South African Airways Carriage of Firearms and Ammunition

August 27, 2013 in Firearms, Hunting Info, Hunting trophies by Hunting Legends

General hunting info


Domestic (within and from the Republic of South Africa)

Departure (Inclusive of International departures) Firearms may NOT be packed inside checked luggage and must therefore be packed in an appropriate lockable firearm container or case, separate from checked luggage.

Ammunition must be separated from weapons and may be packed within checked luggage, but must be properly secured in an ammunition case or solid box. No ammunition may be packed loosely in checked baggage or within the same case as firearms.

We strongly recommend that ammunition be packed in lockable cases, which can be handed in as loose items at the firearm counters to avoid possible delays during checked baggage screening. All firearms and ammunition must be declared to the airline check-in agent at the time of check-in.

Undeclared firearms and ammunition within checked luggage will result in such baggage being rejected during mandatory checked baggage screening, and will result in the passenger being required to open such baggage for further inspection and safe handling, or the confiscation of such items for further processing and forwarding on a subsequent flight.

Check-in agents will issue the relevant baggage tags and will then direct firearm owners to the appropriate firearm desk for inspection and processing of firearms and ammunition for secure handling to the aircraft.

During the acceptance process at the appropriate firearm desk, the following will be conducted: • The owner of the firearm will be required to produce a valid license or temporary import permit for the firearm(s) and ammunition.

The owner of the firearm(s) will be required to make and declare the firearm(s) safe and unloaded for carriage.

• Security staff will request the firearm owner to open his/her checked luggage to verify that ammunition is securely packed and that the total weight of ammunition per license holder does not exceed 5kg’s in weight. • The owner of the firearm will be required to complete a firearm register for handover to security staff, who will ensure the secure loading of such items.

• The staff at the firearm desk will send a pre-advise notification message to the receiving station, advising them of details and loading positions of firearms.

• Checked baggage containing ammunition will be affixed with a special tag, indicating that such bag was already subjected to inspection, to avoid screening authorities from delaying or confiscating such bag for further security controls.

Handguns (Pistols, revolvers, etc)

A R100 handling fee is raised for the carriage of handguns. Payment will only be accepted in the form of credit cards or cash at the firearm desk or allocated firearms acceptance area. These firearms will be processed at the firearm desk for safe carriage in the hold of the aircraft.

There will be no charge for handguns carried with hunting equipment if packed in the same case as hunting rifles.

Rifles (in gun case / rifle bags) Rifles must be processed via the firearm desk for safe carriage and may form part of your free baggage allowance. Thereafter the excess baggage allowance will be raised as applicable


A maximum of 5kg securely boxed ammunition per passenger will be permitted for carriage either as a separate piece of baggage or within checked baggage in the hold of the aircraft. Screening authorities may however delay baggage containing ammunition, if such ammunition was not declared at check-in and is therefore not marked with an appropriate tag indicating that such ammunition was already security inspected.


Upon arrival, passengers are required to proceed to the allocated firearm desk to collect firearms. Checked baggage containing ammunition may be collected at the normal airport baggage carousel. Ammunition handed in separately may be collected at the firearm desk.

International (All SAA flights departing from outside the Republic of South Africa, arriving in South Africa)

Standard legislation pertaining to the carriage of weapons and ammunition for each destination will apply. It is therefore the traveller’s responsibility to verify and ensure compliance with local laws on the possession and carriage of weapons.


Passengers should not pack any firearms within checked baggage. Firearms must be packed in suitable lockable firearm cases or bags. Where possible, declare firearms and request the airline to place a firearm identification tag on such items, as this will assist in the correct loading and delivery handling on SAA flights arriving in South Africa. Where passengers originate their journey on South African Airways, we request that you declare the firearms and any checked baggage containing ammunition to check-in staff for appropriate handling and labelling.

