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Browning Hells Canyon 300WSM

'Rusa Rig' sent up by client from down country.

Bergara B14 7mm Rem

'Rusa Rig' sent up by client from down country.

Remington Sendero 7mm Rem Mag

A good old Remington. There is a reason many custom-rifle builds are patterned on these.

Sako Roughtec A7 .300 Win

I have always liked the Roughtec's from Sako - yes, it's not a full on 85 - but the refinements over a Tikka, yes, they are there.

The Tikka Strata in 300WSM – one gun to rule them all?

The Tikka T3X Superlite is a familiar firearm to many New Zealand Hunters. Take the 'standard' T3X, flute the barrel and you have the Superlite. I recently had a Strada to set up for a client and took the opportunity (with the client's permission of course) to have a bit of a play.

My Mission.

I use the terms 'our' and 'us' a lot, but the reality is, The Bloke is basically just me. Kerry Adams.

I started this website as a way to document my adventures and learning - and quickly found there were plenty of others out there keen to come on the journey with me.

As I grow and learn the site has changed slightly, but at the core it's still the same. Information and knowledge for anyone keen to grow and improve.

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Some of my personal picks.

Three ways you are probably zeroing your hunting rifle wrong.

Clickbait title aside - there are a couple of reoccurring problems I see when people discuss zeroing a rifle. Are you doing any of them?

Your 2020 definitive guide to getting your New Zealand Firearms Licence.

The process of applying for your New Zealand Firearms Licence is easy. Learn the steps, get started here and get shooting!

Twilight Hunting – understanding light

It's a phenomenal time to be out, but it's also important to understand the effect on our vision.

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Firearms Licencing Update – renewals and new applications

Not sure what is happening with the firearms renewal process? Or have a new licence application in?

Stay Home. Stay Safe.

It saddens me that I have to write articles like this. But, it also seems we still have some bull-headed individuals (and...

Please, please, please, let us help you.

I know. It's uncomfortable. But if you don't let us know in advance, we can't do anything about it, and you will have to struggle through the process. If we do know, we can help.
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Weekly Catchup

The Blokes – 2nd July

This Week Kerry, Matt and Graeme talk about an insane amount of things. Long chat, full of nuggets.

The Blokes – 25th June

This Week Kerry and Matt running solo. Links Taranaki Long Range Shooting -...

The Blokes – 19th June

This Week Kerry, Matt and Graeme have a chat. Faulty scopes, new shooters, what to zero...
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PracMed Stop The Bleed Course

Hopefully, by now, I have gotten across the importance of first aid training to all of you. This is not just for shooters or hunters, or parents (I had to hook some food out of my 4 years olds choaking face last night) - but everyone - knowing what to do is 'basic dude stuff' as Patrick McNamara would say.

Backcountry Hut Etiquette for Hunters and Trampers

While the ultimate, of course, is having a remote bivy (small hut) to just yourself and your mates, for some of the more accessible and bigger huts, there is a very good chance you are going to be sharing a hut with other trampers and hunters. As ambassadors for tramping, hunting, and just being nice human beings, there are some basic principles we should all be applying A lot of this comes down to one simple principle - consideration for others. Consideration for others is the simplest and best guide for co-inhabiting a hut. It is not a bad starting point for humanity either. This article puts forward some simple considerations and pointers for the next time you find yourself in a shared hut.

5.11 AMP pack

You may have already seen my review/talk about the Molle Belt Rig I have switched over too. I mentioned the idea of...

Rolife Ferris Wheel – a DIY Music Box

One thing about the lockdown with kids - you get to play with toys more! With two little ones in the house, we have been looking for options to keep them engaged and busy. When my partner turned up with a couple of these I was intrigued.

A chat with Caylen Wojcik

Caylen Wojcik is a face that some of you will already know quite well. I first came across him...

The Svord Santoku

The Santoku style knife has become rather popular in the last few years - it's almost safe to say it is the hipster hunter knife of choice. 😉 So, what is the Santoku knife, what benefit (if any) does it provide, and why should you consider picking up one of the phenomenal Svord made ones?

Lockdown project for kids: Crush cans with a bowl of water!

