Favourite rifles for Africa

August 27, 2013 in Gunroom, Hunting Info by Hunting Legends

African Outfitter Back Issues: CONTENTS – June / July 2007 – (Vol 2/4)

Favourite rifles and terminal performance – Mauritz Coetzee

Favourite rifles and terminal performance

In the 5th edition of “Cartridges of the World”, the late Frank C Barnes made the observation that old soldiers never die, and that the same apparently applies to old military cartridges.

Considering that the 45/70 Government cartridge was adopted by the American military in 1873, and the fact that this old timer is still going strong in 2007, surely warrants the title of being labelled a classic cartridge. Throughout the years this cartridge, whether in black powder or modern propellant configuration, has been available in factory chambered rifles by all major American rifle manufacturers.

This includes Remington, Winchester, Marlin, Ruger and the Navy Arms Company. The obvious difference obviously lies in the strength of the rifles manufactured a 134 years ago and the rifles currently chambered for the 45/70 Government. The old single-shot ‘trapdoor’ Springfield rifles of 1873 are simply not suitable for loads used nowadays with the modern Marlin 1895 (SS), including the Marlin Guide gun and Ruger No 1 single-shot rifles. To a certain extent the same applies to the original Winchester 1886 lever-action rifles regarding top-end loads.

Favourite rifles and terminal performance

What is relevant today is that modern factory ammunition with a 300 grain .458 diameter bullet is loaded to velocity levels of around 1 800–1 850 feet per second for modern rifles. Remington specifically loads a 405-grain bullet at an average velocity of 1 270 feet per second for the older types of rifles. This corresponds to the original loads of a head bullet of 405 grains at 1 285 feet per second.

In Africa, like in America and Canada, countless hunters have found that a 300 grain bullet at a velocity of 1 850 feet per second, especially for bush conditions, is a deadly combination.

The Hornady loading manual (fifth edition) lists loads with a 300-grain bullet to velocity loads of 2 000–2 100 feet per second for Marlin model 1895 rifles. In the same manual, 350 grain bullets were tested to 2 200 feet per second in the Ruger No 1 single-shot rifle.

Favourite rifles and terminal performance

Locally this cartridge can be loaded with S321, a ball propellant, which in terms of burning rate lies between IMR 4198 and IMR 3031. S341, another ball propellant (± IMR 4064) as well as S335 (± IMR 3031) have also delivered excellent performance levels with the 300 to 350/360 grain bullets.

Mark Goosen is one of many local hunters who are dedicated 45/70 fans. During the last five years, he has used this cartridge in his Marlin 1895 (SS) rifle against all plains game found in South Africa, as well as buffalo (see African Outfitter Volume 1/4). During late 2006, he also managed to hunt a giraffe bull with a 360 grain Rhino solid at a velocity of 1 930 feet per second. He used the same combination against the buffalo bull.

For all-round use when hunting impala, blesbok and warthog for example, the old style 300 grain Hornady .458 hollow-point bullet is used. With this bullet, 59 grains of S335 with a CC1200 primer delivers a velocity of 1 970 feet per second. For general use against animals like blouwildebees (brindled gnu) and eland he utilizes the 360 grain Rhino soft.

Favourite rifles and terminal performance

Mark readily acknowledges that the 45/70 cartridge is by no means the optimum ballistic combination against game such as buffalo. In the case of his buffalo hunt the 360 grain solid penetrated both shoulders of the buffalo.

It needs to be mentioned that the 360 grain Rhino solid in the ultra strong Ruger No 1 single-shot rifle, can be pushed to a velocity factor of 2 140 feet per second, thereby closely comparing to the original .404 Jeffrey loads of 2 150 feet per second with a 400 grain bullet.

All in all, Mark is totally satisfied with his 45/70 Marlin rifle. Apart from being very effective for short-range bushveld hunting applications, the rifle is a typical example of a gun design well over a hundred years old and still relevant in 2007. If one can close one’s eyes for a few minutes, images of Indian war parties and clashes with settlers can appear rather quickly. What a colourful cartridge this 45/70 is indeed!

Hunting Legends USA

August 27, 2013 in Hunting Info by Hunting Legends

Hunting Legends

Hunting Legends proudly announces the opening of our new office in the United States of America

Hunting Legends proudly announces the opening of our first offices in the United States of America. After experiencing an unbelievable growth and increasing enquiries from the USA, we have found it important to offer our customers from within the USA the convenience of an office in America.

Hunting Legends is proud to announce that our office in the USA is now open and ready to take your call. The office is run by our partner in the USA – Mr George Hinton (USA – President) and is assisted by son Andrew Hinton and staff.

