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#6201631 - 02/27/16 02:48 PM Bullets for Nilgai
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Woodsman

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 161
Fellows, I've probably beaten this subject to death, but I picked up a new rifle the other day and I wanted to ask about 338 bullets. Those of you have have consistently hunted or guided for Nilgai, I wonder what you think of the Hornady Interbond? I can get factory loads for my rifle in 225 grain, and my rifle shoots them pretty well. I could reload, but I always love to have a factory round available just in case.

And not to be rude, but please, no stories about some guy who killed 19 of them with a 223. We're all impressed but I'm specifically wondering about 338's.

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#6201633 - 02/27/16 02:52 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
chital_shikari Offline
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My uncle had good luck with Barnes TTSX out of a 30-06, if that helps.
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#6201751 - 02/27/16 04:58 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 161
Chital, I appreciate it. I'd love to use a 30-06, but most of the ranches that provide Nilgai hunts require a minimum 300 Win. Mag. This includes all of the popular guides that frequent this site, and several that don't.

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#6201919 - 02/27/16 07:30 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Registered: 02/17/16
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Loc: WI
I use Barnes TSX for virtually everything. I've never shot a Nilgai, but in 338, I'd go with an expanding TSX. In a larger caliber, I suspect the Barnes copper solid would be a good choice.
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#6201991 - 02/27/16 08:26 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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#6202057 - 02/27/16 09:11 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
WI_Hunter Offline
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Registered: 02/17/16
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Loc: WI

Not only do I see great performance from Barnes TSX, but weight retention is nearly 100% and copper is less toxic than lead. For game that I eat, I am concerned about lead fragmentation in the meat. Is this a concern that others have? Scary stuff to me. My apologies if this diverges from the central focus of the question (Nilgai 338 bullets).

http://huntingwithnonlead.org/lead_in_meat.html
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#6202176 - 02/27/16 10:25 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
Kimber1911 Offline
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Registered: 03/06/11
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Loc: Hill Country
I have used Barnes and Berger bullets.

They both did the job.

I was using 338 and 300 rum, 7nm STW

I loved the Berger bullets from
50 yard shots to 1,000 yard shots

Bergers had the knock down I was looking for.

Mind you it is not a meat friendly bullet.

I personally shot 16 Nilgai in 1 week with a 300 rum with 210 Berger and the furthest Nilgai ran 50 yards most dropped within several steps

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#6202222 - 02/27/16 11:38 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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The Interbond would be a fine choice for Nilgai. Tough bullet with a bonded core. They are very similar in performance to Nosler Accubonds, which I've killed several Nilgai with in .338 WM. 225gr was my choice as well. If your rifle shoots them well I say go for it.


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#6202227 - 02/27/16 11:48 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Registered: 06/21/07
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Loc: Rockwall, Texas
TSX or ttsx
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#6202228 - 02/27/16 11:51 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
BMD Offline
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Registered: 06/21/07
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Loc: Rockwall, Texas
Originally Posted By: Hunter Gatherer
Chital, I appreciate it. I'd love to use a 30-06, but most of the ranches that provide Nilgai hunts require a minimum 300 Win. Mag. This includes all of the popular guides that frequent this site, and several that don't.



I assure you any of the deer calibers is fine with Barnes and I have never heard someone require a .300 win mag minimum. My daughter would thump a nilgai with her 7/08 and 140gr TSX.
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#6202229 - 02/27/16 11:52 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
BMD Offline
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The 30/06 and 150gr ttsx would be a fine combination on a nilgai
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#6202292 - 02/28/16 06:58 AM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
okiehuntr Offline
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Registered: 07/09/08
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Loc: SE Oklahoma
My 7MM whetherby mag 160 accubonds worked for me so I would think any weight inter bond would also
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#6202305 - 02/28/16 07:19 AM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Registered: 01/04/15
Posts: 215
The Interbond should be fine. Any bonded or copper bullet out of a 338 should work. I just went through the same thing you are. I settled on the Barnes TTSX out of my 300 Win Mag. The shot was great and we found the bull less than a 100 yards away. The blood trail was almost nonexistent and you couldn't tell the bull was hit while he was running away. From what I have been told, this is pretty normal. Now, I see why 300 is often the minimum. I just bought a 9.3x62 for the next trip. I think you are on the right track with the 338 and bonded bullets.

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#6202958 - 02/28/16 07:20 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
phantom Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1024
Loc: dfw
I have shot a bunch of them years ago. shot placement is key. Use a solid bullet. Caliber is not as important. Some ranches will require more than 7mm etc. Generally if it starts with 3 and ends in magnum you will be fine, however, I have shot one with a 257ai and it killed it no problem.
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#6203197 - 02/28/16 09:20 PM Re: Bullets for Nilgai [Re: Hunter Gatherer]
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Registered: 09/28/10
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Loc: Rayne, La
hornady GMX

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