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How far did you shoot your cape buffalo?
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Contributors to this thread:
Franklin 22-Jul-19
drycreek 22-Jul-19
Dale06 22-Jul-19
altitude sick 23-Jul-19
Bou'bound 23-Jul-19
Zebrakiller 23-Jul-19
c5ken 23-Jul-19
Zebrakiller 23-Jul-19
Firehuntfish 23-Jul-19
Pat Lefemine 23-Jul-19
Mark Watkins 23-Jul-19
altitude sick 23-Jul-19
Pat Lefemine 23-Jul-19
altitude sick 23-Jul-19
Pat Lefemine 23-Jul-19
Zebrakiller 23-Jul-19
The last savage 23-Jul-19
Robear 23-Jul-19
Spiral Horn 23-Jul-19
Ken Moody Safaris 24-Jul-19
Zebrakiller 24-Jul-19
Ken Moody Safaris 24-Jul-19
Ken Moody Safaris 24-Jul-19
Plum lake 24-Jul-19
Zebrakiller 24-Jul-19
Zebrakiller 24-Jul-19
StickFlicker 24-Jul-19
altitude sick 24-Jul-19
altitude sick 24-Jul-19
StickFlicker 24-Jul-19
c5ken 24-Jul-19
c5ken 24-Jul-19
Zebrakiller 24-Jul-19
Beendare 25-Jul-19
Ernie santana 30-Jul-19
Zebrakiller 31-Jul-19
Zebrakiller 31-Jul-19
altitude sick 31-Jul-19
altitude sick 31-Jul-19
Zebrakiller 31-Jul-19
altitude sick 31-Jul-19
From: Franklin
22-Jul-19
101 yards....lol

From: drycreek
22-Jul-19
Seven feet, nailed him in the nose with a 470 Nitro Westley Richards double, but then I woke up........

From: Dale06
22-Jul-19
About 22 yards.

23-Jul-19
25 yards. Which is the farthest my PH would allow. We belly crawled to a bedded herd using small brush. Then stood for the shot

From: Bou'bound
23-Jul-19
........... and did you kill it with the arrow could be the second part of the question.

From: Zebrakiller
23-Jul-19
That is a good question also BOU, kind of why im also asking , I have shot alot of big critters and Im thinking 20 25 yards max

From: c5ken
23-Jul-19
22 yrds with a 965gr arrow. Follow up shot required with a 500 nitro mag the next day

From: Zebrakiller
23-Jul-19
C5ken was he still on his feet

From: Firehuntfish
23-Jul-19
20 yards.

From: Pat Lefemine
23-Jul-19
18 yards. Dead in 45 seconds from one arrow.

From: Mark Watkins
23-Jul-19
Pat,

What arrow, weight, inserts and broad head did you use?

Bow weight and draw length as long as I'm asking!

Mark

23-Jul-19
Mine was a 29.5” FMJ 250 with two 75 grain brass inserts and a arrow weight insert tube at 8 grains per inch. 250 grain Iron Will buff head. Total weight 1028 grains. 75# Mathews Vertix 212 FPS

From: Pat Lefemine
23-Jul-19

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Mark, it was 1100 grains with a 200 gr Muzzy Phantom Stainless. See the link for details. You going for Buff?

23-Jul-19
That’s great penetration Pat. It’s hard for an arrow to be too heavy.

From: Pat Lefemine
23-Jul-19
In case you haven't seen this

From: Zebrakiller
23-Jul-19
Thanks PAT

23-Jul-19
Excellent video,,good job on exact penetration,explanation,and knowing if that would be a killing hit..sorry op,,

From: Robear
23-Jul-19
My shot was 20 yards. Bull ran 60 yards and died. 900 grn arrow and broadhead combination. Broadhead was 210 grn Steel Force. Arrow hit the top of the heart with the broadhead sticking out the opposite side by about an inch. I was shooting a Mathews Legacy. 65#.

