The Perfect Road Trip Gun
Many hunters travel out of state on occasion on a road trip hunt. This may be a pronghorn antelope hunt in New Mexico, a Texas hunt for exotics, a mule deer hunt or Elk Hunt in Colorado an Alaskan adventure or even an African Safari. This may lead the traveling Hunter to purchase a more powerful or long range rifle more suited for the game. American and African plains game may be taken cleanly with 30-06 class rifles if the shots are within 300 yards, as most are. Big Bear, Elk and Moose of Alaska and the rocky mountain states are better hunted with at least a 300 Winchester Magnum or better.
In the salty costal areas of Alaska it also makes sense to use a rifle made of stainless steel and a composite stock to avoid rust and stock warping. Remington, Winchester and Weatherby all make such firearms, as do other companies. The African big game hunter has two choices. For the Plains game Safari a 30-06 is very good with the numerous 300 magnums being very popular. For a dangerous game Safari for Buffalo, Rhino, Lion, Hippo, and Elephant, the 375 H&H Magnum is minimum with the 416 and 458 Magnums being very popular. This is John Simeone reporting Pass it on.
Buying A Scope For Your New Rifle
There are a lot of Telescopic Sights out there and you may find it hard to choose one. It all boils down to what you want to pay for a scope. One of the biggest mistakes a hunter can make is buy a quality rifle and then put a cheap scope on it that may not preformed as advertised.
The most economical scope sights on the market in my opinion that will perform to the highest standards are the Bushnell Brand. Then we have Swift, Simmons and Tasco that do very well. The old standbys that are never questioned are Weaver, Nikon, Leupold and Burris especially when the recoil is grater than the 30-06 cartridge.
Higher priced scopes are just icing on the cake, as most game can be taken with these brands while they carry lifetime guarantees. Variable powered scopes seem to be the most popular, and the best rule of thumb is to set the scope on its lowest setting while hunting. This allows for a greater field of view and easy hits. If a long shot presents it self there should be enough time to twist the power ring for more magnifications.