The Old Shikari Interview With Kawshik Rahman For 2021

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  1. Bullhunter

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    B) .315 bore bolt operation rifle , built on Lee Enfield type mechanism ( or action ) with five cartridges in Magazine
    I heard that they are not so good...
    Is this correct?
    Why?

    You can own any fire arm legally except pistols in 9 millimeter Parabellum cartridge and rifles in .303 bore cartrid.
    I think this is, because the army/police use that calibers.
    Correct?

    You can own any fire arm legally...
    "To own" means that you can have them at home or you can transportet them to hunt / sport-shooting.
    Can use have them "on the street" also, for protection, pp.?

    However , in terms of local availability...
    That means: You can buy/own in theorie an .375 HH, but it is not on the market.
    "Only" the .22 / .25 / .32 / pp.
     
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    You are correct with everything that you have said , yes.
    The weapons manufactured by Ishapore Arms Factory use very inferior steel and engineering methods.
     
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    THE BEST RIFLE AND CALIBER
    You have written - in your other statements / in other threads - that you have an great / big reputations with the rifles witch come swith your clients from all over the world.
    In your option - based on many years as an hunter in old India -, witch guns, calibers and ... are good?
    Witch not?
    Why?

    You have also some expirience with slugs / shootgun amo from Germany.
    Brenneke? Or?
    Why are this products are so good?
    You use them - with slugs - also for tiger and ele, I think...?
     
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    I have never shot an elephant .
    I have only used 12 bore rifled slug bullets twice . It came from a box of Eley Alphamax rifled slug bullets which were left over by a client . He left five behind. I took three and my former partner took two. I used one to kill a Gaur and l used two to kill a Royal Bengal tiger .
    These were Brenekke slug bullets , yes.
    Brenekke slug bullets are very effective for leopard , but they are inadequate for Royal Bengal tigers ,as they will only give you six inches of penetration at a distance of ten yards . If you are forced to use shot-gun slugs for a Royal Bengal tiger , then you must aim for the region between both the eyes and wait till it is fifteen feet away.
    My favorite caliber for all round use , based upon the rifles which l have seen used in the field , is the magnum .375 cartridge by Holland and Holland . This is followed by the 9.3 millimeter mauser which can be used for everything safely , except a Gaur above 1800 pounds .
    Regarding the worst rifle , l am not a very opinionated man . At my age , one learns to respect most fire arms , as long as you understand their limitations . Of course , some rifles are better suited to some tasks than others . It is all dependent on what you wish to hunt .
    For double barrel rifles for shooting dangerous animals , however , l am firm in the view that such a rifle should have barrels of less than 26 inches in length , no automatic safety and double triggers .
    I equally respect both bolt operation rifles and double barrel rifles , but the only place where a double barrel rifle has a decided advantage over the bolt operation , is when pursuing wounded leopards into dense vegetation.
     
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    Thank you.
    I had read it, in your thread "Hunting, Weapons... for the Indian Buffalo (Gaur)"
    (Great / same Infos as you wrote here in your last two statements.)

    You wrote there, that a client lost his live in an hunt.
    Did you had written this story in an other thread also?
    Did that happend regulary? Or - hopefully - only one time?
    How often did you / your friend / an client was injured during this hunts in old India?
     
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    I am fortunate to say that none of my clients were ever killed under my watch. Only one ever got injured by a Gaur and he suffered some broken ribs.
    My late Shikari partner , Karim Chowdhury got bitten in the leg by a leopard in 1969 .
    I am fortunate I that l was never injured during my career as a professional Shikari . I received a few bruises now and then , but no serious injury , by the grace of God.
    An American client , however , guided by my late colleague , Rongon Daas did get killed by a Royal Bengal tiger , which he had attempted to kill with a .220 Swift caliber model 70 rifle from Winchester. I was not there during the actual incident , as l was guiding another client at the time . However , l had seen the client alive and l later saw his corpse after the incident had taken place .
     
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    An American client , however , guided by my late colleague , Rongon Daas did get killed by a Royal Bengal tiger , which he had attempted to kill with a .220 Swift caliber model 70 rifle from Winchester.

    ...even it is a sad story, atragical lost, did you have more details?
     
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    Sir
    The client was a believer in light , fast velocity bullets and had a theory that it would work for a 500 pound weight Royal Bengal tiger. Rongon Daas was his professional Shikari . The client shot the tiger accurately behind the shoulder. However , the bullet fragmented in the rock hard muscles of the tiger without reaching a vital organs. The tiger attacked him and savaged him to death .
     

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    Tragicly, Sir.

    And then?
    The police arrived?
    Is somebody "goes to prison"?
    Did this prof. shikari lost his job? Or did you work again?

    Did you hear of other (hunting/shooting)story, in witch a shikari, client, huntre, local lost his life?
     
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    Rongon Daas was arrested by the police and he was hung by the neck until dead , because he let his client die. Back in those days , a professional Shikari could be imprisoned or even hung to death , if he allowed his client to get hurt or killed negligently. Rumors had begun to surface that Rongon had abandoned his client to deal with the wounded Royal Bengal tiger alone , while Rongon Daas fled for his life . However , as l was not there at the scene , l do not wish to slander my deceased colleague by repeating rumours.
    I had a tracker lose one ear when he was attacked by a wounded leopard , but he had survived .
    I have heard of a few other incidents of clients losing their lives during a Shikar , however l was not personally present and only heard of the stories from surviving members of the Shikar parties.
     

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    Oh, that is shocking.
    And, in my option, un-fair and against "international human rights".
    (Bu..., back in These days..., i think nobody cares ist....)

    Was this under the "british law" or under "old indian"?

    Did he get and fair, open judge/court?
    Od did the government make the "descion"?
     
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    This was in 1965 and under old Indian law . I do not wish to comment upon the fairness of what happened , because the answer will involve politics . Perhaps a private message would help you ?
     

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    Yes, please.
    (Like we did it many times bevor.)
     
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    CLIENTS, PART II
    Did you also have clints, witch comes for wild-life watching also, photograhic safari oder fishing "only"?
    (No joke: I had read in old books, that there are also some clients, witch came from Great Britain to old India, "only" to catch butterflys. They collect them. By the way: You must have great species there.)
     
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    Oh , yes . We had many clients who would come , just for fishing or shooting birds or climbing hills. However , other guides were assigned to those duties. I preferred actual hunting , as it excited me more and the payment was higher.
     

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    What did you think / remember:
    - How many (ca.) clients did you have over the years?
    - How many (in %) came from USA, Europa, Russia and ....?
     
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    It is difficult to give an exact number. It must be remembered that Shikar season I India used to be seven months long and l was a professional Shikari for eight years . I would estimate roughly that at least a hundred clients and they came from all over the world. Mostly American , but many were European as well.
     

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    Thank you, Sir.

    Did you remember your first client?
    And your last one?

    What did you think about the hunting ban?
    Did you hope, it will be open again?
    - In the old days (1970...)?
    - Now (2020)?
     
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    I remember all my clients. I hated the hunting ban and l hoped it would be overturned .
    Today , in places like Kuch Bihar and Uttar Pradesh , Nilgai and boar are hunted as they damage crops
     

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