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Great round! Effectively the same ballistics as the 404 (which was made to emulate the 450-400 in a bolt gun). Should be a pussy cat on recoil, too.
 

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Those mods on the 404J sound delish! Can't wait to see a pic (in a year or two?).

Actually, he should be done in a month or so. I'll post pics when I get it back!
 

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Great round! Effectively the same ballistics as the 404 (which was made to emulate the 450-400 in a bolt gun). Should be a pussy cat on recoil, too.

I can easily shoot 20 to 25 rounds off-hand and I still feel like I can hold them pretty close.

I cheated and added a Pachmayr Decelerator pad! And a scope! And a few rounds in an elastic stock ammo carrier. :)

So yeah, it's a pussycat! Especially with factory level loads.
 

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Update on "Facing Down Fear".

The editor was doing some needed last-minute editing and decided to let their appendix burst!

This happened about 6 weeks ago.

I think the hope now is that the printer will have some books ready to ship by the end of April?
 

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Another update:

Recent communication with John indicates that he will be distributing his book in the U.S. through a warehouse in Sealy, TX.

Details will be available soon...but I believe there will be a couple ways to pay for the book, which will then be shipped from Texas.

The first shipment of books has not yet arrived, but once they do I will post it up, along with details on where to go to order.

My offer still stands - I will pick up books in Sealy and mail them to members, should the other methods prove difficult. I want to make it easy for folks to get their copies.

Prices and availability of paperback, hardcover and limited edition hardcover will also be communicated once those details are in hand.

This has been a long time coming! I hope to be back soon with more information!


Tim
 
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Thanks buddy!

Actually, while John really stresses practicing off sticks (like most every PH), he advises against clients bringing their own sticks.

He wants to use his sticks, that he knows are serviceable and that are like an extension of his and his tracker's hands. That way, no surprises.

I used a Trigger Stick on my PG hunt...but John being decidedly old school, I will have to get a set of sticks (maybe from the good folks at African Sporting Creations) to mimic what I will be using in the bush....so there will be no surprises on my end!!

Those mods on the 404J sound delish! Can't wait to see a pic (in a year or two?).


Tim


Tim, when I hunted with John, he (and therefore I) used a bipod with a nylon strap that cradles the forestock, which I was somewhat surprised about. After John coached me a bit, I really liked them and grew into them. The simplicity on elevation change is really nice. You want the sticks angled back towards the shooter, when you can lean into them. If you need lore elevation, you take a small step forward and the sticks (bipod) move closer to straight up and down vertical. If you need less elevation, you move back a little and the sticks are even less vertical.
 

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Interesting Dave - I have seen those, but never used one.

Do you grip the forearm behind the sling, or in front?
 

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I placed the rifle on the nylon strap of the bipod an inch or two behind the front swivel of the rifle. So the rifle sling is folded or tucked back nicely and essentially you have the rifle stock sitting on the rifle sling sitting on the nylon strap of the sticks. I placed my left hand slightly behind, but whatever makes you comfortable and steady.
 

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Also just learned that there will be three price points for the book:

e-book at $35
Soft cover at $60
Limited edition signed in slip cover $250

There will be links on John’s website to order any of the above, and I will also be buying copies locally in Texas and mailing.

I was not aware of the e-book, and I also mistakenly thought there would be a generic hard cover.

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Is John Sharp still running safaris? He was an outstanding PH in Zimbabwe but was getting on in age and maybe retired?

I google him and find a link for his web page but it errors out so I don't know if he is still in business or what.
He was in Vegas this year.
 

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I hunted with John in 2015. A friend hunted with him in 2017 and took a buffalo, so he is still hunting.

This is a link to his website and it works fine: http://www.john-sharp-safaris.com/
 

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