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Mountain Reedbuck and Blesbuck
When we took our 120 gr 7mm HV bullet hunting for the first time, we shot one mountain reedbuck and six springbuck. Muzzle velocity from an eighteen inch barreled 7x57 (don't ask) was 3150 fps. All were shot behind the shoulder and meat damage was very similar in all the animals. None required follow-up shots and none went more than 50m after being shot. This is the entrance shot on the mountain reedbuck taken at about 150m across a ravine.
This is the exit side of the mountain reedbuck. Although we had wind gusting up to 40 kph during the day, the only difficulty was in coping with the vibration caused by the wind on the shooter and the extreme cold on the day in the karoo. Meat damage on the seven animals shot anmounted to less than five Kg.
This blesbuck was shot at 420 to 430 metres with the 40 grain HV from a 220 Swift. Impact velocity was 3,000 fps. This is the entrance side. Meat loss on this carcass was nil. The lungs were completely destroyed and the animal dropped where it stood.
This is the exit side of the blesbuck with the hole at about double calibre size. The buck dressed out at 45kg. Thanks to Anton van der Spek for these two photographs.
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