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Deer Hunting Knives

Deer Hunting Knives

  My hunting knife carry has evolved over the years.  When I lived in the territory, I relied on a pair of Filicietti hand-forged custom knives.  I used them extensively for butchering buffalo and wild cattle.  Until recently, I continued to use these for my deer...

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Savage B22 VFSS varmint rifle Review

Savage B22 VFSS varmint rifle Review

This review of the Savage B22 VFSS was first published in the SSAA magazine in early 2018. When I was a young fellow, shooting pests with both air rifle and an old Lithgow single-shot 22LR, I was envious of my cousin and his 22WMR.  I cannot now remember what make and...

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Weatherby’s Vanguard HSP varmint rifle Review

Weatherby’s Vanguard HSP varmint rifle Review

This review of the Weatherby’s Vanguard HSP varmint rifle in 223 Rem was published in the SSAA magazine in March 2018. Weatherby’s Vanguard HSP rifle is available in 223, 22-250, 243, 308, 270, 30-06 and 300 Win.  With the smaller cartridges, the magazine holds five...

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Bergara BA13 Take Down Rifle Review

Bergara BA13 Take Down Rifle Review

My review of the Bergara BA13 Take Down Rifle was published in the SSAA earlier this year and is re-posted here. The ethos of hunting is the skilful stalk culminating in a carefully placed shot.  Nothing epitomises that vision better than the single-shot rifle. ...

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Primos Jim Shockey Gen3 Trigger Stick

Primos Jim Shockey Gen3 Trigger Stick

Primos Jim Shockey Gen3 Trigger Stick This morning was a good opportunity to begin field testing the Primos Jim Shockey Gen3 Trigger Stick kindly provided by Nioa for product review.  First impressions were most favourable.  It is the most convenient, fast-adjusting,...

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Weatherby Vanguard HSP Varmint Rifle Accuracy

Weatherby Vanguard HSP Varmint Rifle Accuracy

Weatherby Vanguard HSP Varmint Rifle Accuracy Today I put in a big range session, testing a variety of handloads in the Weatherby Vanguard HSP Varmint rifle in 223 Rem.  Once again, I was highly impressed with this rifle’s inherent accuracy.  It is the most accurate...

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Accuracy in the Weatherby Vanguard HSP Varmint Rifle

Accuracy in the Weatherby Vanguard HSP Varmint Rifle

Accuracy in the Weatherby Vanguard HSP Varmint Rifle After my initial testing of the Weatherby Vanguard HSP Varmint Rifle in 223 Rem I was pleased with its accuracy.  I decided it was time to take the rifle out for a field test, hoping to shoot some marauding wild...

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Reloading the Weatherby Vanguard HSP 223 Rem Varmint Rifle

Reloading the Weatherby Vanguard HSP 223 Rem Varmint Rifle

Reloading the Weatherby Vanguard HSP 223 Rem Varmint Rifle Today, despite dark-looking weather, I made a trip to my local SSAA rifle range and resumed my testing of a range of loads in 223 Rem.  As part of my review, I have been reloading the Weatherby Vanguard HSP...

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MagnetoSpeed V3 Ballistic Chronograph

MagnetoSpeed V3 Ballistic Chronograph

Ballistic Chronographs Chronographs are an essential tool for load development in firearms.  An accurate measure of muzzle velocity is the cornerstone for understanding trajectory and sighting.  In addition, it is a very useful cross-check against the data in the...

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Swarovski z8i 1.7-13.3×42 P

Swarovski z8i 1.7-13.3×42 P

Swarovski z8i 1.7-13.3x42 P scope Swarovski Optik has a well-earned reputation for first-class optics.  The recently released z8i series of scopes only adds to that reputation.  The clarity, sharpness and colour rendition are outstanding. The z8 series, as the name...

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Taramundi Blades

Taramundi Blades

Hundreds of years ago Toledo steel earned an enduring reputation from the fine blades used by Spanish soldiers and knights on the battlefield.  Today Spain still has many knife making areas.  The village of Taramundi is particularly well known for its cutlery, which...

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