We do not like claim to open a debate that cannot ever be closed but you give our point of view and advice in ACTION SAFARI.
Calibers and shooting
Any caliber is in principle good if the ball is well placed. You will have the same difficulties to find your "cob" or another Antelope with 7 X 64 or 375 HH if your ball is a ball belly or legs.
But the reality on the ground, and Africa, is not always of a great no-brainer.
African game is much stronger than the European game and a ball that would normally dry the animal, is not absolutely guaranteed even if the ball is life-threatening.
It is important to take into account this parameter.
"Another point that seems important to be specified is ' European education" of the Hunter. We we explain:
It is not recommended in General to pull the animal from the front. All sketches and diagrams of shooting give us the sacrosanct ball "Shoulder defect". And yet, the ball's face (bust, chest) is an excellent ball that almost necessarily affects a vital part of the animal.
Certainly, there is less room for the wrong animal, but to have too much space, we see too often lung, rumen balls balls when not leg.
Similarly, if your first bullet injured, repeat very quickly and many times, even if the animal is leakage and presents so his "rear axle".
It is in this very important case to stop as soon as possible the animal and forget a little considerations "meat".
In Africa, a wounded animal is hyper vulnerable and almost always ends up being devoured by vultures, jackals, or other cleaners in the Bush. Therefore, the loss of a leg or a shoulder is not an important element.
Furthermore, it seems important to talk about emotion, see the excitement that we all know, just before the shooting:
All Safaris have as a basis for pricing tax shooting or slaughter. This means that, depending on the animals and therefore taxes, you will need to shoot bullets that are worth 600, 700, 800 euros, or even more.
Ladies and gentlemen, so check this wonderful excess of adrenaline to maxi, take quickly your time, do not hesitate to take support... In short, put you in the ideal conditions to harvest your coveted trophy rather than having to make painful research and see from injured a record trophy including the cost of the tax will leave you with a bitter taste!
How to talk about arms without at the same time addressing the choice of the ball:
In General, choose the heaviest ball in your arms, but also do not forget to adjust your scope with this choice of bullet weight. Current munitions provide such diversity of weight of ball as the DRO and other parameters are all changed.
In addition, 2 types of balls are proposed according to the sizes, namely: the expansive balls and shielded balls.
These correspond to different uses, but our choice is the expansive ball who "works" more animal then the armoured ball did that cross it.
Nevertheless, and for caliber 375 HH for example, nothing you forbidden to take some armored balls which will be exclusively used for:
-the shooting of a whole small animal (Stennbock, Dik - Dik...)
-complete an animal of a ball's neck to avoid abuse a future cape
-the shooting of an elephant.
To differentiate these 2 different balls, we recommend to whiten or to blacken the ass of the socket (see the primer) with "typex" or indelible ink. In this way, very quickly, you'll recognize your balls.
Regarding the templates, they depend on naturally and essentially types of animals you'll meet on the hunting area and coveted trophies. The sacrosanct limit baggage 20 kg gene very often the opportunity to several templates.
Nevertheless, it is better to lighten up in outfits and load at the maxi in baggage called "hands" in order to thus take 2 types of gauges with you.
In any Safari, there is a coveted trophy purpose we say "Lighthouse":
Such destination for Buffalo, such other for momentum or such other such antelope. It is therefore clear that should as a priority to bring the calibre for the "research flagship" trophy.
But even once, if you can carry 2 different sizes by reducing to the maximum of your luggage, we can only advise you.
Our choice will be in this case on the 375 HH and 300 WM (or 8X68S). You will thus have a very wide range covering the big animals and small antelopes.
Avoid the 458 and 460. These two templates are "rather reserved" to hunting for your safety guides.
The first base is familiar with his rifle.
Nothing worse that the purchase or lending of a rifle just before departure, where one does not know or little weapon, relaxation and sensitivity, the caliber and power so quela D.R.O. of the ball.
Then, more it is simple and rustic, less will be the disappointment of shocks on the butt, of dust, claws on your beautiful Burr walnut...
So, no need to come up with your last "FERLACH", you may spoil your stay.
Also consider the weight of the weapon. Four, five or even six hours tracking strong typing sunshine, weigh very heavily on the shoulder and the arm at the end of day. Avoid all gadgets increasing the weapon, unnecessary in Africa.
We therefore advise you a conventional, bolt action rifle, the MAUSER type.
Also make sure that the cylinder head has a little play in its housing because the gas pressure when firing, associated with high heat (no dilation) of a part and must be present in tracking on the other hand, dust cause you inconvenience in the event of shooting required repeated (blocking of the cylinder head).
The scope and its mounting are important.
A good mounting hook is ideal and depending on the size you choose:
-a rifle scope (magnification of 6 mini and +) for gauges "stretched" namely 300WM - 8X68S...
-a rifle scope (magnification 4-6) for "heavy" gauges, namely 375HH or 378 Wby.
The approach and tracking
To approach a game as possible, you must meet the following requirements:
-Be in good wind (the nose). It is the essential element, but your hunting guide and trackers are accustomed to this reflex.
-Do not be surprised therefore if you need to make a detour of a half an hour of tracking and more to address the animal as it should.
Useless lotions and other perfumes: these are scarecrows game.
-Do not be spotted (sight)
-Do not make any noise (the hearing)
This means, have a dress outfit based in the biotope. As such, do not take outfits "camouflage" or "military". Some countries prohibit it and on the other hand, the always possible encounter with poachers, may be assimilated to an "offensive" against these people and significant inconvenience might ensue.
This means also to move like a cat: paste up to your tracker or hunting guide fitting him the same rhythm of steps. Stop when it stops, avoid any dead branches or any cracking, inevitably felt by the game as "danger-leaked".
On final approach, it must be done 2 people. So much for the photographer or cameraman you next to immortalize a moment... that will never happen because the colony is too long.
Walk, progress slowly in the final phase. Squat down, or even crawl if necessary. Stop by to see if the animal not detected you. Note remain completely immobile if the animal fixed you. Not grand gestures (arms should remain glued to the body) and above all, do not speak.
Make sure that your guide and yourself were speaking well of the same beast to shoot (this happens frequently).
Control and security
Check first your rifle and scope arriving on the hunting area and before every start tracking.
Indeed, shock due to travel as well as heat, can have important influences on your rifle and riflescope.
In hunting action, you will almost always follow your guide and Tracker. Be so armed but never forgetting to put your safety.
Wear your shoulder, high or low barrel rifle, but never the rifle pointed at your tracker or guide.
If your gun is equipped with a trigger, it is obvious that it will be armed exclusively during firing (do not forget to remove your safety).
A Safari is not a summer camp!
So the guide can ensure stewardship which satisfies you firstly (facilities & room, toilet, cars etc.) as well as a safety on the hunting area, on the other hand, require or ask in advance if other fighters you will be present during your Safari.
We advise you, so that your Safari is successful to be maximum 4 hunters on hunting area.
Even if you choose a formula 2 hunters 1 guide, make sure you know your partner well and establish rules between you. This avoids painful discussions.
Travel and luggage
Air regulations require that weapons are put in suitcases locking. Don't forget to add your full address. The ammunition in a Briefcase to share locking. We advise you to put the head of your weapon in other baggage (theft) as well as your rifle scope