Re: NZ Long Range Sika Hunting
Glad you enjoyed it guys, that hunt was so much fun!
Down Under, I'd say one of the 338's based on the Cheytac would be the ultimate for your purposes, either Kirby's 338 AM or Dave's SnipeTac. I have a couple of these on the go with Kirby at the moment!
RedBone, this hunt was in late summer, but we hunt all year round. That is a supressor on the end of the barrel, reduces noise and recoil significantly.
Jon2, yea, longrange hunting is definitely a 2 man deal. With a heavy rifle and a good brake/supressor, you can settle the gun and spot your own shots, but a seperate spotter is better and more reliable. He'll usually have a bigger feild of view and should be able to see the bullet trail in the air. I use a 20-60x80mm angled eyepiece Swarovski spotter and it is excellent. A good solid tripod is essential too, I use carbon fibre models by Slik, lightweight and extremely rigid.