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The Last Goodbye – Hunters Funeral

I write about a Slovene hunting tradition out of deep respect for a great friend (Dusan) who’s father recently passed away and whose funeral I attended.  Dusan supported me through a 2 year process to be one of the first foreigners admitted into a local hunting family (Udenborst).  Dusan’s father (Alojz) was a member of […]

Balistix Friday

We going ballistic with 15% off Balistix  bullets until Friday 23 November 2018.  Below, wild boar hunting with Balistix in a 9.3×62 Blaser R93. Developing a load takes time. Having developed the perfect load your component availability is key.  Balistix are proudly South African and availability is never compromised.  A few reasons why it makes […]


Africa MAN GUN

Ron Spomer writings inspired me to write about the newest addition to The Powder Keg AFRICA COLLECTION, a custom break-down with Mauser action in calibres 338 Laupa Magnum and 416 Rigby. I have immense respect for Ron, and seldom disagree with his writing, BUT Ron is big on choosing light recoiling calibres for hunting over […]

Long range hunting

Distance shooting is not only a question about hunting principles, it is a question about personal skills and equipment.  I mostly sight my hunting rifles at 100 m because there are fewer ranges of longer distances. Typically hunters check their rifles at 100 m at the place of hunting. The Eastern Cape farm below was one […]

What defines a successful hunt

I previously wrote about planning for success in hunting. I started off this blog with the title “a successful hunt requires a little luck”; but found myself changing to “what defines a successful hunt”. We departed around noon from Ljubljana for Delibratska Pescara in the East of Serbia (near the border with Romania) and arrived […]

Success lies in the preparation for the hunt

We all want the perfect outcome in hunting yet few of us give attention to proper preparation for the hunt.  Success is largely determined by planning and preparation.  Yes, hunting is about the whole experience, but giving yourself the best chance of a good shot is proper for the animal, our sole and the budget.  […]

Afrikaans descriptive slang expressions hard to beat!

Eveyone gets the gist when you say “I am gatvol”.  There are times when we use the word “gatvol” to describe our irritation of “kak praat”. Below is a culmination of my irritation of media “kak praat” that got me using Afrikaans slang extensively even after living in Europe for 12 years. Risk and passion are […]

Why we decided not exhibit at Huntex 2018

What did we learn from Huntex 2017? Successful businesses reflect and adjust their strategy. We listened to what the majority of Huntex visitor expectations were.  More than 95% of customer feedback was around the expectation to buy product at discounts; or more specifically referred to as “Huntex Specials”. The purpose of The Powder Keg at […]

Top gear pick (reloading equipment) – our 2 choices explained

The purpose is not to select the 2 most important items of reloading equipment but rather to select the most standout equipment that is within reasonable cost parameters. That is in our opinion. For example, weighing of powder is a critical process in reloading, but if we do not classify a big differentiation in reasonably […]