Joe BanVirginia After serving 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, I decided to celebrate my retirement by hunting the formidable Cape Buffalo in Tanzania.
In preparation for the hunt, I researched the proper equipment needed, including rifle and ammunition for various shooting distances. I started by getting my CZ550 rifle customized by American hunting rifle with a custom mount designed for the RMR. After consulting with Trijicon, I chose an adjustable illumination RMR with 3.5 MOA reticle. Similar to combat, hunting these fierce animals can often be reactive, so I estimated the shooting range would be 50 yards or less.
With all gear packed, I headed off to the African continent. We loaded up the Land Cruiser and headed off into the infamous African bush to search for the formidable Cape Buffalo. We hunted on over three million acres with no fences and much to my surprise, there were not herds of buffalo grazing, waiting to be picked off. We had to drive miles and miles and use the skills of our trained trackers to locate these beautiful animals.
After searching all morning, we spotted a herd of 100 buffalo about a mile away and spent two hours stalking up on them. Their senses are much more intelligent than ours, and any little thing out of the ordinary will send them running for miles. Under cover of small trees, we finally glassed the herd to find two dugaboys on the outskirts of the herd, flanking for protection. It seemed the herd did not sense our presence, because they shifted and started towards us. The sun was setting and daylight leaving us quickly, and the herd was close to busting us. Suddenly, the dugaboys sensed something and redirected the herd away from us. I knew this was my chance. The last dugaboy stopped for a brief second to look back over his shoulder in my direction and this is when I took my shot at 267 yards. Even at that long distance in the waning light, the RMR worked incredibly. It was the perfect shot, hitting the buffalo squarely in the shoulder. The big dugaboy ran after he was hit, in the direction of the rest of the herd. My follow-up shot was at 180 yards, which hit an inch above the first shot, proving again that the RMR could take the punishment of a hard hunt and recoil.
A few days later, I went after my second Cape Buffalo. You never know what kind of hunt you will have and I envisioned one similar to that of the first. However, this hunt proved to be even more challenging, because it ended up being a classic Chapstick Death in the Tall Grass hunt.
After tracking for about an hour and a half, we came upon a herd of 30, with the prized buffalo positioned in the middle. We had already been stalking in tall grass and I didn’t think it would or even could get thicker. I saw my opportunity and took my shot at 34 yards. After the shot rang out, the herd bolted, sending clouds of African dust into the air. There was confusion everywhere, as you could hear hooves pounding, while wondering which direction the prized buffalo went, as well as the rest of the herd, amid the concealment of the dust and grass. The chase was on! We ran towards imminent danger, ready to square off with death in the tall grass! We located my buffalo, which was quartered away from me, and I took a second shoulder shot. That tough guy had not had enough, and he retreated into a nearby thicket. We all starred at each other because we were acutely aware that the visibility was zero. And we knew the hunt was by no means over, since now we felt like we were the ones being hunted! After a few minutes of strategizing for safety, the PH signaled one of the trackers to climb a nearby tree to try to locate the buffalo from above. Luckily, he was able to locate the buffalo and advise on best approach. I was confident with the reliability and quick target tracking of the RMR, and we stalked towards the prize. As we came upon him, he had just sighed out his last breath, as he rolled to his side in capitulation. This was largely due to the success of both shots having gone through his lungs and heart. And then I sighed out my breath, which I had been holding in, anticipating a dangerous tété-a-tété with the buffalo.
My best recommendation for dangerous African game is the RMR for close to medium range shooting. With this set up, I was able to shoot with the utmost confidence and accomplish the task at hand, no matter the circumstances. Not only was I successful with this equipment, but the great memories of an unforgettable stalk and hunt will be with me forever.
TIM PEARSONSPRINGLAKE, Michigan PURCHASED ACOG 3.5X 35 SCOPE DUAL ILLUMINATED RED CHEVRON SIGHTED FOR A .308 USE OF TRIJION ACOG IN ARMY IS QUALITY AT ITS BEST . MOUNTED ON SPRINGFIELD M1A 7.62 51MM FOUND GLASS AND POINT OF AIM PERFECT FOR COYOTE HUNT.
Chris HansenFarmington, Utah October 30, 2012 - Product Used: Trijicon Accupoint 5-20x50
I just wrapped up an amazing big game hunting year and would have never been as successful without my Trijicon Accupoint. From a warm dusty Antelope plain hunt in wyoming in September with a 253 yard dead hold vital shot kill to a windy, snowy, cold, high elevation mule deer buck hunt with a 470 yard solid vital shot kill at 8448 feet elevation. My Trijicon proved itself in all elements and performed to perfection. I experienced no fogging on the glass, the elevation turret tracked perfectly, the green mildot helped with visability, power availability was awesome, and last but least the glass was crystal clear.
