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Very nice rifle, photos and story, Quail.
RE. WDM Bell, as you know he had his guns stolen on reaching Africa, and wound up using a great Dutch Roehr (or some such!) 4 bore and developed a sever flinch!
a four ounce ball will do that.
This is the gun that shattered the stock with a double charge and scarred him for life.
He didn't shoot all his game with a 7x57, but used a .303 for a good bit of it, and a lovely little rifle by Ferguson, Edinburgh if I remember right, in 6.5 x 54 M-S.
This rifle was wonderful on elephant he thought, with its 160 grain round nosed bullet.

All the very best,
Richard.
 
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