Being at home with the kids for the last couple of weeks has, to be fair, been a little bit of a...

In close, should I aim high or low?

I hear the comment quite regularly - 'I got in real close to the animal - but just couldn't seem to get the bullets to go where I was aiming - I was so close, I must have had to aim lower, right?' Well, no. If you aimed lower, there is a good chance you put a round under the animal - or worse still - into a leg. But why? Oh. Maths!

An interview with Mike Rudling – the founder of Radix Nutrition

I have had the pleasure of speaking to Mike Rudling from Radix a few times now, and his level of focus has...

Power Breakfasts – two options from Radix Nutrition

Radix Nutrition provides a variety of options - and sometimes it can be a little challenge to figure out which one to...

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5.11 AMP pack

You may have already seen my review/talk about the Molle Belt Rig I have switched over too. I mentioned the idea of...

The Svord Santoku

The Santoku style knife has become rather popular in the last few years - it's almost safe to say it is the hipster hunter knife of choice. 😉 So, what is the Santoku knife, what benefit (if any) does it provide, and why should you consider picking up one of the phenomenal Svord made ones?

UF Pro P-40 TACTICAL SHORTS

Yes. Tactical shorts. Shorts that are tactical. The UF Pro P-40 TACTICAL SHORTS. 😀

Hunters Element Huxley Shirt

The Huxley is made from organic natural materials. When it’s finally covered in stains and full of holes and rips, don’t throw it in the bin; Just remove the label and chuck it in the compost. The buttons are even biodegradable wood.

ROAD iD – emergency id for yourself, your loved ones.

Piece of mind means doing all you can to ensure, should the need arise, your kids will be safe, even when lost or separated from you. ROAD iD is a smart method of managing ICE (in case of emergency) details for yourself and your family.

The Bushnell Forge 15×56 – all the magnification you need?

To be fair, I haven't really had to grind behind a spotting scope yet, but I can imagine,...

The Bushnell Forge – 4.5-27X50

The folks over at AMPRO sent me down a couple of the higher end Bushnell long-range scopes to check out. Sadly, life has a way of getting in the way sometimes, so I only really had enough time to play with one of them - the Bushnell Forge - 4.5-27x50.

The ARB 4×4 Track Pack

I liked the idea of externally storing the smelly stuff. In addition, the ARB design gives you a few extra pockets for storing stuff that you often need when working on or around the outside of the truck. In my case, the obligatory Morley's on one side, some rubbish bags and window wiper fluid on the other, and a couple of levelling blocks in the side.

MacPac Supernova Hooded Down Jacket – Long Term Review

Buy Once, Cry Once. This would have to be one of my favourite pieces of...
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Cam-Over on a Reloading Press

Like many things in reloading, Cam-Over is a misunderstood and often misused term. What exactly is 'Camming Over' a press? Do they all do it? Do I need to?

Setting up the Lithgow Arms LA101 22LR

In true form - I have a 22 comp next week - and the rifle didn't have a scope on it. Time to head out and quickly sort the rifle for the shoot.

The Bushnell Forge – 4.5-27X50

The folks over at AMPRO sent me down a couple of the higher end Bushnell long-range scopes to check out. Sadly, life has a way of getting in the way sometimes, so I only really had enough time to play with one of them - the Bushnell Forge - 4.5-27x50.

TOP POSTS

Matching twist rate and bullet weight in rifles.

The are many benefits to understanding and matching the twist rate of your barrel with the projectile weight you are using. Primarily, accuracy.

Three ways you are probably zeroing your hunting rifle wrong.

Clickbait title aside - there are a couple of reoccurring problems I see when people discuss zeroing a rifle. Are you doing any of them?

A Single Stage Trigger Vs Two Stage Trigger

Oh, if only it was that easy - the question of Single Stage Trigger Vs Two Stage Trigger comes up quite often - here are my thoughts on it...

In close, should I aim high or low?

I hear the comment quite regularly - 'I got in real close to the animal - but just couldn't seem to get the bullets to go where I was aiming - I was so close, I must have had to aim lower, right?' Well, no. If you aimed lower, there is a good chance you put a round under the animal - or worse still - into a leg. But why? Oh. Maths!

