Friday, February 22, 2013

Legend 300 Winchester in the highlands of Ethiopia

Not to long ago Pete Treboldi traveled to Ethiopia to hunt Mountain Nyala and Lesser Kudu. The hunt was conducted in the mist shrouded highlands and in much drier lower elevations. His rifle of choice for this hunt was his Legend chambered for 300 Winchester. Needless to say the rifle and the owner got plenty wet, very cold, covered with dust and baked in the sun. With each opportunity both Pete and his Legend still managed to pull it altogether. When we built this rifle he wanted us to try some Winchester 180gr Fail Safe ammunition to see if this barrel would shoot it at all accurately. He really wanted to use this bullet if at all possible. In fact he said if it shoots 1-1/4" I'm going to use it regardless.

The first three groups shot with this ammo averaged .500. Since this factory load was about to be discontinued by Winchester he bought all the available Fail Safe ammunition he could find and has used it ever since. Like many of our clients Pete owns both a Legend and a Classic and chooses the rifle to meet the anticipated conditions for the hunt.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2013 Reno SCI Convention

The SCI convention last month was not unlike any other year in recent memory. The week before found Brian and I readying the booth, rifles and ourselves for the trip. With last minute preparations complete we pull out of Logan early in the morning two days before the event. The trip is always long with little if any game to be seen on the drive. The morning before the show is spent erecting the booth and speaking with old friends and new acquaintances from around the globe.

Campbell Smith arrives in just enough time to comment on the placement of his pictures, corrects what he see's fit and pronounce that all is well for another year. Cam & I have shared this 20 feet of real-estate for over 17 years now.  He has perfected the art of avoiding the initial set up so well that if he ever showed up early the whole venue might stand on its ear.

Despite the long trip from South Africa and ours across the desert his comic relief softens up any travel tension and within an hour we're all laughing out loud.

The convention begins and over the next four days we are visited by old clients/friends, old rivals, complete bores and hopefully a few new clients. Some hours of the day are so slow that if you rolled a bowling ball straight down the aisle you'd likely never hit an ankle. Other times you have people waiting three deep to speak with you. The evenings are spent with friends at dinner decompressing from the days events, conversation and laughter always flowing freely.

During the convention Brian and I will do our level best to explain what we have to offer in what ever degree of detail required. Campbell does the same for those interested in his Safari's opportunities. In four days time it's all over and we're pulling the plug and loading the truck. Sunday finds us heading east back through familiar landscape, tired and looking forward to being home.

We would like to thank all those that stopped by our booth this year and look forward to building some of you rifles in the following months. To those that own our rifles we wish you good luck in the seasons to come.