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Favorite Guns Of SCI Members Ronnie H. and Russ M.

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.

Russ M.

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, ‚ÄúWhen 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.”

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