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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / New Wyoming rifle
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:22:51 PM »
Seen this on a "gulp" facebook page today...

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Decisions Decisions??
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:10:34 PM »
Well brains trust, I bought this 2nd hand Japanese Mark 5 in .300 wby mag with the purpose of having it done up with a new custom high grade stock, 24 carat gold inlay and custom engraved floorplate to be a matching pair with my .460 wby.
However as you most know I also just bought that love Royal Ultramark in .300 wby and plus I also own a "standard" UltraMark in .300 wby...
Unfortunately the .300 Jap I bought to be a sister rifle to my .460 has a 24 inch barrel only. And I am that anal that I am going to have to rebarrel it with a 26 inch barrel so as they match. So my dilemma is that I don't need 3 high grade .300 wby mags... I am building these rifles as a matching pair for say like a two gun battery for Africa.
So do I go ahead and rebarrel to .300 wby as planned and then sell my UltraMark?
Or do I rebarrel to another Weatherby caliber like 6.5-300 or .270 wby or a wildcat like the 7-300 for plains game?
I already own a SS Mkv in .270 wby and a Wonderful Custom shop 7mm wby lazermark.
Or do I build a pair of exquisite big hitters one in .460 and the other .416 wby or .378 wby?
I can't decide what to do... :-\   

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Got me a Royal UltraMark!
« on: December 02, 2018, 02:55:38 PM »
Yes sir finally bought myself a beautiful Royal UltraMark in .300 Wby mag. It is one heck of a nice rifle if I do say so myself. It is 2nd hand with the previous owner firing 15 shots thru it and decided he didn't like the recoil.
Now just need to buy or get my gunsmith to engrave a set of rings with gold inlay, pop a nice gloss Leupold or if I can afford one a gloss Leica on top of it and then take it out for a hunt. Yep that's right I AM going to use it for hunting. Mind you I have a few other beautiful Weatherbys I bought and intend to use them for hunting but still am yet to even fire them lol.

African / Got my Cape Buffalo story again...
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:05:11 PM »
Well I have returned from South Africa where I have been hunting and a bit of touring for the past 3 weeks.
I was hunting with Peet Bezuidenhout from www.tshipise-safaris.com for Cape buffalo and plains game. His hunting property is literally on the border of Zimbabwe.
As some of you know I really wanted to try and hunt a buff from the ground in my wheelchair by spot and stalk. Well after seeing the terrain we were hunting in, it turned out to be an impossible task. The area I was hunting is ear impossible to get around in a wheelchair. However I still had a great hunt from a specially made seat that Peet had made just for this hunt and of course for other disabled hunters in the future. It strapped down in the back of his truck and was capable of swinging 360* and also had a movable rifle holder.
It took us 10-11 days of hard hunting in near 40oC heat chasing buffalo. It is hard enough to hunt buff on foot so imagine how hard it would have been to get close enough for a shot from a noisy Toyota Landcruiser. But we eventually got lucky and found one bull that stood his ground in thick cover at no more than 25 meters. I swung the seat sideways and planted a 500gr TSX from my .460 WBY right on the point of his shoulder. He bucked at the shot, turned and bolted thru the thick bush. I hit him again as he ran directly away, the projectile hit a branch on its way, resulting in it hitting the bullís rump sideways. Yet it still penetrated and broke his hip. After waiting 10 minutes for a younger buff to clear off (he was angry and didn't want to move) the trackers found a good blood trail and followed it. After 50 meters the blood trail lead into an impenetrable patch of thick thorn bushes. So we drove off around the patch and could see the bull standing in the thicket watching his back trail. He turned & looked at us and so I hit him again in the front of his chest. He took the shot, turned and stumbled off. We drove forward 10m and I again hit him in the shoulder. He dropped at that shot. He still wasn't out so I put one more shot from the big .460 thru his back. We had him! However when my PH Peet walked into the thicket the bull still wasnít quite gone so he put one into him at near point blank from his .375 H&H. The bullís death bellow sounded shortly after and it was handshakes and back slaps all round.
Here are a few pics of it and I will have some more photos promoting Weatherby when my videographer gets some stills from the hi res video he took. I will also have a dvd made of this hunt.
Well I have been having trouble with uploading the photos for my buffalo.
I got one to upload with the story and it is titled "Got My Cape Buffalo." I then did the plains game post and all the photos uploaded for it. Then I decided to go back and see if I could upload some more photos onto the original Buff post... But for some reason they still wouldn't post and then I was unable to open the post. So I decided to start again as I am unsure if anyone can open the 1st buffalo story...
My apologies if both are able to be opened.
Also unfortunately it appears that only one photo of my Buffalo will upload. I don't know why as they are the same format and everything as all the plains game photos... Bloody computers!!  >:(
I will put up another post about the plains game we took as there is not enough room to fit everything on this one post.

