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I've always read that poachers in Africa typically use AK-47s and heavy machine guns. I can see the heavy machine guns taking down elephants and such, but AKs? Can a 125 grain bullet traveling at such a moderate velocity actually penetrate deeply enough to take down a big critter?
 

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They shoot for the brain, the 7.62X39 will do the job.
 

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I've seen some recordings of poachers taking elephant. When they empty a few AK magzines into the beast it does die...eventually. They saw the ivory off the animal before it is even fully dead in some instances.
 

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When most people think poachers, they think big, when in fact most poaching of game is of smaller species. I was under the impression that the wire snare is the weapon of choice. Quiet, deadly and cheap are what you want if you are involved in illegal activities.
 
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