“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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Velo DogJun 5, Grit especially was liable to do this when following an elephant which had had a mud bath, leaving the vegetation covered with it as he passed along.

So, he could see the difference in killing power between. In fact, Bell killed all kinds of elephants in all kinds of terrain. Writing in African Hunter a few years back, Zimbabwe ballistics expert, Charlie Halley recommends the committed reloader can make a plan by modifying bullets from a slightly larger parent such as. In order for us to provide you with the very best experience while visiting our websites, you must use an up-to-date browser.

Many times a brain-shot bull slumped to its knees while its mates failed to notice. A Chronicle of Adventure. Mar 27, Messages: All of these I had with other rifles. Without looking, Bell ejected the dud and cranked in a fresh round. Jan 31, Messages: Great an article monish. One stood with head up about 10 yds. Its drawbacks I found were: They slid off the karakojo, and when they did stay put they raked the mob of baggage-seekers just about knee-high, to their indignation.

Sutherland died in when he was sixty; he bequeathed his property to Anderson including his Westley Richards.


Why the caps should be so reliable in this particular cartridge I have never understood. The floorplate is engraved WDMB. He first travelled to East Africa and took a short lived job as a lion hunter at the age of sixteen, on the same stretch of railway that later became notorious for the Lions of Tsavo, the extraordinary man-eaters that plagued the railway workers. Had Bell access to a better supply of. When it was obvious that we were close to our game these villagers began their African whispering, about as loud, in the still bush, as a full-throated bass voice in a gramophone song.

He was always ready with gifts for chiefs and kings. Although he intended to travel by air to Uganda for a last elephant hunt inhis plans were interrupted by the start of World War Two.

The most elephants he shot in one day was Dated 23 August Then on the same shoot I nearly had my head blown off and my thumb severely bruised by an English loaded. He travelled to the Yukon Territory to cash in on the gold rush and make his fortune. You never fire unless ksramojo can clearly see your way to place the bullet in a vital spot.

One of his best ideas was to post a reward of a heifer for any African who gave him information about the whereabouts of elephants that led to five bulls being shot. Also, he did return karamojl Africa in about — 24, for a safari by motorcar, with Gerrit Forbes, where they drive from one side of Africa to the other.

Having used 2 Westley Richards. Just out of interest, it is must to be mention that to judge ammunition expenditure and his own shooting, he calculated an average.

If one develops the habit by constant practice of pushing the rifle forward with the left hand while the right hand pulls back the bolt and then vice versa draws the rifle towards one while closing it, the rapidity of fire becomes quite extraordinary. Holding his nerve he waited until the Lion was at short range and then gave it the left barrel kadamojo the chest.


Ewart S Grogan who walked from the Cape to Cairo between — At the shot he swerved across, almost within kicking range, showing a wonderful chance at his neck.

W. D. M. Bell – Wikipedia

Once, to relate one of the less bloody of its killings, I met at close range, belll high grass, three bull buffalo. The cartridge belts and the magazine rifles spoke to the first three; study, practice, experience and his own abilities minimized the risk. Thanks for giving others info on one of my heros of my youth!

He shot between and elephant. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Walter D.M. Bell aka Karamojo Bell

At that time vast areas of Africa had not yet been penetrated by settlers or traders. For most of his life, he was an advocate of the bead front blade and express rear belll.

How to get that bullet out. Shot placement for the tricky brain shot on elephants required good marksmanship.

After World War One he began to use the. Upon killing his first elephant, Bell had sawed its massive skull in two in order to find exactly where, and how big, was its brain, and how to slide a bullet past the protective bone into it.