When asked what his favorite guns are, SCI Member Ronnie H. writes, “My favorite rifle is a McWhorter Custom rifle in 7 MM Weatherby Mag topped with a Zeiss 4-16×50 with FL glass and illuminated reticle. I feed it Weatherby 154-grain softpoints and I’ve taken deer, goats, coyotes and, as you can see in the photo, hogs with it. In fact I’ve taken so many hogs with it that my friends have named it ‘Pork Chop.’
“The rifle is perfectly balanced, has a Jewel trigger set at 1.5 pounds pull, and shoots less than 1/2-inch groups at 100 yards. The Zeiss scope has a 30mm tube and with the elevation turret I can shoot out to 600 yards. In low light conditions, the illuminated reticle allows me to take hogs and predators that would be difficult to even see with a lesser scope.
Member Russ M.’s go-to rifle since the mid-1980s has been a Remington Model 700 chambered in .30-‘06. Russ adds, “At that time, I was backpack hunting and my Winchester Model 70 was just too heavy. I sent the Remington to Ken Genecco in Stockton, CA, and had a synthetic stock and Leupold 2-7 Compact scope put on it. It weighs 7 pounds, 2 ounces including the sling and scope. There are other rifle and caliber combinations, but I think you would be hard pressed to find a better one for the lower 48.”
Russ continues, “When I went to Africa the first time, I needed a rifle for dangerous game. Being somewhat of a traditionalist, I bought a pre-64 Winchester Model 70 in .375 H&H and, since my Remington had by that time become an extension of my arm, I sent the Winchester to Gennecco for a stock duplicating the dimensions of the Remington. It weighs just less than 9 pounds with a 1.5-5 Leopold scope, or just over 9 pounds with a 1.5-6 Kahles Illuminated reticle scope–both in Talley rings. From varmints to Cape buffalo, this is my choice for the rest of the world.
“Since I live in the California condor lead ban zone, I have been shooting Barnes bullets almost exclusively for many years. They’re very accurate and always lethal.
“These are my two rifles that see the most use. There have been a few others acquired along the way, but those very seldom leave the safe anymore.”