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  1. Ridge Runner

    Out of curiosity what is the best bullet for use in 44 Mag for Africa?

    On my 2021 trip to Africa I'll be traveling to Zimbabwe and East Cape. In Zimbabwe it will be a camp hunt, I'll be going after cape buff, L eland, maybe leopard, hippo, or croc, and smaller PG. My primary weapon will be 375 H&H. My secondary will be my 44 Rem Mag, with 240 grain flat nose soft...
  2. Ridge Runner

    If you have flights on Kulula or British Airlines

    Found this on News24, South Africa: For those traveling inside Africa (and on other flights) with Kulula or British Airlines, between 14 March and 31 October 2020. Take time to check out these sights, as you may loose the ticket money you paid. www.BusinessInsider.co.za https...
  3. Ridge Runner

    Requesting information on traveling through Doha, Qatar

    My international flights from the US to Africa are on Qatar Airlines, which includes a several (6-8) hour layover in Doha. Rather than spending all my time at the airport, I am considering doing some sightseeing and most likely some souvenir shopping. I have questions: 1. Is there somewhere...
  4. Ridge Runner

    Do multi barrel guns count as 1?

    Starting this post as not to high jack another posts. Many believe there is no one do all firearm, and I am one of them. Will one caliber or gauge of firearm kill everything that walks or flies on this planet? Sure! Is there going to be anything left as a food source after its dead...
  5. Ridge Runner

    How bad can opening weekend of spring turkey season get?

    Saturday, was the start of Tennessee's start of spring turkey season. I started the morning off by arriving at a prominent turkey hot spot just before nautical twilight. The birds were already beginning to gobble before sunrise; 7-8 where I was heading to set up, 3 at least in the closed off...
  6. Ridge Runner

    More Bad / Confusing News traveling with weapons

    I literally just got off the phone with my US booking agent asking for an update and itineraries. 09 March 2020 seems to be the new magic date as to what department of [ the US] government is going to control the import/export of hunters leaving and returning the US with weapons and what...
  7. Ridge Runner

    Why fly domestic, you're a citizen?

    Flying because of business is one thing, flying from east coast to west coast or visa versa; well okay, maybe(?)(for anything but hunting). Knowingly.....You are going on A HUNT IN NORTH AMERICA OR CANADA (or what ever country YOU are a resident of)....You can bring home the meat....So why is...
  8. Ridge Runner

    What are the Alternatives Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth with weapons?

    With SAA no longer flying the Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth route what are the alternative airline(s) for hunters traveling with weapons? Mango airlines is "SUPPOSE TO BE" allowed to transport weapons, BUT, either their website has not be updated or it's business as usual and they still don't...
  9. Ridge Runner

    My new hunting handgun

    I was in need of a single action to go with my double action in 44 Rem Mag. At first I was considering going with a Ruger Super Blackhawk. I've always have been a fan of Ruger. But after reading some of the posts and threads I decided to check out Magnum Research BFR and Freedom Arms. Freedom...
  10. Ridge Runner

    Big bore shooting effects on your body?

    As I read through the threads, most everyone only goes to the range to shoot only one box, presumably a 20 count box, or less rounds through their (African) big bores. Is this due to: ammunition costs or the harmful effects that could arise to shooting more than 20 rounds of big bore ammunition...
  11. Ridge Runner

    .458 bullets: 45-70 .458 WM/Lott

    I'm looking to get a 45-70 lever action and knowing there is a length difference between .458 Win Mag and 45-70 in the .458 bullet. I was wandering if anyone used/reloaded the shorter 45-70 bullets in their .458 Win Mag and/or .458 Lott rifles? What would be or are the benefits for using...
  12. Ridge Runner

    Nosler bullet problem 45 acp & others

    I decided to get a different...better??...bullet for my .45 auto to reload, so I went with Nosler JHP in 230 grain, as 230 grain is my preferred bullet weight. The problem is the copper plating at the base is: 1) Not cylintrical 2) Too often a ring of copper (or piece of) is sheered...
  13. Ridge Runner

    Curiosity to stir the pot 1 1/2- 2 rule?

    Does the 1 1/2 (or 2) rule still apply today? Does anyone, other than myself, use it when considering the animal(s) they are hunting? Perhaps some of the older generation on here, and a few nostalgic "youngsters", may have heard of the 1 1/2 (or 2) rule debate for hunting. Some insist on...
  14. Ridge Runner

    Barrel length for handguns in South Africa?

    I am planning on traveling to hunt in South Africa with a .44 Remington Magnum or .454 Casull revolver. Is there a minimum barrel length requirement for handgun hunting in South Africa? I've asked the folks at Henry Rifle Permits, about a temporary import permit, accordingly it will not be a...
  15. Ridge Runner

    Wanted New .458 WM Brass

    Does anyone know where I can get new .458 Win Mag brass? Norma rep sent me BS emails that Midway and MidSouth has Norma brass available, neither has .458 WM. Haven't received a response since my last email to Norma three weeks or so ago. Nor have I received a response from Norma after posting...
  16. Ridge Runner

    What do you use your back skins/hides for?

    I am in need to find useful projects for the hair on, back skins I have collected. My dilemma is that want to make something useful for regular use without worrying about the hair being worn off. Typically I have seen hides used for stool/ chair upholstery, pillows, gun cases, floor and table...
  17. Ridge Runner

    Walmart to stop selling "short barrel" firearms ammunition

    Walmart announcing they will no longer sell (pistol) "short barrel" ammunition, BUT THEY will continue to sell rifles and shotguns. First question is: What is their interpretation of (pistol) "short barrel" firearms? Second question: How are they determining the difference between someone...
  18. Ridge Runner

    How would you rate the 6.8 SPC on Plains game and "small" African game?

    Any opions on using a 120 or 130 grain, 6.8 SPC caliber (same bullet diameter as the 270, in an oversized .223 case) on PG? Over Memorial Day weekend, one of the 16 weapons solen from my home was my 6.8 SPC, Thompson Center, Encore pistol. I'm considering getting another 6.8 SPC either another...
  19. Ridge Runner

    Hunting Season...Does Africa have hunting seasons?

    Out of curiosity....Do African countries have hunting seasons as here in the U.S.? Various outfitters I've talked with; the various posts on AH; seems hunting in Africa is allowed year round of all game animals. Depending on outfitter/location of hunt, "peek season" can be either June-July or...
 
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