The Best of the West with Hunting Legends

August 28, 2013 in Archive, Gunroom, Our Friends by Hunting Legends

botw-footer-300x225The Best of the West with Hunting Legends.

Joe Cunningham and Lloyd Hill with camera man Noah from The Best of the West TV show on the Outdoor Channel are in camp with Hunting Legends on The Valley of the Kings.

Awesome guys to have in camp and already in their first day they had some good hunting done with Lloyd taking a Blue Wildebeest on 860 yards with one of The Best of the West’s own rifle systems.

Lloyd Hill and Joe Cunningham from the Best of the West

Lloyd Hill and Joe Cunningham from the Best of the West

Best of the West Productions, LLC is an award-winning outdoor video production company that started in 2003. It began with interests in long range hunting using a Remington Sendero and Leupold scope and later Cooper/Huskemaw rifle system with Berger Hunting Bullets.

Along with a Pro Staff of expert shooters, the shows have guest hunters that demonstrate the effectiveness of this shooting system at extreme ranges. BOTW has expanded its production services to other clients in the outdoor industry. Call 1-866-754-7618 x111 for inquiries about video production. Visit their website on

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New partnership:

Huskemaw Optics

Hunting Legends has now also signed an exclusive supply agreement with The Best of the West for the supply of the well known Huskemaw Long Range Optics to the Southern Africa and UAE markets.

Huskemaw Optics

Huskemaw Optics technology makes shooting easier!

The product is the only BDC turret to incorporate TRUE BC and WIND COMPENSATION technology. Just range your target and turn the RFBC dial to the exact distance and hold right on! No guessing, holdover error, or charts – just dial and shoot! If you have wind, the second set of numbers tell you how much to hold in the Hunt Smart Reticle. Just Dial and Hold – the fastest, and most accurate system for precision shooting available.

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BOTW Rifle Systems

Hunting Legends and Best of the West signed an exclusive supply agreement on the Best of the West Rifle Systems for supply to the Southern Africa and UAE markets.

BOTW Rifle Systems

The long range expertise of The Best of the West and artistic craftsmanship of Cooper Firearms of Montana have come together to bring you the Best of the West Signature Series Rifles. These systems are a blend of state-of-the-art, high-tech machining and old world craftsmanship.

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Choose your Weapon in Africa

August 28, 2013 in Bow hunting, Gunroom by Hunting Legends

Choose your Weapon in Africa

The hosts of Choose your Weapon & Western Extreme on the Outdoor Channel have just hunted with Outfitter Frikkie Du Toit, on one of our Valley of the Kings Reserves in South Africa!

Bow Hunting Legend – Mr. Jim Burnworth and Rifle Maestro – Mr. Ray Bunnye has just hunted with Hunting Legends and Outfitter Frikkie du Toit on our Valley of the Kings Groot Marico Reserve in the Northwest Province of South Africa.

What an absolute privilege to host legends like Jim Burnworth and Ray Bunney on our reserves, not to mention an African Big Game Legend and friend like Frikkie Du Toit.

Bow Hunting Legend – Jim Burnworth

Bow Hunting Legend – Jim Burnworth

The Choose your Weapon & Western Extreme Team certainly had their work cut out for them on this trip, hunting Cape Buffalo and Crocodile just for starters. Now they are on their way to ZImbabwe on an Elephant Hunt with a Bow – what a hunt!!

Professional Hunter Frikkie Du Toit and Ray Bunney with a great Crocodile

Professional Hunter Frikkie Du Toit and Ray Bunney with a great Crocodile

Hunting Legends would like to thank the Western Extreme & Choose your Weapon Team (Jim, Ray and Frikkie Du Toit) for hunting with us and being such stand up guys. An especial thanks to Jim for sharing all your marketing ideas and suggestions. We look forward to implementing them as soon as possible Jim and watch this space buddy.

If you love hunting as much as legends – Jim Burnworth and Ray Bonney, then Africa should be your first choice people.

 Jim Burnworth

Africa offers you a huge variety of top animal species, great facilities and awesome hunting destinations all in one.

$1000 Dollar 7 x day African Hunting Safari Special still valid:

Bring 4 x friends along and only pay $1000 each for 7 x days hunting in South Africa.

All accommodation, food,. professional hunters, skinners, trackers, airport transport all included – no hidden costs.

Only pay for your trophies!

Group discounts for Dipping and Shipping your trophies!

This is the way to hunt Africa – don’t miss out, contact us today and secure your trip now!!

Watch this space … big news coming soon and watch the Outdoor Channel & Western Extreme & Choose your Weapons with Jim Burnworth and Ray Bonney today.

