Sounds like a plan spike
give me a shout when you get here.
Tis the season.
Everyone will start jumping on the big birds and escaping to the hunting grounds soon enough.
Get a tan for me Mike.
will try , but its still getting rain there , so could be a bit of playing in the mud to get there.....:beer:
With actual melting going on outside, spring fever hit.
I went to the gun show to search for wayward rifles that needed a new home or one that was so spectacular it might force me to be insane enough to change my firearms permits.
Saw brand new CZ 550 in 416 Rigby that was very well priced. Several Nice German Merkels doubles; 375 H&H. Another double rifle chambered in 450/400.
A 470 double that was very pretty with that deep walnut you just have to touch. It had so much steel up front you would have to go to the gym for months just to shoot. Not in balance for me.
All in all not a huge selection of "Africa" guns, but there were a few decent Sako offerings in useful plains game calibers. One .338 WinMag that had me walk in circles a few times. I had no way to check the barrel properly at the show.
The permits will remain unchanged.
On the Africa hunting side, I saw several locals acting as "agents" trying to sell African hunts. I was a little surprised actually as this is not your typical "hunting" trade show.
We did make good use of the photo albums for trophy identification. :)
A gun dealer and a taxidermist, were selling for their friends.
I stopped reading the price list when the Kudu trophy fee started at $3000 USD.
I concluded that AH members are incredibly fortunate as AH has member outfitters offer better value for money, hands down.
Another surprise attendee that was working the community to develop business was African Hunting Shows by African Events. Obviously promoting 2014's shows. Interesting to chat with Birgit.
All in all a great use of a spring afternoon while I pass the time before departure.
Sounds like a good way to spend an afternoon, what made you decide not to get the 338?
It's time to see if Montana Sporting Goods stores have any powder and bullets left on the shelves.
Maybe, just maybe, the spring orders are coming in.
I'll get to practice more if I can resupply.
I managed to find some powder & bullets for my .223 at Wholesale & Cabela's. I am hoping they still have the factory stuff I bought for the 300 though.. I see it got discontinued..
Sportsman's Warehouse has supplies for reloading and ammo too. They are limiting order quantities though.
It has reinforced my decision to keep reloading.
Federal Premiums with Nosler Accubonds... seem to be discontinued as well. I have 3 boxes saved, but would like to have one more box for practice of the good stuff, and a couple boxes of cheaper stuff just to shoot with. I am going to Edmonton on Sat, & hopefully they have some left, they still had quite a few the last time I was there a couple weeks ago. If not, I'll see what I can do. I just didn't have the time to work loads up before this trip. New rifle & new caliber for me.
To bad you are not near Edmonton. The Cabelas there still has a decent selection of reloading components, except for some powders.
I managed to get 4 more boxes of the discontiuned ammo for the 300, so I should be able to get a little more practice in. If the snow ever goes away that is.