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  1. BigSteve57

    HUNGARY: Wild Boar Hunt

    Hunting these things at night was for us the fastest paced hunting we have ever done. They're amazingly tough and fast. These wild hogs are not the lumbering pigs you see on farms - they're Olympic athletes by comparison. Congratulations!
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    Weird mosquito looking bug with stinger!

    I saw one of these things in my closed-up garage about 2 weeks ago. I had gone out to take a bag of trash to the cans I keep there and noticed it sitting on the window ledge. I had never seen one before and was quite startled by its size. One thing was eery though - as I side stepped away from...
  3. BigSteve57

    What Is Your Dream Rifle?

    Blaser R8 in 300 Win Mag and .376 H&H Mag. I have them both, BTW. :ROFLMAO:
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    Rifles you will NEVER sell

    That's an easy one. It's my Browning Auto 5 which was a wedding gift to me from my wife and my father-in-law's 1917 Eddystone bought bron his estate and which was the first rifle I ever shot.
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    COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATES, BANS, CLOSURES, ADVISORY, etc.

    I came across this and didn't see it posted in here: UCLA, Stanford study finds for average 50-64 year old, chances of dying from COVID-19 are 1 in 19.1M 0:50: “an average person in an average county has a 1 in 3,836 chance of getting infected with corona virus and that’s without wearing a...
  6. BigSteve57

    Africa's Black Death

    Wow. Great video. My .375 H&H will hold one in the chamber and 3 in the magazine. I'm hoping it will be enough if my day comes as Buffalo is on my bucket list.
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    Best Deer Hunting Round, LOL!

    I had my own opinions with regard to the 30-30 vs. the 30-06, I just wanted to hear yours because I thought I might hear something new. Well it sounds like we're in total agreement as to the pros & cons and the reasons behind them! Incidentally, the high lung shot I referred to I remember well...
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    Best Deer Hunting Round, LOL!

    I have hunted and bagged a LOT of deer so I'm wondering what your reasoning here is. Is it because thick heavy brush means shots 25 yds or less? Or because the rifle, like a 30-30 Marlin lever used by my brother in law is shorter, lighter and easier to maneuver? I'm not saying I disagree, I'm...
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    Best Deer Hunting Round, LOL!

    My brother in law always used his marlin 30-30. Nothing wrong with it at all for deer. I always used a 30-06 with Remington 180 gr pointed soft point core lokt (PSPCL)for the bullet. My wife uses .243 Win using Remington 100gr PSPCL. I like the bullet because it seems to do the right thing when...
  10. BigSteve57

    Any tips for using iron sights with failing eyesight?

    The star burst effect for me is caused entirely by my astigmatism. It would happen on any red dot or optic no matter what the quality. As I mentioned, the starburst effect and other aberrations completely disappear when I wear corrective lenses. Poor quality red dots often show a poor or multi...
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    Any tips for using iron sights with failing eyesight?

    I have the exact same issue as the OP. Over the years I have had the optometrist fashion a pair of dual-prescription shooting glasses with normal distance correction on my left eye and an extended focus on my right, shooting eye. Think of the right lens as a super far out reading glasses lens...
  12. BigSteve57

    Hunting in America vs Africa

    The regulations aspect is the worst of it here but if you can read you can (probably :LOL:)figure out what's legal and what's not. The reason for all these regulations has been stated in earlier posts: it's mostly about the number of hunters, the pressure they put on the game and revenue...
  13. BigSteve57

    The Value Of Female Hunters

    Alex - thanks for this wonderful post. It was my wife that got me started in hunting as I was the city boy that married the farmer's daughter. Without her I probably wouldn't have experienced what has become a life long passion of hunting and competitive shooting. We've both tried to do our...
  14. BigSteve57

    Is any kind of hearing protection used on safari?

