Samuel Baker On Double Rifles and the Paradox Gun

Rifles and Big Game

If the projectile has great penetrating force it will pass completely through an animal, and the striking energy will be diminished, as the force that should have been expended upon the body is expending itself in propelling the bullet after it has passed through the body. This must be wrong, as it is self-evident that the striking energy or knock-down blow must depend upon the resistance which the body offers to the projectile. If the bullet remains within it, the striking energy; complete and entire, without any waste whatever, remains within the body struck. If, therefore, a bullet .577 of 648 grains propelled by 6 drams of powder has at fifty yards a striking energy of 3500 foot pounds, that force is expended upon the object struck,—provided it is stopped by the opposing body.

We should therefore endeavor to prevent the bullet from passing through an animal, if it is necessary to concentrate the full power of the projectile upon the resisting body.

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Merits of Chokes and Cylinders - Part I

Shotguns and Shotshells

THE MERITS OF CHOKES AND CYLINDERS, AS APPLIED TO THEIR EFFECT ON GAME AND SUITABILITY TO THE SHOOTERBy Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey, 1892 We will suppose that a shooter has now found a gun to suit him as regards weight, balance, and mechanism. He has, however, to decide on its boring; and this feature of his gun is the one of all others, next to a perfect fit and a suitable weight, that he will have to consider most: for the question of whether his gun should be bored a choke or a cylinder is a very interesting one to the shooter,...

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Merits of Chokes and Cylinders - Part II

Shotguns and Shotshells

THE MERITS OF CHOKES AND CYLINDERS, AS APPLIED TO THEIR EFFECT ON GAME AND SUITABILITY TO THE SHOOTERBy Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey, 1892   CYLINDER BARRELS It is an error to imagine that long shots cannot be killed with a cylinder-gun. I have often seen cylinders kill at as long a distance as any choke. It may be said that a good cylinder, throwing a regularly-spread pattern of 130 to 135, will kill almost every time, if held straight, up to 40 yards; and that is a long distance if paced in the open, and farther than one in a thousand rocketing...

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Merits of Chokes and Cylinders - Part III

Shotguns and Shotshells

THE MERITS OF CHOKES AND CYLINDERS, AS APPLIED TO THEIR EFFECT ON GAME AND SUITABILITY TO THE SHOOTERBy Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey, 1892   THE MERITS Some of the advice given to shooters in the choice of guns is very laughable. For example, Mr. Greener writes in a recent book: 'The cylinder-gun must not be used at distances greater than 30 yards; to do so is unnecessarily cruel.' Dear me! If he could only see grouse and pheasants, and other game, killed stone dead by a good shot time after time with a cylinder at over 40 yards, as I often and...

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Paradox Bullets Against Game

Paradox Guns and Ammo

"For my own use I am quite contented with one '577, a '400, and a No. 12 Paradox" - Sir Samuel White Baker, "ADVENTURE WITH A TIGER"   We are often asked about the effectiveness of Paradox bullets on various types of game. In days past, Paradox guns were used for virtually every big game animal in Africa and Asia.  But only the 10 bore and 8 bore Paradox guns were considered proper for the biggest of the big five, the "thick skinned" game.  Paradox guns do not shoot cartridges loaded with steel or solid brass bullets.  Standard Paradox bullets are lead and tend to flatten...

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