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Man Magnum

April 2019

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

South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
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12 Issues


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hunting season

HUNING SEASON IS upon us. In this edition we have placed greater emphasis preparation, and we offer some hunting opportunities to add to your browsing list. When it com s to handing out hunting advice I have always focussed on fitness, as I have found this to be the most frequent reason for a hunt to end leaving a bitter taste in the mouth. A broken rifle or scope is a major disaster, but after a scope-mount failed on my rifle, miles away from civilization, rendering it useless as I had no open sights to revert to, I decided to have fun by shooting with my camera instead. The remainder of the hunt turned out wonderfully; I stalked to within 30m of a blue wildebeest and even closer…

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Ruger Fan I have just read the letter by Savage Fan (March 2019) about accuracy issues with his new Sako rifle. I had similar accuracy issues with a Ruger M77 in .300 Win bought from a Rand-burg dealer in the early 1990s. As a reloader, I was keen on downloading to achieve .30-06 ballistics but after many frustrating days at the old Milnerton range, I could only reduce the groups to near ‘acceptable hunting accuracy’, with 220gr bullets and pretty fierce recoil to go with it. A local gunsmith advised me to contact Ruger directly via email. They replied immediately, asking for further details. Within a week I had received an email asking me to collect my new barrel from VLT Arms in Pretoria which would be ready…

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no room in the ark

MY LAST HUNT with my good pal, the late John Tinley, was most 20 years ago now. A trag g dy: an escaped lion with now where to go. I had been carrying a rifle around Afr for something like 50 years, either a Mauser or a p or army FN, as the situation demanded, and considered myself reasonably experienced and fairly knowledgeable about the bush and hunting. That is, until I met John. Only then did I realize how little I really knew. Game Warden, PH, hunter, he ranked among the best of the best. During his pre-retirement years, the powers-that-be foolishly moved him from the game reserves, where he belonged, to the post of District Conservation Officer Eshowe.The three-and-a-half year old male lion had been chased…

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glock's g43x & g48 silver slimline pistols

1: The lip on the front of the G48’s extractor extends past the slide when a round is chambered. The slide lock lever is now activated by a coil spring. 2: The small paddle on the face of the trigger is the only manual safety device and must be pressed in completely before the pistol can be fired. 3: GMB rifling. 4: Built-in beavertail. 5. Front cocking grooves. 6: Reversible magazine catch. WHEN GLOCK PISTOLS were introduced they were looked upon with askance by many, but within a few year their acceptance by law enforcement, military, civilian and competitive shooter as overwhelming and today these polymer-frame pistols are often considered the standard by which all other…

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get yourself ready

John Wambach commencing the first long climb out of the canyon with the full hide and back leg of a mountain zebra on his pack-frame. Author was carrying both shoulders. Packs were left in the canyon; it took two trips to carry out the zebra meat. Then they went back for their packs. IT’S THE FIRST week in February as I write this, and the weather is hot – not conducive to physical exertion. But this is the time of year to hit the road, Jack, if you want to be fit and properly prepared for the season. I have not hunted for several years now (youthful injuries exact their toll as we age) but if life taught me anything it is that hunters must be…

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roll out the barrel

THERE CAN BE no doubt that from chamber to muzzle, a barrel’s role in achieving accurate shooting is a decisive one. It also has a finite life. With this in mind, one can segregate the different contributing features which together make a good rifled barrel. The need to keep up with the demand for ever increasing chamber pressures in firearms led to an amazing metallurgical evolution in barrel fabrication, from the early days of wrought iron to those of Damascus steel and then on to today’s excellent forged carbon steels and ferroalloys. The challenge in containing a typical pressure of 50 000 PSI in a modern firearm can be seen in perspective when one considers that a modern boiler may be limited to a maximum live steam pressure…