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30-06 for Exotic Game ?

I'm getting a 30-06 T/C Venture ( I think. ) and it gets MOA accuracy at 100 yards, which is usually the range game is taken. I was wondering it it can take Big Exotic Game such as Zebra, Cape Buffalo, Lion, Jaguar, etc. At 100 yards or less.

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While the 06 has killed every

While the 06 has killed every animal on the earth over it's 100+ year history you would be hard pressed to find a country that would allow it to hunt dangerous game such as a lion or cape buffalo.  I'm not sure on the jaguar but it should be OK with a zebra.  Most countries that allow you to hunt dangerous game have caliber restrictions in place and to hunt them it must be at least a 40 caliber and from a personal standpoint if I were to ever hunt them I would want some more power hunting something that is likely and wants to either stomp you into the ground or tear you to shreds before they are finished with you. 

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big game calibers

This question came up on another Forum (Accurate Reloading)and the answer is summarized as follows, by African country:

Benin: no minimum rifle caliber Botswana: .375 caliber minimum for Dangerous Game

Burkina Faso: no minimum rifle caliber

Cameroon: .354 caliber minimum for Group 3 Big Game

Central African Republic: minimum rifle caliber of .375 for dangerous game or big game hunting

Ethiopia: no minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting

Mozambique: no minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting

Namibia

• Smallest caliber allowed 7 mm (.284).

• Minimum energy

• Big Game 5400 Joule

(Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhino, Lion)

South Africa

• Most provinces do not have a minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting and rely on common sense.

• Some provinces require a minimum of .375 caliber for dangerous or big game hunting.

Tanzania

• The minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Tanzania is .375 caliber for dangerous game or big game hunting.

 Zambia

• The minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Zambia is .300 caliber for dangerous game such as Leopard and Lion.

• The minimum equipment requirement for rifle hunting in Zambia is .375 caliber for dangerous game or big game hunting such as Elephant, Buffalo and Hippo.

Zimbabwe

• Class A Game 5300 Joule Minimum caliber 9.2mm in diameter (Elephant, Hippo, Buffalo)

• Class B Game 4300 Joule Minimum caliber 7.0mm in diameter (Lion, Giraffe, Eland)

 

Your .30-06 would be legal for Zebra.

I don't know of any country that allows the hunting of Jaguars, and if they did, the US Fish & Wildlife Service would not allow the trophy to be imported into the United States.

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