George and Andrew

Andrew Hinton (left) and George Hinton (Hunting Legends USA – President)


  • Experience, professionalism, convenience and peace of mind on your doorstep.
  • Readily available information and help to customize your hunting trip to best suit you.
  • First hand experience and guidance with planning your trip, hunting quotes, selecting your hunting area, getting the best airfares, right up to a personal pick up and drop service.
  • Turn key assistance starting with planning and preparation of your hunt – to finalization and taking care of your trophies after your hunt..

We will ….

  • Assist you with all the information you will require to put together the best hunting experience you will ever have.
  • Tailor make a quote to best suit your expectations and budget.
  • Help you select the best area and location for your hunt, as Hunting Legends has some of the best hunting concessions throughout Africa.
  • Find you the best posssible airline deal available and assist you with booking and confirmation. This includes airlines, hotels, car rentals if applicable, extra services such as tours and virtually any other need you may have.
  • Assist you with your pre – hunt preparation and packing requirements, including your dietary requirements and any medical assistance you may need during your trip.
  • Assist you with your rifle import requirements and applicable paper work.
  • Even collect you and drop you at the airport for your departure to Africa, thereby ensuring that you are in good hands from the moment you leave home. We will also collect you again on your return and get you back home safely.
  • Ensure that you are met at the International Airport of your choice in Africa by a VIP Security and Hunter Assist Member, once you step of the plane. All part of the Hunting Legends commitment to ensure that your hunting epxerience with us is the best ever.
  • Take care of all your paper work and legal requirements.
  • Offer you an emergency contact and assistance service should it be needed for relatives and family.
  • Take care of your trophies from the moment they are shot untill they are delivered to your trophy room or home.
  • We will also provide you with a list of reputable people and friends who have hunted with us before.

We serve …

  • Not only individuals but corporates and bigger groups too.
  • Our concessions range from small private camps to large camps which can accommodate more than a 100 people.
  • Corporate companies and special events planning. We can combine your annual hunt with your business needs, such as a team building hunt/business in one. Conference facilities and business facilities are available at our main hunting camp in South Africa.
  • The whole family … You can bring your whole family along, as Hunting Legends is geared to not only cater fo the hunter but for the whole family with world class services, accommodation, catering, extra murial activities and catering. YOUR WIFE WILL LOVE IT – THAT’S A GUARANTEE!


  • The new Hunting Legends office in the USA was not established to bypass our agents or anybody wanting to do business with our group. To the contrary the office was established to expedite and improve our communication and dealings with everybody wishing to do business with our group.
  • George Hinton has been appointed as our President in the USA, so that we can walk our talk and deliver on any promises or commitments made. Communication and efficiency remains the core of any business and for this reason it became imperative to open an office in the USA, providing our growing customer base with direct access to our business.

Don’t just be…be the legend

August 27, 2013 in African Safaris, Hunting Info by Hunting Legends


“Legends are forged in the crucible of Africa’s wild places.
The legend within answers to the call of your hunter’s spirit.
Don’t just be…be the legend”.

A Legendary African Safari

Hunting Legends offers a truly legendary experience, richly flavoured by the nostalgia of a Colonial era and the romanticism of Africa’s people, its wildlife and its legends. As Africa owns time, we have used it painstakingly to sculpt this adventure to our clients’ needs over many years of hunting.

Although the emphasis is on the thrill of the hunt, it is but one aspect in the final ensemble of fond memories, awe–inspiring stories, and magnificent trophies you will take home. Hunting legends offers limited hunts by invitation, to selected friends who share our passion.

Our rates are generous given the fact that neither effort nor expense has been spared in order to make good our promise of a truly legendary experience.

Welcome to Hunting Legends Africa.


On Prime Hunting Grounds

Hunting Legends operates from several hunting concessions in Southern Africa, foremost of these being its South African base in the forbidding wilderness of the Limpopo River Valley, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Mogol rivers.

The “Valley Of The Kings” concession area proudly holds dominion over this 50 000 acre pristine nature reserve, bordering Botswana’s renowned Tuli block (a World Heritage Site). The reserve is owned by a royal family from the Middle East, making it an exceptionally rare privilege to be invited to hunt these royal hunting grounds. Needless to say the variety and quality of trophies, as well as facilities comprising of four authentic African lodges, are superb.

In addition, Hunting Legends operates in selected concessions in Namibia (Caprivi), Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, and Tanzania, giving our clients access to an extraordinary range of species, landscapes, and cultures.

Whether in pursuit of the the bone-crushing Big 5, abundant plainsgame, or world class wing shooting, do it by rifle, shotgun, or bow – and be prepared for a class act that will blow your mind and not your budget.

