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  1. Trail Rated

    What to do with a giraffe

    I think I get what they’re trying to say. The OP didn’t know what to do with a giraffe, and the responses amounted to, “If you don’t know what you want to do with it, why would you hunt it?” I don’t take it as an anti-hunting response, but more of a practical response. I wouldn’t know what to do...
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    What headgear do you guys use on Safari?

    If you read Roosevelt’s African Game Trails, there’s a section where he describes being talked into wearing a pith helmet on his safari, and how he didn’t like it and would have preferred his old Army “slouch” hat. I wear boonie hats now that I’m older and tired of getting sunburned.
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    Springfield Model 1903 Striker

    I had an issue with my Springfield delivering light primer strikes, which I’ve described elsewhere on this site. It was due to a gunked up firing pin spring & bolt body rather than the two piece striker, but the odd striker did make the cleanup job a little more complicated.
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    Monocular vs binocular?

    I read an article that emphasized the benefits of a monocular for still-hunting, especially in thick forests. So I got an 8x one and tried it but couldn’t really get used to it. I use pocket 8x20 binoculars for that kind of hunting instead, and use bigger binoculars or a spotting scope for...
  5. Hunting Armadillo in USA

    Hunting Armadillo in USA

    Armadillo, with an AR-7 survival rifle in .22LR. And no, I did not sample the fare.
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    Weirdest animal shot and what with?

    Armadillo, with an AR-7 survival rifle in .22LR. And no, I did not sample the fare.
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    Which is the best game meat?

    The chital (axis) in Texas are delicious too.
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    Dove Season in Texas just around the corner!

    I’ll be hunting solo and socially distanced with my inexpensive Yildiz O/U near San Angelo Sept. 1-2. I saw lots of doves while hunting deer and hogs there over the winter.
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    Hello from alberta

    Welcome from Texas, the Alberta of USA :)
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    How they like to hunt

    I may be an outlier in each of these preferences, but I do have a certain way of doing things that works for me. And, you asked. 1. I really prefer hunting alone, or 1:1 with a guide. I’m not in it for the camaraderie. 2. I hunt some from a blind and over bait, but much prefer still hunting...
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    What have you been doing since you can’t go on Safari?

    I decided to try my hand at refinishing old rifle stocks. Started with an ugly birch stock on my commercial-grade M1 carbine, and then did an old walnut Fajen stock on my sporter Springfield. By the time I got to the 120-year-old stock on my Spanish Mauser, I was getting pretty comfortable with...
  12. Trail Rated

    Military Surplus Rifles for Hunting

    I hunt almost exclusively with sporterized old milsurp rifles: Spanish Mauser 93 in the original 7x57 Steyr-Mannlicher M95/30 in 8x56R (when I can find cartridges since I don’t reload) Universal M1 Carbine Springfield 1903 in a beautiful old Fajen stock — this is my main deer and bear rifle...
  13. Shadow Box Cartridges Display

    Shadow Box Cartridges Display

    I engrave the case with the date of the hunt and animal hunted.
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    Can you bring back used ammunition brass from RSA for memorabilia purposes? If so, how?

    Very cool shadow box Cody. I do something similar — I engrave the case with the date of the hunt and animal hunted.
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    Barrel-mounted swivel stud

    Thanks for everyone’s replies. If it helps, the rifle in question is my old (I need to start saying “vintage”) Steyr Mannlicher in 8x56mm. It weighs less than 7 lbs and is a little more than a meter in length. Being short and relatively light, the rifle’s recoil with the 208 grain ammo is...
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    Barrel-mounted swivel stud

    I’m thinking about redoing an old rifle — new or refurbished stock, reblueing the metal, etc. While I’m in there messing around I’d also like to add a barrel-mounted swivel. Is it possible to do so without removing the front sight? I’ve only seen Talley studs that are on a ring that has to be...
  17. Trail Rated

    DIY Hand Rubbed Oil on factory CZ stock

    Rob404, that looks great. I’m In the midst of a similar project now with my old Springfield rifle in a Vintage Fajen stock. I put my fourth coat of Tru-Oil on it this morning. I put walnut stain on before the first coat of finish, so it’s turning out a little dark.
  18. Axis Deer Hunt

    Axis Deer Hunt

  19. Trail Rated

    What Watch do you wear when you hunt?

    I’m a watch guy too, and like my vintage rifles, I lean toward vintage watches — a Rolex Datejust 1601 and a Mido Oceanstar, both of which are older than I am. For most hunting excursions, I wear a plastic Timex Expedition digital. It’s less sparkly or noisy than my metal watches, and it has...
  20. Trail Rated

    Zoom Safari... it's about to happen!

    I’d like to attend. Sending a PM.
  21. Trail Rated

    Camo patterns (pics please)

    Hog Hunt by Trail Rated posted Jul 18, 2018 at 3:12 AM Not precisely what you asked for, but: British desert camo trousers, plain T-shirt, U.S. woodlands camo cap. Hog hunting in the Texas Hill Country.
  22. Trail Rated

    Sighting in your rifles for hunting

    I was “today years old,” as the kids say, when I learned about sighting for max point blank range. I’m glad I clicked on this thread. Thanks to everyone who posted answers.
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    Shape Up Before You Ship Out!

    Hi WebleyGreene. Keep at it! I started from scratch three years ago getting ready for a black bear hunt in the mountains. I could do 5 real pushups when I started, but I kept going and kept increasing, and today I still do 100+ push-ups every morning. I walk 5 miles once or twice a week. Only...
  24. Trail Rated

    Shotgun to a Double rifle? Possible?

