Well folks as I have mentioned in some other posts I am off to South Africa in June of this year to hunt Hippo with Pieter Erasmus. As of this posting I am 106 days from departure and as always the excitement level is starting to build. I'm not yet dreaming of hippo ears sticking out of the water but I do find myself looking at hippo taxidermy and anything hippo related here on AH. I think everyone understands the mental checklist that one goes through and I am working through that now! Last year I bought a Ruger #1 in 375 H&H Magnum which should be perfect medicine for a river horse and anything else the bush is kind enough to send our way. It got up to 74 degrees in the Kansas City area today so it was a good day to go to the range. I mounted a Leupold VX R 4x12x40 with illuminated reticule so I can also avail myself of some of those Sunset to Sunrise critters offered by Pawprint this year. I should be able to decimate all of @billc s bush pigs before he gets over there. Ha! At the range things started out fine but then after about five or six rounds I was no longer on the paper. It took me about six more shots to figure out that I didn't have the scope tightened down enough. Once I got the Ruger rings tight it was back to getting on target. The last three rounds are pictured below. I am waiting on a Custom Dial from the Leupold folks and then I will make another trip or two to the range.