Kim Rhode, a Life Member of SCI and Sables, has been an avid hunter since her early childhood years. Her competitive life began at age 10 when she took up American Skeet, and was the World Champion by age 13 when she also became captain of the All-American team. Rhode didn’t stop with American Skeet, however, as she soon added Olympic-style International Double Trap and International Skeet to her impressive shooting resume.
Most recently (July 2012), Rhode set new world records at the 2012 Olympics in London by being the first American to medal in five consecutive Olympics and for shooting 99 out of 100 targets.
“SCI is proud to sponsor Kim Rhode during her historic win,” said SCI President John Whipple. “Her performance definitely puts women’s skeet on the map for the general public to fully appreciate. Thank you to Kim for being a true ambassador for the sport.”
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.
SCI-sponsored Olympic shooter, Corey Cogdell, was born in Alaska and grew up shooting and hunting with her father. She joined her local 4-H Club shooting program, and from there went on to train for Olympic-style trapshooting.
As an accomplished trapshooter, Cogdell became the first American woman to ever win an Olympic medal in her sport. In 2008, she was the only member of the Olympic Women’s Trapshooting Team, and in Bejing won Team USA’s first shooting medal of the Olympics—the bronze in Women’s Trap.