Monday, July 06, 2015
The Hunt of a Lifetime
Always dreamed of hunting a red stag...this one worked out real well. A 91 yard shot after a VERY hard day of hiking up a mountain chasing the old boy. Complete report on this week's podcast, but I wanted to give you a quick load-out:
• Rifle: Ruger GUNSITE Scout, .308 with the following modifications from Cylinder and Slide Shop:
--XS full-length rail
-- DPMS/Jerry Miculek muzzle brake
• Magazines: Ruger 5-round polymer
• Scope: Swarovski Z3 3-9X 36mm
• Rings: Burris Zee-Rings
• Sling: Galco Safari Ching Sling
• Bipod: Harris 6-9 inch swivel
• Cheek Piece: FTW Ranch/SAAM
• Ammo: Hornady Superformance 150-gr GMX; BTW, this round is listed at 2939 fps, but for the sake of my charts I went with 2750 fps out of the shorter Scout barrel
• Rangefinder: Leupold RX-800i (I think this has been discontinued)
• Binos: Steiner Military and Marine 8X30
• Bino Harness: Bushnell Deluxe
• Knife: Blade-Tech Pro Hunter
Otherwise, pretty straightforward — belt from Wilderness Tactical, suspenders from VTAC, outerwear from Cabelas (the Silent Suede is killer!!!), base layers and socks a mix of expedition stuff I've used over the years, pants are plain old boring Wrangler Upland Hunting pants.
I cannot speak highly enough of the boots! I used the Lowa Renegade GTX Gore-Tex boot, and it is one of the finest boots I've ever owned. I used the Lowa Desert Boot exclusively in Africa, and the Renegade is my go-to boot in Colorado. For hard, rocky hiking in NZ, the boot was perfect. Even in the driving rain, my feet were never wet.
Our guide was Shane Johnson at Four Seasons Safaris outside of Christchurch. He was just wonderful. Shane came highly recommended by my friend Tim Fallon at FTW Ranch. The accommodations were perfect the food was great and the company beyond compare.
THE FINE PRINT: Let me clarify a couple of points before you even ask...Ruger has been and remains a sponsor, as does Hornady. I have more rounds through my Scout than any other bolt action I've ever owned, and the majority of those rounds are Hornady Superformance. Burris and XS have been sponsors at various times. The Steiners were a gift when we visited Steiner in Germany with Joe Mantegna a couple of years back...probably the best cheap binos in the world. The Pro-Hunter is a gift from my dear friend Tim Wegner, the founder of Blade-Tech...it has my name on it.
Otherwise, I got this stuff the same way you might get it...I agonized over the choices and finally bought what I thought I needed. It all worked! The great photos were taken by our DP, Brook Aiken. You'll get to see the whole thing on SHOOTING GALLERY 2016!!!!