Category Archives: Guns & Hunting

Enjoy exciting hunting stories told by SCI members and read about the latest guns and gear they’re using in the bush.

Bill C.’s Favorite is a .300 RUM


Bill C. wrote in with an impressive list of rifles he uses, but if he had to narrow it down to just one as his “go-to” gun, it would be his Remington Model 700 LH LSS in .300 RUM. Bill writes:

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“That rifle has never failed to deliver what I asked it to do.  If I were a better rifleman, I would, perhaps, step up to a Model 700 in .300 Win. Mag. My Remington Model 700 in .300 RUM has demonstrated for me accuracy and killing ability out to ranges of 350 yards.  I would not feel as confident with a .30-’06 at that range with a 180-grain bullet.  I am sure there are riflemen who could far exceed my capabilities with the .30-’06 at those ranges, but the .300 RUM gives me the confidence of a clean kill vs. a long search for wounded game and a possible loss of a wounded animal.

“If I were to choose one bullet, it would be the Barnes Triple-Shock, or one of the improved tipped X-type bullets.  If I needed less penetration, the Nosler AccuBond or Partition would be my choice.

“Leupold makes the best reasonably priced scopes.  Ammunition makers are all good so long as they are made in the USA and they use new brass.  Norma, RWS and Sellier & Bellot approach or exceed the US standards, though I have had problems extracting Sellier & Bellot .308 Win. cartridges due to case over-expansion after firing.”

 

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SCI Member Dennis G. Uses Interarms/Whitworth


In response to our “Just Wondering” column in the July/August issue of Safari magazine where we asked what guns and loads are your favorite, SCI Member Dennis G. writes:

“I am a long time collector of firearms and have a complete range of rifle to choose from including modern rifles and classic rifles.  I booked a ten-day plains game hunt in South Africa during 2011 and completed the hunt in May 2012. I hunted in the Limpopo area thirty miles from Botswana. I collected nine trophies and all sere one shot heart/lung impacts.  All animals expired on the spot or within 125 yards.  The shots ranged in distance from 75 yards to in excess of 200 yards. The largest animal was a blue wildebeest and the smallest was a steenbok.

“The gun I chose for this trip is an Interarms Mark X by the Whitworth Rifle Company in Manchester, England.  It wears a 1.5-5 Leupold Vari-X III scope and has a three-leaf folding express iron sights. Chambering is .375 H&H Magnum firing a handloaded 300-grain Nosler Partition at 2,600 fps.

“I purchased this gun nearly 40 years ago and have hunted elk with the gun over several seasons.  It is very accurate and is not overweight.  The 24-inch barrel makes an easy gun for me to carry. My choice was based on my long time use of the rifle, the iron sights for reserve use, the ability to remove the scope without tools and the caliber.

“I sighted the rifle one inch high at 100 yards and when shooting on the range the impact is one to two inches low at 200 yards. On the safari, I set the scope on 2X and only one or two animals were shot with the scope at a higher setting. The only bullet retrieved was removed from the wildebeest. It had good expansion and classic Nosler performance. All other bullets exited the animals that were shot.

“I am pleased with the performance of the rifle and feel that I could not have made a better choice for large game combined with flat shooting for smaller game.”

 

R.B. Big Bores and Pre-’64s For Frank B.


These rifle and caliber choices come from SCI Life Member Frank B.

“Choosing a rifle for the hunt is always part of the fun and preparation.  Bigger is not always better.  The hunter (he or she) should shoot what they shoot most accurately.

“For North American and African plains game, I have favored using a pre-’64 Model 70 Winchester in either .270 Win. or .300 Win. Mag. Both are scoped rifles with fiberglass stocks.  Those calibers are very accurate and a pleasure to shoot.  The .300 Win. Mag sees most of my trips.

Frank B. uses a custom R.B. Big Bore .416 similar to this for dangerous game.

“African dangerous game requires more gun, not only by law but by shear size and tenacity of the game hunted.  My two favorites are the .416 Rigby and .505 Gibbs.  The Rigby carries a low power detachable scope.  Both guns have regulated iron sights for my handloads.  Guns were custom made for me by Ryan Breeding of the R. B. Big Bores.  They are extremely accurate and dependable, and provide plenty of stopping power.

“I custom load all my ammo, and favor Barnes and Woodleigh bullets for heavy African game, and Barnes, Nosler or Swift for North America or African plains game.  None of those bullet choices have ever failed.”

Leupold Rangefinders Designed Specifically for Archers


Range estimation is critical when hunting —especially bowhunting. Leupold recently expanded its RX line of compact digital laser rangefinders for hunters and shooters with four new models: RX-800i, RX-800i TBR, RX-600i and, designed specifically for archers, RX-FullDraw.

“These new rangefinders are ideal for the serious bowhunter,” commented Pat Mundy, senior marketing manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc.  “Their compact size and rugged construction make for easy and reliable use in the field, and they deliver the precision and accuracy necessary to make the most difficult shots considerably less daunting.”

At just over four inches in length and weighing seven ounces or less, each model fits in a shirt pocket, yet is packed with features that can help users confirm desired targets, shoot with confidence and boost their effective range.  Each model features DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy), Leupold’s exclusive next-generation rangefinder engine technology that delivers superior ranging speed and accuracy to within 1/2 yard out to 125 yards, regardless of target color.  In addition, DNA enhances ranging dependability against soft, non-reflective targets such as deer and trees.

The RX-800i, RX-800i TBR and RX-FullDraw also offer Trophy Scale, a feature that allows hunters to determine if the animal’s rack measures up to the desired spread size.  With Trophy Scale, users can instantly and accurately judge the width and/or height of the target after setting the preferred baseline measurement (between 10 and 60 inches).

To help ensure an accurate shot on that trophy animal, the RX-800i TBR and RX-FullDraw have Leupold’s proven True Ballistic Range (TBR) technology.  These units can automatically calculate the shot angle and provide the True Ballistic Range rather than the straight-line distance to the target.  With Trig, a new function of the RX-800i TBR, users can also determine the height or length of objects.

The RX-FullDraw’s TBR provides archers with accurate aiming ranges to 175 yards regardless of angle, and delivers line-of-sight readings out to 800 yards.  Its 5x magnification delivers an exceptionally wide field of view, allowing users to quickly acquire a target at closer distances.

Each of the four new models has a multicoated lens system and a new Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) that produce an image up to three times brighter than competitive rangefinders.  Other key features common to all models include actual 6x magnification (5x for FullDraw), fast-focus eyepiece with precision clicks, intuitive quick set menu, three user-selectable aiming reticles, and fold-down rubber eyecups that can accommodate users with or without eyeglasses.  Long eye relief helps make the new RX rangefinders comfortable and easy to use for eyeglass wearers.

Maximum range on reflective targets for the RX-800i, RX-800i TBR and RX-FullDraw is 800 yards. Each model is waterproof and built to withstand the rigors of extensive field use.  Rugged and weatherproof, the affordable RX-600i has a maximum range of 600 yards.