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  • Mannlicher .416 Taylor for the win!

    Two hours of trying to find the herd. A 45 minute stalk over 1/2 mile with the last few hundred yards doing a nice snipery belly crawl.... put four .416's into this monster. Two were all it needed. The first two shots were 3 inches apart, blew top off heart. He didn't go more than 20 feet after first hit. The others were all backup.

    I managed to scope myself on the last shot, which was offhand... just in case. Not needed. But there you go. Never scoped myself in my life. This one will leave a scar. Which is kind of cool... Just did not have enough relief on the vintage scope.

    Here's some pictures.

    I should have put this in the Nom Nom Nom thread...

    My bison is down. There is another huge bull next to him. We had to wait for him to move off. Patience. He left. Both were in the 1900 pound range. Shot was 120 yards, prone. Put two right next to each other. A third a few inches back. Then, about 10 minutes later, one more through the spine, which came out the belly. Two bullets found under skin... look down.

    I managed to scope myself... first time in my life. So now I have a scar next to a scar... I knew I did it on the last (un-necessary) shot. But guide thought I should spine him. So I did. Only offhand shot and I was not ready for the recoil. Vintage WW1 era scope managed to leave a mark. Well, there ya go. It's another battle scar.

    My buddy Jim (Berlin Special Forces book) and I with the downed buff..

    Buff down...

    Rifle... ,416 Taylor with Mannlicher. It did its part.

    At butcher. He was all excited to show me the heart. Which I took the top off of with the first two shots. The two 'follow on' shots were not needed. But the Guide wanted me to shoot. So I did.

    Two shots through the shoulder that just completely busted the heart. 120 yards prone. Not through the 'skin' patch, but right through the shoulder. Guide told me NOT to shoot the skin patch as a lung shot Bull could run for miles. He said shoot through the shoulder and hit the heart. Do not miss the heart. I blew the heart out with two shots. I could hear the rounds hit meat at that range. Very, very happy!

    Two of the four bullets fired. One more is going to show up in the meat. One (the spine shot) went through. Very hard to shoot through a buffalo. But the .416 did it.

    Hide laid out in the sun... There's a lot of leather there!

    So there ya go! A good time was had by all. Except, of course, the Buffalo. He did not have a good time.

    An amazing hunt up in the Jim River.... I'd do it again in a second. It was worth the wait. I am still running on adrenaline!

    And the stalk was right out of various schools. Moving forward using my toes and watching for reaction. All I needed was the Ghillie to make it into an 'op' vs. a 'hunt.' Stalked this guy almost half a mile... with the sun in my face. But so was the wind. And there were two of them 'watching.' So double jeopardy if one of them caught us. But Jim, me and our guide... got it done!



    PS. I am sure Tucker will now be having a blast putting my face on all kinds of interesting bodies.... ;-)
    Quidvis recte factum quamvis humile praeclarum

    Oderint dum metuant

    "You went full nerd with that reference." Thanks, I will wear that as a badge of honor!

  • #26
    Originally posted by sirhrmechanic View Post
    I'll take a pic...

    The Kollmorgen's were amazing scopes. After 1945, their contracts for periscopes evaporated overnight. No new subs built. Of any kind. To keep their workforce together, they made rifle scopes, glass ashtrays, magnifying glasses... anything. To keep a few bucks coming in. The Nuclear Navy put them back on track. The sold their scope business to, I think, Redfield? The Bear Cub? But those early Kollmorgen scopes were worth WAY more than what they cost. The finest engineering and optics. All sold just to keep a workforce employed.

    Mine is a dot reticle. One dot in the middle. Tough as nails. Clear as a bell.

    I'll post....


    Yes Redfield took the designs but I think they turned it into a mass production, mass market product. You can certainly see the similarities in the ocular bell.

    The early Redfields are great scopes but they are not up to the sngineering of the brass internals I see in my Kollmorgen.

    That US Navy relationship must have gave the Kollmorgen designs a little bit extra robustness.

    Likely why they couldnt manufacture them at a price point the hunters around North Hampton were willing to pay.
    "...But they would never find anything to beat the old Springfield ...the long sleek streamline, very slim but with potent bulges, all in the just exactly right places to give it that pugnaciously forward-leaning, eager look that marked the Springfield. Beside it, the M1 looked like a fat old man puffing with a lack of training...the two most beautiful things made in America were the ax-handle and the clipper ship? ...they should have added one more thing: The Springfield '03 rifle..."


    • #27
      congrats again and thanx for the reply on the 45-70,,,I reckon that is why Jerimiah Johnson was lookin for a Hawken rifle,,50 caliber or more.
      you never met a