“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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Nor did he have to turn a charge or anything like that. Karamojo BillJul 1, Having used 2 Westley Richards.
W.D.M. Bell and His Elephants
He realized that a small bullet could kill an elephant just as readily as a big one, if it was put in the right spot, and much better than a big one in the wrong spot. It did not pan out and he became a market hunter, shooting game for the Dawson markets with a Winchester single shot falling block rifle, until he was robbed by his partner. After the War, Bell returned to ivory hunting, traveling by canoe into then uncharted African wilds after legendary herds of large elephants.
There was not much elephant hunting done though. He sold his rifle for enough money to get back to Dawson. They keep a truer course, and are not so liable to turn over as the latter. He fell away in a forward lurch, disclosing another immediately behind him and in a similar posture.
For recaltrant natives, a shooting display with his Mauser Broomhandle semi-auto pistol, during which he would often shoot stones thrown by his men out of the air easy enough, he wrote, with some practice was enough to quell any ideas of attacking his camp. The advantages of these I need hardly enumerate, such as their cheap ness, reliability, handiness, lightness, freedom from recoil, etc.
More vapour came from the breech end than from the other. Bell began to use telescopic sights only when he was in his fifties. I opened the bolt and there was my empty case.
He already had a Mannlicher finished by George Gibbs of Bristol, but just for general use, as he had only karamoj bullets for it.
Craig Boddington is quite apt to mention the “few hundred elephants” that Bell took.
Thanks for giving others info on one of my heros of my youth! At that time vast areas of Africa had not yet been penetrated by settlers or traders. Another very interesting post and comments. To put his efforts into perspective, he wrote of one day when he tracked and shot nine elephants. Karamomo we all better access to.
As a committed supporter of the. Big Game Shooting Records Thanks for posting those links. He is credited with killing over elephants in his career, but the.
Modern elephant hunting in Africa is totally sustainable and works towards the preservation of the species. I often had the opportunity of testing this extraordinary little weapon on other animals than elephant. The Rigby Mauser was just that, kwramojo Mauser 98 action rifle in sporting configuration, half akramojo and finely finished.
When the war was settled, he stayed on and bought his way into elephant hunting, outfitting his first safari on foot into East Africa. Dated 23 August Then one day there came just a dry click!
Bell recorded all of his kills and shots fired. Bell carried a Mauser C96equipped with a shoulder stock and chambered in the powerful 9mm Mauser Export calibre,  which when used against human targets, “kept them dodging for or yards” according to Bell.
He jaramojo between 60 — 70 elephant. Whereas British sporting ammunition, apart from the. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ebll his observer Lieutenant R. Bell found that German and English military ammunition was the most reliable which also encouraged him to use the smaller calibers.
“Karamojo” Bell on Rifles: In His Own Words
He believed that this co-operation with the local tribes was the main reason for his great success as an elephant hunter. Bell – This is the first book written by W. He disliked the double bll considered archetypal for the African hunting of his time due to what he considered recoil so heavy as to be detrimental to accuracy. He’d hunted lions for the Uganda Railway and started a career as an ivory hunter. Only a few days after posting the manuscript for his last book, Bell of Africa, Bell died of heart failure on 30 June Velo Dog likes this.
Sometimes I used one and sometimes the other, and it began to dawn belll me that when an elephant was hit in the right place with the.
Nor a stuck case, nor a split one, nor a blowback, nor a miss-fire. September Learn how and when to remove this template message.