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bwheasler
May 21, 2009, 06:03 PM
It has been done. I have just returned from my first South African hunt and all I can say is WOW! The amount of game I saw was staggering. Everytime you turned around the was another animal. The ranch has been in business for 16 years and have never seen a slug gun, and had no idea what it was capable of. But, the first day dropping a blesbok at 172 steps got their attention. Next a big Kudu folded at 55 steps, got up and staggered 30 more before giving up the ghost. Next was a very nice impala at 125. Then a springbok at 140. Finally a female duiker at 100 on the last day. We hunted hard but could not get a shot at a good male. The bush pig hunt was an extra, and probably the most memorable. We met the dog guys and their hounds well before daylight. Some farmers had been having damage on the orange and apricot groves. What the didn't tell me was the grow their fruits in the mountains. A bush pig hunt in the mountains with dogs was by far the hardest thing I have ever done. I excerted myself so much I could not get out of bed the next day. Now that's hunting. The slugs peformed as advertised with 90% weight retension or better. I recover 4 out of 6 slugs, with the springbok and duiker pass thru's. So when they tell you " Your gunna use that ther' slug gun" you say yea, it's tested Africa tough. This was a spot and stalk hunt all the way. No blinds, just boot leather. Try Thorndale Safaris, super people, stately lodge, acceptable price, and great food. Do it, you won't be sorry

Kreyzhorse
May 22, 2009, 06:42 AM
Nice kudu and great picture. Looks like you had an outstanding trip.

davlandrum
May 22, 2009, 02:00 PM
Are the taxidermy fees costing you more than the trip??

Looks like you had a great time.

bwheasler
May 22, 2009, 07:34 PM
Impala, springbok,and duiker shoulder mounts, all skulls cleaned and dipped, plus kudu rug, $1300.00. 1/3 of the cost in the US. That's shipping too.

Brian Pfleuger
May 22, 2009, 08:10 PM
That's awesome.

Two requests:

1) Bigger Pictures!:)

2)Pictures of the recovered slugs, if possible.

jonutarr
May 22, 2009, 08:33 PM
Great stuff, I like the Accutip bullet :cool:

davlandrum
May 26, 2009, 10:53 AM
Great pricing on the taxidermy!

Thanks!

bwheasler
May 26, 2009, 03:28 PM
Here's a picture of the 4 slugs I recovered. You can see perfect expansion From left to right, new slug blesbok, impala, kudu and bush pig.

FrontSight
May 27, 2009, 01:12 PM
That's awesome.

Two requests:

1) Bigger Pictures!


+1 to that!

Brian Pfleuger
May 27, 2009, 01:23 PM
Great picture of the slugs. Thanks for the info. I am strongly considering switching to the Accutips this year.

bwheasler
May 27, 2009, 05:57 PM
I am a hunter not a computer guy, I not real good at picture compression they are too big or too small, still workin' on it

impact
May 27, 2009, 10:19 PM
I'm glad you had a good time and am glad the Accutips worked well:) Nothging wrong with a good slug gun.

FrontSight
May 28, 2009, 10:48 AM
I try

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I am a hunter not a computer guy, I not real good at picture compression they are too big or too small, still workin' on it


Post them in www.Photobucket.com and then post the link :)

bwheasler
May 28, 2009, 07:24 PM
You can find more pictures at my blogsight Butch's Keystone Kountry which is butchwheasler.blogspot.com or I google Thorndale Safaris South Africa