Best caliber for hunting big game in Africa

Best caliber for hunting big game in Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris

The best caliber for hunting big game in Africa will be debated for many years to come. In the end the decision for which hunting rifle and caliber to bring to Africa for a South African hunting safari will lie with you. This decision will many times be a no-brainer but for some who have never been across for an out-of-country hunt it can become a major decision.

After a number of years in the African safari hunting business we have learned that a possible definition of the best caliber for hunting big game in Africa on your South African hunting safari is rather simple: bring the rifle or rifles (you are allowed to bring two rifles) you feel most confident shooting with. The rifles you intend bringing along are subject to government rules and regulations as set out in the SAPS 520 section of this website.

If we were to recommend two calibers it must only be seen as a recommendation as not as a rule. With a 30-06 and a 375 you will be able to hunt anything that walks in the African bushveld. The most popular calibers brought along on any South African hunting safari trip range from a 270, 7mm-08, 7 mm Rem Mag, 30-06 to a 300 Win Mag.

One aspect Hunting in Africa Safaris will remain adamant on will be the quality of the ammunition you bring along. Please only use the best premium grade ammunition that your rifle shoots accurately. A number of game animals have been wounded and lost due to hunters not adhering to this rule. We recommend the following brands of ammunition and if we have inadvertently omitted one or more brands please accept our apology: Nosler Partition, Barnes X, Federal Premium and Woodleigh. The bullet weight will also be determined by which weight performs with the best accuracy. Good thing is with premium grade ammunition you can hunt African big game with smaller bullet weights.  

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Best ammunition for hunting in Africa