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OLD BUT STILL UNEQUALLED
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.