Well, I’m glad some of you have enjoyed the photos; thank you for your comments…it really was an awesome week…I’m still walking around with a silly grin.
Martyndavison: Inverness-shire. Yup, it is a heavy rifle; but I don’t really think you notice a couple of extra pounds on the hill…would you notice if someone added a 2lb bag of sugar to your pack? (well 4 bags in the case of this rifle!!) ….biathlon straps are the path to happiness; if you’re not clear what they are, scroll down the link for a pic: http://www.sportingservices.co.uk/accessories.asp
Charles: I used my standard (only!) load:
Lapua Brass, Nosler 165BT, Fed 210M, loaded to an OAL (to ogive using stoney point comparator) of 56.7mm (2.232in) over 45grains of viht N140 to give 2722fps…..almost perfectly mimics the characteristics of factory lapua 167scenar.
Andy: It’s an AW. It has the 24” heavy match barrel (rather than the lighter 26” standard) which designates it as an AWP. If you want, you can find out more at the link above!
Jimm: No doubt this’ll seem odd to a US perspective, but each estate has to hit certain cull targets set by a government agency; as a result; due to the sheer volume of deer shot [something staggering like 40,000 are shot annually in Scotland] , the norm in Scotland tends to be that the venison is sold to market through a game dealer to generate income to the estate. All the red venison went to a local game dealer; the young sika was kept as an ‘eater’…..the heads are ‘in-transit’.
Jeza: Good luck on the DSC; enjoy it! If you decide to take on DSC2 at some point give me a shout if you like ; I’m an accredited witness. I drag the AW. Don’t bother with drag bags, this rifle doesn’t need them! I protect the scope and muzzle with an Eagle industries cover (although you can see I’ve had to do a bit of ‘local manufacture’ as regards the suppressor muzzle cover):
I crawl with the rifle reversed, lie it bolt uppermost on your left hand, stick your thumb up through the thumbhole …and off you go! …..alternatively, caterpillar it, crawl then reach back and drag it level by the rear sling loop, crawl then drag level and so on.