I had the opportunity to hunt with Jamy Traut Hunting Safaris for a leopard and various plains game species. I used a new (for me!) bullet that, because of its excellent performance, I decided to review after-the-fact. Hornady‘s ELD-X worked perfectly on Springbok, Wildebeest and Zebra. It also dropped a big Tom leopard! You can check out my review here.
If you happen to be one of the two people who read my posts, you might remember that I have been preparing to head to Mozambique for a Safari in Coutada 11. The bad news, Mozambique has still not opened. The good news, Namibia has. The significance, I’m heading to Namibia in a week for a leopard hunt with Jamy Traut Hunting Safaris! The rifle I am taking is an MG Arms Ultralight in 7mm Remington Magnum (see TTAG review here). On top of that custom rifle is a Leupold VX-5HD 3-15x44mm CDS-ZL2 scope. The review of this fantastic optic is now out, and you can find it here.
Carol and Kerry O’Day have sent me quite a few rifles to review. Their firearms work really well. I once reviewed a first firearm for another custom builder and it didn’t work well. I wrote that. They still don’t speak to me. Carol’s and Kerry’s firearms work. The rifles shoot straight, are light (I need that more and more these days), and they don’t have objectionable recoil – even the .416 Taylor they built for me. This 7mm Remington Magnum did the same. Check it out here.
Man, I use to really hate writing book reviews in school. That’s why I am so surprised by the enjoyment I get from writing them now. But, then again, the books I read in school often held little interest for someone in love with the writings of Ruark, O’Connor et al…
My newest review discusses the autobiography of the great elephant hunter, ‘Karamojo’ Bell. Bell’s claim-to-fame was the use of what would be considered ultra-light calibers for taking the toughest of Africa’s game animals. I hope you enjoy my foray into Bell’s life as a hunter. Check it out here.
This ‘hunting’ story or more accurately, ‘preparation for hunting’ story, was very enjoyable to write. It allowed me to dream of using my late-Dad’s custom built rifle to take a Cape Buffalo. It is yet to be seen whether that dream will become a reality, but I’m going to give it a go this November. Hope you enjoy this article as much as I did putting it together. You can check it out here.
“As usual, I was anxiously waiting for my SKB double-rifle guncase to appear after my flight from Johannesburg into Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport. I breathed a sigh of relief as the agent brought it into the check-in room on the other side of the glass partition.
“If my brother had not grabbed my arm, I would have been pounding on the glass a few seconds later. Instead of placing the guncase onto the empty spaces on the shelf, or setting it down on the floor, she raised it up to chest height and dropped the case onto the concrete. I guess she was making it crystal clear that she was anti-hunting…
“That episode made me start wondering if there was another option available that might act to camouflage my firearms a bit better than my beloved SKB carrier…”
My latest book review, this one on Taylor’s African Rifles and Cartridges, just appeared. This is a text I return to over-and-over-again when researching rifles and cartridges for hunting in Africa, and elsewhere. I hope you too love this classic Africana!