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Nilgai question.. #9054663 05/30/24 05:32 PM
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Looking at booking a hunt for the fall. My question is what gun to use.
My hunting rifles are
.257 Weatherby and although I LOVE that rifle and cartridge, I know it absolutely not the best choice in this application

.264 win mag that I also love and extremely confident in… but is it the right one or even have enough bang to get the job done humanely. It is the rifle I’d prefer to use.

Tikka .300 win mag. I know it will certainly be enough rifle and I’m confident in shooting it… but I don’t like shooting it, to the point that I’d sell it if someone wanted to buy it.

Which weapon would you take and use

Re: Nilgai question.. [Re: .257 guy] #9054668 05/30/24 05:39 PM
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I’ve taken them with a .30-06 and .300 Weatherby. My buddy and BIL have used 7mm REM Mag and .300 Win Mag. I would not suggest a .30-06. I have a really nice bull with that caliber, but also lost a huge trophy that we never could recover after tracking large pools of blood for several hours

Get a Lmbsaver and use the 300 Win Mag.

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Of those three, I would take the .300 Win Mag loaded with bonded bullets. Many ranches have a .300 Mag minimum size for Nilgai. You do not want a Nilgai running after the shot if at all possible. It really sucks to try and drag a 600 pound animal out of a cactus patch. That’s just my two cents worth. I’m sure others will be along with different opinions.

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What I have come to learn: big bulls don't like copper. You could use any of those calibers with a Barnes TTSX.

If you are wanting the nilgai to drop where he stands, use the Tikka.

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I got one in February and I'm already planning the next trip. I love hunting those grey ghosts.

I used a 30 Nosler and my buddy used a 338 Lapua. I agree with the guys above me...use the win mag. They don't leave a blood trail. I didn't use a bonded bullet but the guide and folks down south seem to prefer the solid or bonded bullets if you ask them.

The biggest thing in my opinion...shoot them where your guide tells you too and be proficient enough to put a bullet on a silver dollar at about 200y and in. Mine was shot just under 200y and my buddies was shot just over 100y...neither took a step and it was because we hit the exact spot our guide told us to shoot them. He had been guiding right at a year and told us we were the first double he had that dropped them where they stood...but then went on to say we were the only two that had hit the exact mark he told us too. You don't shoot these big animals behind the shoulder like many folks want too...that makes for a long day.

Good luck and my opinion is GO and have a blast. It was a bucket list trip for me and without a single doubt one of the most fun hunting experiences of my life. I had to earn it though, I put 10 miles on the boots in that sand down on the King....awesome place and I cannot wait to go back.


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I am doubling down on what Judd said, their vitals are slightly more forward than North American game similar to African game. At a perfect broadside angle, I would put some copper right through its front shoulder.

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I’ve killed a bull with a 30-06 neck shot, another with a .300 min mag spine shot, and a cow with a .338 win mag. I’d use the .300 win mag. They’re tough.

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I’ve shot more with 270 than my 300 WM and have never lost one. 15 or so recovered. With this said, all future shots on Nilgai will likely be with the 300 WM.

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like said above, for knockdown power...bigger is better. I've also heard to shoot through the shoulder to take their wheels out from under them.


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Ive heard aim for base of neck area forward of where most aim on deer type game.


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