It is a good thing that you started making bullets. Here are some pictures
of the hunting in 2003. The impala was shot with my .22 Hornet loaded with your 35gr HV bullet. The
bullet broke the right front leg, quartered through the chest cavity and came to rest under the skin
of the left rib cage. The bump can be seen clearly on the picture. The impala moved only two paces
and went down. The distance of the shot was about 80 paces and the bullet lost two of the three
The blesbok was shot with my 338 Lapua and I used the 200gr HV bullet. I had a short stalk through some bush and when they moved into the open veld, the ram stopped and looked back at about 250 paces from me. That was his last mistake. The 200gr HV dropped him on the spot with a side on shot through the lungs and arteries of the heart.
My wife and children observed the shot from some distance away and commented that they saw the buck drop before they heard the shot. With the speed of the 338 Lapua and the 200gr HV one would expect much meat damage but this is not the case. Compared to conventional bullets the absence of bloodshot meat is remarkable.
Just before Christmas I tried the 22 Hornet on warthog. I must
say that I was somewhat sceptical whether this was a good idea and took along the 338 as insurance.
I limited the shots to 50 meters and shot only brain shots. Of the three warthog shot, only one
bullet was recovered. This bullet entered above the left eye and was recovered from under the skin
on the right shoulder. It lost all three petals and looked like a 22 caliber cylinder.
I am very impressed and will not use any other brand of bullet on game again. Also note that I would not recommend anyone to use the 22 Hornet on game at ranges over 100 meters.
The eland below was taken by my brother Jaco on the farm Bosveld near Roetan in Limpopo Province. Oom Tom is the host. We first went there after eland in May 2003 and, although we saw some, could not get in a shot. Some weeks later we hit the road to Limpopo again in the early hours of a Thursday morning. As soon as we arrived, Jaco left with the guide. He took my 338 Lapua (Sako TRG) and the 200gr HV bullets knowing that this combination is good for less than an inch at 100 meters.
I went to the bowhunting blind and relaxed, waiting for something to come by. Just after 10 o'clock I heard two shots and some minutes later Jaco called to say that he had bagged a good one. When we arrived at the spot, I knew that it would measure well into the record lists. Jaco related that they encountered the eland just after eight and did several stalks before being comfortable with taking the shot. The shot was side on at 150 paces and broke both front legs. The eland stumbled but a few paces before dropping and Jaco gave it a final shot through the heart.
The first shot penetrated fully and the second bullet was recovered from the spine after entering the chest and traversing the heart and chest cavity. The bullet shank was not deformed and the bullet was a cylinder shape with all the petals sheared off.
The horns measured 36 1/8" left and 36 1/4 right.
Later in the day, Oom Tom's son shot a waterbuck with a 308
with jacketed lead bullets. He had enough meat damage for two animals while the meat loss on Jaco's
eland was surprisingly low. This confirmed once again for us that meat damage is caused by bullet
fragmentation and not by speed.
Thanks for great bullets made in Africa for Africa.
Wimpie Le Roux and Family
News from 2004
|Saturday the 7th of August I took my brother in law's son, Vic (11) on his first hunt. He was keen to shoot an Impala. We drove to the area where we were likely to find them and, once we spotted the herd, the hunt was on. Vic's dad and my son stayed with the vehicle and we set off on foot for the stalk. After a stalk of about 20 minutes, we were in a position to wait for them where they were aiming to cross a stream. Vic readied the 22 Hornet on the tripod and watched a very nice ram passing at about 70 paces. He did not present a shot that Vic was confident with and he let him go.|
About five minutes later another shot presented itself and Vic hit him with a spine shot. He dropped where he stood. There are few things as rewarding as guiding a young hunter, who expressed his readiness for the task, to take his first game animal. The load used was the same as that of last season. A 35gr HV bullet backed by 10gr of S265.
My daughter Carmen (8) shot a pheasant with the Hornet
recently. She also asked to have a go at an Impala. After a fair bit of work, we were in a good
position only 30 paces from an Impala. She hesitated and could not break the shot. I nevertheless
told her that I am proud of her for making the decision not to shoot and, when she feels more
confident, we can try again.
My brother's son Jason (9) also shot his first Impala that weekend with the Hornet but to our regret, his pictures were a failure.
I am of the opinion that we should encourage and introduce to hunting, as many youngsters as we can. If we do not, we will lose them to the tree huggers who will convince them that hunting is wrong and uncivilised.
All the best,
Wimpie le Roux
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