Or those rumors about people wounding animals because they shoot long range, for which there is even less proof.Don said:Beeman, I love your posts but I gotta know the answer to this question. You said, "When O'Conner and Bell performed their feats, they didn't tell of the game left to wonder off wounded". I've heard that about a thousand times but to date nobody has told me what game it is. I wish someone would give me a few accurate accounting's of these accusations. This is no different that the finger pointing that goes on about the long range shooters and the people wounding all those animals with 30-30's and 243's.
Unfounded accusation's, nothing more
What "feats" did O'Conor perform with the 7x57? I've read my copy of Jack O'Connor, The Legendary Life of America's Greatest Gunwriter by Robert Anderson cover to cover several times. This tome catalogs every big game animal O'Connor is known to have killed, and nowhere does it list an animal shot with his three 7x57s that was not what most of us would consider appropriate for cartridges in this class. In Mozambique his wife killed 17 head of game with 19 shots with one of his 7x57 - not a lot of wounded game wondering off there....When Oconnor and Bell performed their feats, they didn't tell of the game left to wonder off wounded. People had a much more cavalier attitude toward game back then.
Excuse me, but I thought Bell shot his elephant with a .275 Rigby, which is identical to the 7x57 case. However, I believe he used 175 gr solid round nose bullets rounds made by Rigby that were steel jacketed, not military ball ammo. At least that is the information I've read concerning Bell's hunting.billy_56081 said:W.D. Bell shot thousands of elephants with a 7X57 mauser with military ball. Good thing those were the non magnum type elephants of yester year. I'd have no problem hunting any North American game with a 7mm as long as I knew the gun and the ammo.
Do whales count? I'd shoot it with the .283Butler......I'd shoot anything with it. It's all in the placement, not the displacement!jro45 said:What is the biggest animal you would shoot with your 7mm? I'm talking Africa, USA, or Canada. The biggest I've shot with mine is a Boar. He was running full Boar ahead when I shot him.
Animals are all animals, like bugs are all bugs, and insects are all inserts.......right?jro45 said:Whales are not animals. They have a different classification. :