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Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: Exiled] #7771595 03/14/20 02:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Exiled
Agreed, great shot and kudos to the young hunter! I shot my first Nilgai bull earlier this year and used a friend's .375 H&H because it was handy and a smooth shooting rifle. I asked the outfitter if I could use my .270 and he puked all over it, but after killing and butchering the big bull I'm convinced my trusty .270 would have been just fine. By the way, that .375 took out the entire upper half of the heart and turned it into mincemeat.



Well I just came back from the same trip with Cody and Mondo. Mine dropped 10ft from where I shot him! With a 225 grain 33 nosler. In one shoulder through the top of the heart and out the other shoulder.

Unfortunately I watched and videoed my buddy shoot one with a 250 grain 338 win mag in a similar hit location. With a follow up hit from the guide (same size gun and .250 grain). We tracked and searched for 3ish hours......

Long story short hit them with everything you can. Keep shooting until they stop.

We only came home with one animal. Huge highs and the lowest of lows.

Most places have good loner guns so you may ask about that.

All have is the one experience with these critters so there’s that too.

Sweet kill by the boy with the .300!!!


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Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7775003 03/17/20 03:48 PM
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I've killed 3 nilgai. 2 with a Marlin 45-70/Remington 405 handload and 1 with .30-'06/150 corelokts.
I see no reason to have more gun.

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Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7787078 03/27/20 06:56 PM
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"keep Shooting Until They Stop"

Thats great advice, we all seem conditioned to admire out shot when we should be racking the bolt and sending a "quality assurance" shot. I have started doing the same on larger hogs with good effect.

Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7787130 03/27/20 08:04 PM
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I bought a 3006 this past year and am shooting a 180grn NP thru it as well. I have not shot any nialgi but i've shot a ton of deer, several large hogs and some aoudad sheep with a 270 and 150grn NP. With good shot placement i can't imagine much of anything would run away from a 180grn 3006 np. the 3006 took down 3 south texas deer this year, was overkill most likely but its not bad on recoil and those big NP bullets do a great job on game. They always pass thru and make for plenty of blood without overly damaging the meat.


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Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: glocker17] #7787133 03/27/20 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by glocker17
"keep Shooting Until They Stop"

Thats great advice, we all seem conditioned to admire out shot when we should be racking the bolt and sending a "quality assurance" shot. I have started doing the same on larger hogs with good effect.



if the animal is still up after taking a hit, a hunter needs to continue to keep putting bullets in the animal until it falls. No telling how many animals hunters shoot and, content that the bullet was placed well, watch as the animal walks or trots out of sight never to be found.

Bullets are cheap and shooting is fun.....keep shooting until the animal drops.

Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7791056 03/31/20 02:14 PM
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I know a guy that killed a nilgai years ago with a .243, before the caliber restrictions. It’s all about shot placement.


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Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7791061 03/31/20 02:19 PM
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Yeah and I know an electrician who always claimed he shot a 700 lb nilgai calf with a 22 mag. Of course he also maintained helicopters could get you there quicker than an airplane (NB to West TX) and white wings do not eat corn. He always put sage in his sausage (puke).

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Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7791082 03/31/20 02:42 PM
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Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: 68rustbucket] #7791124 03/31/20 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by 68rustbucket
Dang I like sage in my sausage!


Me too

Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7791351 03/31/20 07:07 PM
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Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7791383 03/31/20 07:41 PM
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I have killed 3 of them all with my 300 mag shooting 180 grain Nosler Partitions. There is no doubt in my mind that they would have died just as quick with a 30-06 using the Nosler Partition. I hunted the King Ranch for them. The guide said whatever rifle your most comfortable with, but preferred something 30 cal or larger with a heavy bullet.

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Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: txtrophy85] #7791963 04/01/20 04:02 AM
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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
Originally Posted by glocker17
"keep Shooting Until They Stop"

Thats great advice, we all seem conditioned to admire out shot when we should be racking the bolt and sending a "quality assurance" shot. I have started doing the same on larger hogs with good effect.



if the animal is still up after taking a hit, a hunter needs to continue to keep putting bullets in the animal until it falls. No telling how many animals hunters shoot and, content that the bullet was placed well, watch as the animal walks or trots out of sight never to be found.

Bullets are cheap and shooting is fun.....keep shooting until the animal drops.


I agree. I went on a cow elk hunt two years ago and took a Winchester 94 .44 mag shooting a 310 grain WFNGC bullet that I cast. I shot her 3 times, two of which went through the heart and one went just above it. Two of the bullets completely passed through.

Truth be told, the first shot probably would have been enough, but extra lead is cheap insurance.

Matter of fact, I guided a guy on a cow hunt last year that insisted on using a 475 linebaugh revolver. He made a good broadside shot, and she didn’t go 10 yards. Double lung with a 400 grain bullet, iirc, at 55 yards.

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Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7793943 04/03/20 03:53 AM
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i shot one in the neck with a 30-06 and he didn't get back up, spine shot another with 300 win mag, tried to get back up but couldn't.

Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7794009 04/03/20 11:47 AM
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At the refuges and private ranches, I've seen them killed with a 30-30 Win. Dead as a hammer. The problem with most outfitters is that they want to truck hunt and have hunted the places hard. Most outfitters, down want to put the time in to hunt them close.

I also know a helicopter pilot, flies, and shoots. I asked him how many nilgais he had killed, I think in 2000 or 2001, and he had killed 1,800. All with the 7.62x39. That's different than hunting, but he is killing them with a body shot. He doesn't use a shooter, not for at least 30 years, too many problems.


Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7794019 04/03/20 11:54 AM
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Of course, the hunt is always an excuse to buy a big gun! cool


Re: Nilgai with a 30-06? [Re: hotsoup] #7794031 04/03/20 12:05 PM
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You are dead on with the guides wanting to hunt with the trucks and frankly, I get it. I always wanted to hunt one with an open sight 45-70. Never bought one so never did. Most of mine were shot out of a truck or at least while hunting with a vehicle and with the animals running. Most w were taken with a 270 and then later on began to rely and love the 300 WM. Never lost one that I am aware of. From memory, I have spotted and stalked two and concealed myself at a tank where I took a cow when she came into water. These three were all shot dead as can be with a 270.

Finding myself needing to comment on tactical Cowboy's story and photo - both awesome. I had broken down a very large bull with a heart shot while it was running directly away. Needless to say, it couldn't go anywhere. Wanting to cape it out, we put a 45 to its heart. Left to go pick up another hunter we had abandoned previously. Came back in 45 minutes and the durn thing was still alive. Put another shot into its heart and came away with something akin to your picture. These beasts are worthy extremely hardy.

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444 Marlin, 265-grain home cast bullet, 2400 FPS, at 125-yards.

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I’ve never understood how a 180gr 06 isn’t big enough but a 180gr 300 is.

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Originally Posted by glazer1972
I’ve never understood how a 180gr 06 isn’t big enough but a 180gr 300 is.

It is a matter of effective range; both external and terminal ballistics.


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