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  1. rookhawk

    Botswana opening

    Awesome post. I was skeptical of the fees for the CT-27 and CT-29 quota and your price clarifications explains it. I've spent some time in the Tuli Circle (Zim's peninsula that juts into the Botswana's Tuli Block) and found the elephants to be small and unremarkable, nothing was seen in 3 visits...
  2. rookhawk

    Wyatt’s first rifle

    A gentleman’s rifle for a young gentleman. Check into the Barnes .243 80gr ammo, they worked very well for my kids hunting large game at young ages. Plenty enough gun.
  3. rookhawk

    Botswana opening

    Hands down. The genetics of the Western Zim - Eastern Botswana bulls are the finest and most abundant that exist anywhere in the world.
  4. rookhawk

    Botswana opening

    Apologies for my error. I had heard prices even higher than those stated with more updated research. The point I was and am now making with concrete data is this: A Botswana Bull (the big ones) and a Hwange/Tsholotsho/Plumtree Bull from Zim (the big ones) are the same migratory herds. At...
  5. rookhawk

    Botswana opening

    Six 10-elephant packages sold for between $330,000 and $435,000 each. The package for CT29 did not sell because it did not fetch the minimum clearing price. The government amassed a total of $2,355,000 for six packages. $330,000 / 10 = $33,000 per elephant. $435,000 / 10 = $43,500 per...
  6. rookhawk

    Botswana opening

    Well if you're to assume that PHs and Operators don't enter this field to lose money, they were paying between $22,000 and $43,000 per elephant for the license in Botswana. They need to add markup, daily rates, etc. and resell it for a profit. At minimum, that's a $1000 a day for rate...
  7. rookhawk

    Would Like To Thin Things Out

    I'd certainly change your name. Someday you'll go on a hunt and wish to import the animals and the anti's will be there alleging criminality, precluding your importation. This very thing happened last week with a high ranking exec at one of our beloved conservation orgs. Somehow the word got...
  8. rookhawk

    Botswana opening

    Oh no, @WAB that's not my intention. What I'm trying to suggest is there is no such thing as a "Botswana Bull" if we're talking about big elephants. Those really big elephants are Botswana-Western Zimbabwe - Hwange bulls. Whereas Botswana effectively said to the incredibly high auction price...
  9. rookhawk

    Botswana opening

    sold to operators at the auction for as much as $43,000 each. Zim operators on the other side of the border hunting same genetics pay $8000-$14000 each. they are then marked up as appropriate and marketed to hunting clients...
  10. rookhawk

    Botswana opening

    I thought the operators were paying over $35,000 wholesale per bull from bots during their initial 2020 re-opening auction?
  11. rookhawk

    Tactical Rifles 308 For Sale

    nice gun, but you’ll have lower interest on this forum Than others on such a rifle. In large part, African Safari hunting is about getting as close as possible to game by stealth. Thus, the sentiment is how many feet can I get from the animal, not how many hundreds of meters away can I still hit...
  12. rookhawk

    Botswana opening

    indeed. So instead of hunting $150,000 Botswana trophy elephants in 2020 you can go to Zim and hunt them as there has been no rain yet and they haven’t migrated to Bots. I’m sure with all the unsold quota due to Covid you could hunt ten in Zim for the same price. Same bulls, same genetics...
  13. rookhawk

    Best two or three barrel takedown for Africa hunting

    One more combo I found that would work: 300 Win Mag + 338 Win Mag + 375HH That would be ideal for a heavy-use North American hunter that may dabble in Africa and Alaska from time to time while taking deer and elk with great regularity.
  14. rookhawk

    Best two or three barrel takedown for Africa hunting

    A quick list of the cartridges in the 375HH family that would permit you to build two, three, four or more caliber combinations with a single bolt and bolt face for interoperability is as follows: .244 H&H Magnum .275 H&H Magnum* 7mm STW .300 H&H Magnum .300 Weatherby Magnum 8mm Remington...
  15. rookhawk

    Best two or three barrel takedown for Africa hunting

    The key is simplicity so you're not fussing with small parts like bolt heads in the bush. You also need return-to-zero QD scope mounts or cantilever barrels so you can swap out with relative ease. For those reasons, the quintessential combo I'm aware of is as follows: 300HH + 375HH + 458 Lott...
  16. rookhawk