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Collector Custom Made Rifles for Sale

August 28, 2013 in Gunroom by Hunting Legends

Hunting Legends International does it again

Hunting Legends International yet again received the honors from one of our friends and world’s most accomplished custom gun smith’s, to offer of the finest master pieces in the world; Collector Custom Made Rifles for Sale!

If you are a serious and passionate rifle collector, then these are for you. Two of the finest hand made custom built rifles are up for sale to the serious rifle collectors. If you would like to see more details on these two magnificent master pieces, please visit the links below:

520000 Euros (Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand Euros)

 375 Holland & Holland Ivory

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Leopard Stock

Leopard Stock

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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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7 x 57 Calibre Hunting Rifles

August 27, 2013 in Gunroom by Hunting Legends

Hunting Legends will continue to bring you interesting news and articles in our Gun Library. Let’s take a look at the popular and ever present 7 x 57 caliber. The following article is the work of Mauritz Coetzee – African Outfitters Magazine.

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African Outfitter Back Issues: CONTENTS – February -March 2009 – (Vol 4/1)

Bonding with a 7×57 – Mauritz Coetzee

Life is short. Compared to other phenomena, the relatively short lifespan of 70 odd years of a human being is quite insignificant.

This basic fact merely emphasises the need for and importance of things and people influencing our lives for the better. As you get older, there is also a very vivid understanding that you have only so many hours, days, months and years to pursue that which makes you happy.

The trivial insignificance of a single human being in relation to time was rather eloquently explained during my student years in the early 1970s. Our Latin tutor, Prof Kriel, explained the concept of eternity in the following way: imagine a butterfly flying to another planet from the planet Earth. It was assumed that with every journey the butterfly would carry a single grain of sand with it. The journey to the other planet would take ten years and another ten years to return to earth. But, said our professor, the day that the butterfly has finally succeeded in transporting every single grain of sand from the earth, is only the beginning of eternity.

This significant description of eternity has been imprinted on my mind ever since, particularly in the sense of meaningful experiences that have marked my life’s journey, also as a hunter.

The article on my rather special friend, a 7×57 BRNO rifle, published in African Outfitter(Aug/Sept 2008), resulted in many phone calls and emails. I was in fact overwhelmed by the response and in particular one conversation at a shooting range.

While testing a friend’s .500 Nitro Express rifle, a rather polite bloke approached me and referred to the 7×57 article. He wanted to know whether I really talked to this little 7×57 rifle. Since I never expected a question of this nature, I made a confession right there and then. I do in fact talk to this rifle as mentioned in the article, and yes, my years with this rifle have brought me intense pleasure and unforgettable moments.

A wise man by the name of Johan Masters once made the following remark in the 10th edition of the Handloader’s Digest, “You pick a rifle … you pick a scope … you pick a bullet and a load … and then you stay with it, hunt with it, and pay attention to the results you get”.

Ever since I obtained this rifle from my brother André, and after the late George Sankofski reblued and added small cosmetic touches to it, I have made very few changes to this rifle. George Sankofski did fit a white line spacer recoil pad from Pachmayr to the stock, which in a way did not seem to fit in with the so-called “classic look” of the old rifles. Somehow because of the memory of George Sankofski, who died in a car accident three weeks after I got my rifle back from him, the recoil pad was not removed.

Initially, I was under the impression that my little BRNO was a ZG47 model, based on the classification of Frank de Haas, author of the well-known book, Bolt Action Rifles.

Frank de Haas distinguished between the BRNO VZ24 military Mauser action, the ZG47 sporting action and the ZKK BRNO action rifle.

The VZ24 military action was extensively used during the Second World War, while it was assumed that the ZG47 actions and complete rifle by BRNO were introduced to the civilian market in 1947.

The BRNO 2KK rifle series is thought to have replaced the ZG47 rifles around 1965 – 1968. The fact of the matter is that the KZB21/22 series of BRNO rifles has most probably preceded the ZG47 BRNO rifles.

The date of manufacture of my KZB21 on the receiver is clearly marketed as 54 or 1954.  Ronnie Rowland’s KZB21 is stamped with the date of 49 and 1949. I am not sure about the exact date that the KZB21/22 rifle series was discontinued.

It is just possible that Mauser enthusiasts would be up in arms following my observation that the KZB21/22 BRNO rifles have no equal as far as balance, dimensions, weight and pointability are concerned.

I have handled dozens of Mauser sporting rifles in the 7×57 configuration, yet somehow the dimensional magic is simply not the same. The same observation is equally relevant to other BRNO KZBS21/22 rifles chambered for the 6.5×57, 8×57 and 8×60, whether in the short of long barrelled versions.

