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Sporting Shooter September 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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Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
mindful shooting

I HAD an interesting email from a reader – I will call him Noel - who was trying to improve his benchrest shooting with .223 and .22LR. He would fire four shots and always have the fifth “wander”. His question was regarding his suspicion about handloading practice or rimfire ammunition selected. Reading deeper into his email, I suspected his issue was one of a lack of confidence manifested in a poor physical reaction to building mental pressure. He had the necessary practical skill set, but he was allowing his negative self to get on top of him. I responded to him right away, suggesting he write down every phase of his shoot from arriving at the range until shoot completion, but to do it in only positive terms. For example, “execute…

8 min.
chamois turns to red deer

THE promise of a decent chamois buck had drawn me back to Ribbonwood Station, situated in the south island of New Zealand. The station lies on the flanks of the Two Thumb Range south west of Christchurch. I had hunted there a couple of times before. I loved the terrain, the hunting, and the fierce dedication of the locals to free-chase hunting. Each visit had been a fantastic experience. My primary mission on this occasion was a chamois to beat the representative buck I’d secured on the west coast a few years before. Initially blessed with fine weather, and under the guidance of the station’s owner Eric, I set off into the hills, glassing for the graceful mountain-dweller. Eric had carved-out trails which enabled the foothills to be readily traversed using…

1 min.
martini .577/450

Q We have had an old ex-military Martini Henry .577/450 in our home ever since I can remember. My dad told me that his father brought it back from the Boer War and used to shoot it on the local rifle range back in the early 1900s. Can you tell me when this single-shot rifle was adopted for military use? What were the original ballistics? There’s also a number of once fired brass cases with the head stamp “GK” ver a “B”. Can you tell me who made them? – Malcolm (Bing) Crosby A The Martini-Henry falling-block single-shot rifle was adopted by the British Army in 1871 chambered for the .577/450 black powder cartridge. Military loads fired a 480gn paper-patched, lead bullet at 1350fps. Originally, a rolled-type cartridge case, it was later…

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. Thirty Year Lapse Between Letters! Q Firstly, I wish to thank you for years of service to Sporting Shooter Magazine and the hunting fraternity. I have been an avid reader of your writings since childhood. My mother, an English teacher, bought a subscription for me after realizing it was the only thing I read during my school years. I can attribute a solid B+ in year 12 to your articles! I last wrote you a letter in 1990 as a 14 year-old boy after I traded my SKS rifle for a lovely Parker-Hale in .243 Win. Your suggested load of 90gn Speer spitzer…

2 min.
goats taste good as well

FOR others, I’m sure rabbits and ducks would be up there too, but I’ve never hunted birds, and have yet to be bitten hard enough by the small game bug to chase rabbits with any regularity. In other parts of the world, pigs are prized for their meat, yet the overwhelming majority that get hunted in Australia are left in paddocks to rot. I find it interesting that there are cultures around the world that focus heavily on the idea of hunting sheep and mountain goats, yet goats in our context don’t carry the same allure. Hunting goats in Australia usually means navigating the wishes of farmers who round them up to supplement their income, but in cases where you are able to shoot a few, it is well worth the…

6 min.
foxes, that’s the spirits

MY DAUGHTER had rung to tell me she’d lost several chickens to foxes over the past few days and needed some help in controlling them. In past, my fox whistle and a charge of BB’s had kept them at bay; but they were back. The grand kids were still at home following the Covid pandemic, as schools were still closed and they too had seen the odd fox while out riding their motor bikes on the farm. So, the following morning I decided to head out and investigate. As always, at least one of the grand kids wanted to tag along with me, which suited me fine. This time it was Carlo my youngest grandson who accompanied me. He had his own fox whistle, powder puffer (to check wind direction) and…