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  1. The Bongo

    Why is it called a 404 Jeffery?

    Thanks for the correction! Lovely that you have a Jeffrey of that vintage.
  2. The Bongo

    Why is it called a 404 Jeffery?

    I could be wrong, but I believe that the .404 first went on sale in 1909 having been in the design stage since around 1905. The .450 calibre cartridges were banned in the British Empire in 1907. It may have been not just ballistics which influenced bullet size. Jeffrey was prohibited from...
  3. The Bongo

    Why is it called a 404 Jeffery?

    British measurements are nominal only. The .303 is arrived at by measuring the lands not the grooves (which are .311) but this is not a rule. The cartridge designation is just what you happened to fancy calling it on the patent. For example, .275 is 6.9mm, but .275 Rigby is 7mm, the .275 just...
  4. The Bongo

    Harry Selby's sidearm of choice

    Deer are often poached using a moderated .22LR and .22LR subsonics. I use the CCI segmenting subs on small game and foxes, you just hear the hammer spring and a load 'thwunk.' I am sure by their performance on fox that they would work on a muntjac or chinese water deer. The new 42gr...
  5. The Bongo


    A mixed size, bird/buck/slug load is sometimes called a 'bush load'. The idea is that if fighting humans in the bush, something out of that lot will get through and at least wound/make them make a noise ands give themselves away. Fearsome stuff indeed, and very easy to imagine being used for...
  6. The Bongo

    .318 Westley Richards

    Excellent read. I hope the revival of this classic calibre continues. On the subject of corrosive primers, the need to use hot water is the downfall of many a gun in modern hands. We get so used to trying to keep everything dry that not enough water is used when cleaning. A good slosh out...
  7. The Bongo

    WD-40 on Ruger

    WD40 is 51% thinners. It is great for cleaning and water dispersal but definitely not a lubricant. It disolves/washes out oils, it also rots rubber, including scope turret seals. I always relube a gun washed and dryed with WD40 if nothing better is available. A Teflon based water dispersant...
  8. The Bongo

    Knives... do you carry one?

    Are you above eight years old? If the answer is yes but you do not have at least a pocket knife then you are basically undressed. If I did not leave the house with a knife and a ball of twine in my pockets my Grandmother would clip my ear for me!
  9. The Bongo

    Rifle likes a dirty barrel?

    Some very good advice here. One of my CZs needs 3 shots to group well, another shoots well clean or dirty. The 303 prefers a warm barrel, but is not fussed either way for hunting accuracy. The Tikka needs 6 shots from a good scrub; BUT what is clean? I put a dry patch through after shooting...
  10. The Bongo

    Mossberg Maverick 12G Pump Action, Thoughts?

    I shoot a 500 several times a week. Very good solid gun. Lighter and faster handling than an 870. Not sure of the quality of the Maverick long term, but I would be happy to shoot one.
  11. The Bongo

    SHOTGUN: o/u or pump?

    Any shotgun that does not fit will be useless, so buy one that fits! I use a pump 90% of the time. The mossy 500 and remmy 870 are the most versatile guns on earth. If I was hunting something with teeth, I would consider a twin trigger side by side. It is essentially two ultra reliable single...
  12. The Bongo

    Vectan Powder

    I bought some surplus S4N a while back. I could only find data on Continental websights. Rene Malfatti published the ultimate Nobel Sport reloading manual. Might be worth looking for.
  13. The Bongo

    Vectan Powder

    Vectan has been around for years. It is produced by Nobel France. It is veRy versatile. Clay and game are a good UK source as they do the shows. Lovex is the Czech power used by many of the European manufacturers. There is a Lovex that does 300 calibre and 12g shotgun in 32g! All that most...
  14. The Bongo

    Free Hunt for One Hunter & One Observer from Lianga Safaris for 2016

    I only eat what I shoot. I call it the air and dirt diet!
  15. The Bongo

    Bow hunting large animals - is it ethical?

    I have never hunted with a bow. I have only ever played with a 19 ft-lb recurve as a boy. I could not bow hunt. The 'would I' question never even arises. With a rifle, in the real world, on my own, 150 yards is my limit on living things. As a committed wing shooter and smallbore shooter for...
  16. The Bongo


    Thanks for the replies. I should go through my inbox more often! Thanks for the advise. I shall check if it is OK to take the gun to Namibia. It is indeed a Mosin. There are better newer calibres and rifles around, but this is still a very capable gun. Unfortunately, the licensing system...
  17. The Bongo

    UK to ban import of lion trophies if hunting industry doesn't reform

    The last UK Tory govt. promised hunters that the 2004 Hunting Act would be set for repeal. They also promised an amendment to the firearms laws to legalise .22 pistols again. 1000's of hunters volunteered to canvas and campaign for 'pro-hunting' Tories. Repeal and amendment were not even...
  18. The Bongo


    Lovely timber on that!
  19. The Bongo


    Has anyone hunted PG with this calibre? Sometimes referred to as the Russian 30-06, there have been several modern guns for sale chambered in this archaic(?) round locally. I love using my sons on deer up to large lowland Reds up to 140 yards (zeroed dead on at 100), but is it a practicable...
  20. The Bongo


    Excellent tip I am sure Bill. I was unsure of using a low starting charge and also unsure of the patch/wad issue. I have weighed the balls as just shy of 1 1/4 oz and there is no choke, as it is an invention of the Devil and had ruined many an otherwise fine gun. Start low and build up sounds...
  21. The Bongo

    When have you ever been let down by the performance of your rifle on game?