    I used the 3M silicone plugs connected by a thin plastic cable. I had the plug in my left ear fully inserted whereas the plug in my right ear was 1/2 way inserted. Thia allowed me to hear while at the same time protecting the ear that was on the same side as the rifle. When it came time to shoot...
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    Iron sights .375HH

    My .375 H&H rifle came with iron sights and my eyes could deal OK with them when I got it. The front and rear sights are fixed and zeroed at about 100 yards. However, I can't focus on the irons anymore without specialized glasses that focus on distance for my left eye and on the front sights...
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    Politics

    Well for me it's not so much a love for Trump as it is a visceral hate for those running against him. In other words, the lesser to two evils.
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    Baboons and monkeys

    Early one morning before heading out hunting in Namibia I noticed wires on insulators going along the lower roof, transitioning up to the gables ofnthe lodge and cottages. I mentioned to our guide that he must get pretty good radio reception what with all the antenna wires on the roof. He was...
  18. BigSteve57

    Prince Harry sells his Purdey rifles

    My wife got ME into hunting. I found the right girl. Harry's problems are all due to poor planning.
  19. BigSteve57

    Rifle for Plains game

    There are numerous calibers, loads and cartridges out there. In fact, there is a continuous spectrum of cartridges from .22 rimfire all the way up to 50 caliber and larger. For hunting, many of them seem to have no other purpose other than the designer trying to make a name for themselves,IMHO...
  20. BigSteve57

    SOUTH AFRICA: A Lady's First

    Amazing hunting and hunting write-up!
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    Politics

    Problem for the Democrats is...Trump can't be bought.
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    Possible meat shortages soon

    That explains it-kind of. But I'm still confused. There are supposedly billions of pounds of meat in freeze/storage. That means that there is a capacity of billions of pounds of this type of storage - think of it like a buffer. So clear out the storage - sell it or give it away if you have to...
  23. BigSteve57

    Possible meat shortages soon

    I'm confused about the need for meat purchase limits. I thought there were billions of pounds of meat in storage. Meat producers, while they are having to cut production due to the virus, would have nowhere to send their product anyway. Perhaps my facts are wrong. REF...
  24. BigSteve57

    New lady hunter from the PNW!

    Welcome! I find it great to hear about couples that hunt together - it's a rarity. My wife and I hunt together however it was SHE that got me into hunting as I was the city guy that married the farmer's daughter. Again, welcome!
  25. BigSteve57

    Namibia’s first beef batch reaches US

    This would be great news if our farmers and meat producers were not hurting.
  26. BigSteve57

    Comment by 'BigSteve57' in media 'Mule Deer USA'

    It's a whitetail for sure. He's one of a few that frequent my suburban back yard. He had/has a lady friend almost as big that I had to chase off our front porch. She was eating the potted flowers placed there by my wife. PS: not sure how it got the title of Mule Deer.
  27. Mule Deer USA

    Mule Deer USA

  28. S&W Bone Collector Revolver

    S&W Bone Collector Revolver

    These things are fun to shoot but I can't shoot them one-handed like that guy. I got one in the S&W Bone Collector version. The cartridges on the right is a Hornady .500 S&W next to a 230 gr .45 ACP.
  29. Hornady .500 S&W Ammo

    Hornady .500 S&W Ammo

  30. BigSteve57

    Gun Case - Have I outsmarted myself?

    That foam work is magnificent!
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    Curious to see what action people are taking for the Coronavirus

    We've had house sparrows try to set up nests under our rear patio awning. I just looked up these traps and I think I'll try one. Thanks for the tip!:D Cheers:
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    Possible meat shortages soon

    You're right! Good catch the picture was taken last fall. Sorry I didn't mean to imply I just took the picture. I see them all year; I just don't happen to have any pictures during winter/hunting season. He's pretty typical though. I've seen two his size just wandering around munching on shrubs...
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    Possible meat shortages soon

    The required safety distances and other regulations for hunting deer, even with a bow, preclude it in my back yard. I have however, considered acquiring a clover trap and once a deer is trapped walking up and hitting it over the head with a brick.
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    Possible meat shortages soon

    I've sat on State game lands freezing my arse off for days coming up empty handed and this is what I get in my back yard! I wouldn't care so much that they eat absolutely EVERYTHING in sight if I could just shoot 'em and throw them in the freezer.:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  35. BigSteve57

