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Favorite Guns Of SCI Members Ronnie H. and Russ M.

McWhorter Custom rifle in 7 MM Weatherby Mag 070912
Ronnie H. shoots a McWhorter Custom rifle in 7 MM Weatherby Mag.

Ronnie H.

When asked what his favorite guns are, SCI Member Ronnie H. writes, “My favorite rifle is a McWhorter Custom rifle in 7 MM Weatherby Mag topped with a Zeiss 4-16×50 with FL glass and illuminated reticle.  I feed it Weatherby 154-grain softpoints and I’ve taken deer, goats, coyotes and, as you can see in the photo, hogs with it.  In fact I’ve taken so many hogs with it that my friends have named it ‘Pork Chop.’

“The rifle is perfectly balanced, has a Jewel trigger set at 1.5 pounds pull, and shoots less than 1/2-inch groups at 100 yards.  The Zeiss scope has a 30mm tube and with the elevation turret I can shoot out to 600 yards.  In low light conditions, the illuminated reticle allows me to take hogs and predators that would be difficult to even see with a lesser scope.

Ken Genecco custom Remington 700 and Winchester 70
Russ M. had his Winchester Model 70 (top) and Remington Model 700 (bottom) custom stocked by Ken Genecco.

Russ M.

Member Russ M.’s go-to rifle since the mid-1980s has been a Remington Model 700 chambered in .30-‘06.  Russ adds, “At that time, I was backpack hunting and my Winchester Model 70 was just too heavy. I sent the Remington to Ken Genecco in Stockton, CA, and had a synthetic stock and Leupold 2-7 Compact scope put on it. It weighs 7 pounds, 2 ounces including the sling and scope. There are other rifle and caliber combinations, but I think you would be hard pressed to find a better one for the lower 48.”

Russ continues, “When I went to Africa the first time, I needed a rifle for dangerous game. Being somewhat of a traditionalist, I bought a pre-64 Winchester Model 70 in .375 H&H and, since my Remington had by that time become an extension of my arm, I sent the Winchester to Gennecco for a stock duplicating the dimensions of the Remington. It weighs just less than 9 pounds with a 1.5-5 Leopold scope, or just over 9 pounds with a 1.5-6 Kahles Illuminated reticle scope–both in Talley rings. From varmints to Cape buffalo, this is my choice for the rest of the world.

“Since I live in the California condor lead ban zone, I have been shooting Barnes bullets almost exclusively for many years. They’re very accurate and always lethal.

“These are my two rifles that see the most use. There have been a few others acquired along the way, but those very seldom leave the safe anymore.”

SCIF Funds Conservation Projects

Safari Club International Foundation has contributed $537,590 in the past six months to fund worldwide wildlife conservation projects.

“The research programs selected by SCIF’s professional biologists inform wildlife managers and policy makers on critical wildlife management needs worldwide,” said SCIF President Joe Hosmer. “SCIF strives to ensure management decisions are based on the best available science.”

SCIF donated $350,000 to fund multiple predator/prey projects in the U.S. and Canada. Conservation projects include Predator/Prey studies observing rates of whitetail deer fawn survival in Michigan and Wisconsin, elk survival in Montana, and caribou survival in Newfoundland. The results of these projects will help properly manage both predators and prey in systems where both exist. Donations were also made to wildlife population research and enhancement programs including mule deer in the Eastern Mojave Desert, brown bears on Kodiak Island, black bears in Missouri, and moose in Alaska, among others.

The most recent project is a partnership with Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Kenai Moose Project. SCIF donated $20,000. In multiple African nations, SCIF has given more than $123,000 to wildlife conservation and human-wildlife conflict programs.

Most recently, SCIF donated $30,000 for the upcoming African Wildlife Consultative Forum, which will be held in Botswana. SCIF also continues to fund lion research in Zambia to improve the accuracy of aging lions in their natural environment.

Being able to accurately age lions in the field will assist range states develop appropriate lion harvest regulations to ensure sustainability.

“Throughout the year, SCIF contributes over $1 million to wildlife research, management and anti-poaching programs. As an international organization, SCIF continues to increase our financial impact for sustainable-use conservation and we hope more organizations can follow our lead,” said Hosmer.

Contributions to wildlife species made during the past 6 months include:

  • Lion (Southern Africa) $30,000
  • Elephant (Zimbabwe) $25,200
  • Leopard (Zimbabwe, Namibia) $18,000
  • Wildlife Genetics (Africa) $20,000
  • Brown Bear (Alaska) $50,000
  • Black Bear (Missouri) $25,000
  • Elk (Montana. & Ontario)$69,800
  • Whitetail deer (Mich. & Wisc$75,000
  • Mule Deer (Calif. & Colorado) $40,880
  • Moose (Alaska) $33,500
  • Caribou (Newfoundland) $8,550
  • Bighorn Sheep (Mont. & Wyo) $31,500
  • Dall Sheep (Alaska) $5,000
  • Predator ID Manual (Intl) $10,000
  • Conservation Matching Grants $8,000
  • African Wildlife Forum $30,000

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Hunting On Foot In Nepal

In 2009, Andrew Comins from the UK London Chapter, returned from the trip of a lifetime to Nepal where he was fortunate enough to shoot a fantastic blue sheep and Himalayan tahr, with the tahr being exceptional. Another unique thing about the trip is that Comins walked in and out covering a good few hundred miles while actually in the mountains for about three weeks. Comins was the only hunter, and had about 30 sherpas in the group to make the trip possible. Presented here is a gallery of some of the mountains, villages, and surrounding flora and fauna Comins photographed on the way into the Dorpahtan hunting reserve.

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Clearly, this was a physically demanding hunt that took a lot of preparation.  How do you prepare physically for a hunt in high altitude–especially one that could be weeks long?

Favorite Guns Of SCI Member Tom A.

Tom A.’s favorite rifle is a Model 75 Sako with a Swarovski scope and chambered in .300 Win. Mag.  According to Tom, “I have used it in Wyoming on whitetail and mule deer.  I also used it on red stag and tahr in New Zealand.”

Originally the Sako had a wood stock, but Tom sent it to Hill Country Rifles in Texas where they did an accuruzing job and fitted it with a McMillan stock matching Mossy Oak’s Brush pattern.

“I shoot 180-grain Federal Barnes Triple Shock ammunition and it is very accurate,” writes Tom. “I love this rifle, however, back here at home in western Pennsylvania, I do not use it for whitetail hunting.  I think its too much gun.

Tom has taken it on bear hunts, but for whitetails there he uses primarily a Remington Model 700 Mountain rifle with a stainless steel barrel chambered in .270 Win.  He also has a wood-stocked Remington Model 7600 pump-action chambered in .30-‘06.  Both of those guns have Leupold 3×9 variable scopes.

Tom’s young son, age 10, has a Remington Model 7 in .243 Win. It has a synthetic camo stock that is shortened to fit him, and an adjustable, neoprene cheek pad that allows him to have better scope alignment.  It has a Leupold 3×9 scope on it.  Tom’s son has taken a big-bodied whitetail and a chamois with that rifle. The whitetail only went about 10 yards and the chamois went straight down.  He was using Remington Core-Lokt ammo.