Editor shoots fallow with M17


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Well, there’s some videos and pictures in a series around this little story. I went out with my mate Alex with an horrendous dose of the flu and Alex was very kind to me. Apart from one fair-to-middling walk after a young buck, we sat off an oat paddock morning and afternoon for three days, and belted a deer each time. God smiled on two old hunters.

The rifle I used was an old fullbore shooters .308 conversion from an original Enfield M17 military rifle in .30-06 Springfield. The updated sporter I used has a 27-inch 1-in-13 twist Ferlach medium contour barrel, Timney trigger and a bedded Boyds laminated stock. Atop I mounted a Bushnell Elite 3-9×40 riflescope. The sling to carry this monster was a powerful consideration as the weight is “more than average” for a simonpure hunting rifle, so it wears a Niggeloh neoprene sling with a, integrated spare cartridge carrier. When loaded with a Barnes or similar monometal 150gn bullet, it’s a reasonably flat shooting, capable big game outfit that has taken everything from fox to sambar stag.

Anyhow, apologies for the blurriness, still haven’t worked out the Nikon SLR’s foibles (fur balls more like), but you get the idea. Thanks to Alex for everything. Hope you enjoy it.


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