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#6605916 - 12/28/16 04:39 PM Shooting a Nilgai need advice
SnipeRaider Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 06/19/15
Posts: 16
I'm fixing to shoot a bull in the next couple of weeks I have a 270 WSM / 300 Win Mag/ 7MM Mag what would you guys suggest and also what shot placement ?

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#6605956 - 12/28/16 05:13 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: SnipeRaider]
Erny Online   content
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Registered: 02/26/11
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Loc: Smith County
Any of the calibers you list will be just fine with a good quality hunting bullet. I shoot my Nilgai with a 300 Win mag with 180 grain nosler partition bullets and had no problems. Shot placement is a little forward and low compared to a whitetail. Pretty much put you vertical cross hair on the from legs and go about 1/3 up the body and you have a dead Nilgai when you pull the trigger. You will be quite pleased with the meat quality.

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#6605968 - 12/28/16 05:20 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: SnipeRaider]
sparrish8 Offline
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Registered: 01/13/13
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The nilgai hunt I went on the minimum caliber the outfitter required was .300.win and up, they said they preferred .338 win and larger and the guide always did a follow shot.

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#6606016 - 12/28/16 05:57 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: SnipeRaider]
chital_shikari Offline
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Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 12119
Any will work. Don't shoot it in the neck. Erny's shot placement is spot on, methinks.

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#6606059 - 12/28/16 06:35 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: SnipeRaider]
Michael W. Online   content
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Erny is right about the placement. Get a premium bullet, one that penetrates well. They can be tough to take down. Your 300 with a good 180 gr. or heavier should do the job.
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#6606170 - 12/28/16 07:54 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: SnipeRaider]
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#6606187 - 12/28/16 08:04 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: Drop Tine]
kweber Online   content
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Registered: 09/03/15
Posts: 234
whats wrong w/breaking the neck on a standing shot?

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#6606214 - 12/28/16 08:19 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: kweber]
chital_shikari Offline
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Originally Posted By: kweber
whats wrong w/breaking the neck on a standing shot?
The neck won't break is what's wrong lol. Unless you shoot it in the face/head/upper neck/jaw, in which case you risk ruining your trophy. Nilgai bulls' horns are small but they fight more viciously than things with bigger bone because their necks do the fighting. #neverskipneckday

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#6606911 - 12/29/16 11:48 AM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: SnipeRaider]
magspa Online   content
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Registered: 01/15/12
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Wait until the near leg is stepped forward and sneak it in there..i rushed a shot on a nice bull last week and hit too much shoulder and never found him..i was using a 140gr acuubond though. Buddy of mine shot a big bull last month with 30-30 few inches behind shoulder and that worked well avoiding the thicker muscle and bone.
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#6607155 - 12/29/16 02:33 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: SnipeRaider]
SnipeRaider Offline
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Registered: 06/19/15
Posts: 16
Great thanks guys hopefully I will a picture to post in a few weeks

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#6607234 - 12/29/16 03:48 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: Drop Tine]
505ed Online   content
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Registered: 10/15/14
Posts: 530
Loc: Blanco texas
Originally Posted By: Drop Tine



Spot on!!!!!

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#6607504 - 12/29/16 07:48 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: SnipeRaider]
bass101 Offline
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Registered: 09/28/10
Posts: 113
Loc: Rayne, La
I shot one in the neck on accident with a .300 WSM using 165 grain NP. I was aiming at the shoulder and it moved at the last second, dropped in his tracks.

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#6607609 - 12/29/16 08:49 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: SnipeRaider]
turkeykillet Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 03/09/14
Posts: 157
Good luck. I shot mine with the ranch gun because the owner thought my .338 win was on the small side. His .338 laupua did the job. You just cannot have enough gun on Nilgai. My ears are still ringing! Lol

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#6607628 - 12/29/16 09:01 PM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: SnipeRaider]
scottfromdallas Offline
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Registered: 06/23/15
Posts: 480
Loc: TX
Maybe when I go I'll borrow my friends Barrett 82A1 in 50 BMG.
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#6608184 - 12/30/16 11:02 AM Re: Shooting a Nilgai need advice [Re: SnipeRaider]
Reich Offline
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Registered: 11/20/09
Posts: 218
Not trying to steal your thread but I would like to know what the average shot range is? I love hunting with my 45/70 and have considered booking a hunt.

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