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Dear Buffalo Bore,

This buffalo was taken with a Pedersoli 1874 Sharps sporting a 32 inch barrel. The ammunition was Buffalo Bore .45-70, 350 gr. JFN (Item 8C). The buffalo was shot at 140 yards in a very stiff crosswind.

When I fired, my partner and I saw a big cloud of dust on the hill that was about one quarter mile behind the buffalo. My partner said, "hell, you missed. I guess you can blame it on the wind." Before the words were out of his mouth the buffalo fell dead in it's tracks. The bullet had passed clean through the heart/lungs area and hit the hill behind the buffalo. The energy this ammunition produces is amazing.

For the big game hunter that prides himself on one shot humane kills, I would highly recommend Buffalo Bore ammunition.

Jack Bartlett

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January 5, 2003


I wanted to drop you a note regarding your excellent 45-70 Magnum ammunition. Several years ago after telephone consultation with one of you, I purchased several boxes of your ammunition. One of the loads being the 420 gr. LBT.-LFN. at 2000 fps. Due to a new work assignment in Columbia and the events of 09-11-2001, I was unable to hunt with the cartridges until this past December. Obviously this cartridge is built for large animals so I took it on a Trophy Bison hunt in New Mexico. I was using a Marlin Model 1895 rifle with the micro-groove rifling. While not a tack driver (due to the micro-groove I think), the rifle/load combo was adequate for hunting purposes. As your know, hunting Bison today is normally not difficult. I hunted the Armendaris Ranch near Truth or Consequences. The ranch consisted of 600 square miles. A large area for the Bison to cover. I was told there were approximately 1100 head of Bison on the Ranch.

I was very skeptical of enjoying a true hunt for these animals on a ranch. Bison are not the sharpest animals and I feared it would be a drive up and shoot affair. I told the ranch manager that I was looking for an old trophy bull and I wanted to take him with my open sighted Marlin and Classic cartridge. I was told normally the Bison were spotted and shot off the hood of the truck at close distances. Well, I was there and wanted the trophy and meat so with heavy heart I prepared of an easy "shoot". While heading out from the ranch headquarters, my guide "Chino" told me about a big bull that he spotted several days prior. Chino said the bull was huge and had not been observed on the ranch for several years. The bull resided in an area consisting of lava rock breaks and draws. Chino said we would be on foot the entire hunt. I jumped at the chance. We traveled to a water hole where the bull had previously been seen. The ice in the tank had been broken and the bull had already watered that morning. By studying the tracks we could tell he was with two other bulls. His tracks were huge. He had to have been there within an hour as the temperature was in the 20's and the water had not refrozen. Off we went tracking him, after 90 minutes and losing his tracks in the rocks several times, we found him and a partner bedded in a small draw. We stalked and closed the rage to under 40 yards. As I stood to shoot, he bolted from his bed at full speed without even standing for a moment, I was unable to get a clear sight picture due to glare from the sun until he was about 60 yards. Now this is why I am writing. I hit him behind the shoulder, a bit back from the heart as he quartered away. Your bullet with its excellent penetration when through lungs and arteries and ended up under the hide on the far side. It made him sick enough to stop broadside at 150 plus yards, a distance I did not plan on with the Marlin. I fired again, a bit back with through and through penetration. I fired again, and dropped him instantly with a spine shot just over the shoulder. What was more impressive than seeing that mighty ani9mal go down was the penetration of the third shot, it penetrated completely through the animal to include through the center of the spine. The spine is huge on a Bison.

I cannot tell you how impressed I was with your bullets. The first shot was enough, although the Bison we may have had to wait hours for him to die. The second while through and through was not well placed. But the third shots' performance was outstanding and very impressionable. Now I know why your cartridges are adequate for Cape buffalo. My Bison weighed an estimated 2400 pounds plus, and his horns qualify very high up in the Safari Club Book. He would have made Boone and Crockett as well but due to regulations regarding free ranging Bison, he does not qualify. My family and friends are enjoying his meat. I also donated a large portion of his meat to some needy folks in New Mexico. Bison are huge and I live overseas, therefore transporting 800 plus pounds of meat is impossible. Thank you again for a job well done with the cartridges. My Marlin 1895 has always been good to me, and forever forward on the big stuff it will be loaded with your ammo. I know you have changed the load to a 430 grain at 1925 fps, is it comparable and will it perform the same?

Good Hunting and Shooting,

F. Dante Sorianello

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Dear Tim -
Thanks for the ammo! As I mentioned to you during our phone conversation my wife and I have just returned from a bear hunt in August. I want to share my success with you and to let you know how well your Buffalo Bore ammunition works.

