Josh cut the motor, and let the boat drift over to a big log near the bank. “Bull, cow and one calf,” he whispered as he pointed up stream. The big bull was about 120 yards away when he lowered his majestic head down to the cold Wolf River for a drink. “What do ya think?”, Josh asked. The picture tells the rest of the story, but what it cannot show is my respect for an almost-obsolete cartridge.
(My guide, Josh DeLine, is pictured behind me.)
We were celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Company by hunting with some of Dad’s very first Partition bullets.
My rifle was a gift from John Andre, one of our hunting partners, and owner of Shoshone Wilderness Adventures. It was a Winchester Model 70 that was manufactured in 1946 - the same year that I made my appearance in the Nosler family. The scope was a vintage Lyman Alaskan, with the side mount base. This was as close to Dad’s original set-up as I could get, and it was a thrill to retrace just a few of his steps into the moose country that started it all.
Originally dubbed “Holland’s Super 30”, this pioneer speedster made its debut to the hunting world in 1925. It was the first of the 30 caliber belted magnums, and was a mixed blessing for hunters in the nineteen-thirties and forties due to the thin jacketed bullets of the day.
THE 300 H&H IS AS MUCH AT HOME IN THE MODERN YUKON AS ANY CANOE OR FLOAT PLANE. ~ Bob Nosler
The story is almost a legend, but a mud-caked moose, a 300 Magnum, and an un-named bullet of the day were the very reasons why Dad began to sketch his revolutionary bullet designs during the mid nineteen forties. And he was sooo right. Loaded with a Partition, or one of our new AccuBonds, the 300 H&H is as much at home in the modern Yukon as any canoe or float plane.
If you are lucky enough to own one, don’t hesitate to take it out for a nostalgic hunt. And, don’t worry about whether you have enough gun - you do!