Ammunition may be carried within checked luggage, provided that it is securely packed in a lockable or secure container, and that the total weight does not exceed 5kg’s of ammunition per passenger carrying a firearm. (In general, most airlines allow the carriage of ammunition in terms of the dictums of ICAO Dangerous Goods Standards and associated airline processes followed in terms of IATA requirements/guidance).

DO NOT pack ammunition loosely in checked baggage.


Upon arrival in South Africa, all declared or identified firearms may be collected directly from the firearm office just after immigration. Any firearms either not declared upon departure, or not identified by an appropriate label will be delivered to the normal baggage carousal for collection. After collection of checked baggage containing ammunition, you are required to proceed to the SA Police Firearm Office, where all necessary import permits and other documentation will be finalised.

A four – bore in action

August 27, 2013 in Firearms, Gunroom by Hunting Legends

African Outfitter Back Issues: CONTENTS – February / March 2008 – (Vol 3/2)

A four-bore in action by African Outfitter

A four-bore in action

Most contemporary hunters are well acquainted with the exploits of old-time hunters like Sir Samuel Baker and Frederik Selous out in the African bush more than a hundred years ago. Both these early explorers and hunters extensively used the four-bore black-powder guns whilst hunting.

The bullet weight for the four-bore rifles varied between 1 750 grains to 1 880 grains with a velocity factor around 1 300 to 1 400 feet per second.

From the writings of these gentlemen one fact stands out quite clearly, namely that the firing of a four-bore rifle never ceased to be a most memorable occasion.

Initially, Selous used two four-bore duck-guns, firing a round bullet of 4 ounces / 1 750 grains using common trade powder sold in five-pound bags. These guns were very light in weight, although he later acquired rather expensive large-bore breechloaders and used only Curtis and Harvey’s best black powder.

On one occasion, he did have a missed fire, due to the percussion cap not igniting properly. Handing the gun back to his native gunbearer, the gunbearer loaded it again, thinking it had been fired.

Upon pulling the trigger the gun’s recoil was so fierce that Selous was lifted off the ground and thrown aside. The gun was flung clean over his shoulder with the stock shattered to pieces, although the barrel miraculously did not burst. Selous, however, had a deep gash under the right cheekbone, and was covered in blood.

Selous survived this ordeal no doubt because of his determination to continue hunting and also being extremely fit with a great indifference to pain (Frederick C Selous, A Hunting Legend, page 116).

My good friend, Guy Rowe, from Tanzania visited me during December 2007. It turned out that he hunted with an American client who had a double four-bore rifle built especially for his African hunt.

This specific rifle weighs 24 pounds and is carried out into the veldt with a special leather-designed sling attachment.

The hunter, Tom Ordes, uses custom-made cases loaded with specially prepared bullets weighing 2 000 grains and according to Guy, the muzzle velocity is 1 350 feet per second.

Tom used this beautifully made four-bore double on an old buffalo bull. The buffalo was blind in his right eye and proved to be a tough customer. The first shot was well placed, although it did not put the buffalo down. The buffalo bull wasn’t going anywhere after the shot and succumbed to a second shot. The beauty of this Morseth-built double is obvious from the pictures, and according to Guy it does lend splendour to the hunting experience. And yes, it is infinitely easier to fire the gun from shooting sticks.

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500 Jeffery Big Game Rifles

August 27, 2013 in Firearms, Gunroom by Hunting Legends

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Thank you for visiting our site, we trust that you will find the information provided useful and informative. We also look forward to seeing you in Africa on your BIG 5 SAFARI soon! Please feel free to click on any of the links provided and see what we can offer you:

There are two basic requirements for a cartridge when hunting the big stuff in Africa: STOPPING POWER and PENETRATION

There has always been and most likely will continue to be in the future, a debate amongst gun enthusiasts as to which rifle in the world meets the above requirements. Shooting bullets of more than 500 grain and at velocities in excess of 2300 feet per second, requires some gun – believe you me!

Let’s take a look at the famous Jeffery, certainly a rifle and manufacturer which has stood the test of time. For many people super high velocities and high energies are like a drug, the more the better. THEY ARE WRONG!

