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  • BEAR
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    too much for a Duiker or Klipspringer ofr the small cats.
    I'm not a N.P guy. to each his own.

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  • swampshooter
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    The 250 Nosler Partition opens readily on the smaller species and has all the range that anyone could ever want in Africa, except maybe for Gemsbuck in Namibia.

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  • BEAR
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    I like the 338 and if I had to I'd hunt buffalo with the 300 grain solid. It gives up energy to the 250 gr as it is moving slower, but it has on heck of a sectional density in a .338.

    When in Africa I often hunt game with my brother. He takes a 340 Weatherby and 416 Weatherby both with muzzle brakes. I shoot the 338 win mag without a brake, and the 416 rem mag. 416. I've tried to get him to standardize on my magnum so we could share ammo. He loves Weatherby! I reload all his ammo and mine. He wants max velocity and the 250gr in his 340 Polar; I don't cheat him. I comparing the 25-30 head of game we have shot together, I've not seen a difference in game killing, except he had a wildebeast that too a lot of killing. I blame that "lot of needed killing" on his shooting skills not the bullet/cartridge. But we spent a day tracking, shooting, tracking shooting that same animal.

    I agree the 300 mags with 200 grains is an effective African load. I've tried some 220 out of my 300 RUM; but have no kills to measure it by.

    African game can be tougher than the local whitetail, and Zebras are particularly tough (even though they have a "vee" on their hear for an aiming mark.

    Plains game includes a lot of smaller spiece, and so as to the OP I think the 200 is the most versitile loading for African plains game. Kudu is one of the larger of those spieces ,along with sable. And the 200 grain 338 can easily handle those. Most are smaller. In Africa I'd rather shoot the 200 out of a 338 than take a 300 with 200 grainers. I'm only allowed 2 rifles, so the 338 and the 416 are my two.

    If I was only going to hunt plains game (minus Kudu) then I'd take my 8x57 double, and not think twice.

    I have two 338s, I love tha cartridge accurate and powerful. When I go to the rnge, I let people shoot my guns. And I've found few that can shoot the 338 with max loads and 250 grain bullet as accurate as they can shoot my 200 grainers.

    AH, I miss africa. Hunting bear, moose, elk and caribou just isn't like an all night hunt for leopard in a blind over bait.

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  • swampshooter
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    If I wanted to shoot a 200 gr. bullet I would rather do it out of my .300 mag. The .338 really steps up a class when loaded with 250-300 gr. bullets, also solids can be loaded to the same or similar point of impact. Never know what you might have to shoot in most areas in Africa, many hunters have used the .338 and similar cartridges (333 Jeffrey & 318 Nitro Express) to hunt lion and buffalo in open country when loaded with heavy bullets. At the professional hunters insistence I used a solid in Africa to take a large waterbuck which repeatedly only presented a rear end shot. The solid went all the way through lengthwise and he only went about 100 yards after the shot.

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  • BEAR
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    mine all, fell DOA.

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  • swampshooter
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    I took 2 kudu, 2 zebras, waterbuck,reedbuck, impala, blue wildebeast, and steenbuck with the 250 gr. Nosler Partition. I was very impressed, one of the zebras and one kudu required a lot of penetration.

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  • BEAR
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    I've killed three kudu, 15 impalas, 2 worthogs, 1 wildeweast, 1 brushbuck,and other stuff. I use the 200 grain Hornady spire point interlock, loaded to 2800 fps. never a problem if I do my job correctly. I also carry this load when hunting leopard; but not for buffalo or elephant.

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  • 16gauge
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    .338 bullet question?

    Of those of you who have been to Africa, and used a .338 Win. magnum on game, what bullet weight do you feel is the most versatile of all the weights available for this cartridge? Assume we are talking plains game (no lions, ect).
    Thanks in advance........
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