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  1. franzfmdavis

    Anyone else have a Problem with African Sporting Creations shooting sticks?

    I have had good luck with mine! No issues so far…other than my brother in law trying to “adopt” them :)
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    North Fork Premium Hunting Bullets

    I highly recommend buying from them! Not only do they ship extremely fast, but are very responsive with questions! The quality of the product is already well established!
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    Report Scam in AH Classifieds

    So frustrating! Makes you hate people - i genuinely wish we had corporal punishment and mutilation for thieves! Im my recent trade with @Ruraldoc, I think we were both careful and talked numerous times over a week before we felt comfortable to finalize a deal. In addition, we shared some...
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    "Lighter Politics" Humour

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    Rolex- the stupidest, lamest company

    I would recommend gmt master 2 based on the options you listed. The challenge will be trying to buy a new one from an authorized dealer without a purchase history. Certainly, you can get them on the Gray market and prices have softened since last year. Just please be careful to do good...
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    Purchases On AH References

    I completed a trade deal with @Ruraldoc. He was great to deal with and would definitely recommend him!
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    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    I picked up the gun today and it was exactly as described. I’m very excited about it! I had no doubt that Britt was honorable and it was a pleasure doing the trade with him!
  8. franzfmdavis

    Finally got my Landi!

    Congrats!! Enjoy it…and add an Aston and Norton next!
  9. franzfmdavis

    Is the 275 Rigby up to larger Plains Game like kudu?

    @SFRanger7GP Have you worked up any loads with the North Fork .284 160gr spitzers? Would really appreciate any info you could share?
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    Good Gun Deals This Week

    I was at my buddy Jason’s shop last week and he had a nice Ruger 77 in 458WM for $1995. You can find it online at Gentz Sporting Arms.
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    Allure of the Ruger No1

    Gentz Sporting Arms has a No.1 in 270 for $1295. I was there last week and it looks like it’s in really good shape!
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    Buffalo surprise

    It is really a remarkable set of lessons about having your gun ready to shoulder and finger on the safety!! Well done sir!!
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    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    We had our first kid when I was turning 50 and I decided I would rather clean up his shit than everyone else's!
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    Regulation question

    I don’t know from firsthand experience, but I had watched this video recently, which seems to go over the process:
  15. franzfmdavis

    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    Britt has been great to deal with as well and has become a friend! He has gone above and beyond to call me with tips and details, not only regarding the gun but also regarding loads and other helpful information!
  16. franzfmdavis

    Greetings from MN

    Lake Winnibigoshish (for walleye): www.lakewinnie.net
  17. franzfmdavis

    Krieghoff 500/416 potential trade idea

    I'm happy to see the trade ideas! Best of luck!!
  18. franzfmdavis

    RIP—A tribute to a great man

    My condolences! May his memory continue to be a guiding influence for you!
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    Powder & Primer Deals Today

    There is even a better deal at Raven Rock Precision, which is a sponsor of the site. They have 100 rounds of primed 375H&H for $119: https://ravenrocksprecision.com/375-h-h-brass-primed-barnes-headstamp-updating/
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    Elephant hunting Paranoid

    I suspect the elephant feels a version of this same fear and apprehension when it goes out in the morning. Of course this is what makes such a hunt unique when compared to less dangerous animals and is perhaps one of the most “balanced“ types of hunting! The fear and apprehension are part of...
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    Greetings from MN

    Hello my friend and welcome! Ive been talking you up to the members and am glad you are here!
  22. franzfmdavis

    350 Rigby

    Fantastic! Great purchases!!
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    275 Rigby

    Gordy & Sons periodically gets the .275 Rigby Ammo in a nice blue Rigby box. I have heard it is made by Hornady and similar to their headstamped ammo, but both are hard to find on the market. I called Gordy & Sons last week and put my name on the list for some when it next arrives. I spoke...
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    275 Rigby

    Awesome rifle and great package with the case and accessories! Congrats!
  25. franzfmdavis

    "Musée de la Chasse" in Paris

    That would be one of my favorite museum tours! Thanks for sharing!
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    Powder & Primer Deals Today

    I recognize that this is not strictly as "powder or primer" deal, but Norma has new Barnes .375H&H pre-primed cases for sale: 50 for 89.99. With the shortage of large rifle primers, this seems to be a good alternative option...
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    To good to pass up

    When my wife and I were joking about engagement she said: “I dont want a diamond, I want a Ducati…Im serious!” That was it…she got her Ducati!
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    Double rifles... How regulated is regulated enough?

