May 2009 - 265gr GSC FN in 9.3x74R on bushbuck
I shot the bushbuck pictured below in Zimbabwe, using 265gr GS Custom FN bullets in my 9.3x74R.
The speed was
2350 fps and as
can be seen, the bullet did its job - they work great. There was no need for a soft
bullet in the thick
early season bush in Zimbabwe, although I had a double and was after buffalo in
place. This made my decision, to use solids only, much easier.
More about the hunt: One morning found us with 3 flat tires on "Cherrie" - so while some guys were
working out on those, Gordon picked Kasirai to escort us. With our rifles slung over our shoulders, we strolled
out of camp. Easy, slow walking brought us above a shallow valley about 30 minutes out of the camp.
Suddenly, to our left in a small crossroad, a bunch of baboons took refuge in all directions,
leaving a bushbuck that was in the middle of them a bit confused.
He managed to jump into nearest thicket and waited patiently. I was already on my knee - safety off -
seeing Gordon corking his right ear - still I asked if it was OK. He confirmed, so I took a firm aim.
The bushbuck was quartering with his
rear toward us with little more of the animal to be
seen. So I used my imagination - put my bead where I thought it was supposed
to be and let one off. High jump and a kick of the hind legs made us all
(except the bushbuck) quite happy. The bushbuck dashed into a dead semi circular
run through high grass. Still the follow up was quite exciting and we found it
no more than 30m from where it was shot.
The picture of the bushbuck's heart shows a .800" hole caused by a .366" cal.
bullet (IMO one of the .500 caliber RN's would do the same, with all the pain
it comes with - recoil, weight...) - I am sold - FN's are lifting calibres
to a higher level - great stuff GSC.
GS Custom Bullets, situated in Port Elizabeth on the East Coast of South Africa,
manufactures solid copper, turned, monolithic bullets for hunting and sport shooting.
These bullets are used by hunters on several continents, hunting from the smallest of
antelope to the largest of dangerous game, using the smooth HP bullet, as well as the
more popular HV, FN and SP bullets with the patented drive band concept. GSC bullets
are configured for the highest possible ballistic coefficients. SP bullets are mainly
used for sport shooting. All GS Custom Bullets are moly coated.