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SCI Member Ron H. On Rifles For Africa

When it comes to the rifles he uses, SCI Member Ron H. writes:

“I traveled to Africa twice in the past two years–2011 and 2012.  In June 2011 I hunted the Limpopo Province and Orange Free State with PH Wiehan Buckholz. I took 14 head of game including black wildebeest and red hartebeest. On the black wildebeest I used a Winchester Classic SS in .300 Win. Mag.  scoped with a Leupold 4.5-14. Bullet used was 180-grain Nosler Accubond.

“For the red hartebeest I used a Sako A7 in .270 WSM that was also scoped with a 4.5-14 Leupold.  Bullet was 130-grain Nosler Accubond.

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“In June 2012 I hunted again with PH Wiehan Buckholz in the Limpopo Province where I took six head of game. The rifles used were a Winchester Classic SS in .300 Win. Mag. scoped with a 4.5-14 Leupold, and a Ruger in .375 Ruger scoped with a 3-9 Leupold. Bullet used in the .300 was a 180-grain Nosler Accubond.  I recovered two of them from animals, and both had lost about 1/3 of their bullet weight.  Neither exited a blesbok or zebra.

“The bullet used in the .375 Ruger was a 270-grain Barnes TSX that performed dynamically. I shot a Cape buffalo at 70 yards, it ran 30 yards and went down.”

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John S.–Favorite Rifles

SCI Member John S.  has a favorite rifle chambered in .308 Winchester. He writes:

“I have hunted in Africa six times. On the first safari I took a Winchester Model 70 .375 and a Sako 7mm Magnum. The rifles arrived three days late, so I borrowed a Model 70 .308 Featherweight and really liked the way it fit me.

“In hindsight, I went unprepared, as I had not practiced shooting much. The 7mm Magnum just did not fit me well or something. I never could shoot it well. Later, I found a small chip at the muzzle. It shot better after that was repaired.

“However, I shot the .308 well and bought one for my next safari (hit a kudu on the run at distance).

“On safaris two through five, I took the .308 and the .375 (got two elephants, two Cape buffalo and a lion, plus much plains game). I am able to adjust the triggers easily on Model 70s and am comfortable shooting both. I don’t appear to be bothered by recoil and even use the .375 for elk (also, killed an elk with the .308).

“On safari six, I took the .308 and a Husqvarna .358 Norma Magnum. The .358’s trigger was too light and became dangerous. I stopped using it after three animals and used the .308 the remainder of the time.

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“I use the .308 on all my deer and African hunts (unless my son is along and then he uses it), and I have to say it is my favorite because it is very accurate, has a nice trigger, and I am very comfortable with it.

“The .375 would be my next choice, but there’s not too much you can hunt with it in the United States.

“I started reloading about two years ago and took all reloaded ammo with me on the last trip to Africa.

“I use 180-grain Seirras and Barnes X-Bullets for the .308, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .30-06.

“I went in a Wal-Mart many years ago and they were selling 180-grain Winchester Power Points for $6 a box. I bought all they had and went to other Wal-Marts for more. The price went down to $4 a box and I cleaned them out. So, I am a 180-grain shooter and will be for a while. (The only reason I can think of for Wal-Mart to put that ammo on sale is that Winchester was changing the style and color of the box. Doesn’t make sense.)”

Favortie Guns of SCI Member Jeff B.

Recently, our Director of Publications, Steve Comus, asked SCI members what makes, models and calibers of rifles they use on hunts these days. Jeffery B. was among the first to reply.

Jeff’s rifles include a .470 Nitro Express double, a custom bolt-action in .458 Lott, a .375 H&H, .338 Win Mag, .300 Win. Mag., a .30-’06, a 7mm-08, and six 7mm Rem. Mags.

“The vast majority of my rifles are 7mm Rem. Mags.,” Jeff writes. “Most of my rifles are Sako L61R actions with John Krieger barrels…I do not own a rifle that will not shoot sub MOA. I shoot most of my big game with Nosler or Swift A-Frame bullets.”

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Jeff has an impressive hunting background and has been an SCI member since 1983 including serving 15 years on the Board of the Wisconsin Chapter, four years there as Treasurer, two as Vice President and two as President. He has 91 international hunting trips–44 to Africa–and has collected 624 head of big game from five continents. Among those head, Jeff has taken seven buffalo, one lion and one 9-foot inland grizzly bear using 300-grain Swift A-Frame bullets in his .375 H&H. His three most recent buffalo needed only one shot each.

“I’m not a fan of monolithic bullets because I find them too long for caliber and not as good as lead-core or tungsten,” writes Jeff. “The atomic weight for the material is much less than lead or tungsten and penetration in a direct line is not as good. They work, but there are better.”

We’d like to know what rifles, ammo, optics, etc. other SCI members are using that are working well for them on hunts. If you’re an SCI member and have information you’d like to share, send the info along with photos and your SCI Member number to scomus@safariclub.org or write to:

Steve Comus, Director of Publications
Safari Club International
4800 West Gates Pass Road
Tucson, AZ 85745

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