We have been in this business long enough to stand our ground on this argument and we have also seen our fair share of big game trophies shot, by virtually any calibre you can think of in this class. Beyond a certain point no more killing power is needed. Animals are living creatures, not armoured cars as some romantic Africa Would Be Game Hunters like to promote on their get rich quick dvd’s. You can kill an elephant or buffalo only once, not twice …. For example, the capacity of the .500 Jeffery is larger than the .460 Weatherby and if loaded to the same pressure level of 55,000 psi, it would produce superior balistics, but to what end? The following information is credited to well known author Tony Sanchez-Arino.

We hope that the following facts will help you to better understand some important points about the .500 Jeffery:

  • A bullet of 535 grains (34.5 grams), at 2 400 feet muzzle velocity, takes 0.0709 of a second to cover 50 metres, 0.1467 to 100 metres and 0.2274 to 150 metres.
  • With a side wind of 2.20 metres per second the bullet has a deviation of 6 milimetres at 50 metres, 22 milimetres at 100 metres and 50 milimetres at 150, which produces a very high accuracy level.
  • The trajectory of the bullet is: 1,5 centimetres high at 50 metres, 0.0 at 100 and 7.5 cm low at 150, which is similar to many smaller calibres shooting a bullet less than half the weight of the .500 Jeffery.

The famous ammunition factory of Norma in Sweden has recently introduced a new line of cartridges named the “African Professsional Hunter”, including most of the more popular calibres but altering the traditional ballistics, increasing the bullet weight between 5 and 12%. The Jeffery is also on the list, with the following innovations:

  • The bullet is 570 grains instead of 535.
  • Muzzle velocity 2 200 feet per second, at 50 metres 2 097 and at 100 metres 1 997.
  • Muzzle energy 6,127 ft/lbs., at 50 metres 5,568 and at 100 metres 5,050 foot pounds.

Now, we don’t necessarily agree with the Norma heavier bullets, however, we can say this unconditionally – The .500 Jeffery is a serious and powerful stopping rifle for big game hunting in Africa! A rifle we believe is about to be re-born in Africa and certainly up to any test which comes it’s way!

500 Jeffery Doubles (384 x 294)

Makers of best guns, double barrelled rifles, and bolt action magazine rifles for over 100 years. Specialist makers of rifles for hunting large and dangerous game throughout the world, and long associated with such impressive proprietary cartridges as the Jeffery .600 and .500 rimless, the .475 and .450 No. 2, the .450/400 3”, the .404 and others Today Jeffery’s continue this tradition with an even wider range of specialised calibres, the rifles for which are hand-made in their central London workshop. In addition to custom gun and rifle making they are able to offer the following services:

  • Specialist gun-fitting.
  • Repairs and renovations to W. J. Jeffery guns and rifles, and other makes.
  • Supply of cartridges and ammunition, gun and rifle accessories.
  • A varied and extensive selection of best new and second-hand guns and rifles always available.

500 Jefferies (384 x 283)


Bolt Action Magazine Rifles

These are generally in the following calibres: .243 Win, .270 Win, .275 Rigby (7 x 57mm), 7mm Rem Mag, .30/06 Springfield, .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, .300 H&H, .338 Win, . 375 H&H, .416 Rigby, .404 Jeffery, .450 Rigby, .458 Win & Lott, .500 Jeffery.

Other calibres quoted on request. W. J. Jeffery & Co. build rifles on both original Mauser actions and those currently manufactured which conform to original Mauser specifications. BRNO actions are also used.

Other commercial actions are available on request. Prices range from £5,500 to £14,000 depending on type of action, calibre, grade of wood, engraving, open and telescopic sights, quick detachable mounts, case etc.

Double Barrelled Rifles W. J. Jeffery & Co. manufacture both box-lock and side-lock ejector side by side double rifles in the following big game calibres: .500, .470, .375 H&H, 9. 3 x 74 R. Other calibres quoted on request. Prices for box-lock ejector with traditional deep scroll engraving, case an fittings – from £20,000. Prices for best side-lock ejectors – from £40,000 (£30,000 for calibre 9.3 x 74mm).