From: Spiral Horn
23-Jul-19
1st one = 40 yards, frontal shot, 900gr arrow w/ 180gr GK, died within 25 yards with very quick bellow.

2nd one = 15 yards, pure broadside, 900gr arrow w/ 200gr VPA, perfect heart shot, died within 25 yards.

Agree with Pat - use enough arrow and a tool-steel broadhead. Buffalo have a very small vital zone for such a large critter and the vitals are protected by heavy overlapping ribs, so quartering away is not always recommended. Pure broadside shots always work, and surprisingly the frontal shot works perfectly (just don’t hit him high).

24-Jul-19

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A buffalo’s vitals form a triangle with heavy ribs covering them. The thickest ribs are from the shoulder towards the hips. Quartering away shots can result in a raking shot and end up in the armpit area. Complete broadside is the #2 option but you will still be encountering thick ribs on a slight angle. Normally not a problem though if the equipment is up to the task. The best bow shot for a cape is quartering on as you’ll be hitting the thinnest of the ribs square on, not on an angle. This area is the least protected by ribs and bone as the scapula is high within the shoulder. All this is predicated on a cooperative buffalo of course :)

From: Zebrakiller
24-Jul-19
On quartering to shot are you talking in front of shoulder or behind?

24-Jul-19
front

24-Jul-19
actually into the front of the shoulder.

From: Plum lake
24-Jul-19

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That was the most craziest day I’ve ever had in a blind. So many animals that day.
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That was the most craziest day I’ve ever had in a blind. So many animals that day.
Can’t wait for the final results. Good luck next month. Too bad I can’t make it again this year.

From: Zebrakiller
24-Jul-19
Thank you ken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Zebrakiller
24-Jul-19
Awesome MIke! I sure wish you could

From: StickFlicker
24-Jul-19
I have a friend that says he got a complete pass thru on a very large elephant bull! I believe he said he was using a 900+ grain arrow and Silver Flame broadheads, but you'd still have to be very lucky to not hit any bones on an animal of that size to get a pass-thru.

24-Jul-19
Pass thru of what. An Ear :^)

24-Jul-19
Just trying to be funny. I’m sure it can be done.

From: StickFlicker
24-Jul-19
As I recall, the elephant went less than 100 yards as well. Great to have some luck along with a good shot.

From: c5ken
24-Jul-19

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Mr. Zebraman, In the two days we tracked after I shot him, we jumped him out of his bed 5 or 6 times.. Could never get another arrow in him and we found where he spent the night. When he was butchered, he had about 18" of arrow/broadhead inside him.

From: c5ken
24-Jul-19

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17/18" of arrow found in buff
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17/18" of arrow found in buff
Mr. Zebraman, In the two days we tracked after I shot him, we jumped him out of his bed 5 or 6 times.. Could never get another arrow in him and we found where he spent the night. When he was butchered, he had about 18" of arrow/broadhead inside him.

From: Zebrakiller
24-Jul-19
Thanks for your story

From: Beendare
25-Jul-19
Shot my Australian Water buff at about 13 paces....complete pass through with the fletching hung up on the ribs and the arrow sticking straight out of him on the off side. He trotted a few steps and was looking around ...when he saw my BH and twisted around to sniff it- that spooked him out to 30 yds where I put one more in him and he collapsed 2 seconds later there 33 yds from me.

I put the vid on bowsite videos...but that was a long time ago and the vid quality was reduced to nothing....you can't see my arrow unless you know its there.

30-Jul-19
Shot mine spot and stalk at 25 yards. He went 80 yards and died.

From: Zebrakiller
31-Jul-19

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So out scout some water buffalo, ,is this a quartering towards your are talking? Where would you aim?

From: Zebrakiller
31-Jul-19

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So out scout some water buffalo, ,is this a quartering towards your are talking? Where would you aim?

31-Jul-19

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31-Jul-19

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From: Zebrakiller
31-Jul-19
very interesting!

31-Jul-19

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