Welcome to The Bloke! The Bloke was set up with the purpose of gathering information into a resource for people heading out into the outdoors – be that in the form of tramping, backpacking or shooting. A lot of this website is me simply documenting things as I learn. I won’t claim to be an expert, but I do enjoy sharing what I find out.
Gear reviews, techniques and courses – all information to help you get out in the backcountry more confidently, comfortably and safely. Click the link to go to our outdoors reviews and techniques section. Take me outdoors!
From long range target shoot, to up close and personal IPSC Pistol, with some hunting to provide meat thrown in for good measure. A mix of cutting edge technology and old school techniques – learn more about firearms, shooting and hunting. Click the link to go to our shooting and hunting section. Take me to the range!

Outdoors Education

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Philip Holden: Pack and Rifle

Yes, I realise I am a little slow in getting round to these. Most in the hunting community will have already read Philip Holdens Book. No? Well, get onto it then!

Gear Evaluation

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Hammock Camping

Hammock Camping can be a nice alternative to sleeping on the ground.

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Flat Tarps

Want a simple shelter solution? Considered a tarp?

Living Well

  • Carbon Garage

    Carbon Garage

    I realise I am probably behind the eight ball when it comes to Carbon Garage.

  • Wigram Brewing’s Spruce Beer

    Wigram Brewing’s Spruce Beer

    If you like the smell of the NZ bush and the taste of back-country water - you may well also like this Spruce Beer. I certainly did.

  • Darkest Days Oatmeal Stout

    Darkest Days Oatmeal Stout

    Liberty Beers Oatmeal Stout offering. Chocolate, Coffee. Still bitter though. Maybe I just don't like beer?

Beards, Glorious Beards.

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Davey Hughes

Our first entry into the NZBAS Hall of Bearded Fame!


700SPS Rifle Accurizing – Bore Inspection and Lug Lapping

With Nathan Foster's 'Bolt Action Rifle Accurizing & Maintenance' in hand, I started the first step in preparing my new Rem 700 build.

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Shooting Units: MOA – Minute of Angle & MilRAD

A minute of arc (MOA)((known as minute of angle in shooting circles)), arcminute, or minute arc, is a unit of angular measurement equal to 1/60 of one degree.
Shooting Units: MOA – Minute of Angle
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Shooting Units: Ballistic Coefficient (BC)

At some point, you have probably heard the term Ballistic Coefficient. People on ranges love to compare and argue about what bullet have a better BC. But what does it actually mean?

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