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Sporting Shooter January 2021

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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.
australian hunters in vic’ government’s sights

VICTORIAN hunting could be largely curtailed or eliminated altogether if a new Animal Welfare Act, pushed by animal welfare and green organizations through the Andrews Labor Government, reaches its intended goals. This bodes ill for hunters Australia wide if their goals are seen as templates in other states. For decades, Victoria has been the enlightened hunting state in Australia, and more so because Australians from all states travel to Victoria to avail themselves of the best sambar hunting in the world. To explain, game hunting is undertaken in accordance with the Wildlife Act 1975. Hunting is exempt from cruelty provisions under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1983 (PoCTA). One of the proposals is to replace the current PoCTA and also remove the current exemptions for game hunting.” This will…

9 min.
cape york love affair continues

EVEN though we had hunted The Cape for several years the anticipation of stepping into a creek bed to hunt boars was palpable. Energy levels rise, the senses on high alert as there may be no second chances. It was like being a kid at Christmas waiting to unwrap presents….you just never know what will be unwrapped. We work our way along the dry river bed with intensity of purpose .. Ken's knowing grin eases the tension. There is no competition between us just a huge respect for each other’s capabilities and a trust that dates back years of hunting together. Whichever of us gets the first boar is OK by me. A sweat bead starts to works its way out from under my cap. A gentle breeze pushes towards us cooling…

14 min.
letter of the month

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. The Partition Gold Puzzle Q It would appear that Nosler dropped the Partition Gold bullet in favour of the original Partition bullet - or did they? I know you had no use for the latter, and enjoyed great success on game with the Partition Gold. What’s your take on this? – Dave Jordan A The Partition Gold was a redesigned version of the original Nosler Partition from Combined Technology - a joint venture between Nosler and Winchester that offered optimum expansion, weight retention and deeper penetration on big game. You are right. In direct contrast to the poor performance I had…

2 min.

WILDER LIFE THIS is more to do with the fact that I enjoy quiet time, and enjoy going at my own pace. Special moments in the bush seem to be even more intimate when you are the only one experiencing them. Having said that, I spent some time recently sharing a hunting camp with some new friends, and I have been reflecting on why this was so much fun ever since. Social media has had a huge impact on the way people interact with each other, and I have found it a useful tool to help connect with people I wouldn’t otherwise cross paths with. Early on, I found myself asking random people over Facebook some questions about tuning arrows, and the next day, I was having in depth conversations with them…

4 min.
jas gets her goat

THE wind howled, lowing cold stinging rain droplets into my face. But even over the sound of the fierce wind I could hear the crack of two feral billies fighting on the hill above me. Their strong, pungent odour carried easily on the wind telling me the rut had well and truly started. “The mob milled around and a few nice billies were spotted.” Gathering my rifle and pack I began to head on up towards where the large mob of goats were. As I got closer my movements became slower and more deliberate as I could see several of the nannies were on alert. I stalked in to around 40 metres before the cover petered out. I was well hidden behind a fallen tree so settled in to watch the antics…

13 min.
the modern mauser model ’98

THIS twenty-first century version of the M98 is more refined so that it is vastly superior even to the fine commercial actions and rifles that came out of Oberndorf am Neckar before World War II. The new M98 is a handsome classic rifle designed to appeal to aficionados of the marque. It is almost unheard of for a mechanism developed 122 years ago to still see widespread use. The M98 action, the perfected example of four previous models, the 93, 94, 95 and 96, is virtually unchanged since the end of the 19th century and is in great demand for building fine custom sporters and high-grade commercial rifles in the 21st century. Many modern actions can trace their heritage to the basic Mauser system. Manufacturers like Winchester, Kimber, Dakota, Montana, just…