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.

Hard-To-Find Brass Is Back

In addition to African game cases, Captech International has other unique, obsolete and hard-to-find cases.

If you have a rifle in an obscure African game caliber and can’t find ammunition, there may be hope in finding new brass that can be handloaded. Brass cartridge case manufacturer Jamison International has been reconstituted as a Division of Captech International. This high quality manufacturer of unique, obsolete and hard to find brass cartridge cases, as well as military, hunting and African game calibers, has moved its operations to new facilities totaling 31,000 square feet in Rapid City, South Dakota. Marc Jamison oversees operational control assuring the stringent quality standards of the past will remain intact moving forward. The new facility also offers ample room for an ongoing program of expansion and machine refurbishment to reduce the cycles between production runs of many hard-to-find cartridge cases.

The company is now accepting orders on all of the previously produced calibers as well as their basic brass line for forming. This is an exciting time for handloaders who have been without access to many of the cartridge cases that have been difficult or impossible to find. “Many unique cases are currently available in stock and more are in production each week,” said a company spokesperson.

New brass cartridge cases include:

.375 Flanged Magnum
.375 Flanged Magnum 2.5″
.375 Holland & Holland
.400 Holland & Holland
.416 Remington
.416 Rigby
.416 Taylor
.450 Nitro Express #2
.450 Nitro Express 3.25″
.450 Rigby
.450-400 Nitro Express 3:
.450-400 Nitro Express 3.25″
.458 Lott
.458 Winchester Magnum
.470 Nitro Express
.495 A-Square
.500 A-Square
.500 Jeffery
.500 Nitro Express
.500-416 Nitro Express
.505 Gibbs
.550 Magnum
.577 Nitro Express
.600 Overkill



Federal Premium Public Hunting Land In Anoka City Limits

Federal Premium and its hometown of Anoka, MN, recently came together to open the Federal Premium Wildlife Conservation Area at Kings Island. The city named the property Federal Premium to show gratitude for the company’s long and documented support of the community. The area is now open for hunting, so Minnesota duck, goose and deer hunters can enjoy public land access minutes from where all the ammo is made.

At the City Council’s July 23 meeting designating the area, Anoka Mayor Phil Rice said, “Federal Premium Ammunition has been an anchor in the business community of the city of Anoka, Minnesota, for many years and Federal Premium Ammunition has been one of the City’s top employers for several generations and the top employer for many of those years. The City of Anoka is proud to have Federal Premium Ammunition as an integral part and valued member of our community.”


The City of Anoka officially dedicated the property on Friday, August 10 after the City Council recently amended its ordinance to allow bowhunting and waterfowl hunting there–within the city limits.

“For a company like ours there is no higher honor than naming a public hunting area after us,” said Conservation Manager Ryan Bronson. “Our employees and neighbors will be able to enjoy this jewel on the river for generations and be reminded of the investments Federal and Anoka are making for wildlife every day.”

Friday, August 10 was also a time to recognize and celebrate a number of conservation milestones, events and achievements including:

  • 90 Years- Federal Premium Ammunition
  • 90 Years- Isaac Walton League
  • 75 Years- Wildlife Restoration Program
  • 75 Years- Ducks Unlimited
  • 45 Years- Minnesota Waterfowl Association
  • 30 years- Pheasants Forever
  • 30,000,000 rounds- Federal Premium Ammunition/ Pheasants Forever

Conservation manager Ryan Bronson said, “Celebrating these conservation milestones with our government and non-profit partners will hopefully invigorate us as we tackle the conservation challenges of the next century.”

Safari Club International, The National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and the 4-H National Shooting Sports Foundation all shared in this celebration. Several other state and local agencies were among the attendees.


ThermaCELL’s Stand-Out Blaze Orange Holster

New blaze orange ThermaCELL holster reduces the chance of leaving the device in your stand.

If you’re not familiar with ThermaCELL, it’s a simple device you wear or keep near you while hunting to repel biting insects. It creates a 15 x 15 foot zone of protection that is up to 98 percent effective against mosquitoes and other bloodsuckers. They operate on a single butane cartridge that heats a mat releasing allethrin, a synthetic copy of a natural insect repellent found in chrysanthemums. Each mat contains enough repellent for four hours of protection and each butane cartridge operates the unit for 12 hours.

With more hunters relying on ThermaCELL outdoor comfort technology as their choice for effective area insect repellent, there has been interest in a convenient and highly visible holster. ThermaCELL has solved the problem with the introduction of a blaze orange holster with clip.

The blaze orange holster with clip is compatible with all ThermaCELL full-size appliances and ThermaSCENT devices. The unmistakably bright blaze orange material makes it compliant with firearms hunting regulations and ensures that it will not be left behind or forgotten.

The heavy-duty clip on the back of the holster is extremely sturdy and rotates 360° to adjust the appliance for optimal positioning. The holster can be worn on a belt or a pack when walking and is easily taken off while on your stand. It attaches to just about anything, including fences, branches, tree stands or lawn chairs. The side pockets on the holster hold two butane refills and an elastic trim allows users to quietly remove the appliance and the refills without creating any unnecessary noise.

The new ThermaCELL blaze orange holster will be available in the fall of 2012 at a MSRP of $11.99.


The Biggest Buck In The World—For Now…

What may be the biggest whitetail deer ever harvested by a hunter was taken August 25 at the Apple Creek Whitetail Ranch in Gillett, Wisconsin. The 4 1/2-year-old buck was shot by Apple Creek’s owner, Scott Follett, and green scored 547 inches.  There is a 60-day drying period required before the buck can get a certified score, but it is looking very much like it will be the next world record.

If the official score comes anywhere close to 547 inches, then this Apple Creek buck will be the new world record.

Two weeks prior to the deer being taken, SCI Master Measurers Herb Atkinson and Chris Emery were at Apple Creek conducting a measuring seminar. After the seminar, they were given a tour of the 1,500-acre operation and spotted the enormous buck. Last year, the buck’s shed antlers had scored 444 inches, and now looked like it would beat the previous record of 492 2/8.

Click To See The Official Certified Score.

When asked if Apple Creek can grow even bigger bucks, Follett was confident that the 547 score was “pretty easy to beat.”  Not only has this record buck passed on its genes, but the ranch also has a yearling buck that already scores 412.

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