Just back...

Discussion in 'Turf and Surf Hunting and Fishing' started by Andy the Aussie, Sep 30, 2017.


  1. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Just back from a week out in the west of NSW, for Sept we had a couple of records days of heat (40degsC) accompanied by howling winds, the inland here (and much of the east is well and truly in the grip of drought and it shows, the tanks (dams) are still holding water at the moment but that wont last much longer.


    For the much of the week I was out there with my best mate and his two kids (my Godkids 19 and 16), to start with, in the week walking around I didn’t fire a shot at a single critter, saw a number but the urge didn’t take a shot.


    So some pics….


    This one is snapped mid afternoon on one of the stinking hot days…

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    A couple of Chital that wandered into a tank for a drink in the heat…

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    Skippy through the thistles….

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    While heading in and out from the old homestead I had my eye out for a log to take some slices off as I wanted them for some Euro Mounts I want to do with some deer heads I have here at home. The owner has been fencing and cutting some fire breaks, so there were lots of downed trees about but none of the required diameter accessible (as I didn’t want to climb to the top of a pile and start waving the saw around). Then I spotted one on the far western boundary and returned with my truck and saw…..

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    And after some sawing…..

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    Godson (apprentice carpenter) saw the dozen or so I took and asked if we could head out and grab some more as he would like to have a go at working some. I also took some smaller diameter slices for us both they may work for some pig tusks etc.


    Along the way I managed to get the first ever puncture I have had in a Cooper tyre (this is the third set), could not actually see the issue and it may be a valve. Still holding air for over six hrs when pumped back up but changed it out none the less….

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    ….the pic is more to show the three Toyotas that made the trip as I never did get one of them all lined up… ;)


    Did I mention it is dry ??? This is the spot I was bogged up to both axles last August!! That was about the last good rain they had !!

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    Spotted a little Goanna sitting up on a fence post catching some sun but he didn’t cooperate for a pic, the post was hollow and he dived in….I risked life and limb to climb up and snap a pic down into that post (he could have mistaken me for a tree and climbed me !!!)…

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    Sunrise…

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    Godson packed up and left early (as the sun rose above) and the mate and Goddaughter packed and took off shortly after….

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    Leaving me alone for the next few days.


    We had already toyed with rifles on the little range we use here, and I chrono’ed the .375H&H loads to took to Africa (just out of interest) but I was not happy with how my renovated SSG had shot so had another go. It “patterned” with Fed GMM and shot under 1MOA with Winchester 175gn Match, for giggles I threw in a group with my Sako’s hunting load (165gn Ballistic Tips over AR2208) and was VERY pleasantly surprised and then threw a second right after that was almost as good!!! So I guess it makes loading easier when it is the same in both rifles !!


    SSG….

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    And in the dirt and burrs….

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    Bipod arrangement sucks a pole so now I know it will shoot I am happy to spend some $s on a better setup. I have owned this SSG since 1986 and it dates to the early 80s.


    And what would a trip of mine be without a couple of “knife porn” pics….


    My new cleaver….

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    CRK 25…

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    ASH1 (of course!!)…

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    And for the Chevy fans…

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  2. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Nice!
    Question, What are we doing with the pancake slices of wood?
     
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  3. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Euro Mounts for deer antlers/skuls, they will be the back boards I hope. I have one I sliced accidentally in a wedge profile and it may end up with my Warthog Skull on it.
     
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  4. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Was that a STIHL Saw i spotted in onne of the early pictures?
     
  5. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Yep... early 90s 021. It is a fine tool !! It had a tough life before I bought it around 15yrs ago but still (no pun intended) runs like a champ.
     
  6. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    i have an 031AV with an 24” Bar, bought back in the 70s, and AlaskaChick has her 018 with a 12” Bar... we are a STIHL House... Always have been, ALWAYS will be... Nothing better than a STIHL...
     
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  7. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I understand the snorkels on the rigs, but that small diameter pipe on the wagon rings no bells. Whatzit, pray tell.
     
  8. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    You mean that runs down each side above the front wheels ? I so that this a steel brush ('Roo) guard. It is part of the steel sliders bolted onto the chassis (topped with checker plate) that then runs up and connects to the Bullbar. For pushing crap out of the way a bit when bush bashing and providing some protection from 'Roos clipped out on the edge of the bar and spun into the front guards (as always seems to happen). If you look at the pic with all three trucks you can see the 78 Series at the back also has the same arrangement. Is that what what you mean ?
     
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  9. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    This is 'Roo strike on one of our work trucks when I was on a job out in the same area a few years ago....
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    ...the brown line running down the door is where the tail was spun around and struck length ways. The door was stoved in enough that it would no longer open.
     
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  10. GrayGhost

    GrayGhost Monkey++

    I always enjoy following along on your outback adventures, @Andy the Aussie.

    BTW....that cleaver is sweet!
     
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  11. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    Nice trip Andy. I'm jealous.
     
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  12. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Hmm, 4WD trucks, hunting, knives, firearms (with a hint of reloading thrown in there), chain saws, spending time out in the wild country (Outback as you perhaps would call it) ... looks as if some of you Aussies are as "deplorable" as Hilary Clinton says half of us bloody yanks are.

    It's great to see. We're looking forward to your next trip, and whatever else you'd care to post.
     
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  13. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Thanks all.... :) It certainly beats the hell out of being stuck in Sydney. Looking at my schedule for the rest of the year this may well be my last serious trip till next year. Trying to get a weekend or two away in however... ;)
     
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  14. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I'd like to see Andy the Aussie and good Ol Chello on a outback trip!

    [ROFL][woot][ROFL]
     
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  15. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    The internet is a funny thing, it seems to bring out the extremes of peoples personalities, I suspect if I were to travel with Chello we would get along just fine as opinion and debate are managed differently in person.....or I may just abandon him to walk home.....LOL

    For reference here is my truck bogged in that spot last year....could not be more different now !!!

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  16. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Chello could have talked that truck out of the bog!
    What tires are you running?
     
  17. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    They are Cooper ST Maxx.
     
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  18. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Coopers should have worked? Sometimes when I see a nasty spot up ahead I just use the skinny pedal and try to fly thru it?
     
  19. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Monkey+++ Founding Member

    There was not much tyre wise that was going to help there. It was almost bottomless (as I was digging out the wheels the holes were filling with water) and it was sitting on the axles/diffs so no way to tunnel down further. It was my own fault, I actually turned into it to do a 180 as the track ahead was looking bad and I didn’t want to get stuck !!! LOL

    Nothing on the surface looked bad but it was actually where the whole area was draining via.
     
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  20. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Sounds like the place you need a PTO Winch, and a Danforth Anchor...
     
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