Your 2020 definitive guide to getting your New Zealand Firearms Licence.

The process of applying for your New Zealand Firearms Licence is easy. Learn the steps, get started here and get shooting!

Bore Brushes – Bronze or Nylon

Bore Brushes - like many subjects in the shooting community (for example, cleaning itself), there are many differing opinions, all seemingly with their own set of proof and reasonings.
So, it was time for another warrant on the Stage 1 Tank, and time for another list of jobs to get done.

Bumps and Blasphemy!

Another part that I had been meaning to fix (and really needed to) was the throttle linkage. After my last session tuning the carbs; I realised the throttle linkage had a split on the ball joint holding it on one end. Some gaffa tape had temporarily fixed it, but I knew I needed to do something a little more permanent.

A trip to the top of the Coromandel

To me, the true Coromandel is only reached once you have passed through, well, Coromandel - actually - even higher - with Colville (northernmost town of any note on the peninsula) representing a homecoming of sorts.

Nearly Legal!

Yes, after nearly six months, and a couple of extra grand, the landie is nearly road legal again! It has now passed its warrant of fitness,...

Hunters Element XTR Extreme Hunter Jacket

The Hunters Element XTR Extreme Hunter Jacket is coming with me whenever I head out - when the sky starts to open up, it's going on!

Svord 370BB – NZ’s Bush Knife!

The Svord 370BB. Beautiful looks, razor edge, patina's in the most wonderful way. This, paired with a smaller pocket knife is going to cover 95% of all tasks you might need in the bush.

Ridgeline Monsoon Elite Review

Ridgeline were kind enough to send me out a Monsoon Elite - the latest version of their Monsoon series of jackets.

The Svord Santoku

The Santoku style knife has become rather popular in the last few years - it's almost safe to say it is the hipster hunter knife of choice. 😉 So, what is the Santoku knife, what benefit (if any) does it provide, and why should you consider picking up one of the phenomenal Svord made ones?

Single Walled Tents / Flys / Tarp Tents

Like the security of a double walled tent, but want to go lighter? How about going to a single walled tent?

PLB's – Personal Locator Beacons

More than likely, you will actually end up carrying several communications devices, but here is my personal opinion.

Ridgeline Monsoon II Jacket

Need a heavy duty rain jacket that will take a punishing, keep you dry, but not rustle and make a pile of noise like most Gore-Tex jackets do? Don't want it in bright colours? The Monsoon II Jacket from Ridgeline might just fit the bill.
Depends, I guess. Do you want to miss less?
There is this idealised vision of hunting, where the hunter goes out and shoots an animal, one moment it is happily munching on a bit of foliage, then next...
While I don't necessarily consider the roar to be 'peak season' for my hunting - in fact, there are a few good reasons to stay away from public land during this time of year - it's also a good time to revamp the related fitness regime.
I hear the comment quite regularly - 'I got in real close to the animal - but just couldn't seem to get the bullets to go where I was aiming - I was so close, I must have had to aim lower, right?' Well, no. If you aimed lower, there is a good chance you put a round under the animal - or worse still - into a leg. But why? Oh. Maths!
As hunters, we need to be sure we are doing everything we can to both identify and be identified by each other in the bush. Sadly, with the exception of 2017, every year, we have had an incident when one hunter has failed to identify their target and shot and killed another hunter.

Road Trip!

A trip to Hot Water Beach in the Defender

Two of my oldest and very best friends have long worked at holiday camps. Previously the Parkiri Beach Holiday Camp, and more previously, the Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park. For many, many years I have tried to regularly escape Auckland out to see them, and in the last few, the girls have been coming along as well.

My new tramping partner

Took my little girl out for our first bush walk. We had been out before - but only around Mt Albert and Western Springs - this was the first decent walk with here in the backpack.

Baitlining – Ark In the Park

We made a quick excursion into the Waitakere today to refresh the baits in the Possum traps.

Lifestyle

Deer Processing Course

The Bloke's first ever practical seminar was a morning course on processing and butchering a deer. Richard at Balnagown was kind enough to host us and...

Not another Roar video.

Well. Kinda is. I guess. 😉

Sheep Slaughter Course

Our first Sheep Slaughter course - another great day!
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