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Is it Ethical to Shoot a Kudu at 300 Metres?
29 Sep 2009
[In Afrikaans]

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Last Week Pot-Shot reported about a hunter who shot a kudu bull at 300 m with a 7 mm Rem Mag with bullets that he reloaded himself with GS Custom Bullets" HV 130 gr bullet points loaded for 3 400 fps. The purpose of the article was to focus on bullet manufacturers and what they have achieved.

One of our readers, WHS Barnard, made the following important remarks:

Is it ethical hunting to shoot a kudu at "more than 300m"? Or did he do it to prove something to himself? Especially if the shooter did not even know how far the kudu really was. The trajectory gets quite distorted from 301 to 350 m. I believe a hunter should only shoot when there is certainty that it will be a fatal shot. If not, he lacks "respect for the quarry", an important component of hunting ethics."�

Barnard mentions an important point: is the reloader more concerned about the ballistic component than "respect for the quarry"�?

We invite readers to comment on this subject.

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