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Old 11-15-2005, 02:54 PM
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hey guys,
it sure seems like the usual guys that used to post here have given up as of late. where you guys at?
well anyways its almost summertime and the air has that distinct summer smell.
i have already made a few sojourns into the field in the warmer weather and it was great. had a few afternoon sessions on the rabbits with a couple of mates, picking them off with my cz.22wmr, and also walking about with shotguns.
also had a little stint on the goats that come out of the brisbane ranges onto a a property i know up there. used a remington .243 borrowed off a mate. good clean fun. got a big billy and 3 nannies.
my cz is out of action at the minute as i am working on floating the barrel, bedding action and installing a new trigger spring etc. this should bring down the groups a little which is just what i need come the warmer months when the foxes start coming to the whistle. pity i will be overseas for most of our summer.
also a shame that my cz is out of action cos i just grab it after work and go somewhere close with a mate and get into the rabbits for a few hours which is kewl knowing we have a few extra daylight hours up our sleeves these days.
just wondering what hunting etc. everyone was going to be getting up to in the wonderful weather and where are all the aussie's on this forum? come on there has to be a few others round!!
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Old 11-18-2005, 12:15 AM
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On the Australian hunting net, that's where. I like this site but don't often post in this section - as you say it's pretty quiet.
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Old 12-14-2005, 03:38 AM
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As years of shooting from a vehical has made a Three toed Sloth look like a 100mt sprinter compared with me when it comes to shooting /hunting (unless it's earning me a living & then she who must be obaied has the last say ) I wait for the summer to do my Goat shooting as it brings em down from the High country & it's just a atter of going out in the cool of the morning & giving them a scare! My 12 yr old step son has just discovered the joys of hunting in the last couple of years so it's a case of come on Dave let's go for a shot ! His already accounted for several Goats with his .310 cadet & is eyeing off my Hornet for the Fox season this year! We havent got too many Rabbits around at the moment,but t5here are plenty of Hares which give the kids something to have a shot at as well as a Roo every known again for Dog meat .

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Old 12-14-2005, 04:52 AM
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Wouldn't you know it, 2 weeks before holidays all the rabbits under my workmate's shipping container's caught mixo!
So that bunch 'o fun is over.
Hopefully I'll get a chance to nail some bunnies at another property but I'm kinda waiting on my 25-20 Martini Cadet rifle to come back from the gunsmiths before I do that.
Even got an old steel tube Weaver K6 to mount on it so I'm a bit excited.
Apart from that a mate and I are hoping to head up north of Mudgee to knock over some goats on the small property his dad owns up there.
Apart from that, who knows?
Anyone who is willing to invite me for some huntin' fun within a 2 to 3 hour drive of Canberra will have an enthusiastic shootin buddy.
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Old 12-14-2005, 05:16 AM
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OK you guys from down under. I'm sitting here looking out at six inches of snow and it was 11 degrees above zero this morning (that's -11 C) I live in Idaho and am in invey of your approaching summer.

Our coyote season has been going full bore since the deer seasons have about ended. The snow and cold weather bring them out and calling has been good. I use a .243 for the yotes. have an old Ruger 1B with a 3-9 Weaver Classic on it. When spring comes and the ground squirrels come out I top it off with a 8-32 Tasco target scope.

I spent some time in Alaska and shooting rabbits with a 22 or a shotgun in the winter was a lot of fun. They run in seven year cycles up there. When their at the top of the cycle there is more shooting than you can stand. If you catch the year they cycle falls off you never see one.

lockielegend is that a CZ 452 your talking about. I put one of Erick Brooks trigger spring kits in mine and the trigger is great. Breaks at 1.5 to 2 pounds just like ice. I havn't bedded mine since it shoots pretty good now.

Well I'll let you "summer folks" go for now. Good shooting and good luck.
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Old 12-14-2005, 05:24 AM
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Bob, I've seen pics of where you live.
It looked great in summer and must be beautiful in winter too.
Unfortunately, much like you neck of the woods, shooting depends on where you live and who you know.
Decent access to public land would help too but that won't happen anytime soon.
That's why I want to buy about 100 acre block of land so I've always got somewhere to play.
There's NOTHING like living in the country.
DaveH is lucky.
He has a decent patch.
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Old 12-14-2005, 05:50 AM
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Bob, I've seen pics of where you live.
It looked great in summer and must be beautiful in winter too.
Unfortunately, much like you neck of the woods, shooting depends on where you live and who you know.
Decent access to public land would help too but that won't happen anytime soon.
That's why I want to buy about 100 acre block of land so I've always got somewhere to play.
There's NOTHING like living in the country.
DaveH is lucky.
He has a decent patch.
Aman to that.

Idaho still has a low population per square mile and lots of State, BLM, and Federal land that hunters can access. Over the last ten years lots of private land that used to be open has been posted no tresspassing, some of it because of careless hunters. Shame to see folks loose hunting grounds because of their own actions. Bad thing about living here is it's harder to make a decent income compared to living in higher populated areas.

Here's a pix of where I live and from the top of the grade above my place.

