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Brad Y

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  1. New stock

    Yes all done by me. Have access to some good equipment so thats how it turned out so good. Waiting for the wind to drop a little so I can go out and test some H322 and 55 noslers in it. Trying to get it up over 3700fps so it will be nice and flat out to 300yds at night.
  2. New stock

    Have built a new stock for my 6BR varmint rifle. The timber is sheoak- a native australian hardwood. This piece has a really nice curyly grain and despite the iphone pics, has come up an absolute treat with tru oil. Almost too good to get fox blood on.... almost...
  3. 6BR 55gr loads

    Thanks mate, I have read many articles on their forums and asked on there too. Have loaded up as per the Hodgdon data resources and will work a load from there.
  4. 6BR 55gr loads

    Not really common I know, but is anyone on here loading 55gr bullets in a 6BR? Care to share your load if so?
  5. Feral housecats?

    In Aus, feral cats are responsible for huge damage to native animals and birds. They are also really agressive and do some nasty damage to domestic cats and dogs and have been reported to attack small children who come across them thinking they are pets. I prefer to put a bullet in their head than worry about a collar or not. If a cat is out where I shoot, it shouldnt be there and will cop it.
  6. Nemesis down

    Hilly- Ive got my own little niche market!
  7. Nemesis down

    Hey guys, Kangaroo is probably one of the leanest, if not THE leanest red meat you will ever find. So much so that any cooking past medium will make it dry. There is no fat in it at all. I usually take the meat around the rump and backstraps- big ones are great food for my labrador, but the smaller does are fantastic lean meat. I cant say it tastes like anything in particular- a bit stronger than venison but I typically cut my meat up into bite size pieces and marinate them in red wine, garlic and chilli sauce then put them on a skewer with onion, different colour capsicum (peppers) and grill them over an open flame. Not bad chewing! Hilly- I took the tail off him, and curing it as Im selling a few to fly fishers who like the fur to tie their flies with.
  8. I was lucky enough to get away last night for a few hours and help out a couple of farmers with a fox problem. Only spent 2 hours behind the rifle but accounted for 5 foxes and took one kangaroo for some meat. The first paddock we entered, we caught a glimpse of my nemesis, a big fox I had been after for a few years. You dont get old being dumb in the fox game, and it was certainly skilled in outwitting my efforts. Of course once we saw him we turned the vehicle on him lined up and switched the light back on and found nothing. Outcrafted again. We drove around and searched every inch of that paddock for a kangaroo that would be destined for the table but found nothing. On the way out we had just about reached the final gate when we found my nemesis again a long way from where we first saw it. This time I reckon the bugger was pretty tired after such a long run, he made the fatal mistake of trying to hide behind a few clumps of grass. Unlucky for him with me being on a higher position, I could see the eyes quite easily with the scope on 14x. I put the crosshairs slighy below his eye line to take into account of the angle and sent an 87gr vmax out of the stubby little 21 inch 6 dasher. The wonderful hollow whack sound came back up the gully and I knew it was finally game, set and match with this fox. It turned out the be a huge dog fox easily the biggest I have seen and shot. His teeth were rounded, he had a very thick coat and a rather huge set of nuts to match. He was obviously king of this area. Ding Dong the king is dead. The bullet entered just above its snout just above where I was aiming. It was around 180 paces from the vehicle. From here we moved to a new paddock about 3 minutes away and found two foxes snooping around. I gave a few calls on the primos raspy coaxer and one started charging in from 500+ meters away. It took a couple of minutes before I was confident of taking the shot, calling out the obligatory "oi jerk" to get it to sit still. I pumped another 87gr vmax into the chest and wheeled around quickly to get a follow up shot on its partner which was high tailing it rapidly back towards the creek. It stopped when I let of a vixen scream on my nordik fox caller, but I opted to not take the shot with a house in that same general direction and it would have been an easy 300+m shot at night under a light. That one will get some treatment next time. We changed properties and immediately came across another fox in a paddock with some poddy calves. I chose not to fire again as I wasnt going to risk shooting in the same direction of cattle. We moved along a bit more and soon found a vixen sitting up on a large boulder, much like a domestic cat would on the back of a sofa. With no issues with anything behind this one, it was game on and another shot right between the eyes spraying the rocky perch with pink matter from 200m or so. A drive up another lane where I had seen some kangaroos in the past, and we quickly spotted a mob of them eating the newly germinated oats. A quick headshot dispatched an average sized model and we did all the usual stuff to have it ready for butchering later in the evening. With it getting a little late and one of our party having to milk his herd early the next morning we turned and went down the last lane for the evening, dropping another fox about 170m away. We continued along again and only 400m from the last fox we came across another that was sniffing its way along a creekline. A few more squawks and it too popped its head up to see what the fuss was about and recieved the red tipped sleeping tablet into its forehead, making another nice hollow pop. I took the tail skins off the foxes for some friends to use in their fly tying hobbies. They are all washed and salted up and will be ready to send out in a month or so. We passed up shots at two more foxes on the drive home, giving me an excuse to head out there again in a week or two. Here is the photo of my nemesis, note the size of him compared to the mcmillan stocked rem700. Also a pic of it showing where the 87gr vmax entered and blew out its bottom jaw turning it all into a rather mushy mess. Thanks for reading.
  9. Wired home made e callers

