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.

Contender Carbine For Compact Travel

We continue to get responses from readers about what guns they’re using. Tim F. writes:

“I bought a Remington 700 in .270 caliber 45 years ago for my first hunting rifle. I still have it, but it sees very little use. I have a T/C Contender carbine in 7-30 Waters that breaks down for compact traveling. For severe weather conditions, I will borrow my wife’s Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker in .30-06.

SCI Member Tim F. uses a T/C Contender Carbine in 7-30 Waters for compact traveling.

“My personal favorite is a custom Mauser in .375 H&H–a bit of overkill for most situations, but still my favorite, and very effective on moose as well as African game. A Winchester Model 70 in 7mm Rem. Mag. is my go-to rifle for most North American stuff. I also purchased a Sabatti DR in .470 at the 2011 SCI Convention. It served me well on a tuskless elephant in the Zambezi Valley last month.”



Winchester Adds 20-Ga. Featherlite To AA Lineup

Winchester-AA-FeatherlightClay shooting enthusiasts who use a 20-gauge have a new lower-recoiling option in Winchester’s AA line of target shotshells. Featherlite loads are 2 3/4 inches and hold 7/8 ounce of No. 8 shot.  Velocity is 980 fps.

“Our new, 20-gauge Featherlite AA shotshells are high-performance, low-recoil training loads for sporting clays, trap and skeet,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing and sales. “This new Featherlite load was designed to address recoil –which is a concern among many sport shooters.”

Winchester AA shotshells are designed for every shooter’s need, whether it is competing in a local or national competition or just practicing at a range with friends and family. They are designed with the Winchester High-Strength Hull for increased reloadability. In addition, AA loads use Winchester proprietary one-piece plastic wads, clean burning powder and hard shot for consistent pattern performance.


SCI Featured on Swarovski Optik Quests

swarovski quest logoSwarovski Optik has a television show called Swarovski Optik Quests—With The Eyes Of A Hawk that airs on NBC Sports. SCI is one of the corporate partners of the show, and it kicks off its second season in Utah on a mule deer hunt with SCI President John Whipple and Rusty Hall of Western Lands Outfitters.

“The response to the show in season one was overwhelming, and only added to our excitement to move ahead into season two.  To be able to partner with such great companies and utilize the best optics manufactured in the world today really makes for some excellent entertainment.  For us, TV is a very important part of our media schedule and seeing the unbelievable consumer response to the show has been very rewarding,” said Dean Capuano, Director of Communications for Swarovski Optik North America.

SCI President John Whipple takes aim during the Premiere Episode of Swarovski Optik Quests Season Two. Tune in to the show on NBC Sports to watch the hunt.

The groundbreaking new series airs this fall on NBC Sports, and then re-airs on Sportsman Channel. Each action-packed episode features a team of Swarovski Optik Pro Staffers traveling to the world’s most exotic locations in search of the planet’s most difficult and sought-after trophies while showcasing Swarovski Optik’s high precision, high quality, sought-after optics.

Watch the preview!

BoomVane Deploys Recovery And Containment Booms

SCI members who live on the water or who enjoy boating may be interested in knowing about the BoomVane from Elastec/American Marine. The BoomVane is an aquatic paravane system that enables oil recovery and debris containment booms to be towed by a single vessel. It works much like an outrigger planer board and even allows deployment of booms in rivers and tidal waters without the need for a boat or anchor. An offshore prototype was successfully deployed during the Oil-On-Water exercise conducted by the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operation Companies in Norway in June of this Year.