African / My Plains game.
« on: October 14, 2018, 06:54:35 PM »
After spending 10-11 days trying to get a cape buffalo and finally succeeding, it was time to hunt some plains game.
Actually I took my Nyala on the 8th or 9th day as I wanted to get something in the salt and raise spirits a bit as we were all getting quite dejected and a bit cranky at the buff as they kept evading us.
We were just poking along early one morning and seen him standing behind some thick bushes. My PH said he was a nice mature male and to take him if I wanted. I was a bit hesitant as we had seen some really magnificent Nyala bulls during the past week. But I figured bugger it, he was there, he was a nice bull so I swung the big .460 towards him. I did have the .257 Roy on the rack in front of me and I wish I could have used it on him, but I didn't think I'd have enough time to swap them over. Anyway, He was hard to make out in the dark thicket. I was confident I was on his shoulder and squeezed the trigger. It came as a surprise that he bolted off seemingly uninjured! The trackers went to work and found him piled after a 80 yard dash. My shot was either off or deflected off a branch and just ripped the front of his neck open. Photos were taken and he was taken to the shed to be skinned out for a full body mount.
The Impala was taken pretty easy as it walked directly away from me at around 40m. I hit him with a rear end racking shot with a 115grn TSX from the .257 Bee. It entered his back leg and came out near the front shoulder. He fell over, rolled down the hill and sat there not dead yet. So I gave him another one.
We seen the Bushbuck as we were literally driving along the Zimbabwe/South African border and he ran off before I could get a shot. We knew he was a good looking buck so tried following him. After weaving our way thru the bush he was spotted standing in the thick bush on top of a small rise about 50m away. I swung the custom seat and found his shoulder was the only part exposed thru a small gap in the thorn bush. After the shot he jumped at the impact, bolted 10m and collapsed! He too is destined for a full body mount.
Getting a Duiker was going to be hard on this place as the bush is just so thick and the little buggers are that flighty I never even came close to getting a shot at one. But we were set up in one of the permanent blinds hoping to get my girlfriend Jas a nice Impala when out of nowhere the little fella walked out. It was a mad scramble to quietly take the rifle from the rest it was set up on to another window for the shot. I could only just see out of the window but managed to hit him behind the shoulder with the .257 and he stumbled forward and into the dry creek bed. And so yep he too is being full body mounted.
I then took a few baboons from the front deck of our tent as they moved about across the river.
For Jas's Impala we were again set up at a blind waiting for either an Impala for her or a Eland for me. It was the 2nd last day and getting late when this cull Impala came in so Peet said to take him so she at least has one and we will hopefully find a trophy one the next day. So she smacked him behind the shoulder and he ran off but dropped not far out of sight. She was over the moon withit! She even said she liked it more than a normal trophy Impala as it was different.
On the last day we went up the river to set up and see if a nice Female Nyala would come out for Jas to take. We were there barely 10 minutes and several started coming down to drink. The most visible ones were too young or had babies with them. But one mature girl with no offspring stood back in the bush with only her head and neck showing. Jas had a steady rest and took her cleanly with a neck shot. We now had a matching pair of Male & Female Nyalas destined to both be full body mounted side by side.
Overall it was one awesome trip! My rifles worked perfectly, however I feel for the smaller of the plains game I took the 100 grain TSX or even a standard SP would of worked better. But I went with the 115 grain in case I got a shot at big Kudu, Gemsbok or Zebra.
Anyway sorry for the long story but it's hard to fit over 2 weeks of hunting into a short story.
Cheers guys,