“Truly said – trophies are not dead animals, but living memories. Trophies serve not only as proof of opportunity seized, but they call up the fondest memories, of daring, hardship, good friends and the smell of wood smoke from a campfire”.


World class infrastructure and service

Apart from royally appointed accommodation, our uncompromising approach to authenticity and quality is echoed in our service and infrastructure. You will find a fleet of top quality, meticulously maintained vehicles at your disposal, and a one-of-a-kind rifle range is equipped with Closed Circuit TV, night shooting, as well as clay pigeon and skeet facilities. As a valued friend, you will be hosted by a senior member of Hunting Legends, who will entertain you, share his intimate knowledge of the area, and constantly ensure the quality of your experience.

Our teams of hand-picked PH’s, trackers, skinners, chefs, and taxidermists, are accustomed to serving royalty, and all take pride in being one of the finest outfits. Service costs money and dedication, and at Hunting Legends we are not shy to invest in your experience.

Sharing your experience

An experience that cannot be shared is often rendered hollow. Hunting Legends invites you to bring your hunting partners, spouses and children, for our legendary experience extends to a range of activities that will keep them captivated and enthralled with Africa. These include horseback, quad bike, and hiking excursions, river cruises, game drives, curio shopping, day spa, bird watching, and target shooting. For those preferring a more personal experience, we have mobile internet facilities to impress friends and family with your pictures even before your trophy grows cold, and a professional camera crew to eternalise every adrenalin-pumping moment.

Be the legend

Hunting Legends challenges you … be the legend. Live every spine-chilling roar, every earth-shaking challenge, every bone-crushing charge and white knuckled chase, right down to the ecstatic victory cry. Live that gentle brush of sadness to see a worthy adversary fall.

Live the camaraderie of friends and stories around the campfire. Live the quiet reflections at dusk, meandering down the Limpopo River, and re-live it all again as you tell your story, and your legend is born in the awe-inspired eyes of your sons.

“Immersed once again in this exhilaration – echoed in an ancient core of my being, stalking the stalker, each thicket pregnant with possibility, the quickening of senses, and the knawing alarm that my place at the top of the food chain may be severely compromised…I’m home.”

Why choose Hunting Legends?

  • A legendary experience .. A fine blend of adrenalin-pumping action, pristine African wilderness, and intriguing culture.
  • Authentic African Safaris (“The Real Deal”) .. guaranteed by 50 000 Acres of open range Private Game Reserves and fair chase hunting.
  • Convenience of a One Stop Outfit .. hunting 7 African countries including selected concessions in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana.
  • Vast herds of game .. you’ll be spoilt for choice with an ubundance of game in our private hunting concessions.
  • Excellent trophies .. result from these fantastic and unspoilt hunting concessions.
  • World class accommodation .. in authentic African lodges fit for royalty.
  • Legendary service .. provided by full time Executive Hosts and hand-picked staff .
  • Impressive infrastructure .. meticulously maintained communications, vehicles, abattoirs, shooting ranges, airstrips, and armoury.
  • Carefree hunting .. we operate in politically stable areas, free from tropical diseases.
  • Share your experience .. invite your hunting partners, or non-hunting family and friends.

Is this a good value proposition?

Undoubtedly – foreign currencies are typically strong against Africa with the US$ trading around $1 to 9 ZAR, giving you more “buck for your buck”. In addition, considering the quality of your trophies, accommodation, service, facilities and location, which all make for a truly legendary safari, our prices are generous. Don’t take our word for it – put us to the test.

Hunting Legends will tailor a safari proposal to your requirements, with no obligation. For detailed prices, and booking information please visit the following pages:

CLICK HERE: Download our two page brochure





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Hunt on Private Nature Reserves in South Africa

August 27, 2013 in African Safaris, Bargain Hunts, hunter, Hunting Areas, Hunting Info by Hunting Legends

Hunting Legends



  • Experience an African Hunting Safari like non other with The Hunting Legends of Africa.
  • Our facilities are world class and the trophy quality excellent.
  • We offer you several options to tailor make your own safari to best suit your needs. Hunt in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana or any one of our other countries.
  • World Class Big 5 Hunts, fantastic plains game hunting, wing shooting, fishing and many more.
  • Our prices are affordable, our service unbeatable and our hospitality unheard of.
  • JOIN US AT THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS in Northern South Africa and hunt on “royal property”!
  • The Valley of the Kings concession (as we fondly call it) belongs to a “Royal Family” of the Middle East and you will experience luxury and excellent hunting at normal rates.






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: www.rwhart.com today for your personal and good advise. Bobby has hunted with us in Africa several times and hass experience with the big stuff too.