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The Howa 1500 Short Action

I often get asked... I often get asked questions in regards to why I choose Howa rifles over other brands of firearms, and what I...

An overview of an awesome Sako Carbonlight / Swaro Scope setup…

The Sako Carbonlight remains one of my favourite lightweight factory guns. It's build quality is phenomenal, its function sublime. While I get to setup and shoot a vast array of firearms, I am always happy to see a Sako turn up, because, with the right ammo, it is going to shoot! This 6.5 Creedmoor was no exception.

The Modern-Day Mauser:

I have long had a keen interest in military Mausers, so I was very keen to see how the modern offerings from the company...

Heavy and slow or light and fast? The projectile (and ammo) conundrum: Part one – Stability.

What first got me seriously pondering this question was a setup session recently, with a couple of similar rifle that had the same issue....

Overview – Ballistics ARC

Ballistics ARC is a ballistic solver - you put in your firearm information, and it outputs the amount you need to dial your scope...

Hello from here in metric land. Weaponised Math (with an s, not z).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjnSVOu_yXk By now, you have likely heard of weaponized math. Marc Taylor wrote this article outlining a system he formalised that gives a simple way...

What is the best gun for city folk getting into hunting?

I get to shoot a large variety of rifles - different calibres, brands, stocks, suppressors and more. Each has its own benefits (and drawbacks). The...

Range Estimation basics for hunters and shooters

Shorter distances, bush hunting under 100 meters, maybe in a pinch out to 200, you can utilise systems like Maximum Point Blank Range, or...

6mm Creedmoor Small Primer Peterson Brass

While I shoot a lot of factory ammo (mainly in clients rifles) for the comp gun, where I potentially will be shooting 100 rounds...

The Trigonometry Show – Nic from the Sparrowhawk Shooting Facility

Boris Vos, former Royal Netherland Marine, Sniper, Jungle Warfare and Combat Tracking Instructor, Leader Developer, Good Bloke.

The 5-25 Z5 is NOT a long-range hunting scope. Kinda.

It makes sense - it's a 5-25 - surely that's a long-range scope! Well. Not really. You see, there is a really big gotchya with this scope.

Rebarreling the .308 – Proof Research and Custom Guns

I caught up with Greg from Custom Guns for a chat about a new build - we talk about all the choices in a 'semi' custom gun, Remington blueprinting, barrel lengths and more in a chat full of excellent advice.

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.

A chat with Caylen Wojcik

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

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!

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 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, like a day behind any monocular...

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.

Cartridge Selection for Long Range Hunting pt. 1

A bit of a meandering post about ballistics and cartridges in the short action side of things. Some interesting finds though.

Is premium hunting ammo worth it?

Depends, I guess. Do you want to miss less?

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