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Sporting Shooter August 2020

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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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
rusa, a new bundook & future hunters

MANY older shooters are heard to say, “Young people are our future”, but some actually do something about it. One isolation evening as I was enjoying silence, I took a call from Glenn McLean; he's a lovely bloke and I hung up an hour later enthusiastic about a package he was sending me. Glenn is a father from rural Victoria and a boilermaker by occupation. He has written a charming and useful triplet of books, “Something New”, “Dad, Can I Come Too?” and “A Week Away”. They are very useful in introducing and educating young children in responsibility and safety around firearms and should be in every Australian rural primary school library. My son Morgan is an early childhood teacher (as well as being a hunter), so I asked him…

6 min.
in league with levers

EVER since I caught the hunting bug in my mid-teens, I made sure there was at least one lever action stacked in the safe alongside the more modern bolt guns. Now, close to fifty years later, I note only one of my dozen or so rifles is a bolt action – all others present that familiar lever action profile. Lever actions are slim, allowing more rifles to be stored in a confined space. Most carry and balance well in the hand, strap readily to a pack, and come in a myriad of calibers suited for small game up to the largest. The rifles offer a fast follow up shot, plus that romantic silhouette and combination of walnut and blued steel add to their appeal. To maintain balance and aesthetics, purists argue that…

1 min.
the strongest lever-action

Q I’m looking to buy a lever-action rifle for hunting pigs and deer up to sambar, but it seems to me that most popular leverguns, with the exception of the Browning BLR are simply modern variations of designs that saw widespread use around the turn of the century. It looks as if I’ll buy a BLR in .300WSM What are your comments about my choice? – Roger Pearson A The Browning BLR is a unique gear-activated, front-locking, multiple-lug turnbolt rifle, strong enough to handle any high-pressure cartridge that fits the action - short and long. As a result it is available in chamberings that traditional tube-magazine leverguns are not. It is an efficient design with a flat-sided receiver, two-piece stock and exposed hammer. The short lever throw is faster to operate than…

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. Sixty-Five Years A Gun Writer Q I've been reading your articles in various magazines for the last 40 years and am amazed that you are still going full throttle at 88 years of age. Can you tell me when you first started writing? I hope you aren't thinking about retiring. Please keep on, keeping on. – Charles Richards A My first article was published in the first issue of Australian Outdoors in August 1955. It was entitled "Rifle and Roo Dog". My first article for Anglers Digest Shooters Monthly appeared in October, 1956, and was called “Where Bighorns Roam." I still have copies and must…

9 min.
merkel b3 rifle/shotgun combination gun

THESE guns are not regarded simply as being instruments of death, but as a work of art of the gunmaker. The Merkel B3 adheres to the concept that old- generation gunsmiths were craftsmen in the strictest sense. All the old school Suhl gunmakers with the sole exception of Merkel fled to West Germany when the communists came to power in East Germany. The company continued making firearms in the GDR between 1949 and 1990 when the "Iron Curtain" as torn asunder. But instead of being hindered by the regime Merkel actually flourished and kept the old traditions alive. They give credit to the GDR for allowing them to continue working for 40 years, free from economic forces and virtually no technological pressure. This resulted in the unique combination of high-tech forging…

3 min.
the first hurdle of the ‘curve’

ANYONE who has kept up with this column or followed me online knows I’ve become completely obsessed with my recurve bow. On one hand, it makes perfect sense to me that I’d transition into this style of hunting, and on the other hand, the amount of time it takes to become just proficient is staggering and it consumes me. My journey has been mostly fun, occasionally infuriating, and above all, a fantastic learning experience. Success can come through a variety of means to a hunter; luck, planning, appropriate equipment choices, experience, among many others. For me, time in the field and the good fortunate of having some great access has seen me come into a lot of success in recent years. If I think about some of the most impressive animals…