Got out last weekend and did some calling. Got one yote and two outran my 243 or my ability to hit them on the run. Darn coyotes seem to get faster in proportion to my age.
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:10 AM
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Bob send some of that Snow over here will ya PlEASSSSSSSSSSSSSSE It's so hot over here tonight I'm sitting wearing my Underpants round my head as a sweat band !& one sock over certain parts of my body for modisty !
I'm hoping to lure Kombi over here to our Place to teach him how to shoot foxes this season as we have 20'000 acres to play around on & if his a good boy & promises to leave that .25-20 here when he leaves I might take him out to get a couple of Roos & goats !Mind you where we live is nearly all mountain country but we do have the advantage of living away from anybody (about 11kms to the nearest township ) So it's nice to hav your own rifle range just out side the back door .When working up new loads !Mind you my Wife put a top to me shooting Crows out of the Back door ! Mind you she's still recovering from the time I shot a Fox that was walking past our house out of one of the front Bedroom windows!
I'd got homefrom workk one morning ,just finnished cleaning my working rifle & put it in the safe & was doing my paperwork & I looked out the Dinning rm window & saw a Fox wander by the house .It stopped looked at me & continued on walking without a care in the world !!!!!!! I fairly flew up to my Safe grabed the First Rifle that came to hand & then there was the mad dash to find ammo ,Bolt excetra! By this time the Fox was well out of range !
Several days latter I was tucked up in Bed for the Day dreaming of nasty things to do to the local Parks & Wildlife inspector (whom I'd had do a spotcheck on me the night before & thereby lost sveral hours of shooting time ) When my wife took her life into her own hands & woke me (people have died preforming this feat) & informed me the same fox was wandering past the house again ! This time it was a simple matter of grabbing a .22lr opening the bedroom window .Blasting said fox & then back to sleep (with a ......"Get rid of it will you love?" to the Wife )!
Fortunatley the Cook ha learned that living with me is never normal & she is quite adapt these days of getting rid of unwelcome vistors herself (Foxes ,Snakes & the like )

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Old 12-14-2005, 06:16 AM
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Dave

I gotta go fix breakfast so I'm off here. I'm still chuckling about your story. Thanks that made my whole day.

I live in a small town of about 150 folks so can't shoot off the back porch. Got a gravel pit about 3/4 mile from here with a hundred yard range. Our little community is loaded with deer that know they can't be hunted in town.

I envy you living out like that. Got to thank God for missis that put up with us don't we.
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Old 12-16-2005, 01:02 AM
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Cool summer adventures

hey there guys,
well im absolutely exhausted. ive been installing blinds since i finished my uni exams (which i did pretty well in thank god) which consists of 12 or more hours a day in a mad dash attempt to earn some coin before the trip overseas on the 28th of this month.

facettb, yeah it is a 452 american, wood isnt as fancy as most others but i still love it to pieces as its my first rifle and it truly is a lil workhorse by putting up with the constant knocks and scrapes and i just love the clean lines. yeah it is a brookie kit, and i have it installed and fired it a few times and it feels good, maybe a tiny bit too light (creep gone tho! ) so we'll just have to see how it goes in the field. but i will be glad when all work on it is over. the boys over @ rimfirecentral.com were so helpful with info it just amazed me. eric brooks is a godsend as well. i ordered off his site the bore guide, mounts, trigger kit and action screws and i only went to the site to get some springs etc.! all the work on my gun is done now (bedded floated, trigger kit and mounts) and i am awaiting the mounts in the mail and hopefully (finges crossed) i get to put a few summertime foxes out to happier hunting fields in the next week or two. that is if a can get out the **** city!

big news boys, you'll love this one dave, after i finsihed exams as an early xmas present my dad said he would pay for the costs of me to hire a plane and fly up to a mates property near bourke in NW NSW (i work as a part time instructor and do joyflights etc). so before i started installing blinds i went up there for a week and took along one of my uni mates who is also studying aviation. hired the plane and flew up to chase some pigs. when we got up there i took the manager of the property up for a fly around the place and we got some aerial photos of it all. good flying, bloody hot with big dusty whirly whirlies about so had to be pretty careful. i shot a really nice boar from up there. the doggers must have gotten onto him when young because his old fella and empenage were missing but held good condition for the dry spell up that way (see photos). chased a few foxes too and did some long range dog meat hunting by chasing some roos too. im going to put up some pics if i can so i'll post this and see how we go. the flight home was uneventful but beautiful as it got progressively cooler coming home cos i was just over the 45C everyday (in the shade!!). one day i drank 9 litres of water when we were out mustering goats. tisk sigh, good times, good folks, cold beer and some happy hunting thrown in along the way. and who says life's bad?

i will also see if i can post some pics of a quick afternoon/spotlighting session a mate and i had about 2 weeks ago. ever had one of those days where nothing is really planned but you just decide on things to do because you can? a mate and i started off waterskiing with another mate in the morning, then we went and put in an electrical fence on his property then went fishing in his lil boat on the river, then put in a few yabbie nets, then went out with the shotguns bowling over some bunnies on dusk after a quick summer bbq (shot a big feral black cat - no photos tho we left the body in some brackern and too dark when we came back with camera to find him), then a short dash spotlighting, then shower and shave for a night on th town and a mates 21st. best day ive had in a long time!