From 1984 onwards, the BRNO with its compact 2x7x32 Leupold scope and EAW mounts has accompanied me on countless hunting trips. Initially, the 154-grain Hornady Interlock and Nosler 160-grain bullets were used at a velocity factor of 2 500 feet per second. A basic rule was followed in sighting the rifle to be 1¾ of an inch high at 100 metres (109 yards).

Later on the 154-grain Hornady load was increased with a healthy dose of S 365/± IMR 4 350 to produce 2 720 feet per second. Together we had our moments in the veld, some of which were quite humorous, to be honest.

While hunting on a game farm near the Limpopo River in 1986, I was approached by the game farm owner’s son on the morning of the first day. Although only 11 years old, he asked the following question, “Sir, what animals do you intend to hunt with this little pop gun?” Judged by the look on his father’s face, they both shared the same sentiment, being “born” hunters and living in the bush. In a way I was caught off guard by the question, yet in two days it so happened that three impala rams were clearly taken with one shot each. All of a sudden the “pop gun” grew in stature in the eyes of both father and son.

When guiding foreign hunters on plains game hunts, the 7×57 was a constant companion.  On one occasion, while hunting with Ronnie Rowland’s clients on a game farm belonging to Karl Landman near Mkuze in KwaZulu-Natal, I used this rifle to secure a wounded nyala and blue wildebeest. The wildebeest was also wounded by the same German client, Wilfred Häde. On the follow-up, accompanied by the well-known Zulu guide, Fannas, the animal jumped up amongst some aloe trees, running in a zigzag fashion. Leading the animal from tree to tree, the 7×57 brought the wildebeest down with a single shot to the shoulder, to the utter delight of Fannas.

Seven years later on another game farm, Elandskloof, near Thabazimbi, I was contacted by radio regarding a wounded kudu bull. Accompanied by the game scout, Jannie Smuts, we found the kudu bull in the last remaining sunlight of the day. As the bull’s hind legs dug into the earth, ready for flight, the little 7×57 barked its deadly song, ending the hunt rather abruptly.

In 1995, on the same location, well-known American outdoor writer, farmer and professional hunter, Joe Coogan, tried to buy this 7×57 from me. But Joe, who also hunted with Harry Selby, did not succeed. Yet we parted as friends since we shared one great passion – a love for the old BRNO rifles.

At times, due to circumstances, I have taken shots that I would not have taken with other rifles. In 1988 we hunted in the Dealesville area near Bloemfontein. On this specific farm a crossbreed between blesbok and red hartebeest occurred in two types.

Being slightly bigger in body size than the blesbok, some of the crossbreeds had the long face of a red hartebeest, the facial makings of a blesbok and lyrate horns. On the other hand, the other type of crossbreed had the long face of a red hartebeest but the exact facial colour and markings of the red hartebeest. The horns also had a lyrate shape.

The ram I was pursuing had red facial markings and was obviously well-educated on the intentions of hunters. He kept within a herd of blesbok, never actually offering a clean shot. Then he stepped out with only his front quarters from the front legs to the head showing, his backside being covered by the hindquarters of a blesbok ram.

The distance was well over 200 metres (220 yards). Not wanting to wound the blesbok ram, I slowly squeezed the trigger, knowing that the 7×57 would produce under difficult circumstances. At the shot he went down, clearly taken through both shoulders.

From a trophy point of view, a very old warthog boar shot in the Ohrigstad area in 1985, surely will remain a highlight in the wanderings of the 7×57 and I. The skull and tusks of this warthog graced the cover of African Outfitter (Aug/Sept 2008). The right upper tusk is 15¾ inches (40 centimetres) in length while the left lower tusk measures 11 inches (28 centimetres).

About six years ago, I decided to retire my old faithful friend and rather pursue hunting activities with my .308 Winchester and .375 H&H Magnum. From day one I had kept a logbook on our activities, animals hunted and the specific area involved. The total for impala rams came to 71, blesbok (male and female) to 131, kudu bulls to 9, and so forth.

This book was also retired to a safe with the rifle. Cleaning the rifle ever so often resulted in a feeling of extreme guilt, so much so that 38464 has now come out of a forced retirement.

Nowadays I use the 160-grain Rhino Solid Shank soft at an average velocity of 2 475 feet per second. No entries are made in the logbook any more since every hunting trip is enjoyed to the fullest whilst memories are cherished forever.

Based on my Latin teacher’s description of eternity and the example of the butterfly’s journey, my time with the 7×57 is insignificant. Yet in the human mind 24 years together equals a lifetime of meaningful memories which I am sure I will never experience again.