Seems the rabbits around here are taking after their city cousins and adopting a high rise lifestyle. That hole in the trunk is actually the opening to a burrow, which leads up through the tree and to the entire right hand branch. Enterprising bunch of rabbits around here - I've seen plenty of foxes In trees, but not too many rabbits.
For those who are interested, the rifle is a late 1980s Harrington and Richardson Handi Rifle, chambered in .22 K-Hornet. Sometimes the simplest rifles can bring the greatest pleasure ... and are deadly accurate with hand loads too. The last job with this one is to adjust the ejection. Losing brass is annoying; losing lovingly prepared K-Hornet brass is devastating. ... See MoreSee Less
Here's a look at the brand new Bergara B14 rifle. Bergara have had a bit of a presence in Australia with their Apex and Scout rifles, and are known their high quality barrels. This is a timber .30-06. First impressions are that it's a well made and attractive rifle. The stock is an oiled finish, from a pretty decent piece of timber - call me old school, but I really like that sort of thing - even if the timber soaks up my tears every time I dent them.
The action is a classic push feed - with the kicker being that it leaves plenty of others for dead in terms of smoothness. Details are evident; all rifles are practical to a degree, but as you'll see from the photos Bergara have moved to make sure this is stylish as well. Check out the bolt shroud, cocking indicator and bolt release - I really like that attention to detail in styling.
The trigger leaves the factory at about 1500 grams, with plenty of room for adjustment. She's crisp too. Obviously I haven't taken it for a walk, but the test target indicates it's getting about 1" out of the box - I'm pretty sure some judicious hand loading would see that improve immensely.
Supply is limited at this stage, though more are coming. The B14 comes in medium to magnum actions, from .243 to .375 H and H as is so often the way with Euro rifles. Synthetic stocks are available too. ... See MoreSee Less