I see, Philip Glass, you are looking to buy a double - apparently. So, as I said in another post, please private message me and I'll put you in touch with the chap with the .470. The you can put your money where your mouth is.
You will be in contact with him by today or tomorrow.
Spike, its not all that uncommon in auction sales in GB. As I say, I know a chap who put his 470 in last year and it didn't make his - pretty low -reserve and it went home with him. I am confident he will still have it if you want to message me.
Having another read through, you will pick up 470 doubles in GB for 4 - 6 thousand GB pounds. Maybe less now as they will have sat around another year never being used. One of them, as I recall, has only ever shot a zebra!
I used to wonder how these old chaps could afford such expensive doubles. Like someone above said they started, particularly in the ivory hunting days, with a rifle - of whatever make and calibre and worked up. I suspect if any of us knew that our laptop was needed to save our lives we wouldn't...
Obviously the guys you spoke to were making too much money. Amazing comments given the state of the economy and how many people actually want to hunt each year.
Obviously you have moved on to sympathetic PH's. Personally I would have thought they would have welcomed anyone with something a...
There are many good things here, but - and is there always a but? - this is merely another manifestation of the creeping Chinese colonialism in Africa. Being a Brit from sunny Scotland I know that we are often criticised for our role in the world and our accumulation of colonies. Times change...
How many of this group might have the smallest chance of passing the Zim PH, or even guide course which I think is probably the most comprehensive - and challenging - on the planet? It costs a lot because there is a ton of training involved.
Do you want to be the guy in the bush with a "PH" who...
I must say, of late, I have really been wondering about SCI. I live in Scotland and I do enjoy the magazine, despite the strange habit of American newspapers and magazines running a story over several very disparate pages spread throughout the publication. Why on earth does this happen? But I...
Anybody got one of these they no longer use/need? Long shot I know but if you don't ask you don't get!!
I live in sunny Scotland but I don't think that shipping should be much of a problem.
Fingers crossed and thank you.
Sir, with reference to your opening remarks on the passing of a good man, I, I am afraid, have no knowledge of the 12 commandments you refer to.
Would you be so kind as to inform this wide audience?
Surprised there's nothing on this site so far about this big lion, is it Cecil or Clarence, shot in Zimbabwe, apparently with a bow.
It seems to have been something of a celebrity and was apparently wearing a collar. ZPHGA is investigating we are told.
What news chaps?
Well I have had a brake on my 416 for years now and all the PH's I have been with have been perfectly happy - or alternatively have never complained. I've read a lot of stuff on this forum about muzzle brakes and frankly I think most of it is utter tosh. The PH knows you have a muzzle brake and...
Thinking about carrying the 10 lb pipe, I recall that the big guns of the Victorian era-or some of them - (I seem to recall Walsingham and Grey) - had their walking sticks, which every British gentleman carried, made the same weight as their guns, so that, come the start of the grouse season -...
Try and read "Mzee never miss" - doing the hard hunts in your 60's, 70's and 80's. Its written by a retired American doctor or vet - William Pritchard - but it certainly changed my life. You can get it on kindle.
Following from that I started my gym regime to get fitter, but after about a year...
Well, if we are talking classics, after, or to some extent, alongside the 404, the project is for a 300 H&H magnum. We have the action - complete with Apel swing off mounts - and a magazine that has had some work done on it already.
After that the 500 Jeffery is on the cards.
Mmmmmm, I'm loving all of this as I have a 404 on a Mauser action coming along. Hopefully be ready early 2016 for a hunt in South Africa, or even better, chasing - and catching - that elusive Eland in Zim.
Thank you gentlemen.
All very interesting to a chap sitting in Scotland this morning - who is in the process of getting a 404 built. We have action, wood for the stock (a very fine piece of walnut), the scope (as it was too good a chance to miss) and I believe the barrel maybe in the country now. So it's all coming...
Shall we consider this as a new way of baiting buffalo? Lateral thinking at it's best. I read in the British newspapers that the big fella jumped down and scarpered - pride deeply injured I imagine. I hope no lady cats were watching their erstwhile hero.
MOV, welcome. Viz a viz absolutely nothing to do with hunting, I am reading "Across the wide Zambezi - a Doctor's life in Africa" written by Warren Durant. If you are a medic - Doctors without frontiers - you may find it interesting. You can get it on kindle. It's not particularly well written...
Thank you. I read on a different forum that there are 42 huntable species in South Africa. Now, you added another nine I think on your wish list. I wonder what the number is for Africa as a whole? Somebody on here will know I'm sure.
I wouldn't know anyone Sandy. I've got two or three very good trophies as bleached skulls and I am not allowed them in the house anyway! I imagine most people will want their own trophies.
Is there an e bay in South Africa? I see heads on the UK site now and again.
I flew with them recently from Scotland to Zimbabwe. I think the planes are faster, being new. The Glasgow/Dubai leg always seems to have better planes than the Dubai /Harare one. I've used them several times over the years and have no real complaints. We have taken guns many times and its...
Yes spike.t, that is pretty much our plan. Mean Scot you see! Ian Evans, do you actually, in Africa, ever use the illuminated reticule?
On a wider point regarding illuminated reticules, does anyone think they are an excuse for less good optics? This theory has been postulated to me.
I had a great experience in Zim last month when a BIG blue bull came up to about 30 yards from us. Head up, giving us a good look. He wasn't on the menu but the thought did cross a few minds about what he was going to do.
A grand sight indeed.
Gentlemen - and maybe ladies, who knows, the man who is building the rifle had suggested a Leupold right at the beginning and I'm getting good vibes on here.
I am going to continue to research to get it right. The rifle and the maker deserve it. I am looking forward to having it.
I think the black is a much grander animal than the blue. I've shot a few blues, but only one black and he was a fine beast. I did get a very good blue indeed with Bos en dal a couple of years ago.
I think a lot of it is in the stalk and the memories built therein, but if you have the choice...