Charles CokerAustin, Texas I flat out think the Trijicon Accupoint series of scopes are the best on the market for a hunting scope. I have had higher priced Euro scopes that may ever, ever, ever so slightly have better glass, but the Trijocon is a step up from good Leupolds, Nikon Monarchs, Bushnell 4200s, etc. and the illuminated reticle system is the best on the planet. No batteries, no switches to fail. The dot for night time use is "just" bright enough to put the bulllet where it needs to go and nothing more. Too many illuminated reticle scopes are too bright even at their lowest setting and actually obscure the target and or make your iris contract hurting your night vision. Some people think the AccuPoints, especially the crosshair model with the small dot (my preference) are not bright enough. In actual field use it's perfect. Self regulating brightness, perfect for bright sunshine, low light and even into night for hog / varmint hunting. I have had the triangle versions and the crosshair/dot versions in red, amber and green (dot only). My preference is the crosshair with a green dot. Every person who looks through my scope is instantly impressed with the glass clarity. The scope holds zero and I have never had a single issue with any of the Triijicon products I have owned incuding several ACOGS and AccuPoints. Mine is on my #1 rifle, a Wilson Combat 6.8 SPC, it's a hog killa!
Charles Coker - Tactical Gun Review
Thomas Smiley Here are pictures of a ten point buck I shot at the Forest of Antlers Whitetail Hunting Lodge located in northern Wisconsin and the Trijicon scoped rifle I used. The model (TR21G) was a recent acquisition and was taken on this hunt to gain practical shooting experience. The deer which walked out of the woods at dusk (the conditions closely resembled those in your Whitetail Journal advertisement) and browsed for a period of time before offering a clean shot. The shot which was taken at the very last light of legal shooting hour was considered solely based upon my optics and the clarity of Trijicon's illuminated reticle. Once the green diamond was placed on the deer, there was no doubt I was going to take the shot. The contrast was unbelievable!
The Trijicon scope is like no other I've used in the past and will now be my main source of hunting optics.
Thomas E. Smiley
Robert ThompsonWahington Boro, Pennsylvania I am extremely pleased with the Trijicon scope. It is an excellent value and I feel it will extend my hunting a number of years.
Gerald AustinHudson, New York I thank you all for your consideration in making my hunt very successful. It has worked flawlessly and works the same in bright sunlight or dark cloudy days. I took another turkey yesterday with it. Thanks again.
Bob GrueskinCoal Valley, Illinois Don't let anyone tell you that the Reflex has no sporting applications. For me, it was the most superior turkey sight I could ever imagine. I filled by tag by shooting both birds the same day. Both of my shots were fairly tough: One was early in the morning (quite low lit), and I actually shot the bird out of its roost. That sounds easy, but it wasn't. It was about thirty yards overhead and it was bouncing back and forth between branches and sometimes he was partially obscured by hens, which I didn't want to shoot. So I had a very narrow window of opportunity to shoot him, and I'm not sure I could have done it without the Reflex. It was so cool...I just put the point of the triangle right on the turkey's beak while he was getting ready to jump and I squeezed the trigger. I nailed him good, right in the head and neck. He was dead by the time he hit the ground.
The second shot was later the same day. It was a very long fifty-yard shot across a creek while the bird was moving from left to right. Again, I had a very narrow window of opportunity as bird went from a clump of bushes and towards a tree. If he had made it to the tree, I would have been sunk. But, I did the same thing with the reflex...put the tip of the triangle on his beak, squeezed the trigger, and laid him out flat.
It was pretty impressive and I was thrilled.
Believe me, this is a SUPERIOR turkey sight and I really believe it would be just as good a deer sight on a slug gun or blackpowder gun. And...unless there are mounting issues, it should be an excellent handgun sight for IPSC/USPSA matches. Really...I was so impressed, I can't begin to tell you. Several of the other hunters in camp were equally impressed, and one of them had one of those holographic sights mounted on his shotgun which just didn't compare.
There's definitely a sporting market for the Reflex.
Billy Bomba, Jr.New York I am an avid nighttime varmint hunter of coyotes, bobcats, and foxes. I live in New York so I am able to mount a red-light to my .204 caliber rifle, I use the nightforce red force light. Last year I missed a coyote at 50 yards with my red light on him because I could not see the center of the crosshair, after that I got frustrated with cheap scopes.
