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What gun for Dinosaur and Mammoth

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Readyrod, Nov 4, 2012.

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  1. Readyrod

    Readyrod Well-Known Member

    I remember someone doing a thread along these lines but I don't think it was taken too seriously. (Ok I can understand why, but still) I was at the Nature and Science Museum with the kids today and I couldn't help but wonder how you would actually hunt a dinosaur or mammoth: meaning caliber, shot placement, and gun. Let's assume you were hunting them in a sporting way.
    Here are some pix:
    I imagine that for the plant eaters a heart/lungs shot would do the job but what about the carnivores?
    Here are some pix of mammoths:
    This guy is one of my favorites. Don't know how you would fit it on your wall tho:
    Look at some skulls:
    What do you think?
  2. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    This comes up pretty regularly, so before people recommend various light artillery / 50 BMG, let me say that if the hunt is ON FOOT, which would limit the discussion to guns that can realistically be carried and fired from the shoulder, I'd recommend a 460 Weatherby with 500 grain monolithic solids, although the 577 T-Rex, 600 NE, etc. would also serve.

    This begs the question of where to shoot. A heart / lung shot is out of the question. It would probably be fatal eventually, but eventually won't cut it with a T-Rex!

    Brain shots would be tough. The brain isn't all that big, reptilian nervous systems are decentralized, and the skull is massive.

    What I would recommend is a immobilizing shot, probably to the knee. A T-Rex isn't going to go far on one leg. Then you could sink in a few heart / lung shots that would finally finish it off.

    All things considered, there are other things I'd rather do. Have fun!
  3. Readyrod

    Readyrod Well-Known Member

    Yes on foot. But you can have some porters. A bipod is acceptable, I guess.
    BTW this old radio show helped prompt the question:
  4. guyfromohio

    guyfromohio Well-Known Member

    .380 hollowpoints will not penetrate. I'd go with jacketed round nose.
  5. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    A late Halloween night of Jurassic Park movies? :banghead:
  6. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Well-Known Member

  7. Fredericianer

    Fredericianer Well-Known Member

    Anything up to and including a T-Rex; 10mm is all you need.
  8. Readyrod

    Readyrod Well-Known Member

    Yea I know, I expected this kind of answer but I am serious here.

    This, on the other hand seems interesting.
  9. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    If I'm going all out on a jurassic safari I would prefer an A 10, maybe even some sort of UFO I haven't thought of. Yeah that's it and a lightsaber should make short work of skinning...
  10. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Having seen dinosaur bones, and having a chunk of a fossilized leg bone in my possession, I figure that breaking a leg bone in order to cripple or immobilize one of the very large types would be the rational way to go.

    Figure a bone of four to six inches in diameter, as you consider what might be "enough gun".

    Maybe H&H knows the diameter of an elephant's femur, which is about the only comparable bone for size.
  11. ndh87

    ndh87 Well-Known Member

    45-70 marlin with garrett hardcast loads. If it works on the big game critters in africa it should do for dino.
  12. LordDunsany

    LordDunsany Well-Known Member

    45-70 lever action as above, two shots into each knee joint. If that doesn't bring the critter down to your level, then maybe it will slow him down as you try to run away.

    However, if he does go down, then several shots into eye socket angling back to brain case might finish the job.

    Ron in Cretaceous Era Texas
  13. Aaron1100us

    Aaron1100us Well-Known Member

    Something in .700 Nitro Express like what they use in Africa for Elephants?

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  14. ScrapMetalSlug

    ScrapMetalSlug Well-Known Member

    I would start with something commonly used on African safaris for dangerous game. Nothing less than .375 and up. Mammoths shouldn't really be any different than what you would hunt elephant with, the way I understand it they are basically hairier elephants so a .470 nitro express would be good. With that being said, I have heard they credit the Atlatl with making the mammoth go extinct, so don't discount archery.
  15. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    To make one's BIG5, they shoot rhinoceros with a tranquilizer gun, because there are not enough of them.

    I know a woman that has bed and breakfast at her ranch for dinosaur fossil digging.
    Good luck even getting an elk tag for open country like that.

    If the Allosaurus or T Rex were around today, but as rare as they were in their day, I think we could get a tranquiler shot at best.
  16. caribou

    caribou Well-Known Member

    Bell waltz'd Africa with his 7mm I stroll Arctic Alaska with a M-39 Mosin Nagant...... I just havent shot one yet, and now I here theres oodles of Dianosaur Bones and such nearby, I think I'll track a few down ~~LOL!!~~





  17. klyph

    klyph Well-Known Member

    The 12gauge from hell would do the job

    But you'd probably be better off with a .50 bmg, you certainly can carry them around, and semi auto capability would almost be a requirement for such dangerous game.
  18. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    I recognize the mammoth molars from watching TV about their extinction.
  19. Readyrod

    Readyrod Well-Known Member

    That's what I was thinking. Might not be too quick tho.

    I was looking at the skeleton of a t-rex and it looked like the tail might be necessary for balance. They look very front heavy. I thought that if you could immobilize the tail it might go off balance. I was also thinking neck shot. It's certainly a big enough target. I don't know enough about hunting tho. Prob is you would most likely be looking at it from the front.
    Nice tusks Caribou!!! Me like!!!!
    Where are you H&H?
  20. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    It's not the arrow, it's the Indian. Put that .22 in his eyeball, T Rex will fall.

    I think probably the BEST caliber is .223. Everyone tells me it's devastating, kills better than .458 Win Mag because the bullet tumbles, or something like that. Some even say it bounces around inside the animal. :D Sure, it's only 70 grains and .224" and only has 1200 ft lbs at the muzzle, but hey, it KILLS better than a .458. I know this because I've read it on the internet. The internet is always right!

    Gotta go now. I have a date, met her on the internet, she's a French model. ......
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