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  1. Went Guinea Fowl hunting Saturday in Limpopo Province near Pienaarsrivier, north of Pretoria. The terrain, unlike my last hunt, was vastly different. Nothing like home. We hunted in what is called "the bushveld." Tall dry grassland with lots of bushes and small trees. Seems like every bush has stickers, every tree has thorns. But what fun it is to hunt guinea fowl! Kind of like pheasant hunting, but different. Instead of seeing deer, we saw gray duiker (teeny-tiny antelope) and one of the guys saw a kudu (huge antelope), and instead of bobcat, one of the guys saw a caracal, a cat relate
  2. White Faced Whistling Duck one of the other guys in my group bagged.
  3. Pond where we hunted Swainson's Francolin
  4. Got to go hunting this past weekend in South Africa. Mostly waterfowl, but we did a little upland hunting too. Great fun. Got up at about 3:00 a.m. to get to my friend's house (45 minute drive) by 5, to get to the field (hour drive) by 6. Lest you think Africa is always hot, when we got out of the car to start our hunt the thermometer on my friend’s car said -3°C which is about 27°F. And there was a lot of frost. And a chilling breeze. No blind, just sit by the side of the pond, which is in the outfall of a small dammed reservoir, and shoot them as they fly over. Bagg
  5. Going waterfowl hunting in Mpumalanga province, here in South Africa tomorrow. It'll be a first for me. I've never been waterfowl hunting before. Yellow-billed duck, red-billed teal, Egyptian goose, white-faced whistling duck and Spurwing goose are legal game.
  6. Not on the standard Condor.
  7. Chris,

     

    Send me a private message or a visitor message and I'll send you an e-mail with the STF3000 cleaning instructions, and a link to a photo journal detailing a full take-down.

     

    Tim

  8. Length of barrel has nothing to do with patterning. That's a function of the choke and the load you are using. The 24" barrel is nice for turkey hunting because its easier to tote around in the woods.
  9. Awesome looking bird! Congratulations!
  10. Shot another limit on Saturday.
  11. I'd guess most shots were within 45 yards, accounting for both elevation, and horizontal distance. I was using international trap loads, which are 24 grams (about 7/8 ounce) at 1350 fps. Number 7-1/2 shot. First shot modified, second shot light full. Later in the day, just to see if I could, I tried a few "hail mary" shots at what I estimate to be about 60 yards. I found that if I gave them about 10 feet of lead, even with the modified choke, they would go down, dead as a doornail.
  12. These are African Ring Necked Doves. Hunting over/in a sunflower field near Pienaarsrivier, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
  13. Went rock pigeon/dove hunting near Bronkhorstspruit in Gauteng Province, in South Africa, just a couple weeks ago. Hoping to do some upland and waterfowl hunting this fall (its early fall right now.)
  14. A few suggestions (I sometimes suffer from the same problem, btw, and I am an "A" Class ATA shooter, 95.8 average in singles last year, for what that's worth.) I will assume you are a right-handed shooter. Do you shoot both eyes open, or one eye closed? Some of my advice may be dependent on that. Foot position. When I "address" station 1, my feet are "almost, but not quite" squared up with the front of the station, with my belly button facing, approximately, the right-front corner of the trap house. This allows you to swing to a hard left without going "over center" and twisting
  15. You don't have enough posts to do a PM. Click on my username, then click on view public profile, then send me a visitor message with your e-mail address.

     

    Tim

  16. Skeet is fun. Harder to learn than trap, but in my mind, easier to "master." That's a pretty good round with a pump gun. "Back in the day" a Winchester Model 12 was the gun of choice. But try Olympic skeet. Its like skeet on crack. Same field, but with the following modification: Targets are faster. You must use 24 gram loads (a little less than 7/8 ounces, but no limit on muzzle velocity, usually 1350-ish.) You must start with low (unmounted) gun. Toe of your stock at your hip. When you call for the target, there is a random, 0 to 3 second delay before the target
  17. Great idea to do so, and the club where I am a member back home is greeat for this, because often, I'm the only person shooting there. Make sure the range you are at allows such shooting. I would agree, however, that for anything beyond about 50 yards, shooting standing, off-hand, is a bad choice, unless you practice it a LOT, and are 100% confident in your ability to place a shot like that. When I hunt, I look for anything, a tree, a fence post, anything I can use to steady my shot.
  18. Hee hee...Its summer time, sunny and about 80 here in Johannesburg.
  19. mtdeerslayer, There are indeed a lot of misconceptions about extended and ported chokes. Here's my opinion: Extended chokes do not necessarily improve patterns over flush chokes. The do look cooler. And they're easier to unthread. Ported chokes can, at the very best, reduce recoil by about 3%. Its easy to calculate if you look into the accepted recoil formulas out there. Ported chokes, if the ports are all around the circumference of the choke tube extension, cannot, according to the laws of physics, reduce muzzle rise. Many people think tight full chokes make your
  20. timb99

    Chokes?

    "...but alot of people swear by extended or ported chokes..." The only thing extended or ported chokes do better than flush chokes is that they are easier to unthread with your fingers. Other than that...its all sales hype. Only ONE way to tell if your chokes make the grade. Pattern the gun, and use a computer program like Shotgun Insight (http://www.shotgun-insight.com/) to analyze the patterns. Anything else is just guesswork.
  21. Agree with jones. You will not like a pistol grip for wing shooting. At all.
  22. OK, my opinion. You can't "look" at a few patterns and decide its good or bad. To do this right, you really need to use a pattern analysis program like "Shotgun Insight." And you need a minimum of 10 shots on paper, at the distance you really think you'll be taking game. http://www.shotgun-insight.com/ It will tell you whether you are looking at a really bad patterning gun or choke, or one pattern that is bad out of 10. But before you go to this trouble, are you already hunting with it, and are you bagging birds?
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