I heard about the Trijicon AccuPoint scopes, reviewed it and was very impressed. I chose to buy the 3-9x40 AccuPoint with the amber triangle. I didn't want the red because I felt when I shined the red beam at the varmint it would blend in red to red and would not see the red triangle, so I went for the amber. I did some practice at night with two round reflective circles to resemble a coyote. When I lit it up at 100 yards with my red lightforce, it was unbelievable, the triangle was bright green and crystal clear, this is by far the best best scope for day and night hunting, I feel it is better then the very expensive German scopes, for $600 it is well worth it for me this varmint season, if I miss it's me, no way it will be the scope and also everything is nice and basic on the scope.
By far Trijicon scopes are the best in the world, fantastic scope, the best.
Colorado BuckColorado During my recent trip to Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, I was able to expose the AccuPoint to that environment; get on camera comments from Professional Outfitters and hunters from this area; and make on camera introductions as to performance of the scope in this rugged and harsh climate, we hunted at over 12,500 ft. and 20 below zero not to mention the traveling 5 countries, baggage and airline handling and still performed flawlessly.
Sincerely, Colorado Buck
Corey GraffAppleton, Wisconsin The AccuPoint scopes' superior reticle design really performs its best while hunting. For 2001, I shot three whitetail deer using the AccuPoint. I found target acquisition was fast--or faster-- than all other scopes I've used. That trait proved beneficial in scoping herds of deer where shot timing was short and critical.
While sighting in, the scope tracked perfect and was very responsive. Running the scope up and down its variable power range, point-of-impact remained the same.
Peering through that tube--the eye affixes naturally to the triangle reticle at the same time the triangle's point centers on the kill zone. This scope is fast and precise. When combined with an accurate rifle, the system is deadly on game.
Steve GruberPerry, Michigan Dear Trijicon,
Thank you for building such an excellent product. Your Accu-point is unlike anything I've ever used and I must tell you I'm impressed. Last fall when this 170 inch whitetail appeared along Montana's Yellowstone River bottom the Accu-point was perfect!
Patrick KingLanesboro, Massachusetts I was supposed to get in touch with you some time ago because of a conversation I had with Steve Twining about your product, the Trijicon TR20 scope with the orange post.
I was telling Steve that I have hunted with this scope since it has been on the market, probably about 7 or 8 years now. I have promoted this scope in my store for that amount of time also because I believed then that this was the best scope a hunter can buy and I still believe that today. I have not been able to find anything that compares to your scope.
I have been on several hunting trips with this scope on my rifle and have been able to shoot game that I know I would have never have even had time to look for crosshairs in another type of scope.
At Steve's suggestion, I am enclosing a photo of a deer I shot on a whitetail hunt in Maine in 2003 which made me eligible for Maine's biggest Whitetail Club. That deer dressed out at a weight of 231 lbs. In that picture you can see your Trijicon scope on my Custom Shop Remington Model 7 in Cal. 350 Remington Mag. (picture soon to be posted)
Steve was telling me about your new product, the 3.5-10 with 30mm tube. I asked him if I might be able to receive a demo scope and would appreciate it if that might be possible.
I told Steve that your scopes are the only new scopes we carry in stock and we have sold a lot of them. It is easy to sell a product that you believe in and that people can look at and see the tremendous difference from anything else on the market.
I have been a gun shop owner dealing exclusively in guns and gun related accessories for 28 years. Not too much comes along in this industry these days that excites and impresses me like the Trijicon TR20 scope did when it came out.
Keep up the good work.
Patrick C. King
Pat's Gun Shop
Dwight MoserJefferson, Maryland Dear Trijicon:
I just returned from a very successful safari in Tanzania with Zuka Safaris. I purchased a TR21R at the 2007 SCI show. Mr. Waterman assured me it would take the recoil of my 378 Weatherby. After an easy sight in, I ran several rounds and it never lost zero. I was very pleased with its performance in the field. On a hyaena hunt just at dark my P.H. Richard Brebner was so impressed with the scope, he would like all of his Leopard clients used Trijicon products.
I was able to take Leopard, 2 Buaaflo, Sable, Duiker, hartebeest, and reedbuck. I'll stop by you rbooth at this years SCI show for a chat with your representiatives.
Heath PainterNew Mexico ... A 130 yard shot with the TC Muzzleloader took the bull down. I'm in love with the new crosshair on the Trijicons!! Great Job!
