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Firearms and Ammunition

Plains game (Springbuck-Eland & Leopard)

.270 Winmag would be my minimum recommendation...(150gr bullet mass)

I recommend the following calibres: (180gr – 220gr bullet mass)

 Any of the 7mms

 .308 win mag

 .30 06

 .300 win mag or H&H


Obviously one can use a larger caliber if this is what one is used to and comfortable with…

Use slow controlled expanding rounds…The use of heavier bullets in the available range for each weapon chosen is highly advisable as these bullets have far better sectional densities which insure satisfactory penetration…

If the majority of your hunt will take place in the mountains or desert then use the lighter to medium weight bullet heads for your caliber…

Small Game (Duikers, oribi, suni, klipspringer, rhebuck and steenbuck)

All the above rifles will work perfectly, however trophy damage becomes an issue when using soft nose rounds, I recommend the use of solid full metal jackets…

Large, dangerous, thick- skinned game (Elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo,lion, giraffe)

By law one is required to use a caliber of no less than .375 H & H Magnum firing a 300gr head with a muzzle velocity of 4330 ft/lbs…

I recommend the following calibres:

  • .375 H&H Magnum
  • .416 Remington Magnum
  • .458 Winchester Magnum
  • .470 Rigby


Once again one can obviously use larger calibres…Please listen to me and only use a rifle one is comfortable and totally familiar with…Problems arise when one is scared of the rifles recoil and one pulls ,yanks or flinches. In my opinion the secret to success when dealing with large dangerous game is to make the first shot count, this is done by correct shot placement, adequate bullet terminal ballistics and confidence in ones equipment and ability, after all we are hunting things that have the potential to rips us apart and squash every bone in our fragile little bodies…

“As he gets closer, it will dawn on you that there is simply no place you can go to avoid his six tons of murder. He can easily outrun the fastest sprinter with his deceptive shuffle, and if you’re thinking about climbing a tree, don’t bother. He’ll either knock you out of it personally or toot up a couple of chums to share in the festivities. If 12,000 pounds of screaming, screeching, infuriated elephant bearing down on you has somehow rattled your nerves to the point that you miss that six-by-four-inch spot on his forehead, or your bullet fails to penetrate the two-and-one-half feet of tough, spongy, honeycombed bone that protects his  brain, then you may as well forget it. The most talented mortuary cosmetician in the world couldn’t rewire you so your own mother would know if you were face up or down.” — Peter Hathaway Capstick on elephant hunting.