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.
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.