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Nilgai Medicine #7054528
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In the mid 90s my buddy introduced me to Nilgai steaks. I have to say they were awesome. It's been over 20 years since I've had those steaks but I remember them being one of the best game meat I've ever tasted.

My hunting trips are planned for this year but I will absolutely go to South Texas in 19 for a Nilgai.

I have 3 rifles that should be able to handle them.

Ruger 77 Hawkeye in 338 Federal- Although this is the smallest caliber, it shoots really well. I'm thinking 210 Partitions at 2600 fps would be a good load as would factory 200 grain Trophy Bonded Tips.

Ruger 77 Mark II in 350 Rem Mag- This one is a fun because it's a nostalgic American cartridge that was a commercial failure but has cult like following. I can drive a 200 grain TTSX in 2900-3000 fps range. The bullets are not the highest BC but 200 grain 35 caliber TTSX has a massive hollow point. It should easily open wide and penetrate deep.

CZ 550 Full Stock in 9.3x62- This one is a cool rifle and has the most juice. I can drive a 250 grain Accubond to about 2550-2600 FPS from it's 20.5" barrel. I can go up to 285 Partitions and still get around 2450 FPS.

I'm thinking for a cow, any would work fine. For a bull, the 350 Rem Mag and 9.3 would have a little extra security.

What does the THF recommend?


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Re: Nilgai Medicine [Re: scottfromdallas] #7054539
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Well.... Just so we can start an argument..... I choose the CZ because I love heavy boolits moving pretty fast. Kinda why I built a 45 Raptor.

Distance is always a consideration, as you already know.

Let the kicking & screaming begin.

Re: Nilgai Medicine [Re: scottfromdallas] #7054549
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The 9.3x62 has killed a lot of large game over the last 100 years so it certainly has the best pedigree.


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Re: Nilgai Medicine [Re: scottfromdallas] #7054558
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Someones kid in the photo section shot one with a 243 without issue recently. I see no problem with any of the above.

Re: Nilgai Medicine [Re: scottfromdallas] #7054562
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Never hunted them or seen one in the wild but I thought anything in the 30-06 or above was plenty of gun.


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Re: Nilgai Medicine [Re: scottfromdallas] #7054568
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I've shot them with 300 mags shooting 180 balistic tips back in the day, and 7's. Bullet placement and catching them unalert means way more than the howitzer your shooting. There not any harder to kill than most game of their size. But you are correct in that its some fine eating. Every year I tell myself I need to go chase them again, but so far ive stayed stocked up on elk.

Re: Nilgai Medicine [Re: scottfromdallas] #7054572
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou


That's the one I was thinking of. Some reason I thought it was a 243. Still a weakling caliber considering how tough these animals are suppose to be.

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What a bummer. I thought they were bullet proof.


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Pick one.


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Re: Nilgai Medicine [Re: JCB] #7054621
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Originally Posted By: JCB
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That's the one I was thinking of. Some reason I thought it was a 243. Still a weakling caliber considering how tough these animals are suppose to be.
I shot a cow in the face with a .22-250 3 or 4 years ago. I think just about anything can be killed with anything, in the right scenario with the right shooter and shot.

From my experience, nilgai can be killed with calibers much smaller than the ones you've listed. I would say .350 because of the load associated with it: we've killed 2 nilgai with 150gr .30-06 factory rounds (which are labelled at 2900fps) and they died pretty dead. One was killed with TTSX, the other with Fusion. A 200gr TTSX at that velocity sounds really good for a big blue bull.

I think your best bet would be to ask someone who kills em for a living. The exotic hunting section has a few reputable outfitters.

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Re: Nilgai Medicine [Re: chital_shikari] #7054637
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Originally Posted By: chital_shikari
[quote=JCB][quote=Tff caribou]
and they died pretty dead.


Sorry.
I just had to.

No disrespect Sir.

I was going for humor.

Re: Nilgai Medicine [Re: scottfromdallas] #7054650
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Use the 9.3x62. No particular reasoning, I just bought one and would like to see how you like it.


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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
Pick one.


^^ This. Out of those 3, all are capable. I'd lean towards the 350 or 9.3.



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Pick the one YOU are more comfortable with. I know a gent that has shot several with a 7mm mag. Another bud uses a 300 wby with 180gr factory ammo.

Re: Nilgai Medicine [Re: scottfromdallas] #7055989
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Well,

I have taken with a 375 Ultra mag (not needed-but worked), 338 win mag--just about perfect, and a 9.3x62...I have seen them taken with a 270 win , 7 rem mag, 300s of various types. I will say any you have listed will work like a charm...remember to shoot further foward..follow the front leg up and shoot in the center of the shoulder...use a good bullet...a 338 with a 250 northfork will wreck one...

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I say use the 9.3x62, its a proven round in Africa and has been for a long time.


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Re: Nilgai Medicine [Re: scottfromdallas] #7056382
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Took mine with a .270 and would do so again.


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If 35 caliber bullets where more popular my 300 wby would be a Remington 700 in 350 rem mag.

Id go with the 350 and 225 grain partitions


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I just got back from a Nilgai hunt and would use my 270 all day long but if you use a outfitter they will require a 300 or larger. They dont bleed much and hard to track in the brush. You wanna knock them down on the first shot. I use a 378 Weatherby Mag. Overkill ? Maybe but they drop in their tracks.


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