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    Taking a firearm overseas

    So following on from my tremendous bit of luck in winning the SA hunt competition i am going to have to get a .308 as it seems to be a more suitable calibre for going to africa.

    the other reason for the 308 is that i am able to buy just a replacement barrel for my current rifle which should keep things easy.

    but i was wondering that seeing as i will have to get a variation for the 308, do i need to get any condition added allowing me to take the rifle overseas?

    my fac is currently open.

    also any other advice from those who have been before will be gratefully received!!!!
    Last edited by artschool; 04-02-2014 at 12:31.

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    Nope, if it was travel within Europe then a eu firearms pass would be required, but the outfitters will sort out your paperwork at the other end in Africa as far as I'm aware......
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    I have hunted in SA a couple of times and had no problems. You don't need any special conditions on your FAC. You will, in advance, need to fill out a SAP520 form with details of firearm, ammo etc but your outfitter should help you with that.

    If you have a choice of airline, I would go for Virgin as I have traveled with firearms with them before and they don't (or didn't) charge for carriage as they class it as your normal entitlement of sporting goods.

    .308 is a good round for SA, although I prefer a .30-06. Depending on what you hope to shoot, I would take a minimum of 165 gn ammo.

    SA is a great place, you will have a lot of fun.


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    Congratulations on winning the hunt. I'm sure you'll have a really good time.
    The paperwork will usually be sorted by the chaps on the ground in SA.
    When booking your ticket, make certain to tell the travel agent that you will be taking sporting guns and see that they make a note of it.
    When you get to the airport, go straight to the appropriate airways desk, tell them that you have firearms and wish to start the security procedures. If you leave it to check-in time, you'll be last on the aircraft and it'll be a rush.
    BTW, at the check-in, watch that they put the correct labels on your cases. It happened to me and I made the fella doing the labelling run after my bag on the conveyor, bring it back and label it correctly.
    Good Luck

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    +1 on the 30-06. I would think that it will do a better job in African conditions because of the bigger range of bullet weights. 180 grain is well inside the comfort zone for a 30-06 up at the top end for a 308.

    Have fun,


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    SA Trip

    I have found virgin very easy to travel with,i always ask custom's at heathrow for a tempary export permit for my rifle's as this seem's to make things striaght forward in SA.I use 30-06 for all plains game with 165g or 180g bullets.
    Going again with two mate's in May

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    Can I suggest that for no cost you get a European Firearms Pass just in case. Over the years on returning to the UK from South Africa we were twice diverted to Portugal when an EFP would have saved some time. No downside risk if you don't need it.

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    we flew with SA airlines no problem with them either you can fill in the SAP 520 before you go but don't sign it until you are in front of the firearms desk in Africa will cause you to have to fill in another in front of them other wise used a .308 with 180g Norma Alaska's no probs on plains game

    happy hunting
    Paul D

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    For what it is worth, whilst I've not flown to SA I have flown around Europe & Scandinavia with firearms once or twice & would suggest you chose Gatwick as your departure/return airport as Heathrow will charge you 50 per leg handling charge for each item of baggage containing a firearm or component part - as rifle & bolt/ammo have to travel separately that's 200 just for the 'privilege' of letting G4S man handle your rifle! Not exactly what I call value for money & more than the total cost of the flight last time I went from Gatwick!!

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    Flew with southafrica airways in November from heathrow.

    no charges or hassle whatsoever.

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