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Man Magnum December 2019

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

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South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
R 390
8 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
sins of the fathers

HUNTING AND SHOOTING, much like politics and rugby, can lead to lively and contentious debates. Range manners and safety, as discussed in the Oct 19 edition, is definitely one such topic. This year I experienced several incidents on shooting ranges that left a bitter taste in my mouth. One upsetting incident involved a father forcing his son to ‘man up’ and take the recoil from a rifle that was clearly uncomfortable to fire. Demonstrating to the boy how to shoot, the father, on pulling the trigger of his .30-06, was whipping up his head with each shot. The rifle clearly had a poorly designed stock which was recoiling upward to punish his cheek-bone. However, he forced his son, who was 12 or 13 years old, to shoot the same rifle over…

4 min.

Range Manners The article on range manners and safety in your October issue was informative. Our Club in Windhoek has found that for safe operation, you mostly (but not exclusively) need to comply with TWO rules: 1. The range is only operational with a dedicated Range Officer on duty. 2. A bolt may only be in a rifle when the range is closed for shooting. Rule number 2 has been expanded to include the requirement that you must arrive at the range with your rifle’s bolt already removed. When shooters arrive at the range, the RO inspects all rifles for compliance with this rule. Because non-member visitors aren’t aware of the club’s safety rules, they are generally the ones who must be asked to remove their rifles’ bolts on arrival. I have witnessed a visitor…

4 min.
a funny thing happened...

IT WAS TO be a walk-and-stalk affair. Three groups of two men each, on a decent -sized farm with both southern and mountain reedbuck, though kudu was the main prize. The uneven ground with open meadows and valleys divided by bush, both acacia and brachystegia, was perfect for kudu. This was early in the cell phone era and successful hunters could phone for assistance for butchering and recovery, so the men carried only a rifle each and a decent knife. It had been a long morning, though not too hot, being May. An extended pause before exiting a large bushy section paid off when a herd of five kudu, including a bull, appeared, feeding on the edge of the next clump of broadleaved brachystegia not 400m away. Having won the toss,…

9 min.
.38 rethinking the special

LIKE LONG-PLAYING VINYL records, cassette tapes, and drive-in movie theatres, the once highly-popular .38 Spe cartridge has faded into the shad As newer calibres, or perhaps more correctly, newer delivery platforms in the form of high-capacity, semi-auto pistols increasingly gained ground, the writing was on the wall for the old war horse. Or was it? The .38 Special first saw the light of day in 1898 when it was chambered in the original Military and Police K-frame revolvers of Smith and Wesson (S&W), the most produced revolver line in history. The earliest cartridges were charged with 21 grains of black powder, but just a year later the switch to smokeless propellant took place. This cartridge was designed as a higher velocity cartridge with better penetration potential than the .38 Long Colt used…

7 min.
karoo waterbuck well worth waiting for…

TRACKER FRANS AND I inched our way forward through the head-high grass. Somewhere ahead we had seen the horn tips of a mature waterbuck bull as he oved slowly towards our left. We followed him for a minute or so until he disappeared in hicker vegetation. In all probability he had sensed us but he had not run away – we would have heard that. Visibility was limited to about 20 metres so we moved slowly, expecting the bull to appear at close range. I was after a specific trophy bull and would have to make a split-second call if he was the one. My .375H&H had a cartridge up the spout and the safety was on, my right thumb ready to flick it to the fire position. We never…

6 min.
buffalo in the scrub

THERE IS A popular belief that buffalo are generally ll bad and very dangerous. I have found this to be exaggerated, though buffalo can be extremely dangerous hen wounded or injured, especially if carelessly followed-up, and particularly in thick bush or when you come upon one unexpectedly. This is the case with most dangerous animals. However, when a wounded buffalo does attack, it is a very hard animal to turn or put down, particularly with a calibre lighter than .375H&H. You must keep your nerve and shoot straight. Rather strive to avoid a charge by ensuring that your first shot is well-placed through the vital organs – that way a buffalo dies as any other animal. The only way to fell a big animal instantly is to hit the brain or…