08/28/2012

Shooters Bible.¬† As a teenager, Jack O'Conner was my ideal, so at Christmas 1948 when Mom bought Dad a Remington Model 721 in .270 Winchester, my excitement was unbounded.¬† I shot my first deer with that rifle using 130-grain Remington Bronze Points. My second deer was with a .250-3000 Savage M99 and 100-grain Speer handloads and my first two elk with 150-grain Nosler Partitions. "For the past 30 years, I've used a two calibers--the .280 Remington and the 8mm Remington Magnum.¬† The .280 I use for everything from springbok to mule deer and mountain lion. The 8mm Rem. Mag. is for larger game such as elk, red stag, eland and water buffalo.¬† Because I'm familiar with these rifles and have confidence in their calibers, I don't expect I'll make any changes (although I've been interested in the new Kimber 84L in .280 Ackley). "If you're going to Africa on a one-gun hunt and it will include Cape buffalo, you can't beat the old .375 H&H Magnum for a great combination of power and reasonable recoil.¬† Nowadays I'm getting a bit old for buffalo, so I limit my hunts to plains game using the 8mm Rem.Mag. for everything from duiker (solids) to eland (Swift A-Frames). "Of course, having hunted for so long I've had the opportunity to use other calibers--.257 Roberts, .25-'06 Remington, 7x57mm Mauser, and .30-'06, which is still a terrific all-around caliber for a North America hunter."  

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