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Dave’s 270Win Ammo Tests!

I’ve always reckoned that the old adage,’ignorance is bliss’, just won’t cut it when it comes to owning and shooting a rifle without ever knowing its true potential. The old days of simply grabbing a box of ammo off the shelf and’ heading out West’ are long gone and pretty much every shooter has the knowledge to source the best ammo for his rifle and the range of ammo available is quite staggering. Continue reading Dave’s 270Win Ammo Tests!

The Military Roots of Olympic Biathlon

biathlonHere is a great article by Ian McCollum from The Firearm Blog about the history of Biathlon which I thought would be good to share whilst the 2014 Olympics are underway.

Biathlon seems like a grueling sport that incorporates shooting skill, endurance and toughness like no other.

The history of the sport is very interesting, starting off as an event called “Military Patrol” in the 1924 Chamonix Games in Paris and up until 1978 they used centrefires, typically 6mm or 6.5mm but now they use the humble 22lr.


Click the link below for a great read:

Tracking Point “Precision Guided Firearms” Good or Bad?

trackingpointBefore I start this blog I ask you guys to watch the following two videos and here is a brief explanation of how Tracking Point works:





To operate the PGF, the shooter…

  1. Paints the target with the tag to lock on
  2. Watches as the tag persists, regardless of relative movement
  3. Aligns the reticle with the tag to produce the firing solution
  4. Squeezes and holds the trigger to arm the system

When the reticle and tag are optimally aligned, the Networked Tracking Scope releases the guided trigger. As long as you can tag it, you can hit it.

The Tracking point system which is the rifle, scope, ammunition and a tablet that is used as one to basically turn the shooter into a turret that points the gun in the right direction and makes the choice of approximately when the firearm should fire.

All you need to do is input the wind and it takes care of every single thing for you. You “paint” a target and when you are ready to fire you pull the trigger and the gun will go off when it feels it can make the shot which means the gun won’t fire when you pull the trigger, it will wait until the computer is certain of a hit.

It is fascinating technology and some serious smarts have gone into it, I love it as a piece of tech it is amazing stuff and really makes it easy for anyone to shoot long range with limited firearms knowledge and shooting skill.

I guess the thing that really annoyed me was after watching all the back slapping in the LR Hunting video (the second video) they made it out as if they were pulling off incredible feats. The rifle is making incredible shots, the shooter isn’t, the shooter requires little to no skill to operate the gun and thus I feel that it takes marksmanship away from the marksman.

Again it is an amazing feat of technology, it would work great and I would love to have a go at it, but to me it renders the skill of the shooter useless as this system does it all for you short of selecting a target and telling it when it should fire at said target.

I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this innovation.

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Zeiss Conquest HD 10×42 Binocular Review.


The Territory was dry, and that’s to say the least. The strangle hold of the worst wet season in a decade was showing it still had a tight grip. What was once a lush green wetland, blanketed in cane grass and lignum were now nothing but cratered dustpans. Every now and then fossils of last year’s fairy clams and crabs were swept the surface by the balmy winds. When the water had dried up, the pigs and buffalo disappeared as well. The creeks which flowed off the mighty Roper river were now a series of billabongs and waterholes, trapping the migrating barramundi to a certain death. It was close to dark as we decided to head back to camp. The sky was a deep amber as the sun fell below the horizon and burnt out black stumps lay throughout the dusty swamps. I lifted my new Zeiss conquest HD binoculars to have one last look before we called it a day. In an instant those black stumps grew curly black tails and wicked ivory tusks…………………. It was game on!

Zeiss have been highly regarded in the optics industry for decades. In a class equal to the likes of Swarovski, Leica and Khales, Zeiss have always pushed the envelope with their innovative designs and proven European quality. The old Conquest Binoculars were a pleasure to look through, crisp and sharp in every aspect and at a significantly higher price. The New High Definition (HD) series is a superb addition to the Zeiss Inventory. The completely redesigned Conquest HDs are a full roof prism binocular made in Germany to the highest quality standards.

As soon as you open the box you get the impression that you have just purchased a premium product. Encased in Zeiss blue foam for protection the rest of the accessories are housed in separate compartment of the box. The 10x42s tested are very compact and comfortable to hold, weighing in at 750grams. The new rubberised coating is a great upgrade from the glossy finish of the old model Conquest and feels strong, giving the user a confident grip even when wearing gloves. The detail and finish of the binoculars shows that Zeiss have put a lot of thought and effort into this fantastic, well priced unit.


The mechanics are what you would expect of Zeiss, silky smooth and Precise. The traditional solid bridge design is strong and sturdy. Focusing is very easy with the Conquest HD thanks to an oversized smooth and freely rotating focus wheel, which unfortunately is only large enough for one finger. It is also rubber coated bearing the words “Made In Germany”. Diopter adjustment is a non locking ring located at the right eyepiece like in other traditional models. It is easy to use and has enough friction to hold the ring in place. Twist out eyecups feature a 3 detent lock system to adjust your eye relief out to 18mm, which is a great addition for anyone who wears glasses.

Looking through the HDs sets these binoculars apart from anything else in this price range. The image is crisp and razor sharp. Clarity and sharpness is outstanding all the way to the edges. Perfect, vivid color rendition makes objects appear to jump out at you. The lenses carry Zeiss’s LotuTec water-repellent coating. These lenses are essentially the same lenses used in the much higher priced Victory HT models.

Field of view at 1000 meters is claimed to be 128 meters making it one of the best in its class. Objects can be focused in as close as 2 meters. All HD models are waterproof and fogproof. The Zeiss website claim to offer a Limited Lifetime Transferable Warranty in addition to a NO FAULT 5 year policy for the original owner.

These mid priced binoculars stand up to the best of the best for around the half the price. I believe that this is all the binocular the average hunter will need. In comparison to other mid priced European made optics such as Meopta and Steiner, The Conquest HD were a cut above, by a long shot. Making a difference between a successful hunt and a great time in the bush, these are well worth a look for anyone wanting to purchase an outstanding pair of binoculars.

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ZeissHDBino2Review by: Joe Amoroso.