Discussion in 'Articles' started by Kawshik Rahman, Oct 22, 2019.
On a related subject , what is a real man and a fake man ?
Thank you for another excellent report.
Thank you so much for your kind words
He killed 'em with # 7 1/2 birdshot ! It was a charging lioness
I wonder what he would think of you guys not being able to stop leopards with 0 buck shot .
BTW a lion weighs around 500 to 550 pounds
If a guy who can't stop a charging lioness with # 7 1/2 birdshot isn't a real man , then l don't know who is
Number 7.5 bird shot is even smaller than number 6 . You cannot kill a charging cat with this shot size. Mr. Capstick must have been very lucky. No doubt , he is more skilled than l . But l do not see how number 7.5 shot can kill any dangerous animal
Alright . I gladly admit Mr. Capstick is indeed more of a man than l am.
Kawshik, is it possible that some of the 7.5 bird shot penetrated through the lion's eyes and entered the brain?
Yes. I did not think of that possibility . I am afraid l have no experience with lions , so it would be very bold and unethical of me to make assumptions. But if a lion weighs 500 pounds , which is equal to a Royal Bengal tiger , and a Royal Bengal tiger can withstand SG cartridges being fired at it's head in many circumstances , l am genuinely amazed how number 7.5 shot would work on a lion. I am most interested in knowing more.
Kawshik, I'm not an avid shotgunner and don't reload shot shells. I do know that there is a lot of individual pellets in a 12 Ga. shell using number 7.5 shot. Like you I'm doubtful that the shot penetrated the lion's scull, but some pellets going through one or both eyes into the brain seems to me to be the only possibility.
Yes. It is used for doves in Bangladesh . We also use it for competition skeet type targets shooting. The pellets are so small. I doubt it would kill a man , unless you shot him in the throat . A lion is very improbable. Your theory is a very sound one. What it implies is that the shot could have got into the brain through an already existing orifice , like the eye holes . I agree. It does seem like the only way
I suspect Hoss Delgado might be joking, partly. It is also possible that Mr. Capstick has slightly exaggerated his successes during his exploits in Africa.
Lions are large. Not nearly as large as tigers, though.
I cannot think of any way a number 7.5 cartridge can kill a lion except through sheer luck. Yes , it must be a joke of some sort.
Very scary report! So glad Jeddiah survived and was brave enough to return to tracking! He obviously loved it!
On a side note, Mr Capstick was known for embellishing his stories to keep the reader interested. At close enough range, a full high velocity load of 7.5 birdshot can do serious damage, but penetrating a lion skull would require a lot of luck I would think. Possibly destroy a neck vertebrae would be possible and more likely. At point black range the small shot still in the wad possibly acts more like a solid lead slug.
Thank you so much for appreciating the account. We all loved what we did . Hunting dangerous animals is in our blood. It is akin to riding a roller coaster at an amusement park. It is terrifying but enjoyable.
Regarding Mr. Capstick , your theory is sound. Neck region and spinal column might be possible , but a shot that penetrated a lion skull seems a little extreme to me.
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