Saturday, 25 February 2012

A trip to the rifle range

Took a trip to the range with a friend today as the weather was beautiful and I wanted to try out some new home loads. I had tried to visit last week but there was too much fog so we couldn't shoot, but today everything fell into place.

Ready to go! =)
Inside looking out
I have been working up some home loads for my new Sauer 202 Classic XT in 30-06 so I wanted to try them out and make sure there were no high pressure signs. Starting low and working my way up in .5 grain increments the groups were fantastic and continued to be as I progressed higher up the charge, when I got to my hottest load I put three shots almost through one hole, my best group - A great finish to a great morning! =)

Typical group, 2 shots a few mm's apart
Best group, 3 touching shots! =)
I also got the chance to try out my 30-06 with and without my new sound moderator, all I can say is, if you don't have one, you need to get one!!! It makes shooting so much more comfortable, recoil is more than halved and there is now hardly any muzzle flip.

More information on my new sound moderator coming soon!

I took my 6.5x55 varmint rifle to the range also as this is the rifle I use for fox and beaver hunting. After confirming the zero at 100 meters I decided to have a go at the 300 meter gong, I entered all the necessary data into my ballistic app. on my iPhone, calculated the clicks and made the necessary adjustments. I loaded up the rifle with my home loaded 85 grain Sierra Varmint ammunition, took aim and fired the first shot, "DONG" came the reply, a hit dead centre! Things are just getting better and better =)

More information on the iPhone app. coming soon ... watch this space! =)

Monday, 20 February 2012

More beaver signs

Took advantage of the recent good weather on the weekend to get out into the forest and check on some of the areas with beaver in my hunting terrain, it wasn't long before I noticed some tracks in the snow so I followed them towards the river where they originated and came across a beaver hole. This hole was about six feet from the waters edge and enables the beaver to come out onto the land direct from the water, it also acts as an escape route for the beaver.


The hole hasn't been used for a few days judging by the tracks but it will make a great place to post over.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Gunslinger Corral Rifle/ Shotgun Holster

As most are probably aware, having a heavy rifle can be very tiresome and cumbersome, especially during long stalks and hunting trips. I found this out quite quickly whilst being invited to go with the dogs during our Norwegian moose hunt, I had no idea just how long and difficult those treks were, especially when hauling a varmint style rifle around. Needless to say, as soon as I got home after the trekking in the forest, I immediately began looking for a solution to make it more bearable.

Having searched on the net for hours and hours I came a across a YouTube video of the Gunslinger Corral Rifle/ Shotgun Holster, the video made the product look like the perfect solution, so I took the plunge and ordered the 'Gunslinger Ultimate Sportman Set' direct from Gunslinger in the US and received it within a week. The 'Gunslinger Ultimate Sportman Set' includes the rifle/ shotgun holster, quick adjust rifle belt and universal backpack attachment, the holster is available in three colour options, high-visibility orange, black and camouflage and you need to specify whether you will have a right or left handed version!

I have now used this product over several seasons and have covered a lot of km's putting it to the test and all I can say is "wow" this holster makes such a difference, you almost forget your carrying the rifle as the weight is transferred to your waist.

Here are some pictures of the holster:

Press-Stud opening for belt attachment.
Quick-Release Fastener to hold your rifle/ shotgun in the holster.
Here is a link to the Gunslinger Corral Website: click here

Here is the Gunslinger YouTube video which inspired me to buy one:


I highly recommend this product, it works great for heavy rifles but also if you just want a secure method to hold your rifle when trekking and hunting over difficult terrain!

P.s. check out their other YouTube videos posted up by Gunslinger to see just how versatile this system really is!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Wild Boar Webcam Estonia

I stumbled across this on a hunting forum a few years back and have over the years seen all manner of wildlife on the webcam, wild boar, roe deer, raccoon dogs, hares, squirrels, mice and numerous small birds. If your lucky and you tune in at the right time you might even catch the people putting out the food, on one occasion the man who out put the food sat still right beside the clearing and was surrounded by 30-50 wild boar!!!

It's a great way to kill a few minutes when you have nothing to do, I often leave mine running as it has volume and you can hear when any animals come into the feeding area.

Here's the link:
mms://tv.eenet.ee/siga

It's a good idea to save it to your favourites, if you have Internet Explorer you can do this by highlighting the link above and then right clicking and selecting "Add to favourites..." then just select where in your favourites you wish to save it.

When trying to open the link you may get asked to allow access depending on your computer security settings as the link needs to open up a suitable program to view the webcam. On my PC I use RealPayer, if you have problems viewing the link you can download and install RealPlayer here for free: http://www.uk.real.com/dm/realplayer

I have also added a direct link on my Blog, just look on the at right hand side of my blog for the Webcams area and click on the Estonian Wild Boar Webcam link.

Here's a few screen shots from the webcam over the last couple of days.

Lunch is served! =)
Two raccoon dogs
Roe buck in velvet.
Family dinner =)
Red Fox.