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Sporting Shooter October 2018

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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assault on many fronts

I MET up with Rod Drew and Laura Patterson, who are the day-to-day backbone of the Shooting Industry Fouundation of Australia (SIFA). Rod led Field & Game Victoria for many years to push the hunting agenda very successfully to ooliticians both in Victoria and federally, while Laura is co-principle of a family-run gunshop. SIFA has concluded a recent updated survey on attitudes to gun ownership, which you can access ontheir website www.sifa.net.au Here's a rundown on the SIFA mission. The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) is a peak body representing the interests of business in the defence, law enforcement and civilian markets and the focus of its work is in advocacy, education, research and safety promotion. Since its inception in 2016, SIFA has positioned itself to work effectively with shooting membership organisations,…

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sambar addiction

HAVING had ample opportunity to hunt fallow deer with family and friends, sambar deer in Victoria’s high country always stood high on my list of “must do” hunts. Over recent years I’ve made several trips, some of which only produced a mere glimpse of a departing deer and others offering the odd chance at a hind for meat, but I was enjoying every minute and thought that if I kept going, eventually the opportunity for a stag of any description would eventuate. So passing up animals along the way was somewhat frustrating but at the same time slowed me up, making me more patient and more determined to get what I wanted. The next trip, however, was going to be a little different. It was early September and probably the last…

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.300 win. mag. for elk and moose

Q I have a Winchester Model 70 in .300 Win. Mag. and have only been able to get factory ammo loaded with 180gn bullets. Is this a good load for elk moose and bear? I’ve been told that a 165gn bullet would shoot a lot flatter. I have booked a hunt for these animals in Canada later this year? Can you suggest a bullet and load? Likely trajectory? In inches please. Also, my rifle has a Weaver 4x scope. Do you think I need more magnification for hunting big game? – Clark Hobson A The 180gn .30 calibre bullet has long been considered about optimum in .30 calibre cartridges from the .30-06 to the big .30 magnums for all-around shooting of all sizes of American big game at all ranges, and my…

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ask the gun editor

How Much Magnification Do You Need? Q What's the ideal power for a hunting binocular? Is there any advantage to having a fixed-power riflescope? Two argument-rousing questions to be sure, but for as long as I can remember 7x binoculars and a 4x scope have generally been regarded as standard for use by the "average" hunter. It appears that an 8x binocular is the highest magnification the average shooter can hold steady offhand. I've heard that these were the recommendations of an oldtime gunwriter called Jack O'Connor. What's your opinion about this? – Roy Winter A I am a great fan of Jack O'Connor's writings which were down to earth, but while he may have recommended a 7x binocular, he favoured a 9x45 Bausch & Lomb himself if my memory doesn't fail me.…

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hunting nomadic quail

With a blur of wings the small covey of quail exploded from around the dog and virtually under her nose. The action certainly excited the dog, but unfortunately, I didn’t feel as enthused. ‘I can’t shoot those,’ I said to the dog, ‘they are little button quail, find me some stubble quail.’ I highly doubt the dog knew what I was on about and gave me one of those ‘what are you up to?’ stares, and then went back to searching for quail. I was hunting for quail in this paddock in response to a message brought home from church via my wife. Our cocky friend had just finished harvesting a wheat crop and according to him the paddock was chock a block full of quail. He hadn’t seen that many…

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fast facts

A Stubble Quail Primer The stubble quail (Coturnix pectoralis) is a native Australian species which is the most common quail species in Australia. The species is not under any threat of extinction (IUCN Least Concern). Stubble quail are widespread and found throughout all states and territories of Australia excluding Tasmania. Other common names include the grey quail and the pectoral quail. DESCRIPTION. The stubble quail is a ground dwelling bird that is characterised by its dark brown feathers with a cream coloured strip down the centre of each feather giving rise to stripes down the length of the bird. It is a plump species that is larger than other native quails. Male birds will mature at about 18.0-18.5 cm long and females are generally slightly larger. Adult males weigh around 100g and…

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