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French SCI Member Likes .338 Lapua

I’m an SCI Member from France, writing in answer to your question about what kind of rifles, scopes and types of bullets I am currently using when hunting. I have now done 38 hunting trips since 1985 when I first hunted in Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean. There I was lent a .300 Savage for the first wild boar I shot and it worked fine.

Africa

I started to hunt in Western Africa (Burkina Faso) in 1989, 1990 and 1991. I used at the time a .375 H&H Heym rifle topped with a 2.2-9x42mm Swarovski scope and Nosler Partition or Trophy Bonded bullets. That combination worked fine on all kind of animals, including western buffalo.

Since 1998, I’ve shifted to a .416 Rigby–a bespoke rifle based on a Mauser action. With it, I took my first lion using Woodleigh bullets. The performance was devastating. As a second rifle, I had a .338 Lapua Magnum—a Sako model TRGS that is now discontinued. It is a great caliber and rifle, and I personally handload my cartridges using Vithuaori N165 powder and 250-grain Nosler Partition bullets.

The Rigby is scoped with a 2.5x20mm Kahles; the Sako with a 1.1-4x24mm Schmidt & Bender.

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In 2000 in Burkina Faso, I used only the .338 Lapua Magnum Sako, as the stock of the .416 Rigby was broken when I arrived in the country. Using 250-grain Nosler Partition bullets, I took a buffalo, a lion and various antelope including (at that time) the SCI World Record western bushbuck that scored 39 6/8 (it now ranks 7th).

In 1997 (in Benin), and 2004 (in Burkina Faso), I did most of my hunting using a .458 Win. Mag. Brno rifle and A-Frame 500-grain bullets along with my .338 Lapua Magnum Sako rifle. I shot a buffalo with the .458.

Mountain Hunting

For this kind of hunting (Scotland, Kazakhstan, Azerbajan, also France where I hunt the Corsican sheep with shots up to 270 meters), I currently use a 7mm Rem. Mag. Prohunter Steyr Mannlicher, using handloaded 150-grain Ballistic Tip bullets, or factory-loaded 162 KS RWS bullets. All of them are extremely accurate (three bullets in a 2-inch circle at 300 meters). The recoil of the 7mm Rem. Mag. is mild and allows very long, accurate shots. The rifle is scoped with a Multi-Zero CS 2.5-10x50mm Kahles that allows me to sight up to 500 meters.

Eastern Countries (Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary) And Driven Hunts In France

I now use a bespoke .300 Win. Mag. rifle based on a 1924 Mauser action made by a French master gunsmtih, Joel Doreac, from Perpignan.  I stuck with the .300 Win. Mag. as I use mainly 200-grain Norma Oryx bullets when stalking wild boar (from 100 to 350 pounds) or red deer, and 220-grain Sako Hammerhead bullets when on driven hunts in France. I use a 3-12x56mm Multi-Zero CS Kahles scope for stalking and a red dot Docter for driven hunts.

Buffalo Hunting

I’ve shot three buffalo using three different calibers. With a .375 H&H, the buffalo walked 80 meters after being shot; with the .458 Win. Mag., the buffalo fell in its tracks; with the .338 Lapua, it walked 30 meters and fell, but I had to reshoot three times to kill him.

I personally think that the caliber in Africa will depend on the territory you hunt. In open field, a .375 H&H will be enough for buffalo when using 350-grain bullets, but you will be safer in very heavy brush with a larger caliber. –Christian S.  Limoges, France

 

2013 SCI Convention Entertainment

By Craig Kauffman

After a long day at the 41st Annual Hunters’ Convention, join us each evening at the Peppermill Resort & Casino for the best line-up of entertainment and keynote speakers.  We are honored to have two great country acts and two keynote speeches from distinguished political figures. In addition, we will offer a variety of special activities where you can hear from celebrated hunting insiders. The entertainment and activities found at The Ultimate Hunters’ Market® are seemingly endless and offer something for everyone. Continue to check www.showsci.org for all of our latest convention updates. Before we know it, January 23 will be here.