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Off to South Africa.
« on: September 08, 2018, 06:23:32 PM »
Well by this time next week the missus and I will be on our way to South Africa. We are so excited!
I am going to be hunting a Cape Buffalo bull and cow. Plus some plains game. Going to target Impala, Blesbuck, Nyala, Duiker, Steenbuck, Bushbuck, Bushpig and baboons. Then if I see any other critters that I like I may take a few more.
The missus is hunting for a few critters like Impala, Springbok etc which the outfitter is throwing in for free plus all the baboons she wants.
My rifles are pictured below. The one on top is a .257 wby mag shooting 115 grain Barnes TSX's. And the bottom one is a .460 Wby mag spitting out 500 grain TSX's.
We will be hunting for one week then taking a 3 day break and touring Kruger National Park. Then will continue for another week of hunting.
Outfitter and PH is Peet Bezuidenhout who owns Tshipise Safaris.

Other Big Game / LongHorn Bull
« on: March 15, 2018, 06:14:40 PM »
Just returned from a hunt for a Longhorn bull in QLD Australia. And to say I was lucky was an understatement!
This bull took quite a effort to get. My outfitter went out the day before to locate the whereabouts it was hanging out. So when we went out the next day on my quad it may be quicker to find. We rode around for about two hours before we found him and the other smaller bulls that run wild on this 10,000 acre property. They were feeding in a small clearing on the side of a steep hill surrounded by thick bush. As soon as the big bull heard my ATV noise he straight away headed down into the thick stuff. So we thought that if road down a bit further it would push him out and give me a shot.. So we spent the next hour or two trying to glass him in the bush on the downhill side where we thought they went. After that my outfitter Pete stalked back up to the top and found them hiding up in the thickest most impenetrable scrub one could imagine! How it managed to get in there with those horns we don't know. The cunning bugger lead us to believe he was walking downhill but doubled back on his tracks and headed up instead. So the wait began... As the day warmed up a bit he must of got thirsty or something and tried to sneak down to a dam at the edge of the scrub. But we were ready for him and at 202 meters I planted a 300grn Woodleigh PPSN reload from my MKV DGR .375 H&H right on the point of his shoulder. He stumbled at the shot, took another step and collapsed.   

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / My 7mm WBY is here!
« on: February 02, 2018, 05:40:04 PM »
My custom shop MKV Lazermark in 7mm WBY mag has finally made it down under and into my hands. To say I am impressed is a major understatement! The thing is beautiful! I topped it off with a Gloss Leupold VX3 3.5-10x50 with B&C reticle.
Regular Nation member may recall me putting up a post sometime ago about the custom shop saying they couldn't do a Lazermark in 7mm Weatherby. But then it turned out to be a big misunderstanding. Well I am glad to say the wait was worth it.
The rich black blueing job on this rifle is unbelievable. It is the darkest I have seen come from Weatherby. These photos really don't do the rifle justice. A big thank you goes out to Weatherby. This is one heck of a rifle.
I can't wait to get out hunting with it. Am going to go after a Red and Rusa deer this season with it.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Just checking..
« on: January 17, 2018, 04:45:54 PM »
Just checking if I can post something as I have been trying to reply to other post but it keeps giving me an error 404 message