    You do make a good point regarding the wire and scent. Will have a good look at what is available. I do have one cagey adult fox that I have shot at during the night under a spotlight. Missed it and now its very shy of any activity. Im thinking a day calling session right next to its den would be the best way to get it.
  10. Wired home made e callers

    Yes still set on running a cable for the ipod to the unit and have the amp at the unit. With the decoy, maybe i will leave that for a little until I can get the e caller built. Lots of people here also use a couple of large thick feathers on some light mono fishing line on a stick to blow in the wind, or the tip of a fox tail on the same kind of apparatus. Just something furry that moves around even a whisker to keep them interested is generally enough. I will be calling red fox, though they have just started their breeding season and wont respond to distress calls generally until october or so. Gives me plenty of time to sort it out. Also possibly some domestic cats that have taken to the bush and gone feral will also be the target, though Ive never been able to call one and get them to come in, more so they stop and look at you before you touch off a shot.
  11. Wired home made e callers

    Thanks mate, Im pretty confident of putting it all together now, the more I read the more simple it sounds. Our main problem is just getting all the bits and pieces here to make it worthwhile. Found one place locally that has a fair bit of stuff, it will probably cost me around the equivalent of $100US to get it all together.
  12. Wired home made e callers

    Was thinking just setting up a relay so every 10-15 seconds the decoy motor would spin a couple of times then go off. Not controlling it from the remote location. But Im not fussed either way. Would rather wired as the cost of a wireless transmitter/reciever here in Aus is down right crazy. Makes importing a fox pro more attractive, though any importation of components from the USA is expensive with the dollar below parity at the moment.
  13. Wired home made e callers

    By the looks of it, if I run 12G speaker wire I should be ok. Going to have a look at some components this week for one and will be running it off my iphone. Ive found some good sounds online, just need to get a few more in the way of red fox mating calls etc. Im also thinking about getting a small relay and motor on it to put a decoy on it as well.
  14. Say I wanted to build an e caller that instead of having a remote/wieless transmitter and reciever to play sounds, I wanted to just run a solid wired connection 30-40 yards away. What is best to do, have the audio source and amp at the shooter and run a long length of speaker wire? Or have the amp, power and speaker in one unit then have the audio source with the shooter and connect the two with a long lead and 3.5mm jacks either end?
  15. Thanks all for the kind words. Yes the caliber is about right, shot everything from 17 cal to 30 cal on foxes and while the 223's are good, these just offer that bit extra range on long shots and load development isnt hard. I started with 5 shots loaded at 35gr benchmark and a 55gr nosler BT. All 5 went into a tight cluster at 100yds. Load development done.