[photo-column]Whilst I don’t consider my self to be contrary, I’m also not one to take everything at face value. Of course I listen to good advice, whilst carefully to pick out the chaff, but I also like to try things out for myself.
After all, life is a voyage of discoveries, and we really shouldn’t impede ourselves with other people limitations – many of which are self-inflicted due to personal preference or the inability to accept a broader understanding of the subject matter.
Either way, the past couple of days have been both fun, and also a great eye-opener! On Monday of this week I had the pleasure of visiting Mike Norris of Brock and Norris Custom Rifles. His workshop is like an Aladdin’s cave of treasures from fantastic custom rifles, though to high tech machinery we’d all love in our own workshops!
The reason for the call was two-fold: Firstly to collect a couple of rifles with my good pal David Watt to send to Nduna Hunting Safaris and secondly to get him to look at my beloved Sauer 202 in .308.
This rifle is like part of the family, but when fitted with a moderator, its 24inch barrel was just too long and unwieldy for my UK woodland stalking. I was stronly advised not to shorten it due to potential accuracy problems, and was actually considering letting it go!
After asking Mike what he thought, and getting a ‘no-nonsense’ response (my favourite kind!) a little over 20 minutes later my barrel was 4 inches shorter, with a perfectly machined crown and handling like a dream! If you’re having similar thoughts, be sure to call Mike first on 07971 169829. You won’t be sorry!
The next convention to be challenged was ‘thou shalt not hunt in low light with a small objective lens scope’. The new Ultimax6 1-6×24 I’m currently testing from Highland Outdoors blew that straight out of the window!
I was out lamping last night with Team Wild, but due to the thick covering of snow we didn’t really use the lamp. Although there was a full moon, there was little ambient light due to the thick cloud cover. However, the Ultimax6 provided a fantastic sight picture right out to 300 yards, even at full mag!
Unfortunately Charlie wasn’t playing ball last night, but we’ll be back out sometime next week to see what Santa’s brought!
Check out the photo essay I’ve posted showing the Ultimax6 mounted to my Sauer 202. I’ll be carrying out a full field review over the next few weeks, but so far it’s proving to be a cracking little scope. But don’t take my word for it – check it our for yourself!