    Looks great for 80 yards! Were those off sticks or freehand?
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    Pre-war Rigby 275 for sale, factory lettered

    That gun was made a few days after my dad’s birthday! Sadly he has passed otherwise that would be a great gift!
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    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    Hahahaha
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    Another Buffalo Shot Angle

    I was showing my brother-in-law, some of Mark’s videos online where he walks up to them and he said (about Mark): “ I don’t understand how he’s able to walk… with balls that big!” I hope you guys don’t mind the comic relief on this post. It’s quite useful information. I just couldn’t help myself.
  32. franzfmdavis

    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    Now my only dilemma is what watch to wear on my upcoming African safari - I just traded the watch I was planning to wear!
  33. franzfmdavis

    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    I am happy to report that @Ruraldoc and I negotiated an agreement to trade my Rolex Explorer II (still under warranty, complete with box and papers) for an '87 Merkel 470 with a Trijicon Reddot (previously owned by @Rare Breed and sold on this site). We estimated the values to be close to even...
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    Powder & Primer Deals Today

    Brownells has 8 lbs jugs of RL15.5 in stock: https://www.brownells.com/reloading/components/powder/reloder-ts-15.5-smokeless-rifle-powder/?sku=430101521
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    In memoriam - Highly Respected Professional Hunter Paddy Curtis gone, RIP

    Tragic way to die, but an excellent way to have lived, and what an honor to be so well loved and remembered! Bravo and RIP!
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    Another Buffalo Shot Angle

    If you are like Mark Sullivan, you walk straight up to him and when you are 10 feet away shoot him in the purple and then let him “decide how he wants to die”.
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    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    One of my buddies read this thread and sent me this meme:
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    Where Would You Shoot This Buffalo?

    I would wait for a "Texas heart" shot ;)
  39. franzfmdavis

    Merkel 470 NE Double Rifle For Sale 13% Discount

    My I ask what bullet you had the most success with using the RL 15.5? I am in a trade negotiation with Britt for the rifle (he is the gentleman who bought the rifle from you) and I would like to reload for it as well. Thanks so much!
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    Heym 88B 500NE

    Wow!
  41. franzfmdavis

    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    We could come up with a simple outline format that everyone can follow such as: 1. What do you have for trade, including proposed value 2. What are you looking to acquire in exchange 3. Are you open to adding or receiving cash to make a deal 4. Where are you located
  42. franzfmdavis

    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    Those are nice! I may be undermining my own potential deal, but @Ruraldoc had expressed preference for a two tone watch. if you’re looking for a nice 470 might be worth talking to him. We are discussing for his gun, but if he would rather have a watch like yours, I would rather have him get...
  43. franzfmdavis

    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    @WyoBull Those are nice! I may be undermining my own potential deal, but @Ruraldoc had expressed preference for a two tone watch. if you’re looking for a nice 470, it might be worth talking to him. We are discussing for his gun, but if he would rather have a watch like yours, I would rather...
  44. franzfmdavis

    Sako 85 - Discontinued?

    I love the full stocked aesthetic as well! I have a modern Bavarian 85 that with a full stock and irons in 308 which is a perfect rifle for minnesota dear hunting. It has a rail to mount a scope too if desired with optilok style rings.
  45. franzfmdavis

    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    For sure!
  46. franzfmdavis

    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    It seems to an attractive option so far and several members have already reached out to discuss potential trades :) I agree that some rational safeguards should be considered by anyone doing trades. Using authorized watch dealers and FFL’s to help verify things would be prudent!
  47. franzfmdavis

    Trade 470 Double Rifle for a Rolex?

    Thank you Jake! I sincerely appreciate the kind words! I look forward to getting together again when we have more time to sit and exchange stories without having our blood drained by the mosquitos! I was a divorce lawyer for 22 years and, fortunately, dealing in that muck has made me...
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    First Safari - I’ll hunt plains game - What caliber?

    All of the suggestions above are more practically useful than the following input; nevertheless, I suggest a .275 Rigby merely for the romance of it.
  49. franzfmdavis

    Taxidermy Recommendations - within 3 hours of Minneapolis/St. Paul

    Taxidermy Unlimited in Burnsville (on Cliff Road) has a great reputation and you can stop by and see a lot of their work on African game in their showroom. I brought an Elk there last October and it is expected to be ready by this December.
 
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