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Favorite Guns Of SCI Member Tom A.

Tom A.’s favorite rifle is a Model 75 Sako with a Swarovski scope and chambered in .300 Win. Mag.  According to Tom, “I have used it in Wyoming on whitetail and mule deer.  I also used it on red stag and tahr in New Zealand.”

Originally the Sako had a wood stock, but Tom sent it to Hill Country Rifles in Texas where they did an accuruzing job and fitted it with a McMillan stock matching Mossy Oak’s Brush pattern.

“I shoot 180-grain Federal Barnes Triple Shock ammunition and it is very accurate,” writes Tom. “I love this rifle, however, back here at home in western Pennsylvania, I do not use it for whitetail hunting.  I think its too much gun.

Tom has taken it on bear hunts, but for whitetails there he uses primarily a Remington Model 700 Mountain rifle with a stainless steel barrel chambered in .270 Win.  He also has a wood-stocked Remington Model 7600 pump-action chambered in .30-‘06.  Both of those guns have Leupold 3×9 variable scopes.

Tom’s young son, age 10, has a Remington Model 7 in .243 Win. It has a synthetic camo stock that is shortened to fit him, and an adjustable, neoprene cheek pad that allows him to have better scope alignment.  It has a Leupold 3×9 scope on it.  Tom’s son has taken a big-bodied whitetail and a chamois with that rifle. The whitetail only went about 10 yards and the chamois went straight down.  He was using Remington Core-Lokt ammo.

Favorite Guns and Loads of SCI Member Pete S.

The .30-06 Springfield 168-grain boattail was my first love. When I graduated to it, my beloved whitetails would take no more than a few halting steps and go down.

I’ve only been to Africa seven times.

My favorite load there is the .338 Winchester Magnum firing 185-grain solid copper boattail bullet handloads. The only change I’ve made over time is to a lighter bullet.

A Marco Polo sheep was the longest shot I’ve made. It was more than a quarter-mile, and I shot a Dall last fall at nearly the same distance.  It’s a devastating round when it hits and I like the extra horsepower when in bear country

I just love that .338 Winchester Magnum with the solid copper Barnes X-Bullet. It gives me that same old confidence I had when I started hunting with a high-powered rifle. I try to get as close as possible, but in the mountains sometimes you can’t get very close.

I use a stainless steel Ruger Model 77 rifle with a Swarovski 3-9x scope. It’s heavy, but it has never, ever let me down.

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