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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.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / 285grn TSX in the .340 WBY
« on: February 13, 2016, 12:40:43 PM »
Hey guys, has anyone tried the Barnes 285grn TSX projectile in their .340 WBY Mag? Any load suggestions?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Weatherby Scopes
« on: January 30, 2016, 09:47:29 PM »
Hey Guys, who knows the details about Weatherby scopes? When and where they were made and by who etc.?
I have a Supreme 3-9x44 and really like it. Would love a brand new one using todays glass.
Maybe a Nation rifle with matching Weatherby scope package deal would be awesome...

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / My Accumark
« on: January 10, 2016, 10:30:42 PM »
Got my 30-378 Accumark back from my gunsmiths the other day and finally got out to work some loads for it.
It was in getting the action and barrel cerakoted Matt Black and the barrel flutes done in Light Grey. I also had the floor plate engraved and filled with gold cerakoted. Then the engraving on the receiver was filled with 24 carrot gold. It came up really nice, the photos don't do it justice.
I mounted a NEAR Manufacturing rail on to it then put mounted a Nightforce 2.5-10x42 NXS scope with the Velocity 600 reticle.
I made up several rounds to try and have settled on the 200grn Nosler Accubond propelled by 101 grains of AR2217 Australian made powder and sparked off by the Federal 215 Magnum primer. Velocity is 3117 FPS.
I did have several loads that were faster than that but they do not match up ballisticaly to the Nightforce 600 reticle.
Over all I am tickled pink at the outcome of this project and cant wait to take her out for a hunt...     

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Finally got myself a .224
« on: December 22, 2015, 05:45:23 PM »
Just picked up this German made Varmint master in .224 WBY Mag. Its still in ok condition for its age. But mainly just happy to be able to tick that Weatherby calibre off the list.

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