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John S.–Favorite Rifles

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.)”

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