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February 2012 update

Written by Nathan Foster on February 8th, 2012.      3 comments

Hello all, I hope this blog finds you well.

Those of you who have been following the TBR blog will know that I was taken late ill last year. I am still recovering from this, progress is steady, just one step at a time. I have tentatively started gun work again within a limited capacity and will slowly start the hunts again as my hill fitness returns. Actually I am going to hit the hills this weekend as my first return foray.  I want to take this opportunity to thank readers, clients and friends for your support during this period, it has really helped Steph and I through.

OK, so whats new.  I have managed to upload a few more cartridge articles to the knowledge base these past weeks.  I was also approached by NZ Outddoor Magazine to write for them in December and the first article is out now in the Feb issue, a primer on long range hunting. Past clients will easily recognise the tone and direction of the wheat versus chaff (hunting kit) article, new readers I hope will find it a useful resource.  Between doing this work and the knowledge base, my inbox has been very busy from the tens of thousands of readers we now have visiting each month from around the world.  I have to admit, some days it has been a bit of a struggle to answer technical questions at a rate of one technical query coming in every 15-20 minutes.  But you know, I enjoy it, I like to hear what you are all doing, I enjoy meeting you all, friendships made, so many great people and the feedback is valuable as it solidifies the knowledge base.  Just remember to keep those digital camera's handy and to collect autopsy photos, they are a very helpful resource.

As for the rifles, oh my gosh.  Things aren't going too well out there guys so be careful when buying. Many manufacturers, whether European or U.S are taking some serious short cuts with action designs, trigger designs and barrel quality. Things aren't the same as they were a few years ago so be prepared. If your rifle is not up to task and where a warranty is absent, the rifle may very well need a trip to your local smith for re-working. Be patient and as always, I will do my best to help you all out.

Our little Riley is coming up 6 years old soon, she is a tall girl and thanks to the scope that has been taped on her plastic M92 lever action since she was 4, she can now steady the cross hairs on a target in a natural way.  So, its about time I got her an air rifle, possibly open sights and a scope so that she can learn both. But it won't be long before she will be ready for a .22 either. For the Kiwi's out there reading this, if any of you have such a rifle you want to part with, please let me know.  If I obtain a full length stocked rifle, I will be cutting the stock down to suit but it would be good to utilize a hand-me-down from another youth that has outgrown their air rifle or .22 (the old Toz!).   I am also on the look out for a cheap farm wagon (farm registration- will need lights and indicators going but no WOF), an old donk like a 4 door long wheel base Landcruiser or Safari/Patrol or perhaps a double cab 4x4. If anyone knows of anything sitting in a shed somewhere, please give me a call on 06-7523552 or email me at

OK, thats about it for me. Again, thank you all for your support, I am really pleased everybody is enjoying the knowledge base, won't be long and we will finally be finished with the .30's and into the larger bores.

Cheers,  Nathan.



Nathan Foster says ...
Thanks Charles and thanks Andy.

Will do my best to keep plenty of fresh info coming.
CharlesJ says ...
It's great to see your posts again. I'm following you from stateside and appreciate all your research you're doing. Best of luck in this year's endeavors!
andy mckenzie says ...
welcome back mate.took the rifle you did for me out on the southern Taupo area last week .she is a cracker. i am still working on my technique,as you showed me,and loving the hunting.


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