Iron sight or scope on rifle? opinions- PHs & those who have hunted Africa?
I did a search, but no threads popped up in this forum that ask this question. If I am wrong & this has already been discussed here please provide a link or ref. the thread & thank you in advance.
On the chance that it has not been discussed here at AH what say you- PHs & experienced Africa hunters? --
Aside from the obvious merits of using a scope- accuracy/better shot placement at longer distances.
How do you feel about using iron sights vs. using a scope on rifle for shots up to 100m?
I am looking for opinions from PH's- are you willing or not willing to allow clients to use iron sights?
Hunter's do you use iron sights? yes or no. Why?
I should point out that I have not been to Africa to hunt, so I am unable to offer an opinion in that theater. My hunting experience is restricted to the US. (S, SE, SW, Mid-W, NW)
My reason for asking is that there is a discussion/disagreement amongst friends regarding the need for using a scoped rifle to hunt game in Africa .
The impetus for posting this thread:
I predominately use iron sights when hunting, although the majority of the shots I take are well within 100m. My #1 rifle is a Win. 1895 Gr. 1 in .30-06 (no scope mounted, for obvious reasons). If the target I am aiming at is large enough and the conditions are right (i.e. level w/ target, clear view, wind, etc...) I will take a shot at that limit, beyond that I don't take the shot. I carry it with me almost all the time, when checking fence & stock, when scouting & leisure rides [horseback].
When there is the chance I will have a longer shot I will use my #2 rifle- Win. M70 (post '64) .30-06 w/ Weaver See-through mounts & Weaver 3-9x 32mm scope. However, I use hard sights up to 200m.
My preference is the challenge of stalking or calling in for closer shots. To me this makes the hunt more challenging.
The rift is-
I made the statement that if I were to hunt for large African game (Kudu, Eland, Buffalo), I would prefer using a rifle with open sights (in .375 H&H or .416 Rigby).
The counter was that the majority of shots made hunting Africa are long shots and you need to have a scope. I conceded that a rifle w/ scope is advisable, but you don't have to use a rifle w/ scope to take every shot. Then the kicker was thrown in that it is unethical and the vast majority of PHs would require a scope.
So, again "what say you?"
P.S. Please remember I have no real experience with hunting Africa. My only knowledge is what I have read in numerous books, magazine articles, TV shows, hunting forums (like this one) & conversations with people who have been. Please don't flame me if my view is wrong. Keep in mind, as I have stated numerous times in this post, I am ignorant to the experience Africa has to offer.