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The Practical Guide to Long Range Hunting Rifles is Here!

Written by Nathan Foster on October 24th, 2012.      0 comments

Cover pageEverything you need to know about the long range rifle can be found within this book.

Every day I receive emails from around the world asking how do I go about achieving an optimum long range rifle - well here are the answers. This book answers all of your questions regarding how to set about either buying or building an accurate long range rifle.

For the past three months I have been very busy writing like crazy.  I decided a few months back to write a series of books on long range hunting to answer the hundreds of emails I receive every week about long range hunting.  The first book in the series is ‘The Practical Guide to Long Range Hunting Rifles’.

I took the approach of firstly teaching the reader fundamental rifle design principles and from there, we set about putting it all together. This is the ultimate consumer guide.  By understanding the rifle in detail, the reader can then look at any given potential long range rifle and recognize the strengths and limitations of the rifle, what to expect, how to apply fixes, and how to exploit the full potential of the rifle. Furthermore; the book is formatted in such a way that the reader can study a topic in detail or simply refer to bullet point summaries to get a quick overview.

Every essential aspect is covered, from achieving the perfect fit for low recoil, achieving your ideal carry weight, budget through to high end platforms, light sporting rifles through to tactical platforms.

Most of you already know I put my all into helping hunters around the world.  The TBR website is a testimony to this.  I have applied the same level of effort and concern with this book.  With the book I am also able to take subjects to a deeper level, sharing information that I have been hesitant to share in the past in order to preserve my trade. These are the ace cards of my skill set that I usually only share on a one on one basis with clients and customers.  

In this book and throughout the long range series of books, everything I have to offer is going to be laid on the table, and every detail will be shared. And as usual, I will take the no BS approach that you have all come to expect from me.

The Practical Guide to Long Range Hunting Rifles is available as an ebook (epub, mobi/kindle & pdf) and paperback print copy. We have also put together a fantastic package which features both the ebook and the paperback print copy as a package.  You can click here to find out more details about the book.

So there it is, book one of an ongoing series. As we move through the series, your skill set will increase exponentially in all of the fields of long range hunting and shooting. You all know me, I wouldn’t have it any other way.


October Update

Written by Nathan Foster on October 11th, 2012.      0 comments

Hi everyone, hope you are all doing well.

Just a note to say that I will no longer be running the bedding compound contests. Many of our photo donators were non gunsmithing hobbyists so I have brought the monthly draw to a close. I may start a fresh contest in the future, will keep you all informed about that.

Please keep your photo's coming in, I greatly appreciate the input and a chance to meet you all.

I guess you will be wondering what I have been up to.  For the last few months I have been flat out tricking up rifles for clients.  I have some testing to do for NZ Outdoor Magazine involving the new .375" 350gr Matchking (BC.805) and 7mm 140gr HPBT Gameking bullets.  I am currently running the 350 grainer at around 2690fps out of my .375 RUM, though the projectile is realistically designed for the .375 Snipe Tac. 

I have also been very busy writing for the website and will soon introduce a new ebook as part of an ebook series.  The first ebook of this series deals with understanding the fundamentals of the long range rifle.  It serves as a platform to help those new to long range shooting understand the long range rifle. In essence, it covers the questions I receive by email on a daily basis; Which rifle should I buy, factory versus custom, Why X action is better than Y action, what type of barrel should I buy. Within the pages, I will share my experience with you which is much more useful than opinion. A how to guide, a buyer beware, a basic course in rifle engineering principles for beginners and experienced shooters alike. 

My plan is to alternate between uploading my cartridge research and ebook writing.  So hopefully you will see an ebook, then a fresh cartridge on the Knowledge base, then an ebook and so forth.

All the best.

latest updates and articles for the Knowledge Base

Written by on August 15th, 2012.      0 comments

The .30 calibers are finally finished and uploaded and I am now into the .311/.312" calibers.  Onwards and upwards. I have kicked things off uploading my .303 British research which can be found on the left hand menu of the KB.  The pictorial wound data base is also steadily gaining momentum.  You'll find photo's of a lot of popular cartridge combinations in use here.  Again, the wounding data base can be found on the left hand side menu.  After clicking on the data base link, if you go down the side menu again, options will appear regarding calibers, broken down into pages, each having a range of photos and descriptions.  This is where we can get right into the details, really have a close look at bullet performance, no mucking around with gelatine or wet news paper.

It is raining cats and dogs here, it has been for a while and the weather looks like it is going to stay wet and muddy for at least the next week.  Typical NZ spring weather, OK for bedding rifles, no good for testing client rifles at the moment so if you have a rifle here, please be patient.

Riley web

Bedding compound prize draw July

Written by Nathan Foster on August 15th, 2012.      0 comments

The winner for last months autopsy photo entries goes to Milos in the Czech Republic.  Thanks Milos for your photos and descriptions.  Its now nearly mid August, we have a couple of entries so far so the chances of a win are 1 in two, thats pretty good odds.  Guys, if you want in, please get busy with your rifles and cameras!
The August winner will be announced early September.

