Cal, congratulations and thank you for sharing. How many doubles does that make that you've brought back to their original intended game fields?? How are you storing the trophy bits over there until USFWS cures its cranio-rectal inversion syndrome?
I have not used factory ammo since the late 1970s. In those days it was .405 and the express Winchesters (.50-110 and .50-95) that had my interest. By the late '80s it was doubles and in those days no factory ammo was available, anywhere.
I have used my Wilkes .600 on six trips to Africa and Australia as well as a moose in Alaska. My .450 no2 Lang has taken buffalo, giraffe, and grizzly. Most of my hunting has been done with a .450-400 Harrison and Hussey owned my Douglas Jardine (google him for a cooll story), and now the .500 Watson. In Alaska and the US I have shot bison, caribou, moose, bear, and whitetail with doubles also, but shooting two bison in South Dakota with my 4-bore does not count as an intended game field!!
The elephant feet and tusks will be stored in Zim until if and when the ban is lifted.
I have picked up a Rigby double in .350 no2 and will take it for caribou this September 2-10. I also have a selection of black powder cartridge doubles from .450 to 4-bore but I have not hunted with them as much as the nitro doubles. I have thought about bringing my .577 bpe on the caribou trip in case a grizzly wanders close by.
As I am getting older it will soon be time to pass on the doubles and enter the rest home. Until then, there is still a bit of hunting to do in Africa and home.
The hunt is about over and Wayne and I will make out way back to Bulawayo tomorrow. However I went out for a baboon (shot with Wayne's .375) and a good warthog with my .500. Here is a pic of the pig. Tonight, our last night in camp, we will drag the baboon and warthog to try to get a shot at a hyena. Cheers, Cal.
Again, thank you fellas for the kind words. Yes, the railroad camp was amazing, a bit of the old Rhodesia that is gone forever. As to Coldswede's request (just above), this is my last nighnt in Zim and I will fly hoem tomorrow. I've got nothing to do so I will see if I can make a thread in the double rifles section . If I can't do it just now, I will do it when I return home on the 28th or shortly thereafter. (I will also include a few I have for sale).