Arms & Ammunition
Every new hunter will be required to sight his rifle. Suitable rifle ranges with solid shooting benches are available.
Prior to your departure from home be sure to practice with your chosen firearms so you are at ease with their features and operation.
Your plains game rifle to be sighted in two to two and a half inches high at one hundred yards – this will in effect enable you to comfortably take shots out to two hundred and fifty yards without having to compensate for distance.
Heavy caliber big game rifles, dead on at one hundred yards is recommended.
Ammunition: the best available, Trophy Bonded Bear Claw and Swift A Frame for soft points.
Barnes X and Nosler Partitions are also very good.
Bad buy is Hornady, Sierra and the likes - although very accurate, these bullets do not hold upon tough thick-skinned game.
In solids Trophy Bonded Sledgehammer or Barnes Super Solids will work well.
Monolithic solids do not bend or fishtail. On slower, large bore double rifles we have found full metal jackets such as Woodleigh bullets to be best.
Inferior quality bullets have been the cause of many wounded animals and unnecessary hours spent following up.
Your professional hunter will advise you on individual calibres, bullet weight and make or other relevant items.. He knows the area, game and conditions and will be able to recommend to you not only bullets, but also calibres suitable for the game to be hunted.
Emil H Niksch
+27 (0)825589104 South Africa