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Sporting Shooter November 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.
low-slung, solid performance

I TOOK delivery of the Mauser M18 6.5 Creedmoor from one of my local gun shops when my permit came in pretty short order. Shortly after, in a garbled separate phone conversation I had ordered my DNZ mounts and Nikon riflescope, which ended up going to the same shop a bit later (a rational assumption), when I thought it was coming to my work address. You know what thought did! The upshot of a multiple SNAFU through unclear communication and planning on my part was that I ended up picking up the Nikon 2-8x33 scope and a set of Talley very low one-piece mount-rings – don’t ask why. Taking them home, I immediately set to mounting the scope, taking it and the mounts off and replacing them about 15 times, while…

8 min.
the cape with ahn

AFTER the long gruelling two-and-a half-day drive, I was finally there. My son Scott, the owner-outfitter of Mitchell Cape York Adventures, met me after I arrived and we had a couple of drinks and a bit of a yak. The following day Kevin, the first AHN-er to arrive, was here and it was great to actually put a face to a name on the hunting forum upon which I spend far too much time. After he got sorted we went for a bit of a drive to check a few spots out. The following day the mail plane arrived with the other two chaps, Frank and Cam. Getting back to the camp they got themselves sorted before we had a couple of drinks around camp prior to the adventure started in…

12 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. LETTER OF THE MONTH Which 6.5mm Cartridge? Q I would like to add a rifle in 6.5mm calibre to my battery, one suitable for taking everything from varmints to pigs and deer. I want a cartridge capable of driving the 140gn bullet to 3000fps, and would prefer it not to be the .264 Win., Mag., 26 Nosler or 6.5 Creedmoor. I know the 6.5-06 Improved will reach that velocity, but I don’t want a wildcat. Could you recommend something better? – Tim Jones A The 6.5-284 Norma is based on the .284 Winchester case necked down and it is my favourite cartridge in 6.5mm. I started…

3 min.
pinpointing projectile performance

WHETHER you consider yourself a gear head or not, all of us think about the best projectiles and ammunition to use in our firearms to some degree. When we talk about the ‘best’, that could mean a number of things. What do you think makes the best projectile? We all have preferences and like to see projectiles perform in certain ways, and our differing tastes are as vast as the variety of uses among all of us. Whether you’re a reloader who likes to squeeze every ounce of accuracy out of your rig, or a factory ammunition user who finds a flavour your rifle likes and then never give it much more thought, we all think critically about our choices and hunt with more confidence as a result. One of my…

4 min.
good guy’s goat

MY partner Jaz and I had invited the guys from Keen Hunter to come stay at my place for a weekend and see if we could get David a nice goat to hang on his wall. Once Mark and David Richards arrived, we sorted out our gear, loaded up the two Polaris quad runners and headed off into the hills. “David squeezed the trigger of his .243. That billy didn’t know what hit him.” Unfortunately the goat population on my hunting block had taken a severe hit when one of the neighbouring properties had recently rounded up over 400 of them with most of the trophy billies being sent off to market. So all we could do was play the hand we were dealt and see if we could find some that…

1 min.
fast facts

Feral Goat Control Control of feral goats is a complex issue. While they are a major environmental and agricultural pest, they also have some commercial value and are used as a game species by recreational hunters. Feral goat populations tend to recover well from culling and, except on islands, eradication is usually not possible. To protect the environment, control is best focused on areas that contain threatened native plants, animals and ecological communities. In arid and semi-arid country, feral goats are sometimes mustered for slaughter and young females may be sold as breeding stock for mohair flocks. In inaccessible areas, shooting from helicopters is the most humane and efficient method of removing small numbers of feral goats. When looking for food, feral goats centre their movements around the availability of permanent water. In…