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Australian Hunter Edition 64

Australian Hunter aims to create a better environment and community understanding of all forms of hunting, whether for animal management, trophies or food for the family table. The magazine features articles and advice on hunting all manner of game from rabbits, foxes and goats to pigs, deer, buffaloes and more. Also featured are product reviews by experienced hunters and outdoor enthusiasts on firearms, optics, knives and related gear for the field, as well as practical advice for tracking, hunting, butchering and cooking game.

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English
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Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia
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from the editor

Australian Hunter 64 is the first for 2018 and we’ve started the new year off with a bang, featuring rifle, ammo and product reviews, hunting tales from at home and abroad, tasty recipes and great competitions! Seasoned hunter John Dunn looks at the Browning A-Bolt 3 Hunter in 6.5 Creedmoor, a simple but handsome walnut-stocked rifle with a practical matte blued barrel and action that will appeal to most traditionalist hunters who prefer to steer clear of plastic. Leon Wright uses some ‘spare change’ to purchase a new shotgun, adding to his existing Silver Pigeon to make a pair for the upcoming duck season. Our US Correspondent Thomas Tabor has his sights on birds of a different feather as he recalls an exciting goose hunt and provides detailed information on goose hunting…

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pigeon pair   downs ducks

By the time duck opening was with us, I had pretty much everything under control and was ready for a busy season. By all accounts, if conditions held, it was going to be a good one and, possibly, for the next few years as well. I have a nice quiet little spot tucked away in the bush that very few know of, even locals, and I have been patronising this location for a number of years. The tail end of a long billabong, it is favoured by most species of legal game birds and the perfect space to put out a few decoys and work the dog over. However, this year, as with a lot of other places, we had received plenty of rain during the winter months, with the result…

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the browning a-bolt 6.5 creedmoor rifle

Since its introduction in the early1990s, there have been a number of variations of the Browning A-Bolt marque-perhaps the best known being the A-Bolt II BOSS (Ballistic Optimising Shooting System). This rifle had a muzzle attachment that acted not only as a brake but could also be adjusted to optimise barrel vibrations to achieve the best possible accuracy with any given load. It worked well enough but increased the felt muzzle blast and these days very little is heard about the system. In 2014 Browning introduced the A-Bolt 3 rifle as another step in the evolution of the marque. The rifle under review here is the Hunter in 6.5 Creedmoor, a simple but handsome walnut-stocked rifle with a practical matte blued barrel and action that appeals to old-fashioned hunters like me.…

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summertime pigs

Sometimes an unplanned trip can turn out to be the best one, especially during the later parts of the dry season. It was hot as only the end of the dry season in the lower Cape York area can be. Temperatures were hovering over the 40C mark, more so where the hot winds roasted the bare plains. The station dams were drying out and surrounded by hungry Brahma cattle, bellowing pitifully and literally dying on their feet. They were poor and skinny with only Stocklick, a food and mineral supplement, to sustain them. It keeps them alive until welcome rains blanket the land and green the grasses. My old mate Wayne and I had made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go pig hunting, even though commonsense dictated otherwise. Still, it was a…

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grayboe’s answer to a better rifle stock

I will be the first to admit I have a special fondness for gun stocks which have been expertly crafted from a piece of highly figured walnut. The natural beauty inherent in a fine Claro, Bastogne or Turkish walnut simply sets my heart pounding much like a teenage boy’s ticker does as he is about to escort his favourite girlfriend to their school dance. But as beautiful and impressive as walnut can be, there are some major issues with wood stocks that can have a negative impact on your shooting performance. They do not resist the effects of nature as well as a composite or synthetic stock. When subjected to moisture, wood can warp and distort, resulting in changing the impact point of the bullets. And also wood is more easily…

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customising the ruger no.1

Bill Ruger must have been a very creative, interesting and most determined man. He was responsible for developing several ranges of firearms, covering an enormous spectrum of concerns from both a modern and traditional perspective. Ruger’s obvious inventive genius was nothing short of obsessive, as some of his designs and promotional ideas were well outside the conventional market wisdom of the day, and viewed with considerable bemusement by many so called market and journalistic ‘experts’. One of his best, and successful outside-the-square examples is undoubtedly the Ruger No. 1 single-shot rifle. The first Ruger No. 1 was, after years of development, released in 1967 when the very idea of using a single-shot rifle for virtually any application other than target shooting was all but dead and buried. Just more than 50…

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