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Old April 24, 2000, 09:52 PM   #1
Rich Lucibella
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Well, preparations are almost completed. I leave Thursday night for Atlanta and catch a Friday morning flight for the Republic of South Africa. From there, a day of rest, then off to Nelspruit on the border of Kruger Park.

14 days of hunting at Engonyameni with hosts Danie and Karen Van Graan. Those of us lucky enough to make the trip will assist Colonel Cooper in celebrating his 80th birthday in the hunting fields! It should be a memorable occasion indeed.

I will be toting the Steyr Scout, a Glock 29 and the Mad Dog Bayou Hunter #001 (a most generous gift from Kevin McClung). Ammunition will consist of Federal 180gr Woodley Weldcore .308's and Georgia Arms 180gr Gold Dot 10mm's. I had hoped to be testing Randy Garret's 45-70 offerings in a modified Marlin breakdown action built by Ashley Emerson and David Cole. Unfortunately, Ashley trashed the barrel last week after trying everything under the sun to get it to shoot properly given Marlin's infuriating habit of stamping "Warning" messages into the thinnest areas of their octagonal barrels. Needless to say, a new barrel has been commisssioned....but the 45-70 will not be going along to Africa.

We will be hunting primarily for plains game, though there is no scarcity of heavy rifles should the opportunity present for such additional hunt. The laptop and cyberspace remain at home; TFL in DC and Staff's capable hands. Pictures and narrative are sure to follow on my return circa May 15.
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Old April 24, 2000, 11:36 PM   #2
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Rich,

Have a great trip and good luck hunting!
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Old April 24, 2000, 11:43 PM   #3
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Good hunting!

And don't cram yourself so full of antelope and all that sort of yummy that you, yourself become extra baggage!

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Old April 25, 2000, 04:53 AM   #4
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Happy hunting, Rich. Sounds like a great trip. Good luck to you and all the party.

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Old April 25, 2000, 08:07 AM   #5
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Check your email Rich.

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Old April 25, 2000, 11:21 AM   #6
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Bon voyage, boss.
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Old April 25, 2000, 12:21 PM   #7
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I'm so jealous I could just.. wish you the best time you can possibly have. Use enough gun and don't be afraid to shoot twice.

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Old April 26, 2000, 01:27 AM   #8
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Knock'em nekkid Rich!

Best of luck!

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Old April 26, 2000, 03:09 AM   #9
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You lucky dog. Have fun!
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Old April 26, 2000, 09:48 PM   #10
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Good luck, Rich. Be Safe.
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Old April 27, 2000, 08:03 AM   #11
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I'm proud of Rich, and envy the marvelous time that I know he'll have, but folks, I don't yet feel worthy of such an adventure in such company, and thus don't even feel overtly jealous. Strange...

Come back to us with fine reports and vivid pictures, friend!

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Old April 27, 2000, 10:53 AM   #12
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Rich, that's super ... have a great time! And, I know you'll greatly enjoy helping Col. Cooper savor this birthday.

Congratulations on having such moments to treasure. Have a safe trip, and take care.

Regards from AZ
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Old April 27, 2000, 01:16 PM   #13
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My best wishes to the entire party for a safe journey, a safe stay in RSA, and a safe hunt.

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Old April 27, 2000, 04:08 PM   #14
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Have a safe journey, a great hunt ,,,,it sounds like your going with theright people......fubsy.
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Old April 27, 2000, 04:20 PM   #15
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Just wanted to wish you good shooting! Get them before they get you!


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Old May 17, 2000, 04:37 AM   #16
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Are you back? Please, regale.

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Old May 17, 2000, 02:20 PM   #17
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Hey, guys. I got back yesterday. Details will follow in a few days, once I get pictures developed. Here's some highlights:

I took Bushbuck, Red Duiker, Impala, Zebra, Kudu and Wildebest. With the exception of the Zebra, I was pretty satisfied with my shooting. Ranges were from 25 yards on the Duiker to 283 yards on the Wildebest.

Weapons of choice were the Steyr Scout in .308 and Pseudo Scouts in 30.06. While these got the job done, I've concluded that quick kills with the .308 on 600lb animals allow inadequate margin of error on the first shot. If one needs to put a wounded, running animal down with a "Texas Brain Shot", the .308 is not adequate and the 30.06 not optimal.

The landscape, scenery, accomodations and food were all first class. Our PH, Danie van Graan is now a friend for life: http://www.africanhunting.com/engonyam.htm
Trackers Gugwon, Elmond and Robert can track a mouse across granite...no kidding!

Our private celebration for Colonel Cooper's birthday was both historic and moving. It's hard to put it in words.
Rich

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Old May 17, 2000, 04:14 PM   #18
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Welcome back Rich!
I look forward to stories of the bush.

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Old May 17, 2000, 06:35 PM   #19
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Rich,


Welcome Back, it is truly good to hear of your safe return. I look forward to hearing about your African experience.
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Old May 17, 2000, 09:03 PM   #20
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Glad to see you made it back in one piece Rich.

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Old May 17, 2000, 11:25 PM   #21
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Rich,

I'm glad you had a safe and enjoyable trip. Good to have ya back, and I can't wait to read the details and see the pictures!!!

Welcome home, bro...



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Old May 18, 2000, 10:39 AM   #22
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Pictures! You've had your fun! Now get to slaving over a hot digital scanner! :-)

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Old May 18, 2000, 10:52 AM   #23
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Glad you're back. I hope to take a Cape Buff w/ my new 1895G someday. Let us know how you like the Ashley mods!
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