Our festivities begin Wednesday evening with a keynote address from former Governor Mike Huckabee. He is the host of HUCKABEE, on the Fox News Channel, and author of nine books. His latest, A Simple Government, is a New York Times bestseller. Plus, Huckabee will speak at the grand opening ceremonies and host his radio show, The Mike Huckabee Show, live from the show floor Wednesday morning. Travis Tritt will follow Huckabee’s Wednesday evening speech with his blend of Southern rock and country. Expect to hear all of his chart toppers like “Country Club,” “I’m Gonna be Somebody,” “Foolish Pride” and “Homesick.”

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On Thursday, we will honor our hunting heritage with the Night of the Hunter. This new reception replaces the Thursday night dinner and will feature an array of hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and cocktails set in a festive atmosphere.  An exciting lineup of evening auction hunts and items will lead into the SCI Major Awards program.  This program honors hunters, our hunting heritage and top species taken in the past twenty-four months, as well as recognizes 2012’s hunting accomplishments. The evening will close with a splash of country and comedy from the Bar J Wranglers. The best part is the ticket’s only $25.

Friday evening you will get to hear country music from Montgomery Gentry. Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry both have a commanding stage presence that will make for a fun-filled evening. The duo has a long list of hits that includes: “Something to be Proud of,” “Lucky Man,” “Roll with Me” and “Back When I Knew it All.”

Saturday evening’s gala and auction will feature The Honorable Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney as the keynote speakers. We all know that Dick Cheney is the former Vice President and has many years of business experience, but he is an avid outdoorsman, too. Liz Cheney contributes to FOX News and is the former founder and chairperson of KeepAmericaSafe.com.

We have special guests lined up for the daytime events, too. The Sables are pleased to have Artie Dean Harris return to perform at the Ladies’ Luncheon. Artie’s upbeat and high-octane stage show will have everyone out of their seats dancing in the aisles. Craig Boddington will speak at the Life Member Breakfast. He’s one of the best-known hunters of our times and he will speak about the values of being part of SCI, and Jim Shockey will be a special guest and speaker at our new Hunter Defense Fund Luncheon.

We invite you to join us for The Most Dangerous Game in Town and attend all of our evening and special events. Register now for the 41st Annual Hunters’ Convention.  You’ll save $50 if you buy your three-night dinner package before October 15. Convention is the time to catch up with old friends and plan your next great adventure.  We look forward to seeing in Reno!

 

Waterfowl Breakfast Sausage Kits

Spicy_maple_apple_gamebird_sausageFor many waterfowlers and turkey hunters, the excitement of the hunt quickly fades the moment they begin breasting out their quarry as familiar thoughts rush in. “Now I have to figure out how to cook these gamy things.”  Hi Mountain Seasonings has come to the rescue with a quick, easy and delicious solution to hard-to-prepare birds with the introduction of its new Breakfast Sausage Seasoning For Game Birds and Poultry.

With dehydrated apple pieces and natural maple flavoring, the new Spicy Apple Maple Blend delivers a unique flavor and texture to your breakfast plate. Now the excitement of the hunt can extend from the field to the breakfast table.

“Bird hunters have been blown away by the superb flavor and tenderness of our waterfowl and turkey jerky cure and seasoning kits, and they’ve been hounding us for even more ways to easily prepare their game birds,” said Hans Hummel, Hi Mountain president. “Breakfast sausage was the logical place to start. We borrowed the dehydrated apple pieces from our line of recently introduced Camping Meals, added natural maple flavor and combined them with our secret blend of seasonings for a savory and sweet breakfast sausage that’s easy to make and just can’t be beat.”

Ideal for use with any game birds or domestic poultry, the kit comes fully equipped with collagen casings, seasonings and dehydrated apples for 22 lbs. of meat. It is recommended to add a little pork or fat to the recipe when using very lean birds.

 

Youth Dove Hunt A Success

The Third Annual Sequatchie County Youth Hunters Association Dove Shoot, co-sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency  and  Chattanooga Chapter SCI, was held in at the Tommy Austin Farm in Dunlap, TN, on September 2. There were more than 60 kids age 16 and younger at the annual event which saw many of the young shooters bagging a limit of 15 birds. After the shoot, music was provided by two different groups while those present dined on catfish and hushpuppies. Later in the evening, many prizes were given away along with the SCI-sponsored youth model 20-gauge shotgun.

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