After the Introduction of the Steyr Scout Rifle, Jeff Cooper began planning an African Safari. “We will show off the Steyr Scout, utilizing Federal’s new hopped up ammunition, which essentially boosts the 308 to a 30-06.” Early last year I could not help but notice a correlation between the interest the Steyr Scout evoked at its introduction, and the current newfound interest in the Scout Rifle concept. Additionally, the introduction of the new Precision Hunter ammunition from Hornady – which is ideal for velocity challenged, short-barreled rifles, like the Scout – seemed like a great time to recreate one of Cooper’s adventures.
Invitations were sent out – mostly to graduates of Gunsite Academy – and plans were put in motion. The adventure begins on 7 June and during the next 30 days 10 hunters will rotate through South Africa. And, most importantly, they will all be hurting with Scout Rifles. The adventure is being hosted by an outstanding outfitter – Fort Richmond Safaris – and will include a tour of a Boer battlefield. As with Cooper’s 1998 safari, most of the hunters will be using new ammunition – Hornady Precision Hunter ammo. It will be a great opportunity to test various Scout Rifles in Africa and the new ammunition as well. Shooting Gallery host Michael Bane will be filming portions of the adventure for his show on the Outdoor Channel.
Cooper remarked that his safari had too many people on board. “Now our 1998 trekfest is mounting up for departure. We have far too many people aboard, but I could not find it in my heart to turn anybody down.” I took this advice to heart when planning the Scout Rifle Safari and that is why my son and I will be there for the duration, while the other hunters rotate through – four at a time – for seven day stints.
Scout Rifle enthusiast are invited to follow along here. Everyday new images and information will be posted, detailing the safari. The event could not have come at a better time. We are well into The Scout Rifle Study book and this departure will make for a great intermission if you will. It will also prep the portion of the book that delves into testing the Scout Rifle Concept. I envision much of what is discussed later in the book to be highlighted here in my comments and by those of the attending hunters.