Other Big Game / West QLD AUS Hunt report
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:00:33 PM »
Not long ago returned from a great hunt in Western Queensland Australia. My partner and I had a 6 hour drive from my house to the property where we were spending a week with my mate, guide, outfitter, cook and taxidermist Danny Vanbrugh hunting for scrub bulls (feral ox), wild goats, feral rams and pigs.
The rifles I used were my .460 custom deluxe Mark V with 500gr TSX handloads, my .257 WBY Mark V deluxe with 115gr TSX handloads. Plus my vanguard Camilla in 7mm-08 with 140gr Remington Corelokt factory ammo.
The week was fantastic and I secured a fantastic scrub bull that may be the new No5 SCI record. The 1st shot from the .460 had him down within a few steps where I then gave him a insurance shot to the spine.
The next one was a very old bullock that had a great set of horns too. This old battler was in a very poor shape and we doubted he would of survived this coming summer's heat. Nonetheless he was one tough bugger! My 1st shot from the .460 broke both his front shoulders making him collapse head down but with backside still standing up. He remained like that for around 30 seconds then dropped. He was far from finished so I put a rear racking shot thru him. He lay completely down after that but then lifted his head and neck again. So I aimed for a neck shot but just missed the spine but it was enough to lay him flat. I then moved to a different position and put a finisher through his heat.
Both bulls were taken at no more than 50 yards.
The other critters I took were 3 great feral goats. Their horns were a 40", 41" and 43" one. I also took an old feral merino ram that had been running about on this property for quite a few years.
The .257 WBY with 115gr TSX's worked ok on a couple of goats and the ram. However the 115gr TSX's were a bit heavy for these animals. I knew they would of been but I was testing these loads in the field as I am using them for my plains game in South Africa next year.
The 7mm-08 Camilla performed flawlessly and knocked over a good billy and several pigs too.
All in all it was an absolutely fantastic trip.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Broken stock on .460 wby!
« on: August 28, 2017, 06:17:32 PM »
I was out at my range the other week sighting in my .257 and .460 WBY rifles ready to go on a Western Queensland hunt here in Australia. Everything went well and they were both shooting accurately...
Come the morning before I was to leave for a 6 hour drive, I was packing my rifles when I noticed the unthinkable had happened! There was several cracks in the wood around the rear tang and side! What the hell, I couldn't believe it.
Panic stations kicked in. I had been wanting to use this rifle on this hunt from the time I booked it 6 months ago.
So a quick ring to my gunsmith mate had me rushing into town to see what he could do. "Leave it with me" he said.
He then had a good look at it, realised he didn't have suitable gear to pin it, so he then put the rest of his days work on hold and drove an hour to another gunsmith mate of his and together they both fixed it for me and had it back in my hands ready to pack that evening.
The good news is she has held up just fine and I secured some nice critters with it. (Hunt report to come).
The stock looks ok but one can still see the cracks. So I am now going to buy a nice new AAA or better stock for her to get dressed up in.

I bought 2 new Vanguard Camillas the other week.One in .223 for my girlfriend and one in 7mm-08 for myself.
Whilst at the range the .223 was performing perfectly whilst my my 7mm-08 was being plagued by groups shifting. It would constantly put 2 thru the same hole then the poi would shift around a inch the side, plant another two touching, then shift again... I knew that something was loose. Checked scope rings and things then turned the rifle over to discover the front action screw was half hanging out! Removed the rear screw and was horrified to find that the front screw hole was filled in with bedding epoxy from the factory.
So rug my gunshop and they got onto Tasco Australia the importers, and at my request I asked if it could be fixed by my local gunsmith instead of being sent back to them and not be back in time for a hunt I had planned.
Well it all worked out well. They agreed to let my smith fix it and retain the warranty. So I got to take it away  :)

Rifles / Got our Camillas
« on: July 31, 2017, 06:42:01 PM »
They finally turned up. I ordered a Vanguard Camilla in 7mm-08 for my girlfriends 40th birthday. After it arrived I found out that the Australian importer of Weatherby rifles had some custom Camillas chambered in .223 and imported them.
So I thought the missus would be better of with a .223 for target shooting and just having fun with and went ahead a bought one for her.
Then the 7mm-08 was still there so rather than send it back I thought bugger it and kept it for myself lol.
Topped both rifles with a Bushnell Elite 3500 4-12x40 in Talley mounts.
The top one is the 7mm-08 and bottom the .223

I had my local firearms dealer here in Australia contact the Weatherby distributors in order for them to get me a quote on a New Lazermark but chambered in 7mm Weatherby Mag. Just got told that the Custom shop will not do it.... What is the point of a custom shop if you will not customise a rifle?

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