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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Head shots on buffalo?

    A buffalo's skull is huge and unless you actually hit a horn, in which case you have a more serious problem than taxidermy woes, head shots do not do enough damage to ruin the trophy. I have brain shot a buffalo and have seen quite a few skulls of brain shot buffalo and the damage was not enough to ruin the trophy.

    The main problem with head shots is that it is very easy to wound.

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    Default Re: Head shots on buffalo?

    Linked to this, what do the trails guide learn when they do advanced rifle handling course to stop charges? Headshots as well?

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    Default Re: Head shots on buffalo?

    AL, with ARH, exersizes 2 - 4 are on the FGASA 'static.' (ie. bulls-eye) targets where brain and brain case hits count. On ex 5 & 6, which can be buff, lion or hippo targets, only brain shots count.

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    Default Re: Head shots on buffalo?

    .Sorry double post

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    Default Re: Head shots on buffalo?

    Quote Originally Posted by TStone View Post
    It is a very sad sound. Both blue- and black wildebeest also, occasionally, bellow when giving up the ghost.
    I slaughtered a huge Brahman bull a while back, when shooting it with a .22 LR Gevarm E1 , it fell down, rolled on it`s side a let out a death bellow exactly as some buffaloed do when they die of a rifle shot...it really was extremely strange to hear this sound from cattle like Brahman bull...I have slaughter a lot of cattle for meat processing the past ten years and this was the first time ever I heard a death bellow from cattle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TStone View Post
    It is a very sad sound. Both blue- and black wildebeest also, occasionally, bellow when giving up the ghost.
    I had also had a BWB give loud, high pitched nasal 'squeal' when getting shot. One of the saddest sounds for me is a back bear death bellow.

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    Default Re: Head shots on buffalo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gert Odendaal View Post
    I slaughtered a huge Brahman bull a while back, when shooting it with a .22 LR Gevarm E1 , it fell down, rolled on it`s side a let out a death bellow exactly as some buffaloed do when they die of a rifle shot...it really was extremely strange to hear this sound from cattle like Brahman bull...I have slaughter a lot of cattle for meat processing the past ten years and this was the first time ever I heard a death bellow from cattle...
    Gert, you must have half shot the brain.

    Normal well placed brain shot all the cattle I have seen being shot in more than 30 years of being big enough to witness farm butchering cattle goes downs without a sound- they just hit the ground. This include Hereford bulls that weight more than 1100kilogram alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finkelstein View Post
    Gert, you must have half shot the brain.

    Normal well placed brain shot all the cattle I have seen being shot in more than 30 years of being big enough to witness farm butchering cattle goes downs without a sound- they just hit the ground. This include Hereford bulls that weight more than 1100kilogram alive.
    I’ve witnessed several cattle dispatched in this manner by my late father using a 30-30 lever gun. All would drop to the front knees first, then roll over and kick for a minute. Once, a jacketed round was recovered in the spinal cord vertebrae just aft of the base of the skull. The old man had a talent for killing beef, North Koreans and Chinese soldiers.
    I have been given the talking-to about head shots on game in Africa, by my acquaintance in another forum who is from Durban and guides hunts, after suggesting a good marksman could easily pull it off within reasonable distances. He posted a couple of videos for me to watch, showing how easily things can go terribly wrong for the hunter…and the animal, not the least.
    R/Griff

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