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    On land hippo solids or softs

    Hippo skulls are soft, one of the honorary rangers I knows prefer using his 243 as it is very easy to shoot accurately, and slip one in behind the ear. If its a rogue bull, knows that he is watched and take quick breaths then a very accurate rifle is needed to take a quick shot. They bob up and...
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    New SA Government

    I'd say a step in the right direction. However, the approximatly 50 African nations that became independent before us, and all failed, does not set a good example. I'd say it's only the most liberal and blindly naive citizens are truly optimistic. However, I hope it at least slows the decline...
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    City Lodge questions

    Sure, every country has bad roads, and every road user certainly has roads and times they would avoid. I, for one, would rather do the North Road at night than sit in a big city traffic jam. To make a blanket statement that one should never drive in Africa is just silly. There are millions of...
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    City Lodge questions

    My blond, 54 kg wife drives herself everywhere, including Zambia. I find it amusing that foreign "dangerous game hunters" are coming to Africa to hunt dangerous animals and are afraid to drive on roads that my wife travels on daily.
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    Pierre Van Der Walt African Cartridges Books (Vol 1 & Vol 2)

    Large Game, from 303 to 9.3 I have the Small, Medium and Dangerous. Small Game did not come out as a hard cover, only as a very good quality soft cover, as the price of printing became too high. The book sales seems to be low in spite of what seems to be to be immense popularity on hunting forums.
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    Pierre Van Der Walt African Cartridges Books (Vol 1 & Vol 2)

    Pierre told me in December his 4th and last book would take another 3 years or so.
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    Custom Stock Design

    I have a 30-06 on a Wild Pear stock that my old man cut, and Jan crafted for me. Very pretty. I'll be very interested to see your stocks when they are finished. What design have you opted for? Straight American?
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    Custom Stock Design

    Jan Bondisio? That is what I am thinking about.
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    Custom Stock Design

    Yeah, there is so much to consider! I really like the look of British stalker type rides, but do believe the American straight stocks are beteer for cheek weld and recoil displacement. Or are they?
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    Custom Stock Design

    Hi All I've considered adding a few new rifles to my safe and decided that I would need to either build from scratch or buy rifles with good actions (Mauser, of course) and then send them to a stock-maker to have custom stocks fitted. I live in the darkest Africa, the nearest stock maker in...
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    Tsetse flies

    The Tsetses had a major impact on the history of Africa. When I was much younger I was amazed about the agricultural potential of Central Africa after my first flight over Zambia with a Cessna. I asked my father (who has a major interest in history) why our ancestors stopped trekking at the...
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    Boiling to remove carbon

    I would need to find a bloody big pot..
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    IN PURSUIT OF A 60 INCH KUDU

    That is indeed one of those places where the environment allows Kudu to grow out really really big...
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    IN PURSUIT OF A 60 INCH KUDU

    Hi Kevin The South African university qualifications are 3x years for your Bachelors, 1x year for your Honours and then min 2x years for your Masters degree. At Masters level you are expected to do research and publish under guidance from a promotor, while a you need to be able to do independent...
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    IN PURSUIT OF A 60 INCH KUDU

    Wrong again. If we saw any spectacular trophies on the unfenced part we would get the helicopter, dart it, and then put it in the game camp where we could breed it... (The kudu was well beyond breeding age) Great genetics is worth a lot of money you know. Farmers are businessmen, and they look...
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    IN PURSUIT OF A 60 INCH KUDU

    The 50 000 ha farm is in the Namibian Kalahari. There are very few properties like that in SA. I've lived the majority of my adult life in Botswana... ;)
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    IN PURSUIT OF A 60 INCH KUDU

    "I believe free range cattle ranch kudu hold better genetics than most high fence farms" The sheer arrogance of a foreigner that has visit SA what, half a dozen times, to tell a person with post grad qualifications in animal breeding, and who spent most of his life ON cattle farms about where...
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    IN PURSUIT OF A 60 INCH KUDU

    Err, no That is not how genes get transferred. By the time a bull is trophy size (+55") he has spent several years spreading his seed. Or how game farms are managed. Game Farmers are very careful to look after the young bulls with the deep curls to go out past their ears. Horn size is not a...
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    IN PURSUIT OF A 60 INCH KUDU

    Note how his hooves grew out in the Sand, it was his last winter
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    IN PURSUIT OF A 60 INCH KUDU

    You have two options - Identify a region with really good genetics + nutrition. Those areas produce better-quality bulls. If I must give you a tip, then I would look at those areas where guys can farm cattle with very minimal nutritional supplementation throughout the year. We call it...
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    IN PURSUIT OF A 60 INCH KUDU

    Please explain your rational behind a completely non-rational statement such a "Generally free range bulls have better genetics than most game farms for kudu." I'm really trying to understand what you are saying here but everything I learnt up to Masters level in Animal Breeding is railing to...
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    My name is_______ and I have a problem

    A few years ago a Gunshop owner in Gaborone (Botswana) called me over to fondle a lovely pair - new 275 and 416 Rigbys that a retired school teacher ordered from the maker. I don't what the teacher taught, but I will surely remember those two fine guns, their balance and how they felt in my...
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    450 Rigby and whether to scope or not?

    That's true, but what about the pleasures of building another rifle just for that purpose? When I take my big stick out for a walk I do it with the express purpose of hunting something large and dangerous to be shot at short range. When I'm out hunting for a Kudu I carry something appropriate...
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    450 Rigby and whether to scope or not?

    I prefer a red dot, I dont see the need to put a scope on a rifle that is designed to shoot at distances less than 50 meters. With my Aimpoint I can shoot accurately up to 100m.
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    .333 Jeff - Resurrecting an old soldier

    Thanks Guys I will do all of the above - Clean it like nothing has ever been cleaned this side of the Limopopo before, speak to the local gunsmith, the barrel maker in Oz, as well as the people who re-sleaved John's gun. I bought this gun to give me pleasure restoring it, and it certain is...
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    .333 Jeff - Resurrecting an old soldier

    Ok, myself and the previous owner tried our best to clean it. Copper brushes and JB bore scrubber. Please suggest a program and I'll follow it closely.
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    .333 Jeff - Resurrecting an old soldier

    I bought a Teslong Borescope to get a closer look at the barrel. I have no experience, so I would really appreciate guidance from the experienced forum members. The barrel looks really bad on the inside, with the grooves seemingly getting shallower towards the crown. So, I have a few questions...
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    .333 Jeff - Resurrecting an old soldier

    I received a nice surprise from the people from Timberluxe: a handwritten note from Mr. Brian Board, stating that he noticed the parcel was going to Africa, thanking me for the business and a few extra goodies for free! Thanks, @rookhawk, for the reference!
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    The Westley Richards .451 ‘Monkey Tail’

    I'm reading up on a fascinating time in my people's history - when some Boer families settled in Southern Angola from 1880 - 1928, with a few diehards holding on until 1975. Elephant hunting and ivory trading made up a large part of their livelihood. The Monkey Tail rifle was a favourite amongst...
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    MIT Study Reveals Why Africa Is Still Poor

    I would be richer than Musk himself if I had the capability to answer that. An old man told me many years ago. Some questions don't have answer. Actually, come to think of it, there is no question. I was in a meeting with a minister and a couple of PS's yesterday. They are quite happy the way...
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    MIT Study Reveals Why Africa Is Still Poor

    Democracy is only something that works in specific cultures. It does not work over here. The mindless pursuit of democracy on a continent where the people are not wired to operate in a democratic environment is most probably one of the main drivers of my continents failures.
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    Africa prices?