I shot this Black Bear at 60 yards with the 300 gr. .444 Marlin load (Item #9B). The bullet broke both shoulders and exited. The bear dropped instantly and attempted to get back up. Even though it was not needed I placed a second shot in the shoulder area for insurance.

The bear weighed 350 pounds and should square 6 1/2 feet. I used Item 9B - the 300 gr. Flat-Nose Penetrator; .444 Marlin lever action 22" barrel.

As you can see the photos did not turn out very well. I'm also sorry about all the blood in the the broadside photo. However for you the blood is a great advertisement showing what your bullets do.

Kenny Bode

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Game taken by Jim Brandenburg of Brandenburg Taxidermy
Jim used a Freedom Arms .475 Linebaugh shooting the Buffalo Bore 400 gr. JSP

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Dear Tim 

On Sept. 5th 1 returned from a three week safari in Zimbabwe with Touch Africa Safaris.

Per our conversation I am sending you the recovered bullets from the animals I took while in Africa. Also included are four photos, which are numbered 1 through 4 in the order taken. All of these were taken with your 350-grain bullet in 45-70 caliber. 

The first animal taken was a Wildebeest. After 45 minutes of crawling on our knees and then our bellies, my first shot was taken at approximately 90 yards. I shot it through the heart while it was facing me straight on. It dropped straight down, and as the Professional Hunter, the Tracker, and myself were running towards it, it came to its feet and started running from my right to left. The PH yelled, "Hit it again"! From a standing off-hand position at about 70 yards, my second shot took it through the left shoulder blade, through the top of the heart, and broke the right shoulder blade. 

When we took the animal in to the skinners we told them we wanted both bullets and to pay attention as to which bullet came from which location. Later both bullets were given to me. The first shot had gone through the heart and penetrated 34" into the chest cavity. The second shot broke both shoulder blades and also went through the top of the heart. This bullet was recovered under the skin of the right shoulder. The bullet that had broken the shoulder blades had a piece of the core broken off but was less than 1" from the main body of the bullet. (Extremely tough animal!) 

Next was a Kudu. The PH saw it standing about 75 yards away in some very thick mopane bush. It was standing with its right side towards us and appeared to be a very good trophy. He asked me if my bullet could penetrate the bush and still hit the target. I told him "no problem". I couldn't get a clear view of the entire animal, so I judged where I thought the heart was and pulled the trigger. The animal went about 10 yards into some very heavy mopane brush and dropped. As we were walking up on it, it jumped up and started to move off. The PH yelled to "hit it again!" Another off- hand shot at 20 yards took it through the lungs and it dropped again. As we ran up on it the PH was the first one on the scene. I heard him start to fret and apologize. We had only been able to see the right side of the Kudu. The left horn had 8" broken off. He said that they had been trying to cull this one out for two years. He said that even though the rack was huge, he wouldn't charge me for this one and let me take another. The first bullet had gone through heavy brush, gone straight through the heart and broken both shoulder blades in the process. It was recovered right under the skin. The second bullet was a through and through shot and no bullet was recovered. 

The second Kudu, listed as #3 on the back of the picture, was taken at about 70 yards as it walked from my right to left. One unobstructed shot from a kneeling position went straight through the top of the heart and also broke both shoulder blades. The bullet was recovered under the skin on the right side. 

The fourth and last animal was a Warthog. We stalked this animal an finally got a clear shot as it started up a hill going straight away from us at 100 yards. I stood up, cocked the hammer back and lined up on its spine. When I pulled the trigger there was a resounding "CLICK". I had forgotten to chamber a round. When I worked the lever to chamber a round the hog heard it and took off running. A quick snap shot at its spine missed and

hit it in the right rear leg just below the hip joint. It didn't just hit the leg, it blew it completely off. Our dog located the hog about 50 yards away, still alive and very angry. Once we were able to get the dog out of the way, a heart shot dispatched it instantly. Sadly, no bullets were recovered. 

The gun used was a Marlin 1895 Limited Edition with an octagon barrel and open factory sights. Ammunition used was your 350-grain 45-70 load. I chose this load out of all of your offerings because I was going to be hunting plains game only, and no dangerous game. I found this round to be flat shooting, accurate, light of recoil, and having more penetration than any other load (in this caliber) on the market today. 

My PH lamented the fact that I wasn't shooting a Cape Buffalo this trip. He was absolutely convinced that the 350-grain bullet would have taken a Buffalo with ease. I told him you offered a 500-grain solid which might be better suited to that task. He said that that was all right, but still believed that the 350-grain bullet had all of the penetration needed. He also said that he thought this rifle/bullet combo was perfect for lion hunting. By the time we had to leave I thought I was going to have to wrestle him to get my gun away from him.

Thanks for helping to create a memorable trip to Zimbabwe, Africa and a successful hunt.


John Callahan

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