Five best calibers for hunting Africa

Five best calibers for hunting Africa

The five best calibers for hunting Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris

 

Our five all-round calibers

Debating the five best calibers for hunting Africa can easily become an exercise in futility due to personal preferences. The following information on the five best calibers for hunting Africa comes from 20 years practical, Professional Hunting experience in Africa.

If the reader has other opinions, great. These are guidelines with what we have seen and experienced over time. Bearing in mind the minimum legal caliber for hunting African dangerous game in South Africa is the 375, we do not have much choice in this regard.

A question often posed is if the 9,3 X 64 and the 9,3 X 74 are sufficient calibers for hunting African dangerous game? Yes, they are and yes they will. From this equation we left out shot placement, quality ammunition, shot distance and all other factors normally associated with comparing calibers on a scientific basis. As an explanation to the above: can you exceed the speed limit with a 1,4 liter 1985 sedan? Of course you can: but doing 58 in a 55 zone is still against the law.

Another issue we are not going to argue is: which is best for dangerous game hunting 9,3 X 64 / 9,3 X 74 or 375. Refer to the last sentence of the previous paragraph.

When looking at the five best calibers for hunting Africa we need to look at differentiating between the best calibers for hunting African plains game, and or, the five best calibers for hunting African dangerous game.

For the aim of this exercise it is our choice to look at the overall five best calibers for hunting African game – dangerous game and plains game.

For a comprehensive list of calibers per trophy animal please follow this link.

Here are our choices for the five best calibers for hunting Africa:

Five best calibers for hunting Africa – dangerous game

458 Lott – this all round dangerous game hunting caliber packs enough gun to assist in any dangerous game hunting situation. The Lott is our personal favorite for dangerous game hunting in Africa.

This is a charge stopper caliber.

Five best calibers for hunting Africa – hunting big game

30 – 06 must be way at the top of the general calibers.

There are no plains game that have not been successfully hunted with the – 06.

The 30 – 06 is as at home in the bushveld, as it is on the open plains of the Free State.

Five best calibers for hunting Africa – dual caliber

375 – the caliber that tamed Africa. The versatility of the 375 makes it an all-time great caliber. Load it with 300 gr projectiles and you can hunt dangerous game.

Load it with 270 gr projectiles and you can hunt plains game.

Five best calibers for hunting Africa – medium to small game

243 – this smaller, long-range caliber is ideal for hunting the open plains of the Free State. It is a great flat-shooting caliber that can take down medium sized game from blesbok and smaller. It is also a great caliber for taking down wounded game at longer ranges and for varmint hunting.

Five best calibers for hunting Africa – small game

22 Hornet – what a big little guy. This is the ideal caliber for hunting small game like steenbok, duiker and klipspringer on a windless day. The reason for suggesting this caliber is the absolute accuracy it is renowned for, and the lack of trophy damage caused by the projectile.

Best ammunition

We are extremely clear on the issue of what the best ammunition is for hunting in Africa. It is our recommendation for any hunter to only use premium grade ammunition like Nosler Partitions, Barnes TSX and TTSX, Federal Premium and Woodleigh. Field testing at the shooting range will determine which brand premium grade ammunition works best for accuracy in the hunting rifle you intend bringing over on your African big game hunting safari.

Minimum caliber for hunting in South Africa

 

Draft guidelines: minimum caliber for hunting in South Africa

Minimum calibers for rifle hunting South Africa

  1. (1) Hunters should adhere to the following guidelines in respect of minimum calibers

for hunting, a;

(a) .22 or 5.56mm centre fire rifle or larger caliber may be used for

hunting –

(i) furred game up to and including the size of springbok; and

feathered game;

(b) .270 or 7mm rifle or larger caliber may be used for hunting –

(i) furred game up to and including eland, but excluding any

dangerous game or giraffe; and

(ii) feathered game including ostrich;

(c) .375 H&H Magnum or larger caliber may be used for hunting –

(i) any furred or dangerous game; and

(ii) any feathered game including ostrich;

(d) .22 rimfire rifle (5.56mm) may be used for hunting –

(i) furred game up to and including the size of a rock hyrax and all

rodents; and

(ii) feathered game.

(e) .375 H&H Magnum or larger caliber must be used for hunting a giraffe

or any dangerous game, provided that for the hunting of any pachyderm

the bullet must be of full metal jacket (solid) or monolithic solid

construction.

Draft guidelines: minimum caliber for hunting in South Africa

Minimum calibers for handgun hunting South Africa

  1. (1) Hunters should adhere to the following guidelines in respect of minimum barrel

lengths for hunting revolvers;

(a) a centre fire single action revolver must have a minimum barrel length

of 100mm;

(b) a centre fire double action revolver must have a minimum barrel length

of 100mm;

(c) a rimfire single action revolver must have a minimum barrel length of

100mm;

(d) a rimfire double action revolver must have a minimum barrel length of

100mm.

(2) Hunters should adhere to the following guidelines in respect of minimum barrel

lengths for single action break neck, bolt action and falling block hunting pitols;

(a) a centre fire single action break neck pistol must have a minimum

barrel length of 150mm;

(b) a rimfire single action break neck pistol must have a minimum barrel

length of 150mm;

(c) a centre fire bolt action pistol must have a minimum barrel length of

150mm;

(d) a rimfire bolt action pistol must have a minimum barrel length of

150mm;

(e) a centre fire falling block pistol must have a minimum barrel length of

150mm;

(f) a rimfire falling block pistol must have a minimum barrel length of

150mm.