Leupold VX-5HD 3-15x44mm CDS-ZL2 Rifle Scope

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.

MG Arms Ultra-Light in 7mm Remington Magnum

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.

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‘The Wanderings of an Elephant Hunter’ by W.D.M. ‘Karamojo’ Bell

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.

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Use Enough Bullet: .35 Whelen Improved and Swift A-Frame Bullets for Cape Buffalo

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.
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Nalpak’s Tuffpak – Roadtrip Test!

A bit of the article that will appear in TheTruthAboutGuns.com in the ‘Things That Don’t Suck’ category. The video was recorded at the Government Training Institute‘s facility.

“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…”

 

Mark Haldane of Zambeze Delta Safaris on Hunting and Conservation in Africa – Dallas Safari Club

OK, so Frances and I got to interview many super stars in our industry – Craig Boddington, Jérôme Lanoue of L’Atelier Verney-Carron, etc – at the Dallas Safari Club Convention, but no one is a bigger super star than Mark Haldane of Zambezi Delta Safaris.
 
Mark isn’t just a Professional Hunter, he is a conservationist par excellence, and a humanitarian. He believes that to conserve ecosystems you MUST involve the local people.
 
Check out the results from our interview of a conservationist/humanitarian here.
 
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