    Smith & Wesson Performance Center 500 S&W Magnum

    These things are fun to shoot but I can't shoot them one-handed like that guy. I got one in the S&W Bone Collector version. The cartridges on the right is a Hornady .500 S&W next to a 230 gr .45 ACP. I found the ammo to be quite accurate - I recall getting about 4-6 inch groups from a bench at...
  36. BigSteve57

    New target from Swarovski

    It downloaded fine for me... I am wondering what is its particular advantage other than being free?
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    Curious to see what action people are taking for the Coronavirus

    Baking is important!!! One cannot think too little of baking!!! “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos
  38. BigSteve57

    R8 - My Sick Rig!

    Great video showcasing a superlative rifle! As an owner of a Kilombero with .375 H&H and 300 Win Mag barrels I am totally biased by the way!!! Edit: pictures speak volumes: Blaser Rifle Set by BigSteve57 posted Oct 3, 2019 at 3:43 AM
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    COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATES, BANS, CLOSURES, ADVISORY, etc.

    You need to be a subscriber: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/virus-deaths-may-not-be-the-greatest-challenge-ahead-for-africa
  40. BigSteve57

    Considerations for rifle selection you should consider for hunting/SHTF rifle

    We have 6 firearms in "his" walk in closet. My wife and I are NRA expert in their use. I'm becoming more and more convinced that what's going to get us killed is wasting time trying to decide WHICH firearm to use.
  41. BigSteve57

    Unprovoked Cape Buffalo Charge

    This is why I appreciated your post and why I think it is important. There is a less of a tendency to get into trouble when you are in a normal or expected situation, because well, you're expecting normal. Trouble tends to happen at the ends of the normal curve. It's good to be schooled all...
  42. BigSteve57

    COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATES, BANS, CLOSURES, ADVISORY, etc.

    It's hard to understand, I know. If you want to become really confused and/or furious over government benefits try talking to USA Democrats. One example: Eleven 2020 Democrats Back Free Health Care for Illegal Immigrants...
  43. BigSteve57

    What Are Your Alternative Plans?

    We're STILL eating the hogs we got from that trip which was the last week in October! Lucky we don't easily get tired of pulled pork. :A Banana: Absolutely no regrets with the HOGSWAT guys. I'd do it again.
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    Curious to see what action people are taking for the Coronavirus

    That guy is a walking outhouse. :A Ill::A Ill::A Ill::A Ill:
  45. BigSteve57

    COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATES, BANS, CLOSURES, ADVISORY, etc.

    My wife works in a Radiology office and is one of two who does CAT scans. The cancellation of elective procedures resulted in about a 60% reduction in the number of CAT scan cases they did each day. She's was furloughed last week at least until April 30th. We didn't see that coming; quite the...
  46. BigSteve57

    Unprovoked Cape Buffalo Charge

    I hope to get back to Africa to hunt Cape Buffalo. I literally devour any realistic recounting or video that shows their range of behavior. Thanks for an informative post.
  47. BigSteve57

    Stop buying goods made in China..now..!

    I like cheap prices as much as anyone... But if there's ANY alternative we won't buy Chinese as it goes straight to the communist government/regime. To be clear, we don't dislike the Chinese people. At all. We have enormous respect for the Chinese people. I put together this little image to...
  48. Hornady 5.56 NATO Superformance Match 75gr BTHP

    Hornady 5.56 NATO Superformance Match 75gr BTHP

    I have used 5.56 NATO Superformance Match 75gr BTHP in service rifle matches. It's good very accurate ammo but I found it didn't help me in matches. It's a hotter load which helped with wind in slow prone at 600 yards. However what it giveth there it taketh away on the rapid strings. I found the...
  49. BigSteve57

    Superformance line of ammuntion by Hornady

    Never used superformance in hunting. I have used 5.56 NATO Superformance Match 75gr BTHP in service rifle matches. It's good very accurate ammo but I found it didn't help me in matches. It's a hotter load which helped with wind in slow prone at 600 yards. However what it giveth there it taketh...
 
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