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Sporting Shooter December 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.
all we ask is a fair go

POST lockdowns, I hunted on two properties, which until recently, were always productive, yielding deer and goats. The goat property is maintained as a family resource, the owners are employed in the creative sector, but they use goats as food resource and they have little impact on their land. The deer property was, to be fair, overpopulated, but bordered national parks. Both areas have suffered from extensive aerial baiting. The goat property was adjacent to land baited for dogs, according to the notification letter they received but there were no goats, deer, foxes, eagles or parrots on it or adjoining properties when I recently visited. Why had the grass eaters disappeared? Have they suddenly started eating meat baits? Think about it. A friend in the Northern Tablelands reported that a property he…

7 min.
chital on tour

MY wife Bec and I had just returned from a month traveling in New Zealand and it was time to hook up the campervan and make our way up the coast heading north for Queensland. We had no real timeframe but being an electrician, I decided to throw all my tools in just in case a job came up somewhere along the line. After a few weeks we found ourselves in Northern Queensland where I knew there was a few chital deer around. I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to spend some time doing our best at getting some hunting access. A couple of days door knocking had no luck. If the property owners were home they already had people on the place hunting (mostly guides) some property owners were…

1 min.
.260 remington woes

Q I recently purchased a Tikka TX3 in .260 Remington. First I loaded the Hornady 143gn bullet with 39gn of AR2206H. This proved too much for culling kangaroos as the bullets went straight through the animals. Then I tried the 95gn V-Max and now I am trying the Nosler 90 Varmageddons hoping they will expand more readily. I haven’t had much success with the V-Max’s, but I use the 50gn V-Max in my Anschutz 1574 .222 which has a Krieger barrel with 22gn of AR2219 and the accuracy is amazing. What load would you recommend for the .260 Rem.? Will the shorter overall cartridge length affect accuracy? I did have a muzzle brake on my rifle but accuracy was worse with it on, so I leave it off. A I think…

11 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. Wants Loads For His .30-06 Q This is my first time writing to you, but I appreciate your time and input into the magazine over the years, There was a time when my family and their sporting commitments had me put my hunting on the backburner for a period of time. I am now enjoying rejuvenated interest in hunting and have purchased a Sako 85 in .30-06 calibre. I have done very little reloading over the years (only 12ga.) and want to start reloading for the .30-06 as I tend to go through a few cartridges at the range. Can you provide…

3 min.
game management for all our sake

LOOKING back and reflecting on the peak of the drought scares me, in that the thoughts of utter environmental and agricultural disaster are still raw. The country I hunt has started to recover well, and we keep our fingers crossed for a few years of regular rain to get back on track. In the aftermath of what is hopefully the worst of it, I look back on the sort of hunting I was doing when things were getting really bad. When a farmer is faced with the choice to de-stock or keep feeding, the decision is never made lightly. For one, it’s not just about their back pocket; they care about their animals, and their land. For all stakeholders, giving the land and the livestock a break, in whatever way possible,…

9 min.
too old for tahr

I remember my first hunt with Steve. A mutual friend had put us in touch and he had made the long trip down from his home in North Queensland to my farm in NSW to have a try at deer hunting. The first afternoon we were following the croaks of a rutting fallow buck which eventually led us to the top of a rather modest stringybark covered hill. I recall being halfway up the hill and turning around to say something, only to see Steve lagging about twenty paces behind with a face as red as beetroot and puffing like a steam train. “This bloke is definitely from the flat country,” I thought. Fast forward a few years and we had shared countless days in the bush either hunting the creeks…