well i love listening to everyone elses news and love seeing the pictures posted as well so i thought i would share some adventures with you guys. i have been just bloody lucky the last few weeks let me assure you and i am dealy paying for it now with some good old fashioned elbow grease going into this cuirtain installing. in our aussie summer.
i wont try to post the photos for a day or two because im packing up my unit in melb and moving stuff back home so it will all be in disarray and pics are on camera, but i will be able to check posts so any info on how to put up pics would be great. prob already posts on here but i dont have time to scroll through now after this mamoth post.
oh and by the way facettb god i love the country that sits around your castle! just unreal and breathtaking. i hope to see some nice country when im in the states in a few weeks.
cheers and hope i havent bored you guys.
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Old 12-16-2005, 02:16 AM
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big news boys, you'll love this one dave, after i finsihed exams as an early xmas present my dad said he would pay for the costs of me to hire a plane and fly up to a mates property near bourke in NW NSW (i work as a part time instructor and do joyflights etc). so before i started installing blinds i went up there for a week and took along one of my uni mates who is also studying aviation. hired the plane and flew up to chase some pigs. when we got up there i took the manager of the property up for a fly around the place and we got some aerial photos of it all. good flying, bloody hot with big dusty whirly whirlies about so had to be pretty careful. i shot a really nice boar from up there. the doggers must have gotten onto him when young because his old fella and empenage were missing but held good condition for the dry spell up that way (see photos). chased a few foxes too and did some long range dog meat hunting by chasing some roos too. im going to put up some pics if i can so i'll post this and see how we go. the flight home was uneventful but beautiful as it got progressively cooler coming home cos i was just over the 45C everyday (in the shade!!). one day i drank 9 litres of water when we were out mustering goats. tisk sigh, good times, good folks, cold beer and some happy hunting thrown in along the way. and who says life's bad?

These are the Days you'll carry with you for the rest of your life ! I would'nt swap my lifetime for anything ! Good times & Bad as everday for me was a adventure it was just I never realised that at the time !Just recently I was back in the country that I did most of my Roo shooting in (around Woomera ) The Funny thing is that although I love where I live (The Flinders Ranges & I can just step out side of my back door to shoot .I found how much I really missed sleeping on the ground in my swag ,cooking over a open fire ! Grasp the day I say

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Old 12-16-2005, 05:09 PM
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I'll second what DaveH had to say.

Sounds like you've got life by the tail right now lockie and thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading these adventures on your side of the pond and on this side of it too. Hope you can get the pictures posted.
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Hey Guys I just got 5 weeks leave so I'll be testing out some new loads and my mates new .450 Nitro Express I'll post pics Andy good to see pics of your new boy well done mate I'll catch up with you guys soon
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KAMATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Welcome back son! How's life in the Green Machine these days? Kapooka still the ***** of the World? Good luck with that .450 A word of advice if your going to shoot it off the bench use a small bag of sand between it & your shoulder (called a sissy bag but it really cuts down the recoil)

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The good ol army is treating me well I've got 5weeks off from training. I'm now based down in Albury/Wodonga at Latchford barracks. I'm doing well in my trade training and I even saw a photo of my local gunsmith from his apprenticship days. I'm loving army life so far its only been 5 months since I joined up but its a sweet deal. I get paid to learn to tinker with rifles and engines and to get fit, I get sweet food a free gym **** I wish I joined years ago! The 450 is gonna be interesting I haven't even laid eyes on it yet but I'm assured its impressive and **** near lethal to fire (EXCELLENT). I'll post pics asap.
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Old 12-18-2005, 01:09 AM
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Kamate!!!!
Great to hear from you.
Thanks mate.
Rigby's a big 'un alright.
I'm typing one handed at the mo with him in the other arm.
Feels like it's gonna fall off!
So how's life in the pongs?
Hope you got my email.
450 Nitro, eh?
What is it....a double?
BTW, Dave, the 25-20 will return home with me.......if I'm silly enough to bring it with me in the first place.
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He built the 450 off a Ruger Number 3 action but apparently it looks more like a Number 1 Tropical now. I got your emails yesterday I've been off planet since I left with no internet access at all but hopefully I'll get my de facto relationship approved and my better half will move down and we'll get a house soon. The area around Albury is beautiful and looks like there should be some sweet hunting to be had. Army life is sweet I had the marksmanship training pretty impressed with the ol moving target practise, the styer isn't hard to shoot with and the scope reticle is also a range finder which makes shooting easy (a man fits top to bottom of the centre ring at 300m). Yeah the army is good fun lots of lurks and perks, I got 2500 bucks worth of Sidchrome tools issued to me STOKED also the whole free medical and dental is paying off.
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Well, Kamate, me old bud, sounds like you're in clover.
I'm sure things'll be better when you're missus moves down.
My old man was a weekend warrior and he LOVED the army. In a different time he may well have become a regular I think.
But it's excellent to hear you're becoming a gunsmith.
Too many of the poor old buggers are dying on us and since I'm dangerous with a can opener it's probably best that it's left to more coordinated persons like yourself.
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