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.

Zeiss Announces 2012 FIELD DAYS Promotion

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics recently announced its largest “Field Days” promotion ever.    From August 1 through December 31, 2012, Zeiss is offering consumers deep savings on many of its most popular optics.

Consumer mail-in-rebates are as follows:

  • $500 rebate on the award-winning 65mm and 85mm VICTORY DiaScope.  Customers who purchase a DiaScope will also receive a free, portable tripod.
  • $300 rebate on the multiple-award-winning VICTORY RF rangefinding binoculars.
  • $50 rebate on the award-winning VICTORY 8×26 PRF laser rangefinding monocular
  • $100 rebate on the new model Conquest HD 42mm binoculars
  • $100 rebate on the new model Conquest 30mm Duralyt Riflescopes
  • $100 rebate on all riflescopes that have any Rapid-Z reticle

“It’s always exciting to ‘gear up’ for hunting season, especially when there are great deals to be had, and it doesn’t get any better than the 2012 Zeiss Field Days event,” said Mike Jensen, President of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics.  “Zeiss offers the best value for superior optics.  Period.  Times are tough and consumers are looking for ways to save money while still investing in their outdoor passion. Field Days is our way of supporting this industry”

All purchases must be made from a Carl Zeiss Authorized Dealer in the United States and rebate request forms must be completed and postmarked within 30 days of purchase.  Payment will be made by a ZEISS Prepaid Reward Card from American Express.  For full promotion details, visit the Field Days area of the Zeiss website.

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Guns of SCI Members GySgt Louis K. and Harry D.

The .22 Long Rifle is one of the cartridges gunnery sergeant Louis K. uses for small game and varmints.

SCI Life Member and retired Marine Crops Gunnery Sergeant Louis K. has 60 plus years of using some type of rifle for hunting or in the Marine Corps. His personal favorites are the more traditional calibers.

For small game and varmints, the Gunnery Sergeant uses a .22 Long Rifle, .22 Magnum or a .243 Win. When the game is deer, elk or smaller bears he ups the caliber to the classic .30-’06, and for big bear or dangerous game, it’s a .375 H&H or a .458 Lott.

.30-’06

“All of my rifles have synthetic stocks and relatively low power scopes.  Although I have used the 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50 calibers extensively in the Marine Corps (and since we are talking hunting), I am more in favor of the availability of ammunition in rural areas, bullet types plus terminal ballistics on game.”

As for his shots, the gunnery sergeant generally tries to avoid long-range shots beyond 150 yards.

SCI Member Harry D. started out with an Interarms 7mm Rem. Mag. with a Weaver scope that served him well for many years. When the scope went bad, he tried buying cheap glass until it cost him a shot at a large buck–then he upgraded to a Nikon Monarch scope that he still uses today.  As for the rifle, the barrel needed replacing, so he bought a new Remington Model 700, also in 7mm Rem. Mag. That is his main rifle and he’s used it in Canada on black bear, Spain on red stag, mouflon sheep and fallow deer, Africa on everything from Sharpe grysbok to Livingston eland, though he would not recommend it for eland.

Remington 700

Today, the Interarms is rebarrelled in .338 Win. Mag. Harry’s other rifles he uses regularly are: Remington Model 700 in 7mm-08 with a Ziess Conquest scope; Ruger M77 in .458 Win. Mag. with a Trijicon scope; Remington pump in .30-‘06 with a Burris scope; and a Ruger M77 Target rifle in .25-‘06 with a Simmons scope.

This fall he’s planning on getting an AR-15 chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, but is not sure of the scope yet.

Guns of SCI Members Scott P. and Tom K.

SCI Member Scott P. has been using a Winchester Model 88 chambered in .308 Winchester. Photo courtesy GunsAmerica.

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.

Blaser R93

“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.

In And Around Beretta

Join SCI Corporate Secretary, Bruce Eavenson, on this photo tour in and around the Beretta factory in Gardone Val Trompa, Italy.

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