Best Side by Side Shotguns 12 and 20 bore available with deep scroll engraving as standard. Holland & Holland style action with assisted self-opening – from £30,000. Beesley/Purdey style action – from £34,000. Special engraving, game scenes, carving, gold inlay etc. quoted seperately. Prices are shown for export only and all contracts are conducted in pounds sterling. For U.K./E.U. orders (non-export) VAT at the current rate is payable on the above prices.

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W. J. JEFFERY & Co. 22 Wyvil Road London SW8 2TG Tel +44 (0) 20 7622 1131 Fax +44 (0) 20 7627 4442 Email

Remington Model 798 Safari Grade

August 27, 2013 in Firearms, Gunroom, hunter, Hunting Info, Hunting trophies by Hunting Legends

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Remington Model 798 Safari Grade

Review of the Remington Model 798 Safari Grade

Lurking, almost unsung in the Remington 08 lineup, is an absolutely terrific rifle called the Model 798 Safari Grade. It is a true, long-action, all-steel Model 98 Mauser stocked in laminated wood that looks like high-grade walnut.

The barrel is 22 inches long, which is the proper length for a dangerous game rifle, and the front sling swivel stud is out on the barrel where it won’t gouge your hand. The price is $1,119 for a .375 H&H, and $1,189 for a .458.

Remington has been a well known hunting rifle in Africa, seeing a lot of action and living up to most expectations. It’s a good solid working rifle and we can recommend the Model 798 Safari Grade any day. We have had several clients over the years hunting with their trusted Remingtons and we can vouch that we have never seen a failure or miss fire in the years working and experiencing the Remingtons.

The guys up at RW HART & SON also use Remington actions on their custome Hart Rifles and have also only spoken highly of these guns. The Remington’s are your typical good off the shelf buy rifle’s if you don’t have the bucks to spend on a custom HART for example. They are accurate for their purpose and will do the job in Africa. Their 375 H&H Magnum rifles sure hold a fair amount of trophy value down in Africa and you won’t go wrong.

We however will always advise you to speak to the pro’s before going out and buying yourself a new gun, so take us up on the invitation and speak to BOB HART at RW HART & SON. The Hart family are as good as gold and will go out of their way to give you solid and free advice. Contact BOB HART at: today for your personal and good advise. Bobby has hunted with us in Africa several times and hass experience with the big stuff too.



August 27, 2013 in African Safaris, Conservation, Firearms, Gunroom, hunter, Hunting Ethics, Hunting trophies, Nambia, South Africa, Sport Hunting by Hunting Legends

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The debate between hunters and conservationists will always exist, there is no doubt about that. Perhaps the fundamental contribution of ammunition against ethical hunting, is provided by un-ethical hunters themselves. It is and has always been imprtant to identify the rogue’s in our industry and to root them out where ever possible!

It our humble opinion that client’s and visting tourists can actually play a much more important role in this process, and thereby contribute towards removing the fly by nights from this industry.

The obvious way to achieve this, is to not to accept the bad, and the un-ethical services, such vistors or hunters some times encounter. When a tourist or visiting hunter encounters such un-ethical practices during or after his visit, it is important for that person, to take the matter further, and not just to accept it, and write it off as a bad experience.

In this way, relevant authorities and organisations governing or protecting the industry can get to hear of these mal practices, and assist in putting an end to such operators.

Organisations such as SCI (Safari Club International) can play a vital role in such dealings, and also link the hunter up with  the applicable governing authorities.

In order to protect our industry, it is vital for us to stand up against the people doing us the most damage, and sorry to say, it is often players and operators within our own industry that do this.

Help us rid the industry of the foul players, by going public and making their un-ethical practices within the industry known! Help boycot such operators on the trade shows, conventions and media. Help the industry, to help you!