    Would Like To Thin Things Out

    fair enough. I sort of take for granted the 150-250 “super active users” on this forum vaguely know each other are even if our usernames anonymize us a bit. I can understand a newer user may struggle as they see screen names, not fellow hunters that have called, emailed, or PM’d over many years...
  17. rookhawk

    Would Like To Thin Things Out

    That said, @Hogpatrol , I don’t think a scammer would take the time to create an elaborate ploy to get his hands on some paper shells that will be for a small potatoes transaction. The author is good to go selling or buying from anyone on AH that has been around awhile. I’ve heard no scam...
  18. rookhawk

    Rifle for First time Owner

    375HH will serve you in every conceivable situation you'll ever encounter in Africa.
  19. rookhawk

    Is Zimbabwe Open for Business? Yes

    Just wanted to post an update on the state of affairs in Zimbabwe and encourage you all to book with some assurances things will work out well. The two airlines coming into the country are as follows: Emirates (Via Harare) Ethiopian Airlines (Via Harare and Via Vic Falls) To get into Zimbabwe...
  20. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    I couldn’t figure out how a lot of people were getting this done using alternatives not mentioned until I read this hilarious article. Basically, people are using photoshop to illegally beat the rules. https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/13012583/travellers-photoshop-covid-test/
  21. rookhawk

    Would Like To Thin Things Out

    Greetings from the Chicago area. So here’s the skinny on your shells: the one with the duck in mint, full box, are priced at $75. They never sell at that, but that’s how they are priced when I see them often. I have one of them in my office in fact. the others without animals are literally...
  22. rookhawk

    Need some solid dad advice from experienced hunter dads

    Hi Guys, Many moons have passed since this thread was created, the kids have grown, and the hunts have accumulated. my daughter who is now 11 still loves her pre-64 model 70 in .243 Win with a 1-4x Schmidt and Bender scope. She took a black bear with it when she was 8 and both she and her...
  23. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    Quick update: Harare was easy to navigate during Covid. A few forms, a long queue, and then temp check and present Covid papers. They had no issues with my 2-3 day old papers. there were 4-5 hunters with guns on that plane alone. I made small talk with them (Americans) and they were all...
  24. rookhawk

    Reloader 19

    It’s magical stuff. Remember, it’s often used in guns that also use 4350. the difference? All things being equal, the powder that requires the least amount of grain charge to achieve the velocity has less recoil. Put another way, it kicks less than IMR4350
  25. rookhawk

    458 Lott ate my QD Warne rings

    This would cure all ills. Mounts to the bridge, screwed down, rings pivot in and cannot come off forward or aft. the price is the painful part: https://www.newenglandcustomgun.com/proddetail.php?prod=4695
  26. rookhawk

    458 Lott ate my QD Warne rings

    Makes sense to me. I like the talleys. My complaint with the CZs is they are “half a mauser”. yes they have a double square bridge, but why? On a true square bridge Mauser you have room to mill into the receiver for pivot or claw mounts that are virtually indestructible and return to zero...
  27. rookhawk

    458 Lott ate my QD Warne rings

    What happens when the rifle comes to a sudden stop but the heavy scope still has inertia? The rings and mounts are what is stopping the optic to get it to the same backward force of the rifle. all I can say is two traumatic brain injuries I know if first hand were from scopes flying off of...
  28. rookhawk

    458 Lott ate my QD Warne rings

    Regarding lead sleds, I know of two TBIs personally from scopes coming off while using an overweighted lead sled. (416 Rigby and larger) they aren’t designed to stop all energy and if too heavy, they cause problems. No different than if I held your best magnum rifle butt to a concrete wall and...
  29. rookhawk

    458 Lott ate my QD Warne rings

    Just one question: was the shooting occurring while using a lead sled? I’ve seen many horrible issues with magnums 416 and up being shot from a lead sled. A heavy scope exacerbated it, that energy wants to go some where, end it would appear the Metal will yield before the sled. apologies if it...
  30. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    Friends. a few opinions of mine and rumors from on the ground in Africa. I don’t know anything about Ethiopian airlines but they have a good reputation. I would still recommend Emirates for a few reasons. 1.) cost. I don’t think it’s more. 2.) the reason you’re looking at Ethiopian or your...
  31. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    in the current climate of cancel culture, doxxing, and the antis threatening I don’t do hunt reports. Heck, I’m not even sure I hunt? However, happy to give travel info. The airports are quite quiet. Emirates UAE is packed at the airport lounge and the airport hotel is sold out. Why? 8 of 9...
  32. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    Just an update on thecovidconsultants.com COVID19 Rapid PCR test services. Sent the Fedex overnight box to their lab with my specimen. Delivered by 9:30AM the next day. Lab conducted the test at 2:34pm that day. Results received via email at 9:46pm that same day. So by the math: Timer starts...
  33. rookhawk

