Sporting Shooter

Sporting Shooter January 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.

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2 min.
bits ‘n’ pieces

I AM not mad keen on brown snakes in long grass while I am trying to concentrate on deer. So I borrowed Uncle Nick's ex column name as title. Now what's been happening? Tony and I attended the recent Melbourne SHOT Expo where we met up with old friends and quite a few new people who were excited about coming to Sporting Shooter. Geoff McDonald of Woodleigh Bullets gave me some Woodleigh 160gn Round Nose Soft Points to try in the Creedmoor, with which I should be able to plough through three deer with one shot, in theory. After all, people killed pachyderms in the old days with 6.5 Mannlichers. Apparently Winchester 760 Ball Powder is preferred by many who have tried with this style of bullet. Happy to get advice from…

9 min.
way beyond the divide

I WAS passing the Moroka 30 stand at a SHOT Expo and saw a familiar face, so I introduced myself to the multi-award winning filmmaker and hunting clothing and accessories retailer, Rob Fickling. Talk soon turned to Rob’s very successful TV show, Beyond the Divide. I made a tongue in cheek comment to Rob that he should do an episode on some big billy goats. Rob defensively said “I have already done one and scored a beautiful 36 inch billy “. Without saying a word I got my phone out of my pocket and showed Rob a few photos of some huge billies I had recently scored out west. Rob called out to his cameraman, Greg Hogan, “come and check out these photos”. Their jaws dropped! We exchanged details and I…

1 min.
what bullet weight for deer?

Q I have been using 150gn .300 WSM ammo for fallow deer with good success, however, I was told that the 180gn loads would be much more emphatic killers. Maybe the extra weight would be an advantage on the larger species like red and rusa, but what about sambar? From the stories I’ve read about sambar hunting, some guys are using .375s and .458s. What do you think is the best bullet weight for the .300 WSM? – Brian Russell A Fallow deer are relatively small, lightly built animals that are not hard to kill, and anything from the .243 Win. up to .270 Win. is adequate. In my book, a properly structured, 180gn bullet is the best all around weight in any .300 magnum. It will have better wind bucking capabilities…

10 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. Yearning For A .358 Norma Magnum Q I have a Schultz & Larsen rifle in .308 Norma Magnum with a badly eroded throat that needs a new barrel. I am interested in having it rebarreled to .358 Norma Magnum. A gunsmith has advised me that a .358” groove barrel with one calibre of free-boring is the way to go since it would be superior to a standard chamber. What is your opinion of the .358 Norma Magnum and this procedure? My other questions are: What would be the maximum velocities with Woodleigh’s 250gn, 275 and 310gn bullets. What effect would free boring…

8 min.
friends, foxes and fun

AS I take a sip of my cuppa, there’s my phone ringing….’who is it now’? Looking at the screen it’s Macka. So here begin plans for another hunt and the making of adventures, laughs and life-long memories. The car was packed for another weekend adventure, suburbs see you later! Heading north to explore some new properties had me excited and, arriving at Macka’s farm we swapped vehicles and loaded the gear and the fridge full of necessities (food included of course). Now, we made our way north, with growing anticipation of hunting and exploring new ground. With the scenic camp set up near the river with the usual 360 degree bush views, we appreciated it being all for free. Now, it was time to hunt! A short walk had us nearing a…

2 min.
fast facts

The Fox Hunters’ Tools And Reading The Environment Technology has changed the way we can hunt. Embrace it, LED torches that far outshine old 100w spotlights, red and green filters, night vision, electronic & hand callers…. etc. If it allows me to be more effective as a hunter and I get to spend more time in the bush, why not? Even so, I still never ever leave the car without my button and Tenterfield whistles! STEALTH. If I’m hunting a small property my motto is ‘less is more’. Leave your car at the gate and get in the habit of closing doors quietly. Walk in and scope it out. Read the wind, look at the grass or leaves moving. Walk along a tree line or fence line, do it slowly pausing to…