Happy New Year, and here is to a great 2021…or at least a much better year than 2020!!
My review of Blaser’s ‘Tooless’ R8 Ultimate rifle appeared on TheTruthAboutGuns.com. You can check it out here. This rifle was wonderful to work with at the range, and to hunt with for my best-ever whitetail! I hope you enjoy the review as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
I had the opportunity to hunt with Jamy Traut Hunting Safaris for a leopard and various plains game species. I used a new (for me!) bullet that, because of its excellent performance, I decided to review after-the-fact. Hornady‘s ELD-X worked perfectly on Springbok, Wildebeest and Zebra. It also dropped a big Tom leopard! You can check out my review here.
If you happen to be one of the two people who read my posts, you might remember that I have been preparing to head to Mozambique for a Safari in Coutada 11. The bad news, Mozambique has still not opened. The good news, Namibia has. The significance, I’m heading to Namibia in a week for a leopard hunt with Jamy Traut Hunting Safaris! The rifle I am taking is an MG Arms Ultralight in 7mm Remington Magnum (see TTAG review here). On top of that custom rifle is a Leupold VX-5HD 3-15x44mm CDS-ZL2 scope. The review of this fantastic optic is now out, and you can find it here.
I hope you all will take a look at my most recent review. I was given the opportunity to work with an amazing new Model 700 from Remington. This is NOT your Dad’s Model 700 – unless of course he ran out and purchased the just-available, Precision Chassis Rifle – Enhanced. Incredibly accurate and really cool in appearance. This one is definitely worth consideration if you’re looking for a production model rifle for long-range shooting.
This review came to be after I was approached by Eric Whiting, marketing guy for Maven Optics. I had never heard of Maven, so I did not have a clue what I might be getting myself into when I agreed to review their brand new RS.4 riflescope. Turns out I needn’t have worried. This is great glass! You can check out the review here.
Carol and Kerry O’Day have sent me quite a few rifles to review. Their firearms work really well. I once reviewed a first firearm for another custom builder and it didn’t work well. I wrote that. They still don’t speak to me. Carol’s and Kerry’s firearms work. The rifles shoot straight, are light (I need that more and more these days), and they don’t have objectionable recoil – even the .416 Taylor they built for me. This 7mm Remington Magnum did the same. Check it out here.
Well, this is a different kind of product review for me. As you will see if you read my review, it began because of a request that I help out with concealed-carry for some regular events I attend. That led me to check around for the right set-up for carrying a Kimber 1911. That led me to Galco and finally to their ‘Miami Vice’-named shoulder harness system. You can check out my review here. I hope I never, ever have to use this in the situation for which it is designed.
“Yep, Southern Hemisphere Mozambique in November will qualify as ‘Sub-Alpine’ in both altitude and climate!
“As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I will be hunting the Zambezi Delta region four times in the next 1 1/2 years. So, my pack needs to also be very durable when used as a carry-on for overseas flights, shoved into the cargo holds of charter flights and worn under blistering hot and humid conditions through ‘bush’ and swamps.
“However, I also chose this pack with upcoming North American and European trips in mind as well. Whether on horseback hunts after Elk and Mule Deer in Wyoming or ‘stalking’ Chamois and Mouflon in France, I wanted this to become my go-to day pack for hunting.”
I hope you guys enjoy this review half as much as I do the SITKA 2700. I’m looking forward to giving an ‘in-the-field’ review once Frances and I get to Mozambique.