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AFRICAN CAPE BUFFALO

African Buffalo is the animal on this planet that kills the most hunters. It is wise to have an experienced Professional Hunting Guide next you when hunting Cape Buffalo. The minimum calibre by the South African law is the .375H&H. This calibre has enough penetration and killing power to get the buffalo down in a single shot. Shot placement on Cape Buffalo is of high importance and a study of the Cape Buffalo should be made before the hunt.

CALIBRE AND AMMUNITION

African Cape Buffalo is a hard skinned animal that can take a huge pounding and still go as it pumps lots of adrenalin after it has taken a bullet. The aggressive nature of this animal makes it extremely dangerous when wounded. It is not uncommon for a wounded buffalo to take up to 10 (14 was the max I have witnessed before) before it goes down. A broadsided shot will be the best as it is easy to get to the heart but in most cases the buffalo will face you quartering away slightly. This is the type of shot most hunters will have to take. The .375H&H have enough to make it through the chest bones and muscle to get to the hart if the right ammunition is used. Use a hardened soft nose on the first shot. I recommend to use a .375H&H for a Cape Buffalo hunt as it is enough gun and most hunters can shoot it accurately. I know of very few that can shoot straight with a rifle bigger than the .375H&H.

FIRST SHOT ON A CAPE BUFFALO

It is unlikely that the cape buffalo will go down with the first unless it is a brain shot. A shot hitting the lungs and heart is where you want to be but the African Cape Buffalo can still run up 300 yards before it runs out of air. It is very rare for a Cape Buffalo to charge directly after the first shot. It will normally take off at full speed and run till the air runs out. If you miss the heart and lungs you and your PH are up for an enormous task. To track and kill a wounded buffalo on foot.

CHARGING CAPE BUFFALO

The nature of a wounded Cape Buffalo to ambush the hunter. It is not uncommon for a buffalo to run 5 mile or more before it stops. These animals have good smell and hearing and the buffalo will most probable hear you coming on the track. The Cape Buffalo will get to thicker cover and also position itself in such a position that you are up wind from it. This is exactly where Africa's Black Death wants you to be. A charge normally come when you are within 50 yards from it. It will normally be in thick cover and most of the times you will just hear it coming. This is when you need to make your stand and wait for it to be within 10 yards from you. I have taken a shot at a charging buffalo at 18 yards. The buffalo normally come head low and the brain is small, tennis ball size. To hit a moving tennis ball at 18 yards is not easily done. I missed the brain by 1 inch and the buffalo kept coming as if nothing has hit it at all. Wait till the buff is close, 5 yards is better.

LARGER CALIBRES

When a Cape buffalo is at full charge and within 10 yards from the hunter is when you need a very big calibre. If you miss the brain the bullet needs to penetrate deep enough to hit the neck spinal cord or even further penetration to the spinal cord. The bigger the bullet the better the stun, this all that will save you if the miss the brain or spinal chord. This is why the second shot on a Cape Buffalo needs to be a solid. Maximum penetration.

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