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A "GOOD DAY" FROM THE SOUTH AFRICN SAVANNAH

Hello the camp!

Having been reading through the posts on this forum for some time now, I like what I see here. I have a 10 year business visa for the US and have spent just wonderful times last year, sharing knowledge with aviation professionals in Florida, as well as camping by myself in the quiet and fascinating Everglades. The “deep south” people are like my own French Huguenot culture in South Africa, it seems - people went out of their way to make me feel welcome. And each one of them were a firearms owner and user.

Also, I have a gun correspondent / friend in Colorado, and if my application for a Canadian business visa is successful I hopefully shall spend time in British Columbia starting August, and who knows, may even go south to Tom in Colorado and look at an oldish Marlin in 35 Remington...

I regularly hunt bush and plains game (kudu, wildebeest, eland, impala, bushbuck, gemsbok, hartebeest, springbok, warthog, bushpig) in South Africa with my locally manufactured (Musgrave) bolt action rifles in .308W and .270W, spurwing geese with .22 Hornet and other game birds with a Gamba 12 gauge side by side shotgun and .22 LR. I also have a BRNO ZKK in .375H&H just because it just is such a lovely rifle to shoot.

I have become interested in lever-action rifles, seems to be the style to associate with when I am in Norhern America , so just maybe - with a fixed address in BC I may like to get myself a 30-30 and quite possibly a .338 Marlin Express. Having read about the Remington manufactured Marlins having quality issues I should like to receive some objective advice on that.

The new Remington "Leverevolution" ammunition interests me a great deal as suddenly my old impression that lever-guns were plinking toys needs a re-look. Because of the good supply of high quality European bolt action rifles in South Africa, as well as from our local Musgrave, Truvello, and a number of custom rifle makers we mostly shoot these. I have only seen the odd lever gun in a gun shop here but never in the field. Not even on a range.

Hopefully we can have some interesting and mutually meaningful interaction here, and who knows, even friendships may develop. In fact - I met my good friend Tom (Colorado) about 18 months ago on a US gun forum.

My specialist field is in aviation safety management, with the University of Southern California having been my initial mentor in this regard many years ago - and who knows, one may even establish contacts in that sphere via this forum.

So, a friendly "goeie-dag" (good day) from a SA hunter and outdoor's-man.
 

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iNTERESTING, Welcome, from Myrtle Beach,S.C. T REX
 

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Good Hunting, mate. :) We used to Musgraves on our rifle range. They were target rifles in 308.
 

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Hi and welcome from Bundaberg, Australia. As sullivan mentioned there were Musgrave .308 rifles on the firing line here also. There was also Musgrave ammo available here too at one time.
 

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Hello from the top of ILLNOISE ;D
 

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Welcome from Olympia, WA; in the great Pacific Northwest -
THE "ORIGINAL (North Haven, CT Rifles) MARLIN®" COUNTRY!
 

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Hello and welcome to Marlinowners from North Florida!
JW
 

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Hello and welcome to MarlinOwners from Pennsylvania!
 

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Welcome, from DFW, Texas
 

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Hi CanadianToBe, I am from NE Florida. This forum is very informative and friendly. Look into the International MO site. Welcome aboard. Marla
 

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Welcome from the Republic of Texas...
 

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Well.... how about that...

My flabber is gasted. Many thanks for the many kind responses, one surely feels welcome and more than a little humbled.

For those who have mentioned knowledge of the Musgrave target rifles - I owned a single shot and used to be part of the South African Air Force Bisley team. It is a very straight shooter with its sturdy, covered receiver and the same hammer forged barrel than the sport rifles, but having a slightly thicker barrel.

My main hunting rifle (Musgrave .308W) has a slender barrel of 24 inches but that does not seem to change the consistent good grouping - always has been sub MOA off the shelf since I bought it in 1972, and still is today after many, many 1000's of factory and hand loaded ammunition.

BUT, if I do take up temporary residence in BC or (small possibility) Colorado or Wyoming I am going lever-gun for sure. So educate me!

Again, sincere thanks for all the kind responses.
 

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old welder said:
Hello from the top of ILLNOISE ;D
That is quite a line-up on that avatar, sir... What are they?
 

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Very welcome from Northern Patagonia - Chile

You really don't know what are you getting into, do you? :D

I had a friend from George in another forum (motorbikes), do you live nearby?

I hope you enjoy being here as much as I've done.

Cheers
 
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