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I attended the Dallas Safari Club Show yesterday.  Besides a couple of gun shows, this show and the Texas Trophy Hunters Extravaganza have become an annual tradition for me.  Any hunter who lives anywhere within a reasonable driving distance of Dallas, TX owes it to him/herself to attend the Dallas Safari Club show at least once, because it is fascinating!  Outfitters providing any type of hunt or fishing trip for any species of critter, anywhere in the world always have booths at the show, in addition to some of the finest firearms money can buy, super high end custom knives, expensive clothing and hunting gear, top of the line optics brands, and tons of mounted trophy animals.  Every year, this show reminds me of two things:  1.  The average member of the Dallas Safari Club undoubtedly has many more digits on their paychecks than I will ever comprehend, and 2.  I am not the target audience for the vast majority of the vendors present.  It's nothing to see $200,000 Holland and Holland shotguns, $50,000 custom rifles, and you can't throw a dead cat without hitting some firearm costing above $5K.  It was kinda odd that Ruger and T/C had booths there, because the next cheapest firearms were Kimber, Cooper, Rifles Inc., Dakota, Bansners, etc.  Most of the super premium optics brands were represented as well.  The show is obviously geared toward the very well-heeled, but I still enjoy seeing how the better off folks live and dream of what it must be like to go on so many exotic hunts.

Beyond all the gorgeous custom rifles and shotguns that I could never justify owning, much less afford, there were a couple of new products that stood out:
1.  The new Leica Ultravid HD binoculars.  Huge thumbs up!  I could tell just from the short time I looked through them that they are optically incredible!  But, alas, they also have an incredible price tag to match!
2.  The new Cooper M52 repeater rifle.  Very, very nice!  Not inexpensive, but really a good value for what you get!
3.  The T/C Icon.  Really a nice looking rifle with a couple neat features that seems very well-made.  It's a little on the heavy side, and to me, it seems thicker than it needs to be through the center of the stock, but the samples I handled had pretty nice wood, fit and finish was good, and bolt operation was smooth.
4.  DiamondBlade knives.  They use a new technology for imparting a super hard, super wear resistant edge portion on their D2 steel blades using a process called "friction forging."  This process provides a hardness of 65-68 HRc to the edge, while still maintaining toughness in the spine of the blade so it isn't too brittle!  I talked with the owner and he explained the process in length and I won't go into it here.  The company is under the same ownership as Knives of Alaska.  Suffice it to say, they are incredible knives, with incredible edge retention!  They are probably hell to sharpen once they finally do go dull, though, because he said a med. Arkansas stone won't sharpen the blade, you have to use diamond.
5.  At the Swarovski booth, I picked up some literature on a new ballistic turret they are introducing... ironically called the "Ballistic Turret."  Either they didn't have an example on-hand that I could examine, or if they did, I missed it.  But, in the literature, it looks like a similar idea to the Kahles MultiZer0, except a less complicated version.  Basically, it looks to me like it is little more than a base zero stop mechanism for the shortest zero distance, with 3 colored removable distance rings that are splined so you slide them over the main turret to line up on the zero indicator once you establish each zero.  The removable rings take the place of the mechanical clutch mechanism used by Kahles on their MZ turret.  Unlike the 5 zeroes on the Kahles MZ, it looks like the Swaro BT will have only 4 zero settings.  I got more time to look at the new Z6 and Z6i scopes, and I have to say, they look very impressive in all respects!
 
Col. Craig Boddington had a booth at the show, and it was a pleasure meeting him!  He was very nice and congenial, and spent a lot of time talking to people about rifles, loads, and hunts.  I asked him if he was officially granted the Brig. General rank he was nominated for, and he said no, he retired before congressional approval of the new rank went through whatever necessary channels it must go through.  He didn't say it and he probably wouldn't have, but it sounded to me like he got screwed by politicians sitting on their hands who wouldn't grant him the title he earned and deserved.  I bought one of his hunting videos and asked him to autograph the cover.  Jokingly, I asked him to sign it "I wish I was as good a hunter as Ted!  Craig Boddington," and he laughed and did it!  He seemed a very genuine guy with a good sense of humor.
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Nice report, Ted.
I've always enjoyed the Detroit SCI Show. Ted Nugent used to come quite a bit. Now that he's down in Texas I bet he was at your show.
Craig Boddington has always been one of my favorite writers.
 
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Nice report, Ted.
I've always enjoyed the Detroit SCI Show. Ted Nugent used to come quite a bit. Now that he's down in Texas I bet he was at your show.
Craig Boddington has always been one of my favorite writers.
 
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Yes, he's been at past shows, but I looked for him and didn't see him this year.  Former Miami Dolphin Larry Czonka was there.
 
Speaking of Boddington, I picked up a very nice LH Mauser actioned rifle in 7X57 at custom riflesmith Todd Ramirez's booth and knowing Boddington is left-handed thought "Boddington mentioned in one of his articles that he had a Ramirez rifle that pretty much meets this description."  Sure enough, it was Craig's rifle.  I asked Craig why he let such a pretty stock get so beat up, and he laughed and said Todd gave him a hard time about that, especially because he used it as an example of his work!
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

Craig Boddington has always been one of my favorite writers.
 
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Me too.  I have a great deal of respect and admiration for him, and told him so.  There was a pretty large crowd of folks around him, and yet in spite of all the picture and autograph requests, he took the time to talk to everyone for a good while, and seemed like he was genuinely having a good time talking to his fans.
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Yessir, we like Craig Boddington! Well, he'll always be a general to ME!   Salute        --Ed
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The Dallas SCI show is one of my favorite shows too.  Craig is a class act and has not let his fame go to his head.  I got him pretty good one year on a remote self guided hunt just outside the Arctic circle.  A little four passenger float plane dropped us off at our tent camp beside the small body of water it landed on.  I had packed a few MREs in my pack and one night prior to dinner I slipped one to the cooks and asked them to serve Craig last with the MRE on his plate.  After all the hunters had made it back to camp and found their way to the kitchen tent, everyone got their plates one by one.....Craig being the last.  The food was outstanding and everyone could not wait to dig in, then Craig was handed his plate with the unopened MRE laying on it.  He knew what it was right off the bat and laughed harder than any of us about the prank.

A few days later we hunted pretty far from camp and I took a very nice caribou that he helped me quarter and pack back to camp.  I've learned a lot about hunting from him and even more about life and how it should be lived.  I can still hear him chanting as I stuggled to keep up with him, "I love packing caribou, it's like banging your head against the wall....it feels damn good when you stop!"
 
 
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thats great chris!!
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Great story AND caribou bull, Chris!
 
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