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Leopard Hunt Namibia

I think the .300 Magnum is a good choice for leopard. A 300 gr makes more sense for a big giraffe bull. I would bring the .375 as well. If you decide to bring only the .300 Magnum I would recommend using something like Swift A-frame or a nossler for the giraffe and step up to a 200 gr bullet. I am not familiar with PMC's XLC bullets.

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I don't believe Namibia is the best place for bushpigs. Rather come to South Africa.

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I believe it is a barnes xlc bullet. Unfortunately, lufthansa may charge a $50 gun handling fee, coupled with their extreme weight restrictions, two guns might get expensive. So if they tell me the .300 will be sufficient, I guess i will believe them.

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Barnes bullets are great bullets and that changes the picture completely. Hope you weren't offended, I was only giving my opinion. Like you I am a believer in using enough gun especially for African game. Happy Hunting.

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no offense taken. I am willing to take advice when needed. I have wondered about the .300 being adequate, but i guess we shall see in a few months. I need a fast forward button.

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Hi Kevin Davis,

I'm sure the 300 WM will be more than enough for any giraffe. I also use a 300 WM and have hunted big animals in South Africa with it including Eland, Zebra and Blue Wildebeest. Although in most of these hunts I made use of the Rhino Bullets 220gr. It's a local (RSA) bullet manufacturer but I'm very pleased with their products. I havn't had the privilige to hunt giraffe yet, but I'm sure a 300 WM with premium ammo will do the job quite adequitly. Good luck and I hope to hear all the stories of your African adventure upon your return.

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Good luck on your leopard hunt. That's the hunt I am comtemplating on my next trip to Namibia next March.

Just returned from a plains game hunt east of Okahandja and took 4 gold medals (kudu, oryx, warthog, and caracal). I used a .338 WinMag on the first two and a .308 Win on the smaller two. Next March I will take a .375 H&H and a .45-70 for eland and leopard and maybe a zebra.

I took Delta from the U.S. to Frankfurt, then Air Namibia to Windhoek. Instead of going out on the town in FRA during my 12 hours layover I slept on one of the many reclining chairs that are available in many places in the airport. Not that I wanted to save money but I just didn't want to go through the hassle of going in and out of customs with my carry-ons.

Again, good luck on your hunt.
rainydayhunter

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welcome to the africa forum both of you. thanks for your comments and stories. nice kudu! i took kudu, gemsbok, wildebeest, warthog, blesbok, and springbok, all with the .300 magnum on my first trip there. i used a .375H&H on eland and scimtar horned oryx here in texas and on zebra, impala, gazelle, and cape buffalo in tanzania. I had some 200 gr bullets for the .300 mag on my first trip but have not found any more, except on the custom loaders' sites. it is now under 4 months until i head back to namibia Thumbs up

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kevin davis wrote:
I believe it is a barnes xlc bullet. Unfortunately, lufthansa may charge a $50 gun handling fee, coupled with their extreme weight restrictions, two guns might get expensive. So if they tell me the .300 will be sufficient, I guess i will believe them.

What are their weight restrictions.

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Ok - it sucks that the airline charges $50 bucks to bring another gun, but.........come on, you will have paid thousands of dollars for this trip what is a few more to have a thoroughly enjoyable and successful hunt?

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I just posted my leopard hunt in Zimbabwe today. Look in the Africa forum for the particulars. I also took a 40 inch 220 pound Cape Buffalo. Good luck on your hunt.

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