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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,979 Senior Member
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    Did he have any trouble putting it down with his 7 mag?


    Not that I'm aware. He used 175gr bullets.......Partition, if I recall correctly.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,979 Senior Member
    Just talked to him and got the details.

    7mm Rem Mag
    150gr Barnes TTS
    417 Yard Shot
    Dropped in his tracks.
    Fired additional round when he walked up to him to put him out.
    No pass throughs.
    Recovered the 1st bullet.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Here is my buddy with his Nilgai from last year.

    IMG_3962%20-%20Copy_zpsu06v57qf.jpg

    Looks like pretty open country. At least in that particular spot.

    Your buddy looks like he could be your twin.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
    .
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    Your buddy looks like he could be your twin.

    That guy is a lot taller
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,979 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    Your buddy looks like he could be your twin.

    I'm better looking.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • tubabucknuttubabucknut Banned Posts: 3,520 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I'm better looking.

    It's the nose. And the high cheekbones.
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,871 Senior Member
    The 404!
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Once again, please refrain from cutting short any baseless totally emotional arguments with facts. It leads to boring, completely objective conversations well beyond the comprehension ability of many.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,979 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    My 12 year old is taller.

    You're exaggerating. A little. Maybe.

    So was the one your faceless twin shot considered big, small, or average?

    No clue. But, I can say that I'd shoot that sucker if it presented itself!

    And a shot at over 400 yards, forget the safari gun. 338 it is.

    Kinda what I'm thinking.

    .
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,510 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I've shot the Jeffery to 300 yards and it will do it easy enough. My only concern for that gun (and the .458 WM) is the environment. It's a coastal hunt and the salt in the air concerns me for the care of the rifle. Those two are pretty much heirlooms for me and while I fully intend to use them as hunting rifles.........I don't want to endanger them or their condition in any way. Besides the wood stocks are exceptional and scratches on the hunt are likely.

    Basically, I'd love to hammer a Nilgai with the Jeffery. I'd die if I jacked up the rifle.

    I feel your pain, but that's what it's for. You sure aren't going to hurt the mechanism. For rust, either a coat of Johnson's Paste Wax on the metal or one of the wee little single-serving bottles of CLP in your pocket should do ya. As to the wood. . .even taking a rifle like that out of a crowded safe risks the odd ding. This gives you a chance to put some HONORABLE battle scars on it. It's not like you'd have to tell the grandkids you scuffed it on the screen door going to blow a possum out of your dog's food bowl - this is a NILGAI hunt, and you aren't likely to do it often, if ever, again. Think style points!
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,340 Senior Member
    :agree:
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,378 Senior Member
    Looking at the country and the critter in your buddies pic, I'd take a .338 something, if I was lacking a .270.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,979 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    ........if I was lacking a .270.

    Mike

    Fortunately, I am not afflicted with such an ailment.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • KSU FirefighterKSU Firefighter Senior Member Posts: 3,249 Senior Member
    For the distance, .338.
    The fire service needs a "culture of extinguishment not safety" Ray McCormack FDNY
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,594 Senior Member
    I like your choices, it looks flat, open there. Not 404 country.
    You could take your 300 RUM, which is a 404 Jeffrey case, to appease the history buffs.
    Actually, a 200grain Accubond at 3125fps might not be a bad choice, for the quarry/terrain.
  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,871 Senior Member
    JB makes an excellent point. I've seen the result of that combo in person.

    338 is likely the best choice though.

    Side note, the 404 is not a 50 yard pumpkin roller. It is used as an all around combo gun, its not 22-250 flat but its not limited to spitting distance

    ETA* ran the numbers just to double check that last statement there. With a 350 gr bullet at 2550 fps, zero for 165, that keeps you within the impact velocity range for reliable expansion to just shy of 300 yards, and a drop of 11" with 2500 lbs of energy. To put that in perspective, a 95 gr NBT 243 running at 3100 fps, hits 11" at 325 yards.
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Once again, please refrain from cutting short any baseless totally emotional arguments with facts. It leads to boring, completely objective conversations well beyond the comprehension ability of many.
  • 41magnut41magnut Senior Member Posts: 1,218 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I've shot the Jeffery to 300 yards and it will do it easy enough. My only concern for that gun (and the .458 WM) is the environment. It's a coastal hunt and the salt in the air concerns me for the care of the rifle. Those two are pretty much heirlooms for me and while I fully intend to use them as hunting rifles.........I don't want to endanger them or their condition in any way. Besides the wood stocks are exceptional and scratches on the hunt are likely.

    Basically, I'd love to hammer a Nilgai with the Jeffery. I'd die if I jacked up the rifle.
    Is a 2-4 day hunt on tge coastal plains really expected to cause irreparable harm?

    Might understand if the rifle was neglected after the hunt & not cleaned or at least wiped down.

    You don't strike me as a person that would do that.

    Sent from my SM-T520 using Tapatalk
    "The .30-06 is never a mistake." Townsend Whelen :iwo:
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