Shootist43, to my knowledge they have not been manufactured for at least 50 years. It just says “ Magnum 12 Bore DBBL Made In Belgium”. The gun’s leather cover said “ Mercury “ . I believe that some call such a gun , a “ guild gun” . I use Brenneke Black Magic slugs in my semi automatic 12 calibre German shot gun which has modern choke tubes ( the one which Tobin had gifted me )Poton, I think it is the chokes on your double that might have a problem with the Brenneke slugs. Your 3" chambers would handle it just fine. I have an old Ithaca Mod 37 (pump) shotgun with two barrels. The "slug" barrel has a full choke and handles the Brenneke slugs just fine. It should be noted that this barrel was made especially for slugs and may be thicker or made from a higher quality steel. This gun will cloverleaf 3 slugs at 50 yds. Is the company that made your Mercury shotgun still in business? If so perhaps you can contact them and find out what they have to say regarding the use of Brenneke slugs. Another possibility is that there might be another AH member that owns or has experience with Mercury shotguns that can answer this question. Barring an affirmative answer, I think it is best to continue your current practice of using the lethal ball.
I would feel much safer from an elevated position, and I think I would enjoy it afterwards, but I would be very nervous. I’ve read all of Jim Corbett’s books and have the greatest respect for people who deal with these man eaters.Thank you for liking the story , Master Smith . It must be remembered that this was not the first panther l had shot . I had already been shooting panthers since 1965 , and so l had some experience by then , with shooting panthers . This was my 6th panther . I am fully confident that you could do it , as well . Although , l would recommend that you use your Winchester Model 70 ( .375 Holland and Holland magnum calibre ) loaded with Winchester Silvertip soft nosed cartridges , and stay in a tree or a macchan and not on ground level .
Lethal ball works in even the fullest of 12 calibre chokes , Perttime.The choke can be the biggest problem using slugs. I recall Kawshik Rahman, in at least one if his articles, mentioned cutting off part of a shotgun's barrels, to make it suitable for single ball and large shot - effectively removing the choke part.
edit: I have only ever fired Brenneke style slugs out of a modern semi-auto, with cylinder barrel.
Your reasoning is very wise and sensible. The reason l eventually started doing it from a hole in the ground , is to ( ironically enough ) actually be closer to the panther , so that l could accurately place my shot gun’s Lethal Ball bullet in the spot between the panther’s 2 eyes as soon as the beam from my torch light fell on their heads and they looked at me . Since the Lethal Ball bullet being fired from a 12 calibre shot gun , was actually of 16 calibre ( to let it pass through a fully choked 12 calibre gun ) , the Lethal Ball bullet lost accuracy very quickly , at all but the shortest of ranges. In fact , l dare say that l have never shot an animal in my life with a Lethal Ball cartridge , at a distance greater than 30 yards.I would feel much safer from an elevated position, and I think I would enjoy it afterwards, but I would be very nervous. I’ve read all of Jim Corbett’s books and have the greatest respect for people who deal with these man eaters.
Thank you so much , K Man for enjoying my accounts . Some things will never change and will always stay the same . I suppose that this is what makes all of my shikar stories from 50 years ago , so relatable to all you gentlemen , even today .Major, I have enjoyed reading your accounts of past hunts and methods. One thing has especially stood out for me, is that we still 50 years later have some of the same issues with governments interfering with a working arrangement, clients both capable and enjoyable, and some that are incompetent and difficult. Also some professionals who are less than capable and difficult. Thanks again for the stories and keep them coming.
If that ever happened , the end results would be disastrous for me , Ridge Walker. The timing is crucial . You have to shoot the panther the instant it is within 7 metres from your location . I could not pull the trigger until it got that close , out of fear for a miss. At the same time , once it reached 7 metres , l could not ever let it get any closer than that . It took me a great deal of practice to learn how to time my shots properly .Another fascinating read!
I keep wondering what would happen if the panther tried to cross directly over your tarp over your pit? Yikes!
Oh , that is a very easily question to answer , Ryan 80.Poton my brave friend, how could you be sure of what direction the panther would come from? What if he was headed towards the goat by walking directly over your pit? Would you risk having an angry man-eating panther basically fall in your hole behind you without any warning from the goat, or did you have some idea which direction he might come from?