Varmiting Down Under

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by muzr257, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. muzr257

    muzr257 Member

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    Went out for a shot on sunday -weather was a bit threatening after a light dusting of snow, but the rabbits and hares were still out and about.
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    I shot this one from the knob just over my right shoulder - only 425 yards but im fireforming loads so i was quite happy - even happier that his two friend stayed to see what all the fuss was about:)
    We were looking for wallaby's to shoot as well, but only saw this one, but he was a good size - probably weighed about 70 lbs. An easy shot at about 110 yards as he was sitting up watching me.
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    I had an AFS student from Brazil out as well showing him how we shoot - he thought shooting the head off a hare was pretty funny.
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    All in all a good day out.
     
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  2. Savagebien

    Savagebien Well-Known Member

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    good stuff, what cal is that rifle, how long is the bbl? it looks nice, and that wallaby looks wild!
     

  3. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

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    Is that a kangaroo ? i guess i could do my own research but -i'll just let you tell me.

    Why do you shoot them -are they non-native to the region ?

    What about camels aren't they vermin also ?

    Good shooting and a fine rifle you have there .....ME
     
  4. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Well-Known Member

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    Ol Mike:
    I believe Muzr257 is from New Zealand. Kangaroos and wallabies are not native there. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think there were any native, terrestrial mammals in New Zealand when the Europeans showed up. I understand brushtailed possums are also a big problem down there. Don't think camels are an issue. Never been there myself.

    So what can you tell us 'bout your rifle and scope?
     
  5. StuMac

    StuMac New Member

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    New Zealand has only one native mammal - a bat. There is 7 species of deer, Tahr, Chamois plus vermin and all can be hunted year round.
     
  6. muzr257

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    Its is a red neck wallaby that came over from Australia 100+ years ago - they actually trap them and send them back to Australia now as they are a pest here but endangered over there! Best day sniping Wallaby we have had was 97 between 3 of us, over distances of about 200 to 800 yards.
    We have an annual hunting competition locally, for hunting Wallaby with the heavist Buck winning a brand new Ruger rifle - weight of about 25kg gutted was the winner. If I had shot him during the compettion I would have definately enter him as I would have had a good chance - any Wallaby that is over 5 feet long is a big one:D
    No camels - i hope!
    Rifle is a Borden Alpine fitted with a PacNor 28 inch 1 in 8 twist in 243ackley with a Swarovski 6-24, shooting 105 Hornady A-max doing 3030fps with a fireforming load - suprised how fast they going while fireforming the Lapua brass. Very happy with the Borden, the first time I have had a "custom" action.

    Regards Muz
     
  7. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

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    Wow -97 of those buggers !

    Top-notch rifle and cartridge -great choice for BIG varmints.
     
  8. rifleshooter

    rifleshooter Well-Known Member

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    Nice looking rifle Muzr257 and some great looking ground, 97 wallaby must have been good to be able to do that especialy out to 800 yds