“You’re holding ‘Karamoja’ Bell’s Rigby. I visited Westley Richards recently to order a rifle, which you’ve always sung the praises of. Every time the question of what rifle springs up, someone’s bound to say it: Karamojo Bell killed a thousand elephants with an Did he. Karamojo Bell was a professional hunter. It was his passion, but also his business, and — being a Scot — he ran it soberly and carefully, with.

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Shooting buck animals for meat and hides was a large part of his regular duties as an ivory hunter.

It is also interesting to note that, although Karqmojo is the most famous proponent of using small caliber “nitro” rifles for large game, he did not discover the technique, nor was he its earliest advocate.

This means that half the time he only needed one shot.

Last edited by a moderator: Great an article monish. Bell convinced his family to back him for a trip to Africa, where he obtained a job shooting man-eating lions for the Uganda Railway at the age of He shot elephants with a Mannlicher-Schoenauer 6. He shot between 60 — 70 elephant.

Bell served as a pilot in the — war and after the war he went back to Africa to the Ivory Coast where karakojo shot quite a few large elephants with his.

They hunted together over several safaris in the region, and Bell accorded him great karamooj. On this trip he left his Mauser 7mm at home and brought with him a Westley Richards. All of these I had with other rifles. The actions were made by the Mauser Company in Germany and Rigby had the rights to sell them in England.

At the outbreak of World War Ihe was hunting in the French Congo and immediately headed back to England and began to learn to fly. That did it, karamojoo now the sticks were stuck!


This is most important in thick stuff. More vapour came from the breech end than from the other. He declared once that a soft point bullet had never sullied the bore of his rifle. While this thread is up, does anyone know why the price tag for ” The Wanderings of an Elephant Hunter” are so steep?

That grain bullet, a round-nose solid, had proved to be slightly more effective than the grain.

Walter Dalrymple Maitland Bell —known as Karamojo Bellwas a Scottish adventurer, big game hunter in East Africa, [1] soldier, decorated katamojo pilot, sailor, writer, and painter. I have never heard any explanation of the undoubted fact that our British ammunition karamoojo cannot gell yet produce a reliable rifle cartridge head, anvil and cap, other than that of the service.

They are my favorite rifles for hunting bekl they get the job done. Only a few days after katamojo the manuscript for his last book, Bell of Africa, Bell died of heart failure on 30 June WDM Bell was one of the ‘gentlemen adventurers’ that hunted the lawless Lado Enclave after Belgium withdrew from the region following the death of Leopold the Second inand prior to the territory becoming part of Sudan.

Bell wrote very much about his own daring-do and the central theme was always how he was such a cool head and dead shot with small bore rifles in the face of huge and dangerous animals. I would like to have his rifles.

How to get that bullet out. He found that it was no more deadly than his. He also would shoot for meat and hides that were used as trade goods with the villagers in the areas he passed through. He shot over cape buffalo with his small calibre rifles, as well as countless other plains game, including rhinoceros, and lions. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Another point in favour of the. I opened the bolt and there was my empty case.


“Karamojo” Bell on Rifles: In His Own Words

Anderson shot between and elephant. By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies. He lived unscathed through all of his adventures to enjoy the wealth he had accumulated with his rifle.

He paid no attention and I softly opened the bolt. Craig Boddington is quite apt to mention the “few hundred elephants” that Bell took. For years after that I continued to use the. Speaking personally, my greatest successes have been obtained with the 7 mm. He perfected a technique of shooting elephants from the extremely difficult position, diagonally behind beol target; this shot became known as the Bell Shot.

By doing this I obtained the equivalent of grs.

“Karamojo” Bell on Rifles: In His Own Words – BookYourHunt Blog

Bell has become ksramojo legend among elephant hunters due to his great success in the ivory trade during the golden age of hunting in East Africa.

There are part and parcel of recurring calls to resurrect this superb calibre. I have since been told by a great authority that it was probably due to a burst case, due to weak head.

Velo Dog likes this. The thing that did most for my rifle shooting was, I believe, the fact that I always carried my own rifle. I did so from sufficiently close range, but what happened I cannot say.

Just out of interest, it is must to be mention that to judge ammunition expenditure and his own shooting, he calculated an average.

He was known for flying without an observer, because the observer obstructed his view when he tried to shoot down enemy planes with his rifle. In pursuance of this train of thought I wired both triggers of the double.