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Sporting Shooter

Sporting Shooter July 2020

Sporting Shooter is the magazine for those who love the outdoors and the thrill of the hunt. It’s at the very heart of the sport, put together by keen hunters who understand what readers want in the way of information and entertainment related to their activity. Sporting Shooter contains a mix of hunting stories, firearm test reports, technical advice, reloading data, product reviews and lots more.

País:
Australia
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
Periodicidad:
Monthly
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2 min.
how good are hunting clubs?

WHILE there are quite a few Australia-wide hunting organisations, eg the ADA, Field and Game, Deerstalkers etc, the model of the generalist hunting club – the NSW Federation Of Hunting clubs – has been a more recent driver in getting more people to obtain their firearms licences, learn gun safety and the ethical practice of hunting, while providing localized meeting structures to facilitate social interaction on a more intimate scale. This Federation, which really swung into action post 1996 in reaction to our new Draconian gun legislation has provided the glue that keeps hunting strong in NSW, with 10,000-plus members spread amongst 40 clubs in NSW and Queensland. I have had the privilege to present workshops to three based just outside Sydney and a fourth coming as soon as virus laws…

7 min.
solo fallow in the rut

What a difference a day makes … It was the first week of April and the fallow had just started to become vocal down south. Although a few mates had indicated the fallow were in full rut a week ago, for some reason they weren’t croaking at all in my area, as I’d been watching and listening every couple of days. Sure, there were a few young bucks about with the odd debatable grunt heard from time to time, but the big boys were still nowhere to be seen. Dropping my pack, I pulled the rattling antlers out and set up the camera. Come the 6th of April I decided to head off for a few days serious hunting as the previous two years had yielded a good buck on the 8th of…

1 min.
letter of the month

.204 Ruger Deadly On Varmints Q I recently purchased a Tikka T3x Varminter in .204 with 24” barrel. I plan to use it for long range shooting at foxes, cats and rabbits. I’ve been led to believe that the Hornady 32-40gn V-Max are great factory rounds and shoot accurately. What would theeffective range be for either of these loads and how do I sight-in my rifle at 100yds to achieve this? I am still waiting to take delivery of my rifle and will wait for your advice before sighting it in. Do you think the Tikka T3x stainless varmint with heavy 24” barrel is a good choice in .204 Ruger? – George Tsanis A The Tikka T3x is a fine rifle and in .204 Ruger very flat shooting, capable of reaching out 300yds…

14 min.
ask the gun editor

Letters containing questions for answering by Nick Harvey must be accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope. Mail your letters to: The Technical Editor, 3 Reef Street, Hill End, NSW 2850. Loads For the Old .300 Savage Q I'm seeking some reloading data for for a Savage 110 I bought recently in .300 Savage. I have a number of reloading manuals but all the data is for powders not generally available here. ADI lists only one load for 150gn projectiles (40gn of AR2206H for 2400fps), but I think the cartridge is capable of better performance than that. I have your Practical Reloading manuals (1st and 9th editions) but the .300 Savage is not among the calibres listed. The powders I have on hand are AR2208, AR2209, W-760, BM2 and RE-15. Happy to try…

3 min.
plastic fantastic?

I’VE written feature articles and columns before about beautiful rifles, and for the most part, when I think about what a ‘beautiful rifle’ is, I think of a lovely walnut stock. It just oozes class, tradition, and welcomes thoughts of a time when everything was hand made and special. When out hunting a while ago with my partner, she placed my Sako L461 down on a rock ledge and it slid down, putting some nice scars in my recently refinished stock! It was at that moment she said “I think when I buy my rifle, it’ll need to be synthetic, as that’ll happen a lot more in the future.” I’m not one to cry too much about a few bumps and scratches on a rifle, or another nice piece of gear…

11 min.
browning x-bolt western hunter

THE Browning A-Bolt 1 which appeared in 1985 was a significant improvement, over the Browning BBR which enjoyed a brief period of seven years in production. More than four decades have passed since the bold, angular lines of the A-Bolt and the introduction of stainless synthetic rifles in 1987 set a trend that has had a lasting influence on the way hunters and shooters view rifles. The A-Bolt enjoyed a great reputation for accuracy which was further enhanced by the BOSS system (gimmick or not) in 1995 which subtly changed barrel harmonics to gain optimal accuracy with a given load. But tastes have changed along with manufacturing techniques and the materials used in firearms, and as good as the A-Bolt may have been there’s always room for improvement which led…