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Been a while since I've posted anything on the board. Still been checking in from time to time though. To the point of the subject line......

Was going through the safe the other day just cleaning and wiping everything down and got to thinking it would be fun to go back again this year with a couple of guys for a 10-day lever gun only plains game hunt.

Been going to Namibia at least once a year for the past 10-years. Same place, Sebra Hunting Safaris - http://www.sebrahunt.com/
In fact the first time I went there was with my Marlin 1895 SS in 45/70 and a Ruger #1 in 45/70 and had a great time. If you go to their web site, I'm the goof ball with the pretty girl in the upper left corner photo of the gemsbok. The 1895 Marlin in the foreground belongs to my wife (don't tell the pretty girl in the photo) :D That was her first ever "kill".

Would be a great opportunity because my friend still has some dates open this Aug and Sept. Even better, because of these openings, he's offering a 25% discount on his 2018 daily rates. Makes that about $265 a day on a 1x1 hunt and $210 a day if two or more go. Can handle up to four hunters at a time. Our group would be the only ones on the property (50K low fence acres) for the duration of the trip.

Just tossing this out and if anyone is interested PM or public post to this and I'll start filling in details.
 

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Wish I could, we have a family trip planned this year and my youngest is going to be headed to college in the Fall.
 

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That sounds totally awesome, but I've just committed to a NZ stag hunt for March of 2020. Not enough moolah to do 2 hunts like that in 7 or 8 months (well, there actually is, but I'm sure my loving bride would probably shoot me with one of my own guns if I tried to do that).
 

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Hahahahah - I can't keep her away! Funny thing is she was always a "city girl". Never was around firearms, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping etc when we met 13-years ago. First year we went, 2008, she didn't have a rifle but still was out with us every day and loved it. We booked to go back the following year before we left. On the flight back she asked if I though she could hunt the next year. I said ABSOLUTELY! Got her to the range and started on a 22, moved up to a 308 and then light loaded 45/70. I will tell you - SHE IS DEADLY. For Christmas that year, I got her the Marlin in the pic. 3rd day in, she and Jan go down off a kopje and I stay put and watch through the binos. They put on a great stalk and close to 130yds and "one shot - one kill" and she is absolutely HOOKED. In addition to the Marlin, she now has her own 308, custom fit Siamese Mauser in 45/70 and a Ruger Alaskan in 375 Ruger. She's even pulled the trigger on Jan's 500 Jeffery - not once but THREE TIMES AND ASKED FOR MORE! Unfortunately, Jan was out of rounds. In 2017 we were over culling in a neighboring farm due the extended drought. She was making head shots out to 250 yds on zebra, hartebeest, gemsbok and blue wildebeest and we took a bunch of animals. So, I am sure if the "guys" all agree, she will gladly come along!

I've attached a copy of his 2018 price list and details. Remember to take $25% off the daily rate listed if we book by 1 Apr. We don't have to do the hunt by then, just book and confirm with a deposit. I've been there every month from Apr to mid Oct and Aug-Sep are the best weather/temp wise.

I'll work up an example cost breakdown for a "typical" 10-day trip.

I just helped a friend who has been there a couple of times book airline tickets for he and his son for this July and got him tickets for just under $1500 r/t.
 

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Sgt Zim - Just bring her along!!

We didn't go to Namibia last year (2017) we did an Australian water buffalo cull hunt. 30+ buff in 5 days. Mostly all head shots with 375's and Anila took nearly 1/2 of them!!
 

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The best things about Namibia are:

1. Very safe! We've rented cars and have driven all over the place either before or after hunting there - no issues and no worries.

2. Non-malaria area so no special shots or vaccinations required. I do recommend you at least update your tetanus shot because it's like that ol' John Wayne move with Catherine Hepburn, "Rooster Cogburn", "Remember sister, everything out there will either bite ya, stab ya or stick ya".

3. Not a "shared" camp. He only books between 6-8 hunts a season and our group would be the ONLY ones on the property.

4. The terrain, flora and fauna are great if you want to "hunt" and "stalk". If you're a good "hunter" typical shots can be under 125yds. We've even been able to work up to withing 25yds without getting busted. If you want to bring an extra rifle for trying some long range baboon shooting can do that too.

5. The country and people are VERY hunter friendly and it is VERY easy to get firearms and ammo in/out.
 

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Nice of you to make the offer and sounds great, but with my finances the way they are, I'll just have to re-read my Hemmingway, Ruark and Capstick books.
 
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HiKayaker - you know that Hemingway's story, "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" is actually based on a true event?
 

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Hahahahah - I can't keep her away! Funny thing is she was always a "city girl". Never was around firearms, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping etc when we met 13-years ago. First year we went, 2008, she didn't have a rifle but still was out with us every day and loved it. We booked to go back the following year before we left. On the flight back she asked if I though she could hunt the next year. I said ABSOLUTELY! Got her to the range and started on a 22, moved up to a 308 and then light loaded 45/70. I will tell you - SHE IS DEADLY. For Christmas that year, I got her the Marlin in the pic. 3rd day in, she and Jan go down off a kopje and I stay put and watch through the binos. They put on a great stalk and close to 130yds and "one shot - one kill" and she is absolutely HOOKED. In addition to the Marlin, she now has her own 308, custom fit Siamese Mauser in 45/70 and a Ruger Alaskan in 375 Ruger. She's even pulled the trigger on Jan's 500 Jeffery - not once but THREE TIMES AND ASKED FOR MORE! Unfortunately, Jan was out of rounds. In 2017 we were over culling in a neighboring farm due the extended drought. She was making head shots out to 250 yds on zebra, hartebeest, gemsbok and blue wildebeest and we took a bunch of animals. So, I am sure if the "guys" all agree, she will gladly come along!

