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Man Magnum December 2018

The leading magazine for the South African hunting and conservation fraternity. Suid-Afrika se top-tydskrif vir die jagter en bewaarder.

South Africa
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CHF 21.87
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BEING A FREE STATER now frequenting Gauteng, I openly admit that I do not like the place. It’s overcrowded, traffic is a nightmare, it smells bad, the roads are unquestionably more dangerous compared to my hometown, and of course crime is an ever-present danger. Suffice it to say I feel less safe here than in the Free State. Reading the latest report of the SA Institute of Race Relations (IRR), Broken Blue Line 3 on the involvement of the SAPS in serious and violent crime in SA, makes me even more uneasy. Unfortunately, the simple truth is I have reached the point where I no longer trust our representatives of law and order. I know there are many honest, hardworking police officers in the service, but the bad apples have spoilt…

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6.5x47 Lapua A Magnum article on the 6.5 Lapua (June 2018) reminded me of a wildcat that never was. I started my antelope hunting career with a second-hand Brno in .308. At that stage I had no preference for the .308, I was just aware that any calibre from .256 to .30-06 would be adequate for my quarry – antelope up to wildebeest/kudu size. One of the local gun shops had the Brno .308 at the right price and a month or two later the rifle was in the gun safe specifically acquired for it. Little did I know it would become my favourite. I used the Brno almost exclusively for all my hunting. I never found out if it was capable of minute-of-angle accuracy; I remained acutely aware only of my…

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shooting sticks

I REMEMBER THE first springbuck I shot. It happened on a Karoo farm when the rocks were still soft. I was placed in position and the farmer told me to shoot ten springbuck. No-one told me I was to spend the whole day under a thorn tree with not a bite to eat or a drink to slake my thirst! Still, I enjoyed the day immensely. I shot my ten springbuck too. Ten buck in one day was radically new to me then, as my usual quarry was bushbuck and duiker, and, if I was lucky, I shot only one or two a day. If I remember correctly, there were ten guns on the shoot that day, and my eyes must have been as big as the proverbial saucers when I…

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smith & wesson m&p 9 m2.0 compact

SMITH & WESSON, ESTABLISHED 166 years ago, have always been noted for their quality, attention to detail and innovative designs. Their historical contributions to modern firearm development are legend, and continue to this day. And so it was in 2005, with their introduction of the S&W M&P (Military & Police) range of polymer framed pistols. I recently tested S&W’s recent offering in this series, the M&P 9 M2.0 Compact. On opening the very neat, lockable plastic case with the S&W M&P M2.0 logo neatly moulded into the lid, I was delighted with the package presentation. Not only is this a very good-looking pistol, but three 15-round magazines are supplied as standard. In addition there were two grip spacers, a comprehensive user manual, lock, and three additional back-strap adapters. Finished in Armornite, both slide…

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long range shooting

GOOD OPTICS ARE imperative to ensure repeatable results at long range. We are not going to compare brands here but point out desirable features and explain why they are needed. The old adage, “You can’t hit what you can’t see” is definitely applicable. That does not mean you need 30 times magnification to ensure repeated hits on a steel plate at 1 000m. A scope somewhere between a 4–12x40mm and 8–32x50mm is entirely sufficient. In fact, a magnification of 30 will adversely affect your target acquisition in several ways. The field of view is reduced to such an extent that you will struggle to identify changes in wind strength and direction, and locating the target can take longer than necessary, especially a moving target. Image quality starts to suffer with high…

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two record book kafue lechwe

WHEN I WAS hunting in Zambia, I usually took my clients to hunt Kafue lechwe on Lochinvar in the swamps of the Kafue River. These are the largest of the lechwe subspecies and are found only in that part of Africa. This area is a huge floodplain; the river meanders through with reed-banks and papyrus along the edge. Shallow flats surround the swamps and there are small islands dotted far out, with bushes here and there where the big lechwe like to hide away. Lechwe herds on the floodplain can number in the thousands. Some herds of bulls collect in groups of five or six hundred, mostly fairly young animals, though some good trophies can be taken. Here, most safari outfits take lechwe on dry land. However, if the PH…