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I took my Model 70 Super Grade on Safari !
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With the rainy weekend just past, I finally had a chance to go through a bunch of video from our spring Namibia trip and do an edit.
After my last trip several years ago, I couldn’t wait to get back to Africa, and through a combo of some good luck and a lot of research, my bro and I were able to put together a two-week trip to the Outjo area of Namibia for the spring of 2023.
We hunted with two different outfitters on this trip.
First, with Onduri Safaris, based out of their beautiful mountain top lodge, and then moving on to hunt with Scot Burchell of Burchell-Wolf Safaris, basing out of their old-school, traditional tented camp. Both camps were in the vast rugged, mountainous, and thick, area south of Etosha National Park.
My rifle is a South Carolina Model 70 Super Grade in .30-06.
I found Namibia to be an amazing place, stark rough, but beautiful, and huntable.
A fun, challenging hunt in a big place, with the animals you dream of, and a great group of men and women.
Adventure achieved !
Here’s the YouTube link.
Enjoy.
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Roosevelt, Hemingway, Stewart White, several others, used .30-06 in custom ’03 Springfields for a major part of their African hunting, & considered it entirely satisfactory, but most hunters going there today would probably consider it too old fashioned.

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I agree.  I have lots of rifles in snazzier calibers, but for exactly the reason you mentioned, I loved taking this rifle, in this caliber, to Africa.
In two weeks there, with the exception of the Wildebeest, I never shot anything twice.
You can see in the video, that the bullet hit a branch very close to the muzzle.
The deflection caused a hit too far out onto the shoulder to be lethal, but with the help of good boy Riley the dog, we were able to get back on him and I put him down with a second shot.  
The .30-06 and the Model 70 may be thought of as a bit boring and old school in today’s day of super high BC cartridges and tactical inspired super shooters, but they are both legit workhorses, and it was a pleasure hunting with them on this safari.

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I agree.  I have lots of rifles in snazzier calibers, but for exactly the reason you mentioned, I loved taking this rifle, in this caliber, to Africa.

In two weeks there, with the exception of the Wildebeest, I never shot anything twice.

You can see in the video, that the bullet hit a branch very close to the muzzle.

The deflection caused a hit too far out onto the shoulder to be lethal, but with the help of good boy Riley the dog, we were able to get back on him and I put him down with a second shot.  

The .30-06 and the Model 70 may be thought of as a bit boring and old school in today’s day of super high BC cartridges and tactical inspired super shooters, but they are both legit workhorses, and it was a pleasure hunting with them on this safari.

  

The 30 06 is an excellent round.

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Brooksy said

[email protected] said

I agree.  I have lots of rifles in snazzier calibers, but for exactly the reason you mentioned, I loved taking this rifle, in this caliber, to Africa.

In two weeks there, with the exception of the Wildebeest, I never shot anything twice.

You can see in the video, that the bullet hit a branch very close to the muzzle.

The deflection caused a hit too far out onto the shoulder to be lethal, but with the help of good boy Riley the dog, we were able to get back on him and I put him down with a second shot.  

The .30-06 and the Model 70 may be thought of as a bit boring and old school in today’s day of super high BC cartridges and tactical inspired super shooters, but they are both legit workhorses, and it was a pleasure hunting with them on this safari.

  

The 30 06 is an excellent round.

  

I concur Cool

I own three rifles chambered for it; A Winchester Model 54, a Remington Model 742 (150th Anniversary Edition), and a Springfield Model 1903.  That stated, I also own three rifles in 30 U.S. (30/40 Krag), a Model 1892 Springfield Krag, and two Winchester Single Shot rifles.  The 30/40 cartridge can be loaded to be a very respectable performer.

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I didn’t really appreciate the 30 06 untill I started shooting a M95 in 30 06. The 30 06 seems to be a natural in that gun. My grandfather gave me all his guns in ’83 and made the comment that the 03 springfield that was in the bunch didn’t shoot worth a hoot…he was right, it hates that old 30 06  match ammo he sent along with it. I’m sure I could get it zeroed in with lead rounds. He stocked that gun up while he was working at Al Frelands gun shop in the early 60’s.

 Sorry for the wander…..   If I wouldn’t have wasted my youth I may have gone on an African safari.

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Old school hunt, old school hunting rifle. I like it. My go-to hunting rifle for a couple decades was a 30-06 and when a bit of rifling shot loose it was reborn as a 35 Whelen and I glass bedded it into a nice Boyd walnut stock. It still goes hunting now and then but for some reason it kicks a mite harder than it used to.

 

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Old school hunt, old school hunting rifle. I like it. My go-to hunting rifle for a couple decades was a 30-06 and when a bit of rifling shot loose it was reborn as a 35 Whelen and I glass bedded it into a nice Boyd walnut stock. It still goes hunting now and then but for some reason it kicks a mite harder than it used to.

 

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That’s excellent !
My brother’s rifle on this hunt was a semi-custom built for him by Shaw in .35 Whelen !

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Brooksy said
I didn’t really appreciate the 30 06 untill I started shooting a M95 in 30 06. The 30 06 seems to be a natural in that gun. My grandfather gave me all his guns in ’83 and made the comment that the 03 springfield that was in the bunch didn’t shoot worth a hoot…he was right, it hates that old 30 06  match ammo he sent along with it. I’m sure I could get it zeroed in with lead rounds. He stocked that gun up while he was working at Al Frelands gun shop in the early 60’s.

 Sorry for the wander…..   If I wouldn’t have wasted my youth I may have gone on an African safari.

  

Brooksy:
I have a Model 95 as well.
It’s chambered in .30-40 Krag.
I love the 95’s.
I have always been surprised how nice a trigger they have and how smoothly they run.
There’s a lot going on there mechanically.
When I first looked at how they operate, I expected them to be clunky, but mine is glassy smooth… a pleasure to run and fire.

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