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Randy Brown’s brainchild, the Ruger American 450 Bushmaster Rifle is a bolt action rifle with unprecedented power, accuracy and lightness. Randy Brown is from Randys Hunting Center in Bad Axe, Michigan and has hunted with us since 2001.
The start to it all was when the state of Michigan passed a law that allowed rifles as long as the caliber was a straight, walled pistol cartridge within a certain specified length. The law required that it is only allowed to be used within a limited firearm zone. Brown immediately knew that hunters would be looking for an alternative to using a shotgun or AR 15.
The new Ruger American Rifle chambered in 450 Bushmaster was conceptualized. After much begging, pleading and more, Brown was eventually able to convince Ruger to manufacture the gun.
In an interview Michigan Out of Doors had with Randy Brown on You Tube, he said the following about the rifle.
“It is extremely reliable, the bolts work terrifically and the gun is fairly economical.
It is the first time any production company has ever made any bolt action in 450 Bushmaster. Ruger is the first and only one. Michigan hunters inspired me to start it because we need that caliber to really better all the hunters down here in the shotgun zone.
We knew that the caliber was extremely accurate, we knew that it had some range to it. But when Ruger built it from the factory it’s just taken off terrifically.
We have 2 models the 16″ model which has got a threaded end on it and then our friends over at Magnaport makes that brake for it and of course there is a cap to cover the thread if you don’t want to have the brake. That’s all it is to take the recoil from a 20 gauge down to about shooting a 410.
It is a very easy gun to shoot and there is hardly any recoil.
I requested it. They are making it.”
See more about this interview on You Tube: Click here.
Articles on the Ruger American Rifle 450 Bushmaster: See more.
Congratulations Randy from us all at Fort Richmond Safaris! Thank you for the tremendous input you have had in educating us about rifles over the years. And for allowing us to work so closely with you when in the USA.
Quotes celebrating hunters as the true conservationists which they are.
Before there was a sign waving environmental front calling for environmental protection in the 1970s, there were hunters, fisherman, trappers and campers that led the way to protect our wild America.
Our 26th president Theodore Roosevelt was a great outdoorsman of the time, and he delighted in hunting many game species across the United States and overseas. He was a highly intelligent man, who was disgusted with the blatant destruction of our natural resources.
When Scott Lamphere’s feet touches the African soil, his pursuit is single-minded. And he does not stop until he is ready to leave again. Very determined to bag what he came to hunt and then some more, he is always ready for the next adventure. That is how we have come to know Scott over the past 12 years that we have been privileged to have him hunt with us.
A very happy Scott with the Sable antelope that he hunted.
Leon du Plessis, Scott and Geoffrey with the Cape Buffalo that Scott hunted.
A beautiful Roan antelope hunted by Scott.
It is difficult to choose between Sable and Roan antelope. Both these antelope species are majestic! And make for a great African hunt.
The Sable bulls with their shiny black coats and pure white belly and facial markings, which forms a stark contrast to the remainder of their bodies, are distinctive in color and combined with their exceptional horns make this antelope truly majestic. The Sable are one of the most priced plains game trophies to hunt in South Africa.
The Roan, with a body color of overall fawn with a strawberry tint and black and white patterned face, is truly a magnificent and regal antelope. Their distinctive black and white facial markings are characteristic features of this antelope. They have long pointed ears and both sexes have heavily ringed scimitar-shaped horns. Roan antelope are the second largest plains game animal that can be hunted in South Africa. Read more about the Roan antelope on our Blog: Roan Antelope: An elusive quarry
Hunting a Cape Buffalo in the African Bush or on the African Plains is the epitome of what hunting is to a hunter.
We look forward to welcome Scott back next month for a hunt. This time his pursuit will be to add to his list of the Tiny Ten.
Read more about a previous hunt that Scott did with us: Pure Joy – Scott Lamphere’s Hunt.
