I will just add one thing to the report for the sake of accuracy. Yes, his paramedic skills were put to good use on the cut finger of the station cook but it was a very small cut. In hindsight his intervention was just an excuse for a bloke to hold the hand of a good looking blonde who was half...
A friend and myself are in the very early stages of putting a hunt together for ourselves and another four hunters to hunt in Namibia in a couple of years time.
At this point in time I'd like to make contact with, or be referred to an outfitter who could handle a party of six.
Three of us have...
I won't add anything to the discussion on what bullet is best, all of the suggestions are very good.
The advice re practice is very valid also, but practice off sticks.
Shooting sticks are probably as foreign to you as they were to me before I went to Namibia but it's essential that you...
I used the Swift system to transfer some money to my outfitter in Namibia, cheap fast and painless, the rest I paid in cash. Swift money transfer
This is the first part of the 21st century, it appears there's a few banks with a bit of catching up to do.
Jack, the only thing I'll add to the good advice already given, is that you practice, practice and practice a little bit more at shooting off sticks. Make it become second nature to you and you'll find it a lot easier in the heat of the moment on your hunt.
Good post Rohan (HDP Safaris)...
That's exactly the type of hunt I'd like to do. I came back from Namibia (first trip to Africa) last year with a set of warthog tusks, photos and video. Have I regretted bringing more home?? No.
Sounds like a lot of fun...
I've got to disagree with that sentence. The hunter is paying for the time whether it takes hours or days to find a animal that meets his/her preference.
It may suit some, but paying by the inch/cm isn't something I'd do. If I was fortunate enough to come across a particularly large trophy...
A good friend and I spent 8 days hunting with La Bips last September. It was the first hunting trip to Africa for both of us and we were both very pleased with Arno.
We hunted NW of Ojitawarongo (Alovegrove) in the bushveld and then moved south to the Kalahari. Arno is a hard working and...
I tend to bypass outfits who don't list their prices on their sites. When I have requested pricelists from some outfitters, I've found they weren't significantly different from their competitors in the same area, so why not list them?
Absolutely. You may not get much of a reduction in trophy...
As Code4 intimated above, it was my mate who used a Sako Finnlight in 6.5x55 with me in Namibia around this time last year. He used 140gr Accubonds on the bigger animals, kudu, oryx and red hartebeest and 129gr Hornady interlocks on springbok when we did a bit of culling in the Kalahari.
I've only got one African trip (Namibia) under my belt but more and more bushbuck is firming as a favourite on my next trip.
I'm not much of a trophy hunter but if I was fortunate enough to take one, it would be coming home with me.
John, you would just look like a wealthy but sad old man in a Ferrari.:D
Me, on the other hand, well I don't think I could get into a Ferrari and if I did I wouldn't be able to get out........you'd have to bury me in it!!
Beau, I don't think I missed the point at all.
Your words..."North Fork is the bullet for Trophy Hunting." By that I understood you to mean that any other projectile is inferior for the task you outlined. You're entitled to your opinion but I'm happy to disagree with you.
Jeez, all those animals who've died over the years and were killed by by something other than a North Fork must be feeling 'ripped off'.
"Best" is the bullet (preferably premium) that works in your rifle. All of the bullets listed here will do the job if you do your bit.
I didn't vote. All of the calibres listed will do the job in the right hands.
To my mind the ability of the hunter to shoot their rifle well and with the confidence in his/her ability to place the shot is far more important than ballistics.
The original topic appears to have been lost here. The OP is looking for a rifle for his son, a full house 180gr 308 load is not going to do the kid any favours at all.
I've got a 1A in 7x57 (no longer made by Ruger) and with a 4x Conquest on board I thinks it's too heavy for a young bloke of...
I'd leave the 375 at home.
The 300WM with good bullets will do all you ask of it and more on plains game. Just practice, practice and practice some more on shooting off sticks. Bullet placement wins hands down over cartridge choice IMO.
A mate and I hunted in Namibia in September last year. It was the first hunting trip to Africa for both of us.
We hunted with Arno Schulz of La Bips safaris La Bips Safaris and we couldn't have been happier with the outcome and the overall experience.
The number and quality of animals...
The Namibian PH I hunted with last year told me he was only allowed to own two centrefire rifles. I'm sure one of the Namibians on this forum could confirm that.
If that's the case, you may be taking a gift that he can't accept.
Seattlesetters, continue with that line of thought and you'll be just fine.
I've only got one trip under my belt so I'm not exactly any kind of authority, but I took a 300SAUM with handloaded 165gr Woodleighs and my mate took a 6.5x55 with 140gr Accubonds and both cartridges were very...
+1 on that.
It took about around a half hour to process the paperwork for myself and my hunting buddy in Sept last year. A lot of that time was waiting for the rifles to arrive.
Do it yourself and put the money towards another animal..:D
Don't sweat the small stuff, take lots and lots of photos and then take some more, and pretend you're a sponge and just suck up the whole experience because it will be like nothing you've done before..
A lot of Aussies hunters fly with Air New Zealand (myself included) and it's not a problem. New Zealand is a bit of a rarity in the hunting world, it's a hunter friendly country.
I haven't looked at Air NZ's website, but I'm confident you won't have any problems.
25/06, 6.5/284 or 6.5/06 are all flat shooters and with light for caliber Barnes or Accubonds they would all be superb.
I suppose you could include that old dinosaur, the 264 Win mag in that bunch as well. :D
I took a 300SAUM running handloads with 165gr Woodleighs and I was very pleased the way it performed.
Having said that, I could have taken the same shots with a 308 and the result would have been the same. Take the Kimber, feed it premium 165's and you won't be sorry.
Just a small correction here Paul, the markets are a Kuranda, not Miranda, and to add to that, you can catch a tourist train to Kuranda from Cairns and take the Skyrail (cable car) down over the rainforest canopy to the bottom station and then take a bus back to Cairns.
I highly recommend this...
You've got a couple of nice rifles there Dale. The Tikka LSA 55's are a popular model here in Australia. The current Tikka T3's are a very good seller here as well.
I bought my first Ruger, a 77 in 243 in 1977 and I don't think I've been without a Ruger in the safe ever since. I've currently got...
Jacques, the internet has been an absolutely vital tool for me in selecting an outfitter. Australia only has two hunting show a year and while one of those is within easy reach for me, the other which is the largest, is a nine hour drive each way. I won't go into the costs but it would amount...
Tom, I'm sorry if it came across that way, it certainly wasn't intended.
A couple of the outfitters who are active on this forum are on my short list for my next trip to Africa, but there's a couple of non forumites on there as well.