a 30/06 length action will be your friend whatever.
it offers more choices to a handloader.
if you buy a decent action, put a decent barrel and stock on it, you will have a decent rifle.
how many people now drive around in a 1928 car?
modern cars and rifle designs have so much more to offer.
while i will probably never get to africa, i see merit in the pursuit of the tiny 10.
as such i am reading this thread with interest.
here in oz i am called on to shoot kangaroos in vineyards and orchards.
these animals while big in the butt, are small in the chest.
where i operate, is...
i am an fclass shooter so have done a fair bit of long range, out to 1200 yards.
i got into it as a means of being a better long range hunter.
when hunting i had found the first obstacle to overcome was judging range, and things like mil dots etc were not viable in the real world.
a laser range...
i have often wondered about the 8mm rem mag as a lighter end flatter shooting camel gun.
with some of the modern bullets around 220 gns it would shoot markedly flatter than 375 h&h/9.3x64.
the same case necked up to 338 with 250 gn bullets would be deadlier, and both would have a point blank of...
when i shot a lot of foxes for skins, my first rifle was a 17/222 mag ackley.
it mostly caused a lot of skin damage.
going to a 17 mach 1V solved the problem.
that rifle also shot kangaroos and goats one shot dead on the spot with good bullet placement.
foxes were shot on the point of the...
i will say again.
a guy on a video shot a buff with a 600 overkill and it ran away.
he either needed a bigger gun or needed to learn how to shoot.
in the video he seemed to get off in peoples reactions to big cartridges more than hunting and shot placement.
also he seemed to be of the...
3 things to consider .
first the rifle would need to be restocked due to the muzzle loader era drop in the butt.
second is the barrel wedge ( if you keep the stock) will cause the rifle to shift zero.
third is the scope mount bases would need to be got rid of so you could use modern...
i tossed and turned between that and the hunter/skinner.
both knives might offer the greatest versatility for a broad spectrum skinning/ meat processing knife amongst garry's choices.
i can say this.
the steel heat treated as it is just works.
i have not had to resharpen my blade...
my failures with nosler partitions have not been poor bullet placement.
they have been hitting shoulder blades at an angle, and the nose just blew off.
when this happened, a big hole blew out next to the inlet hole.
it looked like the animals were covered in dust.
the problem was that when...
bob, i think you nailed it with the "baby bears porridge just right" description.
using the knife demonstrates garry's experience with both using and making.
i am sure he has made a number of them he was just not happy with and kept doing them again and again until they worked properly.
ray you raise an interesting point comparing re15 to re 17.
at the same velocity, re 17 will run less pressure, being slower burning.
if you don't want more velocity than re 15 gives, re17 would have a pressure advantage for that same speed.
knowing the game, i alter the suggestion to 150 gn aframes at full velocity.
they are equal to 180 gn 30 cal in s.d., and will be good on red.
on the smaller deer they do not blow up and will still preserve meat.
still good for pigs.
and if things have to be shot through bushes the relatively...
birch is softer than walnut, but more stable.
thinning some e[oxy and soaking it into the wood is the best sealer you can get, but you have to soak all surfaces, including screw holes etc.
you can out an aesthetic finish over this, like truoil.
any oil will let humidity into wood, just slower...
whet are you shooting?
175 gn 7mm bullets are long, and you might not need controlled expansion.
whatever your bullet, you have to load it to a length that fits your chamber and that is it.
do you need a 175 gn bullet anyway?
a 140 gn barnes or swift might be all you need.
i forgot to add how well the sheath works.
if the knife is pushed fully home, the knife is held tight.
if you just drop it in lightly, it is easy to get out.
while working you just drop it in lightly, say when punching skin, and easily grab it.
it is where you are and not on the...
well it happened today.
2 young billy goats copped a headshot each from the 280 and became meat.
the von gruff hunter/skinner was used exclusively - a new experience for me, as i have always found it quicker to use a number of knives rather than sharpen during the job.
first impression is that...
not wanting to offend, but the fact kevin put the strap on cheekpiece on tells that he recognized a problem.
however it only partially deals with the problem.
first the heel is still too low , and second, the angle of the cheekpiece will drive it straight into the cheekbone when it comes back...
the 210 nosler partition is one bullet i would never again use due to failure.
i would particularly avoid it on big animals like eland for any but a sideways on lung shot.
this also applies to the 9.3 mm 286 gn partition.
look to swift, and you will have a far better gun for all target...
bartleins have brought out a new barrel steel, claimed to have twice the life ofstyd stainless barrels.
i believe he will charge about u.s. $550.00.
the steel will be proprietry to bartleins.
it is claimed to be reasonably machineable.
this is a rumour, so we await with interest.