Thanks for all,
Sportsmen of North America TV Show
William PerineWarwick, New York I just got home from a wild boar hunt in Vermont. I hunted with a Marlin 450 CAL. topped with the TR-21. I can not begin to tell you how pleased I was with this scope, it is everything you say in your ads and more. I was in bright sunlight and the boar went up the side of a hill that was all wooded. The scope not only let me follow the boar up the hill easily by keeping both eyes open, but let me zero in on the boars vitals instantly as it stopped on the hill for a few seconds making it a one shot kill. My hunting partner had a similar shot with a scope costing twice as much and had a very difficult time trying to place his shot(black crosshairs on a black boar on a dark background). Thank you for making a great and easy to use scope, you have a customer for life.
Richard SandersPrescott, Wisconsin Returned from Africa Saturday afternoon. Hunted in the Kwa Zula Natal Province of Eastern South Africa first in quest of a good Nyala to complete my spiral horn collection. Made a 290 yard one shot kill across a valley after sitting in the sun sweating for 2.5 hours. Finaly he showed his vitals as he stepped out from behind a bush. The combination of the Accupoint Scope and my trusty 17-year-old .300 Jarrett loaded with 200 grain Trophy Bonded Bearclaws provided all the confidence I needed to make a clean one shot kill on the animal. Gold medal nonetheless! A couple days later I took a high top Black Wildebeest at 250 yards. Once again...one shot. Toward the end of the my South African safari, beings we were not seeing the holy grail of Kudu, (a 60" model), I shot a Red Hartebeest at 220 yards, walking. All of the above were ranged by a laser by my PH, so I know the distances. I then traveled to Namibia for a 14 day leopard hunt and a couple other animals. As it turned out, Mr. Spots did not cooperate so did not score on the leopard. I did take a huge old Hartmann's Mountain Zebra and what we think is a top 10 Steenbok in Namibia however. Plus a Hartebeest and Oryx meat bull for "staff meat". End result, I made seven one shot kills on big game.
The 2.5x10 Accupoint Scope was outstanding in every way. Accurate, rugged, bright, clear. My PH's could not believe the accuracy and effectiveness of my shooting. As I told them...I attribute it to doing my homework, selecting the best gear, the best bullets, the best rifle and the best optics...and then practicing shooting off hand, from sticks and from a rest. It paid off.
Theodore SiourisNew York, New York I am pleased to report that during my hunt in Romania, I shot a beautiful trophy chamois with one shot delivered with the help of your AccuPoint riflescope.
The chamois I shot was approximately 300 meters ahead and above me in the cliffs. When I raised my rifle the bright amber triangle that constitutes the aiming point in the AccuPoint quickly found the target. It seems to do so automatically under any light conditions. Holding a moving target seems easier than with conventional reticles.
The Trijicon AccuPoint is as simple to mount, adjust and work with as any of the top quality scopes on the market.
Joseph A. TormalaChassell, Michigan September 21, 2010 - Dear Freedom Safari Sponsor,
Mere words can hardly express my gratitude for the Trijicon AccuPoint Amber 3-9x40mm riflescope you provided to me to make my Freedom Safari possible. The trip to Botswana was the greatest experience of my life and would not have been possible without your generous support. Your scope was vital for my success in the safari and I'll remain eternally in your debt for your heartfelt support.
I found hunting in Botswana very challenging and I am happy to report I harvested some fine animals to include a Warthog (30 yards), Blue Wildebeest (100 yards), Zebra (90 yards), Kudu (21 yards) and a couple of Impalas (120 & 50 yards). All of which were taken using your exceptional AccuPoint riflescope. You truly helped me achieve a hunter's dream come true. To hunt the free ranging, fair chase, plains game of Africa and to honor the memory of two dear friends!
Your AccuPoint scope performed flawlessly and maintained zero in the most arduous travel conditions possible and while mounted on .300 Remington Ultra Magnum receiver. It was a dream to acquire instant shot placement in various light conditions and with the various foliage encountered in Africa. The AccuPoint ensured certain success and proved to be a fatal combination on my Remington Model 700 APR. I've found a trusted name in Trijicon as a career Marine and Soldier and now as an international hunter in Africa, I can think of no other riflescope I'd trust my life on.
Thank you for what you do in promoting hunting and the great outdoors and for your major role in making the 'Freedom Safari' possible.
Joseph A. Tormala, SSGT, USMC/USA (ret.)
SCI Freedom Safari 2006