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    Western Colorado Hunting Outfitters

    Does anyone have first-hand experience hunting with Western Colorado Hunting Outfitters? I'm researching for a 2021 or 2022 elk and mule deer hunt. Please don't send recommendations for other outfitters at this point. I'm only beginning my research. I will certainly ask for recommendations...
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    Holster recommendation requested

    I'm guessing that many US members of AH practice concealed carry, so I though that this was a good place to get advice on a specific holster: Does anyone have experience with and a recommendation for a small-of-the-back holster for a Browning Hi-Power? I'm really looking for input from...
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    NRA: Does anyone on AH know what is REALLY going on?

    https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2019-06-26/nra-shuts-down-live-programming-arm-nratv The link above is just one of a recent string of articles about financial issues, infighting and fiscal waste within the NRA. Since there are a lot of members of this forum that are also...
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    Scope Rings, Bases & Sling Studs For Sale

    Please see my previous post of Mauser parts. This is the rest of my "inventory reduction". I find this hard to believe, but I have enough center fire calibers (9) and really need to spend time hunting and shooting instead of building rifles. Again, all prices include US Priority Mail shipping...
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    Mauser 98 Parts & Accessories For Sale

    I have built several rifles using German 98 Mauser actions. I now need to spend more time shooting and hunting instead of rifle-building. Also, I need to create more space in my shop! As a result I am selling off my excess inventory of parts and accessories. All prices include US Priority...
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    1909 Argentine Mauser Sporter For Sale

    For sale - 1909 Argentine Mauser Sporter - $200 firm ALL NUMBERS MATCH - Action locks tight and has far less "slop" than any military Mauser I have run across. If you are a rifle builder, you know that this is the Holy Grail of German-built Mauser military actions. It's the only one that had...
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    Just-finished Mauser Project

    It's been about 2 years since I've had any time to spend on AH. Since then, I have hunted in Tanzania, retired, got my latest trophies mounted, built a new trophy room and re-started building rifles. Now that I have some time to spend reading and contributing to AH, I thought that I would...
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    Finally back, finally going back.

    Hello All, It's been quite a while since I have signed onto AH. A new job, a move to a new location, etc. have kept me too busy. I now have a bit of time to participate again. It's great to see familiar names and to see so many new people on the forum. It's been even longer since my...
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    East Coast Gun Bluing & Custom Diamonds Checkering

    I had a .375 H&H built on a Montana 1999 action with a McGowan barrel and AAA fancy stock. It delivers this week. Bluing and checkering are not done. (the smith told me up front that he was unable to do this work) Planning to have East Coast do the bluing and Custom Diamonds do the...
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    ZIMBABWE: ZimAfrica Safaris

    Has anyone hunted with ZimAfrica Safaris? I'm considering them for a sable/buffalo hunt next year. I got 4 reference contacts and one has responded, but I'd like to get more information. "Thank-you" in advance for any information about your personal experiences with them browningbbr
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    SD and WY Hunting and Fishing Trip

    My wife and I leave tomorrow morning for SD and WY. We've set up a couple of days of prairie dog hunting in SD. Then we'll be trout fishing on the Miracle Mile of the North Platte river. Next Saturday, we start an antelope hunt with Table Mountain Outfitters just north of Douglas, WY. I...
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    Three of my trophies

    On Friday, I picked up 8 of 9 trophies from our hunt in South Africa last May. (Everything was complete except my wife's warthog. She was disappointed.) Because of the way we are decorating the trophy room (to look like a hunting outfitter's office in the 1950's), I didn't want to go with...
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    Using Backskins

    We got 8 of 9 mounts from our May 2009 hunt back on Friday. This included 7 backskins most of which are in pretty good condition. My wife would like to have purses made out of 2 of the skins (blesbok and impala), but does not want to take them to a cobbler's or upholstery shop that does not...
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    Redding Type-S Bushing Dies

    As someone who tries to wring every last bit of accuracy out of a rifle, I am now considering purchasing the Redding Type-S bushing die and Competition Seating die to load for my .300 Win Mag. I am currently using RCBS dies and am averaging 1.25 inch c-to-c groups with Nosler Partitions and...
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    Stuff you see when you get off the roads

    I know they say that when you are in bear country, you should make a lot of noise so you don't accidentally surprise a bear. A lot of people put bells on their shoes for this purpose. I have always believed that you can tell grizzly scat from black bear scat by the presence of little bells...
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    "While strolling through the park one day...."