    Namibia
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    Going to Africa looking for a Winchester 416

    Physics dictates that a 416 is a better DG calibre than a 375, and 458 is a better DG calibre than a 416, with the proviso that you are able to shoot all equally well. I own all three, and have hunted DG with all of them. I'm not the biggest fan of a 375 as a DG rifle, simply because I can shoot...
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    Blaser R8

    I have a R93 with multiple barrels in Botswana. I really love that gun. It makes shooting easy. Super well balanced with a incredible trigger.
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    Exporting a Rifle to Africa

    It is not difficult to import a firearm into Zambia. The PH must contact one of the gunshop owners, and they will assist. It's a small community. You will need a invoice for the rifle as the tax man will need his due. The last time I spoke to one of the gunshop owners he told me it would cost...
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    .333 Jeff - Resurrecting an old soldier

    I think I'll order a borescope and get a better look. From the naked eye it seems if the rifling are OK on the chamber side, but on the muzzle end it seems be be worn smooth? Could this be?
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    .333 Jeff - Resurrecting an old soldier

    New Scope, new mounts, new bases.. I suspect I need a large bucket of luck here.
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    .333 Jeff - Resurrecting an old soldier

    Good Day All I took the lady to the range with some disappointing results. She groups approximately 5" at 25 meters with both 250-grain and 300-grain ammunition. I want to narrow down possible causes by starting to look at the rifle. Once I have eliminated rifle related issues, I will look at...
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    Wanted Die Set For The 458 African Cartridge

    I saw a set advertised on Safari and Outdoors website yesterday
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    Of all the African game meat, which is your favourite? How would you rank them?

    Eland tastes just like beef, few people can discern the difference. Springbuck haunch is better than mutton IMO. In the wetter hunting areas bushbuck and reedbuck is best. My wife doew not like venison (blesbuck will do that to you), but does not mind me filling the fridge with headshot bushbuck...
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    Politics

    Very plausible theory. Who wants to been seen as a political anyway?
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    Politics

    I find it hard to understand how such a great nation fails to produce great leaders. There must be a structural issue that prevents younger, dynamic men to take charge.
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    Politics

    Are nobody worried by the fact that the American candidates are all really old? My father is 84, and I know what he enjoys to do in the afternoon, take a nap! None of our octogenarian African leader are particularly lively...
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    .333 Jeff - Resurrecting an old soldier

    Ok, after a lot of web browsing, I ordered a jar of Timberluxe as per Rookhawks suggestion from the US. I also ordered some rottenstone powder. The delivered cost for these two items will be more than what my domestic worker (who earns more than min wage) earns in a month. Living in a failed...
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    What is meant by disease free buffalo in RSA

    As one of my Oxford educated Waterberg cattle farming friends described it - it was without a doubt the biggest bubble in history, even larger than the Dutch tulips. As LOT of people lost a LOT of money when than bubble burst. However, I don't care for the lawyers from the city who lost a lot of...
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    What is meant by disease free buffalo in RSA

    When I was in school these projects started to take off. What has perhaps not been focused on in the preceding discussion is the role that enterprising game farmers had in the grand scheme of things and the prevailing sentiment at the time. One of our neighbours was one of these so called...
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    What is meant by disease free buffalo in RSA

    Your dislike for RSA combined with your ignorance makes for interesting comments. It's a bit boring though.
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    .333 Jeff - Resurrecting an old soldier

    I fitted a adjustable trigger by Thor engineering over the weekend. They also manufacture a Winchester type safety that I might do after I get her shooting. The only reason why the gun was not stolen was because Ammo is not available here. I'll have to import. It is another project I'm working on.
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    .333 Jeff - Resurrecting an old soldier

    Correct, no safety. I'll consider spending money on something once I get her shooting straight. I was raised (yes, yes I know it's bad) not to trust a safety and simply walk about with the Mauser bolt handle lifted. I've got more brains now, but old habits die hard.
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    .333 Jeff - Resurrecting an old soldier

    Thanks John, I remember the article, but could not find it. Do you perhaps have a Index for all of the Magnum issues?
 
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