Hello from Herve, Bordeaux, France, dreaming of Cape Buffalo safari in mother of mankind
I am a 46 year old french hunter. I started to hunt at the age of 36 when I settled in the hunting area of Bordeaux, France.
Since I started to hunt and kill game (roedeer, deer, wild boar) I could feel the emotion and adrenaline of my hunting ancestors flowing in my veins. And I feel deeply in connection with all the fathers and sons who have lived and died before me since the dawn of ages, and made it possible that I am living and hunting now. So as my son.
Each time I go hunting, I feel connected to this line of men and hunters. And I thank them and honor them.
Mankind was born in Africa, so my ancestors were, and now I feel the appeal of Africa and I will go on a safari next year or the year after, with my son and my girlfriend, who are also hunters. The general idea would be to make a first safari with warthogs, then another one with antelopes and warthog so as to be ready for my ultimate hunter dream, a Cape Buffalo safari. Do you think it is a sound approach? I do not feel confortable with hunting a Cape Buffalo for a first safari.
I found a great deal of information on this forum. Thank you all.
Since I am a blaser fan (my first rifle was a Blaser R93 offroad in 7x64, own a Blaser Express in 9.3x74R), I have ordered a Blaser R8 professional success in 9.3x62 caliber, with a semi-weight barrel, for both driven hunt in France and safari in Africa.
From the info I found on the forum, I have already short-listed and bought the following 9.3x62 cartridges:
Sakko Powerhead 258 gr with the Barnes bullet
Blaser CDP 286 gr
Barnes VOR-TX 286 gr
Norwa Swit A Frame 250 gr
I intend to test each of them for best shot placement and keep the one that will yield the best results with the semi-weight barrel of the R8. What do you think of this approach?
Then I will hunt and practice with this rifle and round, in order to prepare for my safari.
I will keep you posted !