Velo Dog, I really agree with you...it is unbelievable to shoot these old black powder rifles...I am really fond of shooting these old stalwarts....I am using a Martini Henry carbine for next year...I am starting to shoot the Martini Henry shortly...I do have difficulties to obtain brass for my Martini..if anyone have extra available , I really would appreciate it immensely if I can purchase some brass from such a person....
I have a brother in law staying in America that is visiting in August if possible he can bring the items through...
Best male fashion show I've seen in a long time. Cough. Or, ever! But I am truly impressed. Loving this post.When I got to the wagon, I learnt that Max had shot a young warthog, with the Westley Richards Monkeytail. It was already in camp, so my companions were available and eager to help carry my impala to camp. We also took a bucket along to be able to retrieve the impala's guts, to be used as "worsderms" later.
Max's warthog, and my impala must have been the first animals in about a century to be shot with a WR monkeytail and a Muzzle loader, on this farm!
The next day, I skinned my impala and cut biltong on the wild olive and leather table.
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After cutting the strips of meat, I mixed it with salt, vinegar, ground pepper and coriander, and then packed it in the raw impala skin to cure.
The next morning we hung the biltong on a riem stretched between two trees.
On Wednesday, I was attending to some farming matters, when I heard a loud, deep BOOM! in the area that max and MC was hunting. Because of the close shots taken with an antique fire-arm, it is impossible to tell from the sound if a shot was a hit or a miss.
I was curious to hear the result of their hunt, so I wandered in their direction, careful not to disturb a possible stalk in progress. I was met by a very happy MC showing off his big impala ram shot with his Bobbejaanboud flintlock over about 20 yards distance.
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This was a real achievement! I hurried back to camp to fetch the carry team, and the carry pole.
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Meet the members of the "Jachtexpeditie":
Johan, with a bobbejaanboud. He became separated from the wagons on a hunting trip, and spent six months living off the veld. Note the elandskin coat he made himself. Also note the wild look in his eyes.
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Gert, with his .72 Pedersoli double barrel he bought at great cost from a travelling "smous " . Gert is also keen with this new fangled invention called a camera.
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Max: He farms near Bloemfontein, and shoots with a Westley Richards monkeytail. He dresses quite smart, as the smous regularly visit his farm, and he can always acquire decent clothes.
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MC also from Bloemfontein, where the farmers dress smart, but prefers to hunt with his Bobbejaanboud. And as you heard his story, he can hunt!
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Herman, wagonbuilder from the Waterberg. He shoots a six bore flintlock, that he built himself. He also believes that when a photographer visit your camp, you should wear your very best clothes.
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A wandering hunter from the Waterberg. He cannot afford a tailor made jacket, so his wife made him a jacket out of waterbuck skin, and a kudu skin he tanned with the roots of Elandsboontjie. Note the bone "dolosse" she used for buttons. He hunts with a .50 percussion muzzle loader. He also carries a buffalo horn powder horn.
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