SHOT PLACEMENT: SPRINGBUCK

(An­ti­dor­cas mar­su­pi­a­lis)

SA Jagter Hunter - - INHOUD -

Ma­ny young hun­ters cut their hunting teeth on springbuck. This small, co­lour­ful an­te­lo­pe is syn­o­ny­mous with the o­pen plains of the Ka­roo, Ka­la­ha­ri, Nort­hern Ca­pe and Na­mi­bia. Springbuck are still af­for­da­ble, plen­ti­ful and their me­at very good to eat.

CA­LI­B­RE CHOICES

Alt­hough small cen­tre­fi­re ca­li­bres such as the .222 Rem and .223 Rem are po­pu­lar for springbuck (es­pe­ci­al­ly w­hen cul­ling is do­ne) we do not re­com­mend the­se two as ge­ne­ral springbuck ca­li­bres. Due to their lo­ve for o­pen ter­rain it can be dif­fi­cult to ap­pro­ach springbuck and shoot­ing at lon­ger ran­ges is of- ten cal­led for (240 to 400m). The lig­ht­weig­ht 55gr bullets that are so po­pu­lar for the­se .224” ca­li­bres are just too wind sen­si­ti­ve at ran­ges beyond 150m and they lack po­wer at 400m. The­re are bet­ter ca­li­bres a­vai­la­ble for shoot­ing springbuck.

A .22-250 Rem, lo­a­ded with 75 or 80gr bullets (on­ly rifles with fast 1-in-8” rif­ling twis­ts will sta­bi­li­se such long, he­a­vy­weig­ht .224” bullets) is a bet­ter choi­ce, but still bet­ter are the va­ri­ous 6mm ca­li­bres fi­ring 87 grain or 100/105 grain bullets at 3 000fps, or fas­ter. The .25-06 Rem, 6.5x55, 6.5 C­reed­moor and ot­hers in the sa­me class are all good choices. In win­dy con­di­ti­ons the .270 Win lo­a­ded

with 130 grai­ners is al­so a po­pu­lar choi­ce. Springbuck are small a­ni­mals and all the ca­li­bres of 6mm and big­ger, laun­ching bullets at 3 000fps or fas­ter will re­sult in a lot of me­at da­ma­ge w­hen bo­dy shots are ta­ken in­si­de 250m. The­re­fo­re most ex­pe­rien­ced hun­ters who are a­ble to shoot accu­ra­te­ly of­ten go for brain or neck shots. Of cour­se slo­wer ca­li­bres (lo­a­ded with he­a­vier bullets 150gr and he­a­vier) such as the 7x57, .308 Win or the .30-06 can be u­sed very success­ful­ly, if the hun­ter is fa­mi­li­ar with the tra­jec­to­ry of that ca­li­b­re/lo­ad com­bi­na­ti­on and u­ses a ran­ge­fin­der to de­ter­mi­ne the dis­tan­ce.

SHOT PLACEMENT

Be­cau­se springbuck are of­ten shot at dis­tan­ces beyond 150m and in pla­ces on­ly beyond 250m it is im­por­tant for the hun­ter to be tho­roughly fa­mi­li­ar with the tra­jec­to­ry of his ca­li­b­re/lo­ad com­bi­na­ti­on. We strongly re­com­mend the use of a ran­ge­fin­der.

A springbuck’s he­art/lung a­rea is ap­prox­i­ma­te­ly 20x14cm in di­a­me­ter and the he­art is a­bout 10x7.5cm big. The­se are small tar­gets at lon­ger ran­ges. Be­cau­se of their small si­ze and their ex­cel­lent me­at, ma­ny hun­ters pre­fer, as men­ti­o­ned, to go for brain or neck shots to sa­ve me­at. Be­cau­se the­se tar­gets are e­ven smal­ler than the he­art/lung a­rea they are much mo­re dif­fi­cult to hit and it is e­a­sy to wound. That is the re­a­son why so­me far­mers do not al­low the ta­king of he­ad shots.

To pre­vent ex­ces­si­ve me­at da­ma­ge with bo­dy shots, pla­ce the bul­let s­lig­ht­ly be­hind the shoul­der inste­ad of on the shoul­der in li­ne with the front leg if the a­ni­mal stands bro­ad­s­i­de. You will still hit the back part of the lung. Ho­we­ver, a shot low on the shoul­der (in li­ne with the front leg on a bro­ad­s­i­de stan­ding a­ni­mal) is still the sa­fest. It pla­ces the bul­let in the cen­t­re of the so­cal­led vi­tal tri­angle and le­a­ves the big­ge­st mar­gin for er­ror.

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