Thursday, 15 March 2018

Two weeks on Part 2

The diary of a butcher?
Despite the best efforts of the dogs trying to stop me getting round to it I managed to skin and butcher yesterdays Roe Doe.
The effect of a 120 grain 7mm Barnes TSX doing approximately 2760 feet per second upon flesh at 200 yards is quite something to behold. The damage to meat was minimal, less than I have encountered on similar sized deer with a 6.5 swede. Frankly if a human was hit in the chest with one of these its pretty much endex.
Usually a projectile like a ballistic tip would cause a similar sized entry wound but effectively detonate blasting bits of rib and bullet jacket through the chest cavity and often through the gut ruining quite a lot of meat in the process. This bullet made a slightly larger exit hole than the entry hole without massive fragmentation damage. A feature of ballistic tip bullet wounds is often the lack of a clear single entry hole. This is most definitely not the case with the Barnes TSX. Funnily enough we acquired these as we needed ostensibly an FMJ type projectile for testing the .280/30.
Well its impressive. I will now be looking for a 140 grain bullet in this type.
It seems to be available up to 175 grain in this size!
Oh happy days.
 Entry wound from outside:
Exit from the inside:
 Exit from the outside:
 I am truly impressed with the cartridge and projectile. Minute of deer at 200 yards!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Two weeks on (The diary of a Gamekeeper)

Part 1?
Today after a few weeks of tooing and froing I was finally appointed as the Gamekeeper on the shoot I have been a member of for the last 3 or 4 seasons.
I used the opportunity to nip out on the quad and have a look for foxes and hopefully Roe Does. I have seen a few about so I was rather happy about 20 minutes into my patrol to encounter a buck and a doe. The buck was in velvet and can wait till april the 1st. Thinning a couple out a year wont make much of a difference apart from my freezer.
As I followed them onto a field I spied a fox, my highest priority. Lining up the .280 I misjudged the range and missed below at about 300 yards. A consolation prize appeared in the way of the Roe appearing. I lined up o the Doe after confirming as well as I could that it wasn't the heavily pregnant one I hade seen last month.
Bang and down she went.
Quite the exit wound, Barnes TSX 140 grain 7mm in a .280/30

 Smashed through the ribs and took out the top of her heart!
 The Basset looks keen to have a bit!

 How much do you need a phone call when you are dressing a deer

 Heart, kidneys and liver all collected safely for eating

Tomorrow I will go back and look for the fox.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Happy 1st of March

I have been busy testing moderators but unfortunately the footage is for a commercially sensitive client so I cant share it.
I have however been very busy elsewhere.  Monday night I destroyed my van by skidding sideways into a tree, I now have some severe bruising but as my camera phone died I cant even share the pictures.
I have been busy, a client needed to overcome failing eyesight at shooting, hopefully this has worked:
As soon as my bruising goes down I will be out after the Roe.
Just a quick reminder of my views on religion:
Lent, what is lent? Lent is an ancient means of the patriarchal church controlling your lives by making you give up something and to donate to the church who owned more land and were wealthier than Kings.
Lent, I've given up giving up apart from religion, I gave that up years ago!

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Is this a metaphor

for my life:


As some may remember I used to be a keeper. It was something I have always enjoyed doing and something I should have done on leaving the army all those years ago!
Anyway the opportunity has arisen to assist on a local shoot so I have been busy since Christmas getting stuck into the shoot routine.
The season is of course over (its currently at time of writing February) and whilst the current keeper takes a break I have been wandering around looking at jobs to be done for the summer work party.
We have several drives and one of them suffered from a flood when the stream that carries all of the run off away backed up.
The wood a couple of weeks ago:

I went out today and its dried out quite a bit below our dams but its still in need of some serious work to sort out the stream:

Its not all work though, there is a nice family of Roe on the shoot:

I will update as we go along but basically life is getting better even if my bank account doesn't!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

In the bleak midwinter

Some of us get to spend the morning shooting. 300 yards were booked and one target provided, for £5 to the club I managed two serials of fire and proved that the bullet drop at 300 yards for the 2650 fps load of 140 grain bullet has only a bullet drop of approximately 10 inches at 300 yards, this may seem a lot but when you consider the same drop for 150 grain .308 at 2700 fps is 8 inches this tends to level the playing field a bit.
Weather was good, despite seriously windy conditions and a wind switching between left to right and then head on I managed to hit 10 x 5 of which 8 were V bulls and four were fours with an initial sighting shot to gauge the hold over, yes I didn't adjust my 100 yard zero I just used Kentucky windage.

Afterwards I had the chance to test the 30-55 having had the chance to retighten the action in the stock and despite it being the worst Remington 700 trigger I have ever had it was banging in the V bulls and inners at 300 yards. I suspect the 2900 fps helps beat the wind. Anyway with it being almost acceptable I am now happy to take it stalking and christen it.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Empire strikes back

I am preparing to deliver a lecture in may to my peers on this subject. I may post some more info on here first but as most of the initial stuff is in the public domain courtesy of the firearms blog I thought it was fair to share with you what has kept me away from the keyboard these last two years.
My 5 minutes of fame stateside
Suffice to say that one day I will spill the beans on this bit:
"I haven’t actually explained the dramas we went through, unfilled reamer orders, invoices recharged, lost ammunition, stuck cases, range closures, land access and a big clock ticking which means that soon my friend Paul will be leaving the UK for an extended stay overseas and I will have to carry on load development without him."
The state of custom rifle building in this country is strange to say the least. Price is a big factor and when you spend £800 on a custom barrel you actually expect to get what you specified not what the smith thought he could get away with.
I have done some more development on heavier bullets and bagged some deer into the bargain, more of which later.
That's enough of a tease for now!