NEW ZEALAND: A Hard Hunt

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  1. Von Gruff

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    We were away for the last couple of days into the high country and got a nice bag of rabbits early on then spent a couple of days after the goats and while we saw a number of small mobe they were very quick to depart as there had been a big bomb up on them the previous week. I did end up getting one as did my hunting buddy so it was successfull in that respect but to be in the mountains is a spledid way to spend some time and a restorer of the person. My Grendel-Max performed wityh its usual aplomb and the a Max at about 85 yds had the goat DRT. She was facing my with a slight angle and uphill from me (1 tp 7 if I was at the 6) and the bullet entered between the shoulder blade and the rib cage, sipped betweena coupke of ribs, took out the liver and exted under the backstrap with less than half a handfull of loss due to bloodshot. Anyway here are a couple of short videos
    A 360 degree look at some of the more open country we hunt but even though it is open it is still very steep and hard walking with a lot of rock, tussock and very spikey scrub



    In the bluff system where it is over a 1000 yds almost straight down in places we sometimes get onto them but it can be a really hard slog to retrieve them from down in there.



    A different area where I ended up getting onto one from a small mob



    I carry them out gutted and deheaded to dress back at the truck and get only clean meat ready for the freezer to take home.



    Ready for the carry out after the head gets taken off.
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    Very spectacular scenery! What a great hunt.
     
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    Goat hunting. Hmmm.
    Interesting stuff.
    Thanks for sharing the adventure.
     
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    Great stuff and hat off to you. Thanks for sharing your adventure!
     

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    Garry, thanks for sharing! Beautiful and challenging country to hunt.
     
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    Great videos, appreciate you taking us along for the ride
     
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    Thanks Guys. Its hard country, so not sure how much longer these old legs can keep going into the really steep stuff but the high country is a restorative place to be so hope for more years yet even if it takes a bit longer on the climbs with more stops for a rest.
     

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    New Zealand is a great place to hunt. Some great animals there. Those mtns can make you work for your shots! Congrats
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    Beautiful country! Congrats and thanks for sharing!
     

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    Garry, that is some beautiful country. Before it gets too difficult for you to pack out a goat or two, perhaps you can entice a grandson into doing it for you. I'm not familiar with a Grendel-Max is that the 6.5 x 57?
     

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    I have just hinted to the grandsons mother but they are all in Australia.

    The Grendel max is my wildcat on the saami 6.5 Grendel chamber and it has given me an 200fps over the standard Grendel so that I can put the 123gn sst away at 2700 fps or the 100gn ttsx at 2950 from my 21 1/2 in barrel. The reamer has chamber two other barrels here in NZ and I just sent the print away to another guy in the US who is going to get another cut to the spec.
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    I used a mini mauser action and lengthened the mag to 2.475 so I could load the 123gn sst to 2.405 (over the 2.215 of the standard grendel) This allowed for over a 10% case capacity advantage including that gained with the shoulder moved forward. Made a new bolt handle so it was actually long enough to grasp.
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    I made a laminated stock but did it differently to most in that I made the center core a 15mm thick and planed most to the stock tapers into that then the rest of the laminates were slightly tapered through the wrist and to the forend as well so that when the outer laminate was put on it was not cut through by the shaping so is muc stronger than the conventional laminated stock in that regars and lighter as it is not fully impregnated with resin.
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    It allows for some rather decent shooting.
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    Goat meat is great.
     

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    I’ve hunted in New Zealand. It is sure hard work walking up those hills and mountains. What’s worse is walking down. I think my toes were pixie like by the time I was on level ground.
    A funny event (afterwards anyway). I crossed a swift flowing river and had to grab some wire on a fence to pull myself out because the current water so strong. Fence wire alright. Electric fence wire.
    Fortunately the electric shock was fairly weak as it must have had a leakage on the wet ground.
     
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    Not only is it a very good eating meat but it is very lean and healthy to eat meat as well. I go out a few times over the summer (the tracks up to this area become impassable in the winter) and try to keep a good supply in the freezer.
     
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    Magnificent country! If anyone on AH has never been there, you need to add it to your bucket list! My next trip I’d like to rent a camper, travel around and catch some of the fine trout!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Garry, I need to convince you to get a 6.5 x 55 Swedish Mauser and then read Nathan Foster's write up on it. He is a fellow New Zealander so you know he speaks the truth. I'm pretty sure you can get the same velocity with a lot less work.

    Sometimes I think you just like tinkering with things. LOL I get 2775 FPS pushing a 140 Gr. Nosler Partition through a 24" barrel. Cut 2 & 1/2" off the barrel and drop the bullet weight and I'll bet you get the same results. The Swede has a Mauser Action and a 1/7.8" twist rate. Brass is very easy to come by.

    Is that a muzzle brake or silencer on your Grendel - Max?
     

  19. Von Gruff

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    I initially had a suppressor on the Grendel-Max but found it cumbersome so that is just a muzzle weight to balance the rifle as it was a bit muzzle light for off hand shots when there is a bit of puffing going on
    I have the 6.5x57 I built a while back with the 139gn Privi bullet at 2800fps or the 120gn TTSX at 3000fps so it will do anything the x55 will but in a nicer (I think) package. I have read a lot of Nathans balistic reports and hold his authority in high regard.
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    Much less worried about scrub scratching the stock on the little Grendel-Max than I am on the 6.5x57. The other thing is that with the barrel band sling stud the 6.5x57 haangs lower and is more easily marked so I have to carry it more in hand so not as convenient in this hunting area while I can sling the smaller Grendel-Max for much of the walk/climbing we need to do
     

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    I'm sure your 6.5 x 57 will do everything the Swede will do, my point was that the Swede will do everything the Grendel-Max does with a lot less work. I paid $200.00 for my go to Swede. It came unassembled with a 22" barreled action, a cheap plastic/fiberglass stock, see-thru mounts and a cheap scope. Once assembled it shot called legs off Xs at a hundred yards. I bought it as a "beater" so as not to take my beautiful wood stocked rifles into rainy /snowy wet weather. Thirty years later, I still prefer it over any other rifle I own.
     
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