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Levergun Safari 2007

Between June 3rd and June 10th this year 10 lever action enthusiasts joined us on safari in South Africa's Limpopo Province. We had an excellent time and several great trophies were taken including a 39" Eland, 56" Kudu, 19" Blesbok and several others.

I thought I'd share some of the pictures with members of this forum...


SCI Gold Medal Eland (Al from California)


Blesbok


56" Kudu


Blue Wildebeest taken by Tom from Colorado


Impala


This Caracal was shot in broad daylight


Impala taken by Regan from Missouri


Mark from England brought his .450NE double - built by himself especially for this safari to kill this Blue Wildebeest


Josh from West Virginia's Blue Wildebeest


JJ's (also from West Virginia) Impala


Jim's Zebra


Regan's Wildebeest


16 year old Devin (Colorado) killed his first African animal - a Zebra Stallion on his first hunting day


Later Devin successfully hunted this Impala Ram

A DVD containing some great hunting sequences and stalks was made of the hunt which we would like to share with members of this forum. So we are offering free copies of the DVD to the first 2 members of this forum who send me a PM with their address details.

Good Hunting!

Chris Troskie

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very nice!!!! what calibers were you using and what bullets? i can't wait to get to namibia. Thumbs up

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kevin davis wrote:
very nice!!!! what calibers were you using and what bullets? i can't wait to get to namibia. Thumbs up

Amongst some of the calibers used were a .308 Marlin (on the Eland, Blesbok and an Impala), .348 Winchester (Zebra), .375 Ruger, .338, (Kudu, Wildebeest, Giraffe), .270 (Zebra, Impala, Wildebeest), .300 Win Mag (Caracal, Wildebeest, Steenbok). .45-70 -(Warthog, Impala, Wildebeest). Unfortunately I cannot recall the bullet weights and brands of all the ammo used. And I know I am missing at least two lever action calibers.

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i cannot imagine the logistics necessary for 10 hunters at once. thanks for the reply. i enjoyed the pictures a second time around.

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kevin davis wrote:
i cannot imagine the logistics necessary for 10 hunters at once. thanks for the reply. i enjoyed the pictures a second time around.

Thank you sir, I have to admit that the logistical part of the hunt was a challenge but one that we managed to overcome with relative ease. The most challenging part logistics-wise was getting everyone from the airport to the hunting camp as the 13 clients arrived on three different flights (first one at 06:30 and the last one at 16:30).

Once there, my fiance (partner) the PH's and other camp staff made sure that everything ran smoothly.

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Don't know weather to yell at you for not checking in more or tell you nice pictures first. I'll risk it, nice picture's! There's something about Africa that must tear on everyone, I know it does on me. I usually always check out what's on the Africa site's but somehow this escaped me for a few day's. Of course I was gone a couple of them.

Do you have Bongo where your at? I've read a bit about them in the past and they really are mysterious animals. I understand they are fairly rare and inhabit some really heavy forest's.

Welcome back stranger! Stop in again,,,,,,,soon!

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Don Fischer wrote:
Don't know weather to yell at you for not checking in more or tell you nice pictures first. I'll risk it, nice picture's! There's something about Africa that must tear on everyone, I know it does on me. I usually always check out what's on the Africa site's but somehow this escaped me for a few day's. Of course I was gone a couple of them.

Do you have Bongo where your at? I've read a bit about them in the past and they really are mysterious animals. I understand they are fairly rare and inhabit some really heavy forest's.

Welcome back stranger! Stop in again,,,,,,,soon!

Hi Don, yeah I've been away for a while - partly because I've been busy hunting and partly because I recently moved my operation to ranch e bought in Limpopo where my internet connection hasn't beenvery dependable. With that problem solved (hopefully) I'll try to contribute to this forum more regulary.

We have no Bongo here in the Southern parts of Africa. The Western Bongo only occurs naturally up in West Africa (Camaroon, CAR, Gabon, DRC, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone Sudan and Togo and the Eastern variety occurs in Kenia. They are indeed rare and very sought after as trophies.

Regards,

Chris

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Someone used a .348 win... Wow, what I would give for one of those old boys. I'm a big lever action guy myself with a 35 remington, 30/30, 2 45/70's, 358 win, and a .444 marlin.

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maddenwh wrote:
Someone used a .348 win... Wow, what I would give for one of those old boys. I'm a big lever action guy myself with a 35 remington, 30/30, 2 45/70's, 358 win, and a .444 marlin.

Yeah, that .348 has quite a bit of history behind it and it still works very well. My favourite lever action calibre is the .45-70. Thumbs up

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Congrats on all your success!!

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EXCELLENT!!!

I wanted to take my 45-70 guide gun with me, my PH suggested not to due to the area we where to be hunting being much to open, not to much bush.

BUT NEXT TIME!!! Yes

Great trophies! Well done!!

That Eland bull is nice. what did it score for SCI. The one I shot was a 87 3/4, yours had to score around 100 or so I would think.

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