    For Sale Frederick Beesley Left-hand 416 Rigby With Scope

    I consider myself to be fairly familiar with nice rifles. This is probably the only “Lefty” best London rifle I’ve ever seen. Seems like a bargain for a southpaw that would otherwise be forced to overpay for low quality options. Good luck on your sale.
  34. rookhawk

    What is a proper "stopping rifle" and load for dangerous game?

    Exceptional shooting Professor Mawla!
  35. rookhawk

    What is a proper "stopping rifle" and load for dangerous game?

    @calling4life I just wanted to compliment your post. I thought it was thoughtful and posited some great questions.
  36. rookhawk

    What is a proper "stopping rifle" and load for dangerous game?

    A soft point bullet can kill an animal in mere seconds. Unfortunately, a stopping rifle must stop a charge instantaneously, not within seconds. That means a hole so big you can push a bowling ball through with a soft is poor consolation if you didn't cause neurological shock dropping the animal...
  37. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    @KMG Hunting Safaris we'd need to split hairs and get very precise on this topic so I don't slander an industry. If you're in RSA and something horrible happens, do I think Henry at Riflepermits.com could make a plan with you, haggle with SAPS, and store your rifles at the police station or a...
  38. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    Big fan of these services. Highly recommended.
  39. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    nope. The rifle services have their place, but they are not always sufficient. lost my rifles on my first safari. No help.
  40. rookhawk

    Custom Built 425 Westley Richards

    Unsure. But it was a strange WR 425 for certain. No visible magazine. No sign it requires side clips. someone contemplating this should drop the £75 to get provenance done on it at Westley and verify it was built originally as a 425 and not converted.
  41. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    I think those scenarios regarding lock downs is when you’d get the US embassy involved. Regarding the rifles, always have them well insured. When you want them retrieved or recovered desperately, the bribes demanded by the government and airlines can be extraordinary in Africa. When you are...
  42. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    Not to sound cynical, but after 8 years of going on safaris and heading on another one this week, there is no problem today that won't be miniscule as to compared with what you'll experience tomorrow. Africa and safari hunting has NEVER got better, only worse. So deferring for better times is...
  43. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    Risk is always mitigated with money. The more money you throw at a problem, the less risk you must accept. The less money (or time, because time=money) you provide, the greater the risk. This truth is no more certain than in the area of safari hunting. We buy down our risk by hiring travel...
  44. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    ymmv. Not in my state, not if you’re not symptomatic, and you cannot cross state lines for a test. (Test in state for which you have ID)
  45. rookhawk

    For Sale 98 Mauser Semi Finished Stock Blank English Walnut

    If it doesn't fit any of the above guy's guns, I have an FN Supreme Mauser in 358 Norma in the classifieds at present. I would happily buy this stock for the person that buys my FN Supreme if they'd like an English dimensioned stock for it...
  46. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    Hi @chashardy I see it as an opportunity right now. Barriers to commerce and hoops to jump through create diminished market demand for safaris. In essence, Africa continues to have a "final clearance sale" on wild hunts with virtually no interest. Consider this: Most African nations with hunted...
  47. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    In another real-world anecdote, a friend of the family went to get drive-through tested in Miami, Florida two weeks ago. She checked in and then waited hours, and hours, and hours. Ultimately, she left the test site without having provided a specimen. Just walked off unserved. 5 days later she...
  48. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    The Doctor and the Clinic are sort of irrelevant in the chain of events. Logistics isn't their strong suit anyway. The problem is the mega-lab companies and their turn-around SLA. That is compounded by how long the medical assistant takes to pack up your specimen and whisk it away the...
  49. rookhawk

    COVID-19 "Free To Fly" procedures and tests for Americans

    Just sharing the facts and experiences I've learned having spent 30 hours calling airlines, the nations top (and bottom) health systems, clinics, and State and County Health Departments regarding COVID-19 testing so you can go on safari. What you need: -You are required to have a COVID-19 PCR...
  50. rookhawk

    Interesting Find

    those cartridges are quite handy for particular African hunting applications. Braining animals like crocs being one good example. 7mm solids of excellent quality are hard to find.
 
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