It has often puzzled me how to account for the fact that the handsome Roan antelope (Hippotragus Equinus) seems so generally lacking from the trophies secured by sportsmen out on shooting safaris in Africa. This is more surprising as this species of antelope enjoys such a widespread distribution over the continent. Many consider the spread of the Roan over Africa must exceed even that of its more handsome relative – the Sable antelope (Hippotragus niger). I believe the range of the former species is far more extensive. A large number of small herds of Roan are spread over many different regions, whereas the Sable is more confined to special localities. Notwithstanding the wider distribution of the Roan, it does seem abundantly evident that many more Sable are shot by sportsmen. I know of many men who have not once seen a Roan in the wild state; and still more who have not shot a single specimen.
The Roan favors open country or light bush terrain. But, if driven out of it, the species will take readily enough to forest and heavy bush areas. After a period of immunity there they will nearly always return boldly to their former and more-favored haunts. They like best of all a rather upland and rolling countryside, which is not too profusely timbered. The Roan is never to be found at any great distance from water, because it drinks regularly. Both the Roan and Sable antelopes are encountered in much the same type of terrain, each of them preferring flat country and are rarely known to ascent hills of any real height.
In the mature Roan the coloration of its back varies from a warm grey to a pale roan shade; the belly is white and it has black and white face markings which is boldly defined. The Roan is a larger and more heavily built beast than the Sable. It averages between 500 and 750 lb. in weight; while the variation in height at shoulder is roughly 3 to 4 inches in favor of the Roan.
The horns of the Roan are deeply annulated, curve backwards evenly and boldly, diverge as rising from the skull, and sharply pointed. The horns of the bull range from between 24 and 34 inches in length; while those of the female are about 8 inches less.
Roan antelope are not simply located or hunted; but that cannot be the sole reason for so many sportsmen failing to collect a trophy of this species when out on a shooting safari. Say what you will this creature provide a handsome trophy. It is never easy to stalk for a kill and I experienced real hard work in getting my two. But both were worth every particle of the toil and sweat to get them ‘ in the bag’. Such is the luck of big game hunting. Some are unusually fortunate, while others never seem able to find what is most desired by them. from ‘A Breath of the Wilds’ by Foran
The Roan antelope shares the genus Hippotragus with the extinct Bluebuck (H.leucophaeus) and the Sable antelope (H. niger) and is a member of the family Bovidae. The cladogram (a diagram used to show relations among organisms) below shows the position of the Roan antelope among its relatives.
A good population of Western Roan is found in Burkina Faso in West Africa and it’s probably the least expensive country to hunt Roan in Africa. Large herds are frequently encountered. A good, mature bull will often be found on his own or in a smaller group.
Geoffrey and our client for the last 15 years Manuel Thies, hunted there in March. Hunts take place on the 260.000 ha hunting concession Singou and Ouamou that is situated in the Eastern Region, 350 km from Ouagadougou.
Enjoy the pictures that was taken during the hunt on this unique hunting destination.
Species that are hunted: Western Savannah Buffalo; Western Roan; Western Hartebeest; Western Kob; Waterbuck (Sing Sing); Harnessed Bushbuck and Nigerian Bohor Reedbuck. Other species that are frequently seen includes: Lion, Hippo, Elephants, Oribi, Warthog and Baboon.
Nigerian Bohor Reedbuck
Western Hartebeest Western Roan Antelope (Hippotragus Equinus) The Western Roan is one of the most beautiful and biggest antelope in West Africa.Western Savannah Buffalo (Syncerus Caffer Aequinoctialis) These Buffalo are one of the major hunting attractions in Burkina Faso. Lion
I’ve never found time spend in nature to be a waste of time.
Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emersohn
Nature is my medicine. Sara Moss Wolfe I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs Mother Nature has the power to please, to comfort, to calm and to nurture one’s soul. Anthony Douglas Williams
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty. The earth has music for those who listen. Nature is the art of God. Dante Alighieri
The silence of nature is very real. It surrounds you… you can feel it. Ted Trueblood
Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein.
In every walk in nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle