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Fireformed 50 rnds of 'K' hornet tonight. Some of it on critters and the rest on tin can lids that I nailed to a stump and then shot at under lights at 175 yards! On Goats I try for neck shots. Using larger calibres.......Bleeds em out faster! (Says the man who has over the years used .375 H&H ,45-70 and .458 on goats! (and come to think of it Rabbits and feral cats! Yes I have certain problems 😱😁)
 

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When searching for small pistol primers I saw several places in Australia that them in stock. I realize that AU hasn't had the firearm and ammo panic buying that we've had in the US but just how well stocked are your suppliers for ammo and reloading components?
Ride Safe. Dr.Tramp............
I don't know about other stores over here. My Gun Guy deals pretty much with Pro shooters and has always had massive stocks of Ammo and Reloading expendables. I always love going there ,when he has a sporting shooter buying 100 projectiles ,100 primers and a pound of powder! The expression on their faces, when somebody like me arrives to pick up 5000 projectiles ,10,000 primers and 20 lbs of different powders ,is priceless ! We then have to explain to them about the volumes that people like me shoot!
Many years ago I was working in Western Australia out on the Nulabour Plain. I was due to go on leave and a Rabbit processor asked me if I could pick up a order of .22 lr as his supply was running low. Now he had about 9 or 10 shooter's working for him at the time. the order was for 100,000 rnds which was a couple of months supply! I arrived in Adelaide and the Gun store was in a major road in the CBD. Not a problem ,I pulled up in a loading zone only (I figured I was loading ). I picked up the first load of ammo and took it out to my truck. I grabbed a young store assistant, to watch over what I had already loaded. Then I went back for another load. On my return ,there's the store assistant (shaking like a leaf I remember) and 2 burly Cops! I wandered out and the Kid points to me and one of the Cops says to me words to the effect of is this your ammo? Now not being used to big cities ,I replied no it's for a chap in WA ! How much ammo is there asks one of the cops and I tell him! Well things started to get a little heated and voices were raised! The Store owner heard this and came out and poured oil on troubled waters! I look back and laugh about it these days ,but I still remember how angry I was getting as I was just getting ,what I judged to be a normal order of ammo!
 

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What has really annoyed me today ,is I had to nip round to my Gun Guys to pick up ,more powder. Not a big problem until he announced that ADI our local powder manufacturer is no longer supplying Bench Mark 2 in 4kg tins! Only 1 kg bottles! I brought his last 3, 4kg tins! I'm not happy about this!
 

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I reckon it's down to price! These last tins I got. Were at the old price of $350.00 per tin! A 4 kg tin of what ADI powders are still available are retailing for about $450.00 A kilogram bottle of ADI powders is ranging from $105- $130. Winchester is $60-72 per Pound . Alliant $69 per pound. Hodgdon $60-79 per pound! I don't pay any where near those prices! Thanks to bulk ordering and I don't pay sales tax
 

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Eley ammo has always been expensive over here! On saying that though, over the years I've only found one .22 lr that hated it ! That was my Fieldman .22 rifle! It used to be my go to Rabbit shooting rifle when I was shooting them for a living! Winchester Australia used to produce 3 different Generic brands of .22 lr Diamond, which was cheap ,Winner which was cheap and nasty and Bushman ,which came under the heading of ........That's all you've got? Yet my Fieldman would shoot 1/4 inch groups at 75 yards all day and night! With Diamond or Winner! There was a subsidiary of Eley in Australia for many years and they sold ammo under the Name of ICI! There was a brand of .22 ammo sold as Civic it was reasonably priced and it shot well and hit hard!
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You cut the box along one edge as there was a target printed on the inside!
They also manufactured C/F ammo under the Brand of Imperial! Which included most of the .303 Wild Cats .22/243/257/270-303!
 

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The Eley stuff wasn't cheap before the panic buying and now it's like gold.
That's weird about the Fieldman. Was it a Naughton Fieldman with the thumb hole stock?
They're supposed to be pretty nice rifles.
Ride Safe. Dr.Tramp.............
It most certainly is! A left handed model
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The old Girl has made me a lot of money over the years!
 

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The Barrel on the Fieldman is very deceptive! The actual rifle barrel is only about 3/8th of an inch! But it is fitted inside of a alloy jacket! Which basically gives it , the stability of a H/B but without the weight! As it came from the factory it was Bedded and the Barrel floated! The barrel is also 17.5 inches long which is the optimum barrel length for a .22 LR! As a matter of interest his factory also a Semi Auto and lever action
 

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Sounds like a real delight to shoot. I know Merv Naughton is gone but is anybody making something similar?
Ride Safe. Dr.Tramp............
Unfortunately, when Merv died in 1988. the company's firearm section folded. Which is a great pity! Merv did employ an apprentice John Mialls. Who went on to own the largest Gun store in Australia! I believe in about 1976 ,Merv approached John about taking over Feldman's but he declined the offer preferring to go into business on his own
 

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Many years ago there was a Gunsmith by the name of Arthur Langsford ,he ran a Gun store in NSW named after his wife 'Myra' he was prolific inventor and Wildcatter. He gave us Roos shooters the 240 Myra and the 257 Myra ,which were basically a .222 Rem necked out to .243 & 257. His greatest legacy was what he called the .17 Tiny Mite which was a .22lr necked down to .17. Now the price tag of these rifles was (I'm not joking) $100,000 au:. Only one to the best of my knowledge ever left his store.... It was stolen and the thief came back several days later to buy ammo for it !!
Arthur died some years later and the patent expired and Hornady picked it up and used it as the basis of their .17 HMR
I Have never owned a .17 HMR as the price of ammo was just off this planet at about $30 au per 50.
 

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In my early days of working. I tried both the .240 Myra and the 257 Myra. I used the .222 Rimmed case though so I could chamber it in a Martini Cadet action! Thing was even just the .222R you had to reduce the standard load for a .222 by 5 % ! I'm sad to say although the .222 might be a great target round it never appealed to me as a hunting round
 

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My Dad had, for years a Savage 30-30/12 gauge ,that traveled in his farm truck. He reckoned it give him the best of both worlds! He used it to control vermin (Feral goats ,Crows etc ). For many years I shot and owned Handguns It strangely enough, was a form of relaxation for me! When you shoot rifles for a living and need a hobby, handguns were fun! Thing was though and still is I suppose. Handguns require you to be a member of a club! There is a loop hole though! If you are a 'Primary Producer' (Farmer) You can apply for a class of licence to carry a handgun on your property! I used to carry a Ruger single 6 with the .22mag cylinder on occasion. Dad (being Dad) carried a ancient .455 Webley! To this day ,only Dad knows why! I brought him a Ruger Blackhawk in .357 once and he promptly traded it for a Blackhawk in .44mag! I don't think he ever fired a shot out of it! I owned two at the time and I think he just wanted to 'keep up with the joneses' as it were!
 
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