    Very interesting to read. Thanks to all who contributed to a very informative thread. FWIW I have had a CZ wear out it's extractors, and a Tikka fail to load as I did not seat the mag correctly. I have had a Browning X-Bolt fail to fire after short cocking the action. I have had failures...
  22. The Bongo

    London Layover

    As a countryman who was forced to work in London, I hate every inch of the place. The noise, heat, bustle and stress is amazing.* I found Cairo more relaxing BUT if you are used to big cities it great. The world comes to London and there are 1000's of years of history so peruse the internet...
  23. The Bongo

    Chacma baboon.....what's "big enough"?

    A note on the 'primates with a 5.56.' The 5.56 was introduced to wound not kill. A FMJ 5.56 wounds and requires the wounded man to be carried by 2 to 4 others. The thinking is that's 3 or 5 men off of the battlefield instead of one. A lot of UK soldiers were very upset to leave their 7.62...
  24. The Bongo


    Thank you very much. The tip about the tightness of the patched fit I had not heard before. The site is fascinating. I had thought that greater set-back in a solid ball would require a much reduced load, but it seems as though the slightly undersquare powder to lead is still the starting...
  25. The Bongo


    I have just got been offered some cheap solid ball for my 12g BP smoothbore. I usually use it with shot but 200 ball for £10 was too good to resist! What BP charge would people with experience use please? The gun is proofed to 1 1/4 oz shot and 3 1/4 drams BP. The balls weigh less than 1...
  26. The Bongo

    Weaver K Series

    Cheers chaps. Sounds like a goer. I really appreciate simple scopes. Nice that Weaver have a decent basic scope still available.
  27. The Bongo

    Weaver K Series

    Reading Martin Peglar's 'Out of Nowhere,' and listening to a friend who has hunted extensively worldwide, the classic fixed mag Weaver scopes are rated as being incredibly tough no frills tools. However both my friends scope and Peglars book are a few years old now; and little is as it used to...
  28. The Bongo

    Needs assistance to regulate ejectors spring....

    I do not know if it is available online, but Sporting Gun in the UK did an article on regulating ejectors written by a chap who works for Truelock and Harris (if I recall it correctly). If SG do back issues it was a two page guide with pictures for each stage and may be available if you contact...
  29. The Bongo

    .223 Remington in Africa?

    I am unfamiliar with the 7.62 x 39, but your post reminded me of the pre-Hague Agreement(?) .303 round with the wooden nose core. Bullet construction and a well designed yaw can increase a bullets lethality over calibre increase exponentially...
  30. The Bongo

    New UK Member

    Thank you all for your very kind welcome. I apologise for not answering those of you who have been thoughtful enough to have sent me a PM, I have not been able to access the web (or work!) for two weeks. The range of information here is certainly giving me an insight into the kind of hunt I...
  31. The Bongo

    WW Greener Empire

    Thank you very much Gert. I have found the forum, and it is dizzying in its information. I shall be ordering the Brown book shortly. Many thanks again!
  32. The Bongo

    Converting a P14 enfield

    The British army converted many .303s to 7.62/.308. Enfields were also made in .7.62 in India for years, and are good solid cheap guns. It may be cheaper and less hassle to find one of these if you want a larger calibre classic rifle. In the US the P17 or P1917 is a 30-06 P14. They made...
  33. The Bongo

    Comment by 'The Bongo' in media 'Peter Hathaway Capstick (1940-1996)'

    Great picture, legendary writer.
  34. The Bongo

    WW Greener Empire

    Thank you for your comments. I was pretty surprised that it may be capable of withstanding conversation to an older NE load, I had perhaps expected a rimmed 7mm or thereabouts to be suggested. As a driven boar rifle or woodland cull stalker the project may have some mileage. We are very...
  35. The Bongo

    WW Greener Empire

    A local gunsmith has stated that it would be probably be possible to fit a set of double rifle barrels to a 12g Greener Empire triple bite lock-up, magnum action. Has anybody out there done this, and what calibre is achievable please? I know I could buy a Weatherby or Remington for less than a...
  36. The Bongo

    New UK Member

    Hi, I am looking to put together a father/son safari for 2017/18 and am here to learn more about extending my hunting experience. Ideally we would like a plains trophy each, along with some management hunting and some wing shooting for a couple of days. We both immerse ourselves in the local...