    Not exactly what the OP asked, but using slugs in a SxS shotgun with a simple peep sighting system as a kind of makeshift double rifle has been discussed before: https://www.africahunting.com/threads/poor-mans-double-rifle.47839/
  25. Trail Rated

    Just for a bit of fun...

    Mauser 93 in 7x57mm 175 grain soft point bullets for plains game Rock Island Springfield 1903 in 9.3x62 (once I get it rebarreled, that is) 285 grain soft points for larger plains game 275 grain Norma solids for dangerous game where allowed
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    Lee Enfield Sporter

    If you still have any of those sporterized Enfields, and decide to seek forgiveness for the crimes of your youth by selling them cheap, give me a shout!
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    Reading list advice

    Best wishes for your recovery. I’m a Hemingway fanboy, so I’ll recommend Green Hills of Africa and Under Kilimanjaro, plus the short stories, if you haven’t read those already. Plus his grandson Sean put together a “Hemingway on Hunting” collection of his writings. I also really like classics...
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    Material to lean barrels on in gunsafe?

    Sorry if I’m the last one to know about this, but: Is there something bad about the gun barrel touching bare wood. You know, asking for a friend.
  29. Scaled Quail Full Mount Taxidermy

    Scaled Quail Full Mount Taxidermy

  30. Trail Rated

    The Appeal of Trophies?

    One of my favorite mounts is the lone scaled quail I shot on a solo 4-day public-land bird hunt in the West Texas desert. It was the toughest hunt I had been on to that point, and there was no way I was just going to gobble up that little bird and discard the rest. I don’t know why, but I have...
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    Personal Experiences With Rifles Malfunctioning In The Field

    On my 2017 bear hunt, I lined up a shot at 150 yards and pulled the trigger. My old sporterized Springfield 1903 just went “click.” I ejected the round, saw the primer was lightly dimpled, and chambered the next round. Luckily, the bear stuck around, and luckily, the next round fired. Later I...
  32. Feral Hog Hunting Texas USA

    Feral Hog Hunting Texas USA

    Bringing this thread back due to shooting another Texas feral hog with my ancient Mauser 93 in the original 7x57. I really like hunting with that round — great stopping power with very manageable recoil.
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    What Have You Killed with the 7x57

    Factory ammo — the Federal 175 grain. I’ve also tried the Sellier & Bellots in 173 grain, but the Federal works best for me.
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    What Have You Killed with the 7x57

    Bringing this thread back due to shooting another Texas feral hog with my ancient Mauser 93 in the original 7x57. I really like hunting with that round — great stopping power with very manageable recoil.
  35. Trail Rated

    New from North Tx . . .

    Welcome from San Antonio.
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    Your avatar and user name

    My avatar is what’s left of a 208-grain 8x56R bullet and its copper jacket after going through two feral hogs, killing both. It was a photo I had handy, and since I was shy then about showing my face on the internets, it worked. The user name comes from my Jeep Patriot, which carries Jeep’s...
  37. Black Bear Head & Skin Rug

    Black Bear Head & Skin Rug

  38. Hunting Black Bear in New Mexico USA

    Hunting Black Bear in New Mexico USA

    I did a black bear hunt for my 50th birthday as well. I chose New Mexico because of its proximity, but any of the locations suggested above would work. I also recommend spot and stalk — I was clear with my outfitter that I didn’t want to hunt over bait and especially did not want to hunt with...
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    New Member from Texas

    Welcome from San Antonio.
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    First time bear hunt?

    I did a black bear hunt for my 50th birthday as well. I chose New Mexico because of its proximity, but any of the locations suggested above would work. I also recommend spot and stalk — I was clear with my outfitter that I didn’t want to hunt over bait and especially did not want to hunt with...
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    New member from Detroit MI

    Welcome from a native Detroiter, now in Texas. Once you get north of the shotgun-rifle line, you should enjoy big-game hunting in Michigan just fine.
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    What Have You Killed with the 7x57

    So far, one Texas hog using 175-grain Federal factory ammo: https://www.africahunting.com/threads/usa-7x57-with-aperture-sights-in-south-texas.48358/
  43. Trail Rated

    Straight pull rifles Re they noisy?

    If you want straight pull AND inexpensive, consider a vintage Steyr Mannlicher Model 95, Swiss K-31 or a Canadian Ross rifle. Not sure how easy they are to re-chamber. I hunt with a Steyr and it isn’t as easy to cycle quietly as a traditional turnbolt, but like the Blaser it can be de-cocked...
  44. Trail Rated

    Terms I am tired of hearing

    “Cast boolits.” WTF?
  45. Trail Rated

    Buckshot & Leopard- Fact Or Fiction?

    In “Under Kilimanjaro,” Hemingway writes about going in after a wounded leopard with a Winchester 12-gauge pump shotgun and No. 8 birdshot: “At close range a charge of fine bird shot from a full-choked shotgun is as solid as a ball.” He writes further of firing about a dozen shells at the...
  46. Trail Rated

    Muzzle Brake on a Big Bore

    Nor will I hunt with someone using one.
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    Is there an African animal you wouldn't shoot?

    I have no interest in primates, including baboons. Or those cute little dik-diks. I’d like to have a leopard but don’t want to sit in a blind for several days. I think I’d be OK with everything else, though.
  48. Trail Rated

    One action left, what to build?

    Another vote here for 9.3x62. Like you I’m a fan of 7x57 and peep sights. Will this last rifle have peeps too?
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    Open Sights vs Optics

    I’ve started using aperture sighted rifles for all my spot-and-stalk hunts and still hunting. I even put an old Lyman peep sight on my .410 shotgun for rabbit hunts. Scoped rifles are used only if I’m sitting in a blind all day or need to shoot past 150 yards or so.
 
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