Dave was carrying a Legend chambered for the 404 Jeffery. This is now the third 404 that has been produced within this shop and it is a cartridge that has never failed to impress. This rifle was fit with both my receiver sight system as well as two pair of 30mm scope rings for two different Zeiss scopes. Dave was preparing for any and all contingencies in regard to sights and scopes. I've been aware that scopes sometimes fail, imagine that ?
The Krieger barrel installed on this rifle shot very well from the beginning and it was clear that loaded with a tailored hand-load it would be a stellar performer. To that end Dave finally settled on the GS 387gr Flat Nose Solid driven at 2400fps coupled with a GS 320gr HV steaming along at 2700fps. When zeroed at 100 yards the HV soft point impacted 1-1/2" higher than the Flat Nose solid making an ideal combination for sure. The primary scope he choose for this trip was a Zeiss Victory 1.5-6x42. Like the other Legends chambered for the Jeffery the magazine assembly that I fabricated held 4 rounds down and 1 in the chamber. All this accomplished without the need for a drop magazine design.
This Legend accounted for quite a bit of game on this Safari with some of the shooting being fast and furious. The opening Lion encounter came with a twist and lost opportunity leaving both Shaun and Dave contemplating the rumors in regard to Karma and its relevance with past sins. The second encounter with the same Shumba some days later found Dave and Shaun grappling with moments of complete and utter despair ending with an outcome neither will likely ever forget. It might take a lifetime of Lion hunting to better this one.
Dave's Buffalo is equally impressive and speaks well of the trophy quality the area has to offer. This bull was handed 4 GS solids and only made it 10 yards before throwing in the towel. Makes me wonder if the 1st ejected case had hit the dirt as the 4th case was clearing the ejection port. No motivational pep talks required here. Congratulations to both Dave and Shaun on a fantastic effort.
Shaun Buffee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org is anyone is interested in hunting Zimbabwe's Bubye Conservancy.