 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: cameron00]
cameron00 Offline
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Thanks, all. Really fired up for this hunt.

We're allowed hogs and whitetail does as well, but we have been allotted 3 bulls. Hopefully one of us gets one.

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#5952175 - 09/29/15 09:12 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: cameron00]
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They are big animals....they surprise you how big a bull is. They run fast, head held up. Remember on them the lungs/heart are tucked in between their shoulder blades, not behind the shoulder. a lung shot on a whitetail is a gut shot on an antelope

Way I understand it most shots are running shots between 200-300 yards on the King. I personally have never seen one stand still for very long. Hit one keep shooting till he goes down.


What pasture are you hunting?
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#5952188 - 09/29/15 09:17 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: cameron00]
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Yep. With the right load, a 30-06 is big enough for any North American game and has probably killed more than any other caliber in existence. To that end, it's puzzling as to why more people don't use this caliber all that often anymore. I have one in my safe that rarely sees any action.
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#5952204 - 09/29/15 09:22 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: tShawnB]
txtrophy85 Offline
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Originally Posted By: tShawnB
To that end, it's puzzling as to why more people don't use this caliber all that often anymore. I have one in my safe that rarely sees any action.


its boring. its not all that fast, all that flat, it kicks, and its not as strong as the .300 mags



its the single cab, vinyl seat, gas engine,long bed 3/4 ton truck of the cartridge world
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#5952208 - 09/29/15 09:25 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: tShawnB]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Originally Posted By: tShawnB
Yep. With the right load, a 30-06 is big enough for any North American game and has probably killed more than any other caliber in existence. To that end, it's puzzling as to why more people don't use this caliber all that often anymore. I have one in my safe that rarely sees any action.


I agree!!! The 30-06 is a GREAT round. Like I say, it's not a new, sexy round, but it is a round that all others are compared to. I think a lot of shooters get magnum-itis on things, and overlook the classic rounds. They spend too much $$ on toys, and not enough $$ on ammo and range time learning to shoot.
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#5952239 - 09/29/15 09:36 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: txtrophy85]
cameron00 Offline
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85

What pasture are you hunting?



Haven't gotten details, but I know it's fairly north relative to the rest of the ranch.

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#5952273 - 09/29/15 09:53 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: cameron00]
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A 30-06 is never a mistake.
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#5952354 - 09/29/15 10:32 AM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: cameron00]
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My 5'2" wife has shot a 30/06 her whole hunting life and she has pulled the trigger 23 times and has 23 animals to show for it. You can never go wrong using a 30/06. I hunted mountain goat in British Columbia and was the only one using
a 30/06 and I was the only one of the 5 of us that brought back a trophy.
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#5953427 - 09/29/15 08:19 PM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: cameron00]
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Seems a little light. I shoot a 300 WM with 200 gr nosler accubond and most outfitters say that's light.

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#5953649 - 09/29/15 09:52 PM Re: 30-06 enough for Nilgai? [Re: cameron00]
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with good bullets it should be fine.
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