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Rifle caliber
The hunting caliber for big game hunting in Africa will always be debated. It simply has to be, given the 100 or so species wandering the African landscape - from rabbit size to mighty elephant. Commonsense dictates you bring the hunting rifle and caliber you shoot with because instinct will serve you best when the pressure is on.

You are allowed two rifles, but don’t stress because Mabula Pro Safaris have an African

battery available for your use.

Our pick for those two African big game calibers would be the ever popular and effective 30-06 and the .375. With these you will be able to hunt anything that walks the African veld. To clarify, the .375 is there to cover the dangerous game element but with those not even remotely possible, we’d would shortlist the ,270 or 7mm along with the 30-06. In the end the plains game rifle must be powerful enough for the largest animal you have even the slightest interest in taking. It must also be accurate enough for the smallest animals. And then it must be flat-shooting enough and versatile enough for the longest likely shots. This is our reasoning behind the lighter of our recommendations. The ,375 is the .375 and well serviced with premium ammunition and a steady hand this single caliber will happily manage all of Africa’s creatures.

 Your chosen caliber will only deliver its best with the premium ammunition it shoots with most

accurately. In the end you are going for one-shot kills.

The bullet you use must be tough enough for the largest animal you plan to hunt. It is a good idea to select just one softpoint tough enough for anything you might run into. Nosler Partitions are a good baseline and choice, always considering what your rifle shoots best. Other African bullets include the proven Barnes X, Winchester Fail Safe, Trophy Bonded Bearclaw and Swift A-Frame. The new “tipped and bonded” Hornady Interbond, Nosler AccuBond, Swift Scirocco - are all excellent for a wide range of plains game.

Stick with bullets that are relatively heavy for the caliber and you won’t go far wrong.

Mabula Pro Safaris believe in a good softpoint for the first shot on buffalo, but you will want solids for backup and solids for elephant and hippo. The amount of ammunition you need is dictated by the amount of game you will hunt, but remember the airlines’ five- kilogram rule. On a lengthy modern safari 60 rounds for the “lighter rifle” and 30 rounds for the “heavier rifle” should be plenty. Always check with Mabula Pro Safaris as we keep premium ammunition for our African battery.
Ammunition

Make certain your scope has enough eye relief. Some of the best brands don’t have adequate

eye relief and no-one wants to walk Africa with cut eyebrows and worse - a flinch that will ruin

your performance.

You want the best optics you can afford… not the most powerful. Very little genuine long- range shooting is done in Africa. On the flat-shooting rifle to be used on a wide range of plains game there is no need for a scope of higher magnification than the popular 3-9X or 3.5-10X variables. On a more powerful rifle that might be used on dangerous game and probably will not be used much past 200 yards a simple fixed 4X will do just fine.

                                              Traditional khaki is really too bright.

                 Please use a nondescript olive green - its good almost everywhere.

 Binos & Scopes
 Hunting colours

Hunting with your own weapons in a South African hunt can be one of the most thrilling and

satisfying experiences of a lifetime.

Rifle caliber

Hunting with your own weapons in a South African

hunt can be one of the most thrilling and satisfying

experiences of a lifetime.

The hunting caliber for big game hunting in Africa will always be debated. It simply has to be, given the 100 or so species wandering the African landscape - from rabbit size to mighty elephant. Commonsense dictates you bring the hunting rifle and caliber you shoot with because instinct will serve you best when the pressure is on.

You are allowed two rifles, but don’t stress because

Mabula Pro Safaris have an African battery available

for your use.

Our pick for those two African big game calibers would be the ever popular and effective 30-06 and the .375. With these you will be able to hunt anything that walks the African veld. To clarify, the .375 is there to cover the dangerous game element but with those not even remotely possible, we’d would shortlist the ,270 or 7mm along with the 30-06. In the end the plains game rifle must be powerful enough for the largest animal you have even the slightest interest in taking. It must also be accurate enough for the smallest animals. And then it must be flat-shooting enough and versatile enough for the longest likely shots. This is our reasoning behind the lighter of our recommendations. The ,375 is the .375 and well serviced with premium ammunition and a steady hand this single caliber will happily manage all of Africa’s creatures.

 Your chosen caliber will only deliver its best with the

premium ammunition it shoots with most accurately.

In the end you are going for one-shot kills.

The bullet you use must be tough enough for the largest animal you plan to hunt. It is a good idea to select just one softpoint tough enough for anything you might run into. Nosler Partitions are a good baseline and choice, always considering what your rifle shoots best. Other African bullets include the proven Barnes X, Winchester Fail Safe, Trophy Bonded Bearclaw and Swift A-Frame. The new “tipped and bonded” Hornady Interbond, Nosler AccuBond, Swift Scirocco - are all excellent for a wide range of plains game.

Stick with bullets that are relatively heavy for the

caliber and you won’t go far wrong.

Mabula Pro Safaris believe in a good softpoint for the first shot on buffalo, but you will want solids for backup and solids for elephant and hippo. The amount of ammunition you need is dictated by the amount of game you will hunt, but remember the airlines’ five-kilogram rule. On a lengthy modern safari 60 rounds for the “lighter rifle” and 30 rounds for the “heavier rifle” should be plenty. Always check with Mabula Pro Safaris as we keep premium ammunition for our African battery.
Ammunition
 Binos & Scopes

Make certain your scope has enough eye relief. Some

of the best brands don’t have adequate eye relief and

no-one wants to walk Africa with cut eyebrows and

worse - a flinch that will ruin your performance.

You want the best optics you can afford… not the  most powerful. Very little genuine long-range shooting is done in Africa. On the flat-shooting rifle to be used on a wide range of plains game there is no need for a scope of higher magnification than the popular 3-9X or 3.5-10X variables. On a more powerful rifle that might be used on dangerous game and probably will not be used much past 200 yards a simple fixed 4X will do just fine.
  Hunting colours

             Traditional khaki is really too bright.

  Please use a nondescript olive green - its good

  almost everywhere.

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