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I am looking for some feedback as to my choice for an upcoming plains game mixed bag hunt.

I am planning on hunting with a remington 700 bdl 30-06 w/ Federals HE 180 Gr nosler partition loaded.
I have this rifle set up w/ Tru Glo Fiber optic ghost ring open sites, and Leupold Quick Release Bases, 1-3x9 Leupold VXII w/ long range ballistic Plex in one set of rings and a back up Leupold VXII mounted in second set of rings.
Scopes sited in for a 200 YD zero

I am thinking this should be a very good all around set up.

Opinions? Think

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sounds like a good rig to me. what game is in your sights? it may be just a little light for eland but good shot placement will alleviate that. where will you be going? Thumbs up

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kevin davis wrote:
sounds like a good rig to me. what game is in your sights? it may be just a little light for eland but good shot placement will alleviate that. where will you be going? Thumbs up

Well I am like a kid at Christmas time with a toy catolog in front of him...
I change my mind constantly w/ what game I intend to hunt.

Kudu & Gemsbock are the only two constants.

I agree with your statement maybe on the light side for eland, I also agree w/ proper shooting on my part I will be OK.
While Eland is not on my definate list, my PH, who is a rather good friend of mine, tells me there is a "record" Eland in his area, has been spotting him for a while. When he is with a client who wants Eland, has not seen when with a client who is not interested in Eland, spots. He's been a PH over there for 10 or 11 years or so, has shot hundreds of eland, this is the biggest he has ever seen!
I am having trouble deciding on this, but I may pack my .338wm just for that. I will probably load with remingtons 225 gr A-frames, any input on this?

We will be in Limpopo province of S.A. Going in July.

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91xlt wrote:
[We will be in Limpopo province of S.A. Going in July.

If ya need someone along to say "atta boy" and slap your back, I'm very reasonable. I also pull slivers, take pictures and kiss butt with the best of them! Liar

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the .30-06 should be adequate, unless you really want to take two guns. i know someone who shot an eland near junction with a .270, one shot kill, in the neck. i will be in Namibia in aug-sept for a hunt, so hopefully we can hear your report before i go. good luck

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You'd be a lot better off with a 300 mag, or better yet, a 338 win mag. I used a 338 win mag, and it couldn't have performed any better.... it's flat shooting and hits hard at extremely long distances. My next trip, I'll either use the 338, a 35 whelen or my new 9.3X74R.

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maddenwh wrote:
You'd be a lot better off with a 300 mag, or better yet, a 338 win mag. I used a 338 win mag, and it couldn't have performed any better.... it's flat shooting and hits hard at extremely long distances. My next trip, I'll either use the 338, a 35 whelen or my new 9.3X74R.

I am courious why you would take a 35 whelan over say a 338-06?

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Simply preference, and a bigger hole. 338-06 has better sectional density and might work a tad better at longer ranges, but they are both pretty square, and they are both out classed by the 338 win mag. Besides, I have a 35 Whelen and don't, as of now, have a 338-06.

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Got it. I have had two 338's. Good as it is, it's a bit powerful for my needs. What I want and hope to have ASAP is the 338-06. Have absolutely no use for one but, this'll kill ya, I love everything made on the 30-06 case except the 30-06 and the 270! Go figure?

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Actually, the 338-06 is every bit as nice as it's said to be and some and performs every bit as well as the 338wm.
The problem arises in the availability of ammo and the factory fodder doesn't do the cartridge justice.
It seems to me that it would excel as a plains game round.. Especially with the 225's

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Don- I couldn't agree with you more, and in fact, it's nice to hear somebody else with that opinion regarding the -06. I gave an -06 to a smith just recently to convert to a 338-06, but I immediately traded it for a 375 H&H. Don't know why, just thought it was a good idea at the time. Thought it made sense b/c I've got the whelen, 338 federal, and the 338 win mag, so it would have been rather redundant for me to hang on to the 338-06. However, doesn't mean I'm not in the market for one eventually.

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