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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?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Found this on Youtube.
« on: November 25, 2016, 11:45:39 PM »

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / RE25and the 30-378 WBY Mag
« on: September 17, 2016, 08:24:09 PM »
Hi all, just wondering if anyone has used RE25 in their 30-378 WBY's with a 200-210 grain projectile? Suggestions for a starting load?

Does anyone know where I can buy a copy of "Weatherby, The Man, The Gun, The Legend" from that posts to Australia?
I tried the Weatherby website but they don't post out of the US.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Went for a quick hunt today
« on: April 08, 2016, 01:53:18 AM »
Myself and a mate, Brandon went for a drive out bush today. I knocked off a mid sized feral billy goat using my Weatherby Mkv wood blued lightweight chambered in 25-06. Its topped with a 2.5-10x40 VXIII and shoots handloads firing the 115 grain Ballistic Silvertip. Hit him dead centre off the shoulder at 300m for a DRT ending.
Brandon took this fat nanny goat to eat. He was using a Savage .300 win mag topped with a 3-9x40 Weaver and firing Federal 150 grain blue box factory ammo. He stalked in to about 20m and took her thru the neck.
We knocked several more goats over so as to feed the property owners dogs. So all in all it was a great day had out bush..

Don't you just love it when you get that call from you taxidermist to say all your trophies are done?!
I just received my African critters (except for lion & lioness) plus my Banteng I hunted here in Australia.

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