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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.

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.

Is premium hunting ammo worth it?

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

Put the rifle butt firmly in the pocket of your shoulder.

Let's get right back to basics. Where exactly, am I meant to place the buttstock of my rifle?

A rifle setup for a customer…

So, what exactly do we do when we set up a rifle for a custom? It's always different (like our customers) - but here is an example.
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A chat with Barnard.

I have known about Barnard Precision for a while - they have almost always been these mythical, highly accurate, but slightly...

The GRS Bifrost could be a good option for upgrading your stock.

The GRS Bifrost is made from glass fibre reinforced composite material. The grip and forehand area have a rubber surface - steady and comfortable...

Bergara threads – what’s on yours?

Do you have a B14? What's the thread on it? Know of any other rifles that have different threads depending on where they are marketed to?

The Crossover Rifles – a Tikka CTR and Bergara HMR

Both the rifles we are looking at today could be called 'crossover' rifles - but really, it turns out live at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Bergara B14 HMR – First Thoughts

Been keen to have a play with the Bergara B14 HMR for a while. Sorting a clients rifle gave me the opportunity to check out this offering of a 'crossover' rifle. Just another Remington 700 clone? Or something more?

AccuTac Bipods

One of the most aggressive/stylised bipod ranges on the market has landed in NZ. I take a quick look at AccuTac and make a few early observations.

Adjusting the trigger on the Tikka TAC A1

I have seen a little misinformation on this one - so here it is. No. You don't need to pull a Tikka TAC A1 apart to adjust the trigger.

Replacing the Tikka Bolt Handle

Changing a Tikka Bolt handle is really for aesthetics. Especially on something like the Tikka TAC A1 - which already has an 'oversized' tactical style bolt knob on it - it's certainly not something that is going to improve your grouping. However, we like to tinker, and, it's a great excuse to pull the bolt apart and clean it.

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...

Precision Trigger Basics

The trigger, one of the most important parts of a precision firearm system. How do they work, what do they do, and how can you optimise yours?

TAC A1 – ammo thoughts

A firearm and optics are only part of a system – you also need something to shoot through it! So, after a couple of days getting familiar with the lighter trigger through dryfire, it was time to make some noise.

The Tikka TAC A1 – first impressions

The Ruger Precision Rifle's Sexy European Cousin.

What is the best bipod to get?

There is a lot of choice out there in bipods - and new manufactures seem to be coming onto the market every day with even more options....

Lightweight Bipods

A Carbon Fibre Lightweight Bipod - not cheap - but worth it!

Kriss DMK22 – 22 AR Platform Rifle

It's such a good time to be a competition shooting in NZ! A first look at the DMK22 from Kriss.

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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.

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.

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...
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