I've attached a copy of his 2018 price list and details. Remember to take $25% off the daily rate listed if we book by 1 Apr. We don't have to do the hunt by then, just book and confirm with a deposit. I've been there every month from Apr to mid Oct and Aug-Sep are the best weather/temp wise.

I'll work up an example cost breakdown for a "typical" 10-day trip.

I just helped a friend who has been there a couple of times book airline tickets for he and his son for this July and got him tickets for just under $1500 r/t.
If you have a gal like that....don't you dare leave her home! I am lucky enough to have one very much like yours.

Padraig
 

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Padraig - am am truly lucky when I met her. If you go to Sebra's web site above and click on the "Trophies" and then to 2012, about half way down on the left hand side you'll see her with her kudu and Siamese Mauser. That kudu actually measured out at 59 7/8" inches.

Drop down one more photo and you'll see us with a pair of red hartebeest. We shot those simultaneously and just spun them around and set them up. The rifle I've got in the photo is a custom Win 70 in 450 Marlin.
 

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Just want to be 100% clear - I DO NOT GET A CUT OR A COMMISSION for doing this! I pay my own way, all the way! So, why am I doing this?

I wish I had gotten to Africa earlier in my life and honestly just want to help others who may have always dreamed of going but really had no idea of who to go with, where to go or how much it would cost. I've been damn fortunate in my life and I sincerely want to help others make a life long dream trip actually happen. I truly enjoy getting to see "Africa" again though someone else's "new eyes".

The other reason is Jan and I have become dear friends. His family has owned the "farm" since 1900 and he is 3rd generation on it. We've watch his two kids grow up and being a "farm kid" myself, I understand his desire to leave the place to his son. I chose the military for a 28yr career and therefore the "family farm" for me is gone. So, I'm trying to help someone else keep "the farm in the family".
 

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Namibia is definitely on my short list. I met several guides at Houston Safari Club expo weekend before last, plus I've already made the acquaintance of a couple others. True gentlemen, all of them.

Out of curiosity, what sort of loads are you working up?

I've grown really fond of shooting Piledrivers and PDJs. I get amazing accuracy at about 1625 fps.
 

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Sgt Zim:

I am familiar with the Pile Drivers but haven't used them. I have used Crater's and Crater Lites and Cast Performance WFLN with gas checks in the 405-425gr range in the lever guns - 45/70 and 450 Marlin. Was running those at about 1800 in the 45/70 and 1950 in the 1895 in 450 Marlin. Had a CP WFLN go just about full length from the chest to the skin under the ham of a gemsbok. That was the only one I ever recovered. In 2011, I was in the Natal Province in eastern RSA. Using my 1895 450 Marlin and 385gr CP WFLN at your 1625-1650 velocity. Shot a nyala broadside at 130 yrds. Complete pass through and then completely through the trunk of a 6" mopane tree. I and the PH were both impressed! :five:

In Anila's Siamese Mauser 45/70 and my Win 70 in 450 Marlin we run 350gr TSX's at 2350-2400. To be honest, your load is more than adequate. Just sight in for a point blank range of 125yds and know your hold over out to 175yds. Again, most of your shots will be under 150.

The BIGGEST MISTAKE most American hunters make is they don't study or remember that ALL of the African antelope species have their vital organs farther forward in the chest. If you shoot in that "crease just behind the front leg" like on a white tail deer all you're going to hit is guts. Will pretty much promise your current load will be broadside pass through on everything up to kudu. Would still be just fine on eland and stop under the off side skin.

Edited to add - their shoulder bone structure is a bit different too. When you see them broadside, you can actually see "vital triangle" formed by the bones. On a gemsbok this vital triangle is about 6" in dia.

I've got the shot placement book(s) and we'll have time to study/review it all on the flight(s) over. :eek:
 

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Here is a quick shot placement primer "rule of thumb" for ALL African antelope from the tiniest Damara Land dik dik to eland:

On a true broadside shot the aim point is straight up the front, 1/3 of the way UP from the bottom of the chest. Hit there and you center punch the heart.

If you are a little low, you take out the bottom of the heart. If you're a little high, you take out he arteries at the top. If a little higher still (1/2 way up the body) you'll spine it. Any hits above 2/3 way up the body and all you'll hit is meat and you'll NEVER recover it.

If the animal is quartering towards or away, the rule of thumb stays the same just use the OFF SIDE front leg instead of the on side one.

Even it you hit'em in the heart you can expect them to run a hundred yards or more.
 

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By the way - this would be a great trip for anyone with a 44 Mag, Marlin 308 MX, 30/30, 35 Rem, 405 Win, 444, 45/70, 450 Marlin, 50 Alaskan etc.
 
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