Hunting Style and Rifles
I have learned so much through the years as well as confirmed by my own experiences things I thought were so. I really like the ideas of so many on hunting, reloading, shooting, rifles of all make and brands as well as the optics we put on them. I like so many different kinds of rifles. I have had the opportunity of owning at least one fine hunting rifle of all the major brands on the market today.
First and foremost, even though I like other make’s of rifles especially custom rifles, I have become a Weatherby fan and don’t see me changing. Just like others who have become fans of other brands of rifles. I love the Mark V and what Weatherby gives you for the bucks spent on their production rifles. I love their great line of cartridges that are so useful and the wildcats that can come from them.
I have never owned or picked up a Weatherby that has not been a good shooter and some of you who have owned many more and shoot more Weatherby’s could say the same. Yet some have had bad experiences like any other make of rifle, there is the occasional Weatherby that was not manufactured well. Yet, a bad one here and there does not negate a fine rifle design no matter what the company.
With all of the options and brands out there one could use for hunting, I have chosen to go with my Weatherby rifles most of the time in the field. The reason is based on my hunting style. 1. I have adopted what I call practicality of standard hunting situations that are usually the norm for most hunters. The exception to this approach is that most do not reload and only uses factory ammo and I reload and of course I have to at this time with my two Weatherby rifles and cartridges being wildcats. 2. I employ a style and technique which is an attitude of hunting by getting as close to the game as you can before you take the shot. This allows for the experience of actually going after game (called hunting) while also taking short, medium or as I would call 500 – 600yd shots, long shots. 3. I also choose to apply not only the advantage of a Weatherby cartridge which is velocity, energy, momentum but push for good “Accuracy” to help ensure humane and quick kills no matter what distance I am proficient at in taking game.
This requires bullets that do not come apart or act only like arrows. Bullets that will kill up close, at medium ranges and extended ranges. That have good terminal results while flying well and stable at all the distances that I shoot. I will take short, medium or long shots (500-600yds) and the bullet needs to hold together as well as fly well at the velocities my Weatherby will be pushing them. I hunt swamps, thickets, gas line right-of-ways, desert mountains, open bean fields, prairies, eastern forest, ponderosa forest and alpine meadows. With either of my Weatherby’s after careful load development and practice, I will be able to accomplish the above style and method of hunting. With my Weatherby’s I will be able to hunt like this extremely well.
I want to have cartridges that are versatile and rifles that do not weight a ton like some long range rifles. I want to be able to carry it anywhere I go to hunt applying my method of hunting and techniques. I am able to do this with my Weatherby’s which are my preference although other brands and makes of rifles can also accomplish the above mention task, but my Weatherby’s do fill the bill very well. When you put top quality hunting scopes like a Zeiss or Swaro on your Weatherby, you have what I believe is an all around package that allows you so much flexibility. Also a rig one can be proud to own that meets the needs of practical hunting for most hunters in all opportunities and places. Yes, give me a Weatherby and let me go hunting.
What hunting style do you employ and what rifle brand and cartridges do you prefer?