    In late June, my wife and I spent 4 days at Glacier National Park. Typical for us, we hiked the trails into the mountains so we could view wildlife and get away from the road-bound tourists. I had considered taking a sidearm (it's now legal in the national parks), but figured some tree-hugger...
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    Possible New World Record Whitetail

    A possible new world record whitetail was taken near the town of Sheboygan Falls in Eastern Wisconsin recently. Here's the link to the local newspaper story: Man bags possible record buck, could break world record of 217 5/8 inches - browningbbr
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    Meat Handling, Cutting & Processing Posts

    Meat Handling, Cutting & Processing Posts The post just completed Butchering of Wild Game should round out the basic information needed by most hunters. Hopefully, all of the posts will be of use to members of this forum. To the Members of AH: I would like to publicly thank Jerome for all of...
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    Butchering of Wild Game

    Butchering of Wild Game I was a little hesitant to take on the task of doing a post on butchering of wild game. Not because I didn't want to do it or that it would take a long time, it's just that proper butchering techniques are so hard to describe. Typically, this is a learn-by-seeing and...
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    Bullet "slam" in magazine - tips deforming

    I'm looking for a little help or advice from bolt action big-bore shooters on how to prevent a problem with rounds in the magazine. Here's the issue: I just started the barrel break-in on a Ruger 77RSM in .416 Rigby. I loaded up rounds with 400gn Barnes TSX pushed by 100gn of RL22. This is...
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    Barrel Break-in - .416 Rigby

    I just purchased a Ruger M77 in .416 Rigby and I'd appreciate some advice on the barrel break-in procedures / methods. I already have a set of procedures that have worked very well for my .22-250, 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Mag, etc. These are the well-known "clean after one shot for ten rounds...
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    Making Jerky from Wild Game (or Beef)

    Making Jerky from Wild Game (or Beef) Jerky is a very popular item to make from harvested venison. It keeps well, has a lot of flavor and is handy to carry into the field for snacking. Virtually every meat-eating culture has some form of jerky because it is an example of the simplest and most...
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    Cooking Fresh Meats - Tenderness, Flavor & Juiciness

    Cooking Fresh Meats - Tenderness, Flavor & Juiciness The purpose of this post is not to spell out a number of specific recipes for cooking of wild game. Instead, it’s to communicate some basic information about preparing and cooking fresh meat that can utilized with your favorite recipes to...
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    Selection of Knives & Equipment - Slaughtering & Boning

    Selection of Knives & Equipment - Slaughtering & Boning Virtually every one that hunts large game has at least one “hunting knife” of one sort or another that they carry into the field. Generally, these are heavy-bladed and have clip point or normal point blade shapes. In the last couple of...
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    Sausage Making IV - Fermenting & Smoking

    Sausage Making IV - Fermenting & Smoking Just a recap from earlier posts to provide some references for this one: There are 3 major classes of fully-cooked sausages: COOKED SAUSAGES These products require refrigeration and are fully-cooked, ready-to-eat. Generally they are not “cured” (no...
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    Sausage Making III - Casings & Stuffing

    Sausage Making III - Casings & Stuffing The last post dealt with making sausage blends. If we've done that correctly, now we need to stuff them into something...a casing! There are a number of casing types available, but each is specific to a type of sausage and its intended use. Here's some...
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    Sausage Making II - Basic Procedures

    Sausage Making II - Basic Procedures As noted in my last post, the basic procedures will focus on the most popular types of sausage and will be pretty general in nature. Before I can go into the 'how' of making the products, it's worth spending a few minutes on what we are trying to...
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    Sausage Making I - Ingredients

    Sausage Making I - Ingredients There are so many types of sausages in the world and so many ways to make them, I'll need to limit my posts to the most common types and the basic information for making them. Because time is a constraint for me most days, I'm also going to have to break the...
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    Aging Meat & Freezing Meat

    Aging Meat & Freezing Meat AGING - Aging of meat is done for two reasons: First and foremost, it is a tenderization process. Second, it produces flavors that are different from those of fresh meat. What occurs during aging to make meat more tender? What develops the flavors? - Actually, in...
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    Proper Meat Preparation - The First Hour

    Proper Meat Preparation - The First Hour OK, you've had a successful hunt and your trophy is on the ground. You know what to do with the cape and the horns. Your taxidermist has given you all the pointers you need, but what about the meat? How do you make sure that it's going to turn into...
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    Federal Brass: "FC" v "FC 07" v "FC 08"

    Hey all of you experienced reloaders, I got asked a reloading question that I could not answer and I'm hoping one of you can help... On Federal brass (within the same caliber), some have head stamps that say "FC". Some have head stamps that say "FC 07" and others that say "FC 08". Is the...
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    SOUTH AFRICA: Trip Report East Cape

    My wife and I hunted with Bowker Safaris in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa from May 9th to May 17th, 2009. We arrived at camp in the late afternoon of the 8th and left for home on the morning of the 18th. This was our first safari and first time on the African continent. I guess...
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    .300 SAUM - Reloading

    A question for reloaders of .300 short mags: What issues have you encountered when trying to develop consistent loads for the short/fat mags and how did you overcome them? Background: I spent the better part of 2 years trying to develop an accurate load for my 700 BDL in .300 SAUM. Different...
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    Ammunition Requirements on SA Airlines

    I just read Jerome P's post (Latest Hunting News) about SAA's (possibly new) requirements for transporting ammunition in checked baggage. SAA's website: currently says: "We strongly recommend that ammunition be packed in lockable cases, which can be handed in as loose items at the firearm...
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    Hello from Wisconsin

    I thought it was about time to say "hello" to everyone. I found this website and registered on it about a week ago. With all of the "Africa" web searches I've done over the last 2 years, it's hard to believe I didn't find it sooner. After over a year of planning, my wife and I are leaving for...
 
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