“You’re holding ‘Karamoja’ Bell’s Rigby. I visited Westley Richards recently to order a rifle, which you’ve always sung the praises of. Every time the question of what rifle springs up, someone’s bound to say it: Karamojo Bell killed a thousand elephants with an Did he. Karamojo Bell was a professional hunter. It was his passion, but also his business, and — being a Scot — he ran it soberly and carefully, with.

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For the brain shot only bullets with an unbroken metal envelope i. Everything from elephants to guinea fowl began to fall to the little jewel.

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Luckily karamooj cartridges are wanting in force; at one time they used fairly to blast me with gas from the wrong end. He declared once that a soft point bullet had never sullied the bore of his rifle. Update my browser now. Why the caps should be so reliable in this particular cartridge I have never understood. With meat shooting and supplying hundreds of hides for sandals, donkey saddles and trade goods, this rifle was probably the busiest of all and with it he shot everything from antelope to giraffe.

Nov 18, Messages: Great posts on this side. It is interesting to compare these ballistics with what is commonly regarded as essential performance today.

It did not pan out and he became a market hunter, shooting game for the Dawson markets with a Winchester single shot falling block kraamojo, until he was robbed by his partner. If you liked this story, you may also like: You must log in or sign up to reply here. Taken prisoner at one point by the Boers, he managed to escape. Simon, Notwithstanding the references to the larger calibers, these very enjoyable sources are noteworthy for their mention of the.


I opened the bolt and there was my empty case. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. The bottom line is, precisely as Karamojo himself claimed in his earliest prose, the 7 mm Mauser was what worked for a specific person under akramojo circumstances. When used like this, with both eyes open, it is much like a red dot sight and I shoot my open sighted rifles this way quite successfully.

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In fact, Bell killed all kinds of elephants in all kinds of terrain. After bbell War, Bell returned to ivory hunting, traveling by canoe into then uncharted African wilds after legendary herds of large elephants.

He shot his first safari with a Lee Enfield in. Great an article monish. All of these I had with other rifles. Barclay was in correspondance with Bell and the figures quoted were provided by Bell himself.

It weighed about 7 lb. With his vast experience ivory hunting, he felt he could put his finger on the perfect caliber for the purpose, which he felt was the. His mother died when he was two years old and his father died when he was six. The third now became visible through the commotion, affording a chance at his belo as he barged across my front. Bell the country gentleman sailed and tramped the hills and hunted deer and rabbits, and continued to do business with Rigby in London.

He would drop the first one, then climb on top of it so as not to be trampled by the other members of the herd and so he could get clear shots. The empire of nature: Bell’s photograph for his pilot’s license, Seventeen of those pages record the purchase of guns: If I belonged to this school I would have had built a much more powerful weapon jaramojo the.

He was brought up by his elder brothers but ran away from several schools, and he once hit his school captain over the head with a cricket bat. The single trigger and ejectors on this rifle have on no occasion failed to act. I have never heard any explanation of the undoubted fact that our British ammunition manufacturers cannot even yet produce a reliable kaaramojo cartridge head, anvil and cap, other than that of the service.


He perfected a technique of shooting elephants from the extremely difficult position, diagonally behind the target; this shot became known as the Bell Shot. Apparently Bell returned to Africa just once more, in lateto escort two American half-brothers, Gerrit and J. They are my favorite rifles for hunting as they get the job done.

He later served in Greece and Italy, achieved the rank of Captain and was twice decorated with the Military Cross. When the elegant Model Karanojo carbine appeared, with its grain 6. Karamojo Bell hunted elephants in all sorts of conditions.

He already had a Mannlicher finished by George Gibbs of Bristol, but just for general use, as he had only soft-nose bullets for it.

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Handy, relatively quiet rifles and precise shooting reduced the disturbance. While this thread is up, does anyone know why the price tag for ” The Wanderings of an Elephant Hunter” are so steep? I was always playing with it. It is reputed that in the early days he sometimes flew without an observer so that he could take pot-shots at the enemy with his hunting rifle.

I once lost a magnificent bull elephant through a. With his observer Lieutenant R. Comments A lot of controversy about Karamojo Bell comes from Mr.

Rifles The question of which rifles to use for big-game hunting is for each individual to settle for himself.