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on 15 August 2011
This book is considered a classic for all sportsmen interested in hunting in Africa with English rifles. The innumerable reprints from 1948 are a test of it. Even if the info and opinions are referred to bygone times, and they don't entirely compare with actual reality of the hunting in Africa, they are the results of an experience that doesn't have equal among the "modern" professional hunters.
The technical opinions and the stories of real episodes of hunting, are deprived of the technicalities and sophisticated terminologies so much in fashion today to amaze the readers. This principle makes possible to easily direct our choices on African rifles and calibers, contributing to the formation (for the beginner) of a solid base to deepen in the matter. An experienced hunter can share or disagrees on the opinions of the author, sometimes express with irony and emphasis, but they are consequence of over 30 years of activity on the field.
If anyone is looking for a book in which to find real suggestions, arguments and opinions not based on other people's experiences or "someone-said-so" philosophy, this is the right one. Rational in dealing with the various related stuffs of hunting dangerous games. Dangerous hunting is an expression recurring many times along the book, and Taylor is the right man to capture the attention of the reader on such important aspect which is many times underestimated.
Very interesting are the Chapt. 13 "Miscellaneous Odds and Ends" and 14 "Afterthoughts" for the views expressed by the author, sometime in an unconventional way.
A fascinating reading, also for the sportsmen who doesn't intend to participate to a Safari. Money well spent for a book considered a milestone on African rifles and cartridges.
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on 31 October 2012
A very good book. Written as an interesting combination of technical facts and adventure years ago and still holds water. I've only read it after my 13th African hunt and it's amazing how many of my findings are explained and confirmed in this book and it also confirms that most of my equipment decisions were ( luckily) not bad. This feeling and doubts usually come to my mind when hunting things go a little bit wrong-much easier than blaming myself for more personal mistakes. The basic techincs of rifles, cartridges and hunting African game have been quite the same or very similar since the beginning of 20th century so the book is still very up to date (like perhaps Sofocles and Shakespeare are in other ways).
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on 18 September 2015
A good, technical, book interspersed with some tales of hunting - and poaching. I would recommend it to anybody going to Africa, although most of us are quite unlikely to be in the situations that Pondoro got himself into. Like Nyschens (Months Of The Sun) much later, these were actually big game hunters and rather scorned plains game apart from being used for food. Even Buffalo were only a food source.
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on 29 September 2015
Outstanding book - excellent balance between a factual discussion about equipment etc., and actual experiences in the African bush. Its NOT about slaughtering defenseless animanls for fun, but is in fact a compelling read for anyone interested in understanding the continent, and its peoples, in Victorian times.
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on 24 April 2014
A specialist book . You would need to be interested in the subject and have a knowledge and understanding of rifles but also a very readable account of a forgotten era and what must have been a fascinating life
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on 15 November 2015
superbly detailed description of the pro's and cons of all the big game calibres and some fantastic anecdotes, evocative of the golden age of hunting, read this before you decide on a calibre for big game
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on 10 March 2015
A classic and with plenty of anecdotes about a pre-war life in Africa, told by an Irishman with a penchant for blunt facts embellished with a little romance.
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