A record crowd turned out this past weekend to enjoy the Annual Youth Outdoor Safari Day put on by the Los Angeles and Orange County, CA, Chapters of Safari Club International. As you can see in these videos, everyone had a great time and looks forward to returning to the event next year. Look for additional coverage in your upcoming Safari Club publications.
The 2011 Summer meeting of the SCI Bavaria Chapter was held in the Alpine mountains of Liechtenstein. Organized by Kurt Jaeger, SCI Life Member # 59 and Founding Member of the SCI Bavaria Chapter, a large group of SCI members met to enjoy a day of mountaineering, paired with various test-stations to answer questions on plants, animals, hunting trophies and finally a shooting competition. Shown are, from left: Doris Dangel, Third Place; Norbert Ullmann, Bavaria Chapter President; Dr. Manfred Spall, King of the Bavaria Chapter Summerfest 2011; and, Second Place Bernhard Schmelzing.
I saw the “Just Wondering” column in the July/August issue of Safari and your request for info on what hunters are using these days. Having only hunted big game with a rifle since I came to Ruger nine years ago I don’t have a lot of history to fall back on but I have had the opportunity to pick from lots of rifles and calibers. I have used a No. 1 in .30-06 on several trips to Africa and shot plains game with it. I have shot several animals in North America with an All-Weather .270, including the blacktail I shot while we were hunting in Alaska a few years back. I have also dropped a few animals with .44 revolvers over the years and still enjoy that when I keep my skills up through regular practice.
My last four trips to Africa have seen me use either a .375 Ruger African or a wood and blued M77 .300RCM. The .375 Ruger has taken animals ranging from Cape buffalo and sable to bushbuck while the .300RCM has accounted for gemsbok, springbok, kudu, impala and other plains game. I like both calibers quite a bit for their respective applications but if I had to choose one for all African hunting it would be the .375.
I really do like the Ruger Gunsite Scout in .308 Win. While I have used it on hogs, the .308 has never been my first choice as a hunting round, and I am not sure why. My daughters success with the .308 in a 20” barrel Ruger M77 RCM style rifle in Namibia a couple years ago opened my eyes. I did acquire one of the “International” versions of the Ruger Scout with its 18” unthreaded muzzle barrel and do anticipate taking it on more serious hunting trips in the future. Maybe even using the forward mounted Scout Scope optics as I have spent considerable time shooting that way and find it very usable. The Scout rifle/optics package makes a very compact, easy to handle combo when carrying a rifle long distances and the shorter barrels doesn’t give up much with today’s ammo, especially the Superformance loads from Hornady.