Since 1966, SCI Life Member Scott P. has been shooting a Winchester Model 88 chambered in .308 Winchester. Scott uses handloaded 150-grain Spitzers and says his Model 88 “is capable of shooting the same bullet holes when I’m not too jittery from too many cups of coffee.” Topped with a Redfield 3-9X scope, Scott uses his Model 88 for mule deer, pronghorn and the occasional coyote.
Scott’s other guns include a Pre-’64 Winchester Model 70 chambered in .338 Win. Mag. It’s topped with a Trijicon 3-9X scope and with 250-grain Speer Grand Slam bullets, Scott calls his .338 “God’s gift to elk hunting.” He has also taken gemsbok and kudu with this rifle.
For bigger game, Scott has a new-production Pre-’64-style Model 70 in .375 H&H topped with a Leupold 2.5-10X scope and firing 300-grain Barnes Triple Shock bullets; a Colt-Sauer .458 Win. Mag. topped with a Zeiss scope firing handloaded 500-grain bullets; and another new-production Pre-’64-style Winchester Model 70 in .416 Rem. Mag. topped with a 2.5-10X Leupold firing handloaded 400-grain Barnes TSX bullets.
Scott reports he has taken Cape buffalo with 500-grain Trophy Bonded bullets from.470 Nitro Express Merkel. It has leaf rear sights and gold bead front and he hopes to take an elephant with it in the near future.
“Down under” in Australia, SCI Member Tom K. writes, “I have a Blaser R93 with a .300 Win. Mag. barrel for the larger stuff like red deer, a .375 H&H barrel for water buffalo and banteng, and a .25-’06 barrel for the medium stuff like pigs, goats and fallow.”
The scopes Tom uses are a Swarovski Z6 2-12X50mm, Zeiss 1.5-6X and a Schmidt & Bender 2.5-10X. Tom also has a .17 HMR barrel as well as a Brno 2 in .22 Long Rifle for plinking, plus a Sako L461 in .222 Re. for kangaroo and pig.