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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!

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?

Hang on. How do I dial 3.72 MOA?

I get a lot of questions from people getting into the precision shooting side of things, and this a common one.

WEZ, Error Buget and you – or, will it hit at one kilometer?

Ever been shootinging at a target and the rounds just seem to slip by the left, then the right, then the right, then a hit, then left and so on? You can quantify that.
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Equipment and Workflows – The Sig Kilo 2400 and the Kestrel Elite 5700

So far so good. As a rangefinder, I knew it was going to do the job - what will be interesting in the next couple of months - is if I find myself changing over the the 'Sig' workflow of doing everything in the unit and phone. We shall see...

Reloading, Handloading, what’s the difference?

While the terms Reloading and Hand Loading are often interchanged, they really is a difference in the two. It's the sort of thing that only matters to those it matters two, and then, those people are likely to be hand loading.

MOA – Minute of Angle & MilRAD

While MOA is inherently has finer adjustments what MilRAD it makes sense to stick with what system you are already familiar with.

Maximum Point Blank Range

You slowly make your way up to the clearing, careful to not make a sound, gently poke your head around the corner, then there it is. A deer - happily nibbling away on the edges of the forest, unawares of your presence.

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A chat with Nic from Sparrowhawk

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

A chat with Boris Vos – Lead Ranger

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.

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.

A chat with Chuck Rossi from Open Source Defence

I spoke to a few people about my upcoming interview, and the general response I got was ‘oh… who?’. Fair enough, I guess, this is a little bit of a tangential subject for me, as most people know me from talking specifically, and technically about long-range precision shooting.

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.

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.
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