Bedding compound prize draw June

Written by Nathan Foster on June 21st, 2012.      0 comments

Hi all, hope you are enjoying the site. Unfortunately we did not have a winner for May but a lot of photos eventually came in, giving me a June draw winner.  This months bedding kit was won by another Canadian hunter, thanks Pat for the very interesting pictures, its not every day folk get to see the 160 grain semi point Partition used in the .270 WSM. 

There are now quite a few new updates in the wounding data base.  To help download speeds, I have divided the data into sub pages (example-.30 caliber page 1, 30 caliber page 2) otherwise viewing would be very slow  for some readers while a single page loads a pile of photos.

A quick favor to ask of NZ readers, I am still looking for a donkey 4x4, an old Nissan Safari or landcruiser LWB, either road registered or farm registered. If anyone hears of anything, I would greatly appreciate it.

All the best,  Nathan.

Bedding compound prize draw April

Written by Nathan Foster on April 26th, 2012.      0 comments

Hi all, this months kit winner is Brian Cornish for his well documented Red deer autopsy photos donated to the pictorial Wound data base. Thankyou Brian for taking the time to take these photos and for being willing to share them.

Please keep the photo's coming guys, the odds of winning next months kit are far better that than the Lottery!

Prize draw for March photo contest

Written by Nathan Foster on March 26th, 2012.      0 comments

Hello all. This months winner of our photo competition is Adam Faulkner from British Columbia Canada. Adam took a great deal of time taking photos for the data base in the .243 and .30 calibers. I am immensely grateful for this input. Adam has won a free MatchGrade bedding kit.

So here we go again.  In New Zealand, the roar/rut is upon us. Please keep your autopsy photo's coming for next months draw.

Cheers,  Nathan.


Free bedding compound

Written by Nathan Foster on February 19th, 2012.      0 comments

Send in your autopsy photo’s and be in to win a free MatchGrade bedding kit.
I am currently looking to build up the pictorial wound data base section of the website with donated photos of all calibers as used on medium to large game. The winner will be announced on approximately the 20th of each month.

Conditions of entry are that the photos supplied are freely given to TBR with the permission that these pictures may be also used in any future published works (such as books or magazines). 
Overseas winners will have to pay postage on kits.  Cost of air mail postage to Australia is NZ $12.00, postage cost via air mail to the rest of the world is NZ $33.00. As always, once you receive your kit, you will have my full follow up support to help you along through your project.

Please send your autopsy photo’s along with a description to [email protected]

For more information on MatchGrade bedding compound, click here

Adam 7mm Practical Howa WBY for web

February 2012 update

Written by Nathan Foster on February 8th, 2012.      0 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 [email protected]

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.


Rocky Mountain Bullets- Terminal Performance

Written by on July 29th, 2011.      0 comments

Hi Everyone, just a quick update to inform readers of the latest article, a field study of Rocky Mountain .338 caliber frangible long range hunting bullets. Please click here to be directed to the article.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank George Costello, owner of Rocky Mountain bullets, for putting his product on the line and allowing me to perform these tests.

One final reminder to Auckland (New Zealand) viewers, I will be in Auckland at Reloaders Supplies on the 10th of August (two weeks time) for an evening tutorial, discussing the fundamentals of long range hunting. Guy's, this service is for you, helping you get off to a good start towards long term enjoyment of your sport. Please make the most of it, I will be cramming in a great deal of information so don't expect to be bored.

Cheers,  Nathan.

Bedding tutorial videos now online

Written by Nathan Foster on April 7th, 2011.      0 comments

Hi everyone, I have finally got some instructional footage online, bedding a Remington Sendero 7mm Rem Mag with MatchGrade bedding compound.  Please click here to see these videos.

For those of you who have already seen the clips, the results of test shooting can be viewed below. Unfortunately I never had a fine day for test shooting, howling winds buffeting me at the bench everyday.   suffice to say, the client has an accurate rifle.

Bob Penters Sendero for blog.jpg

We are still hacking away at the website, editing articles to be gradually uploaded into the knowledge base.  The next two from myself will be the 7.5 Swiss and the mighty .30-06.  Steph has decided to work backwards towards me so from her, you will soon be seeing some of the big bores.

keep out of mischief.

Thanks,  Nathan.

TBR, Marching On

Written by Nathan Foster on February 17th, 2011.      0 comments

Hi everyone, I hope this blog finds you well. 

The TBR knowledge base has now been live for one month and I would like to say thanks to all of you who have sent in emails of support.  The one aspect of these emails that I am thrilled with, is that experienced hunters from around the world are able to correlate results.  This was so very important to me, that hunters could read about a cartridge, take that information into the field and be able to duplicate the results described in the knowledge base.  I am very pleased that highly experienced hunters have been able to read the knowledge base and find themselves nodding quietly, thinking back about a bullet that 'did exactly that'.

OK, for those of you wanting to know how we are progressing with the uploading of the knowledge base, the .300 Savage was uploaded today.  Tomorrow (Friday 18th Feb) I will start the arduous task of getting the .308 Winchester ready for uploading.  This is a very big article so please be patient, it will most likely take me a few days to work through it- we can't skimp on this most famous and very useful cartridge of our time!

I have now also established our online pictorial Wound data base which is something I have been wanting to do for many years. So, you now have homework to do. keep those digital camera's handy and after harvesting your game, take plenty of autopsy pics, I would be very grateful for these. More details can be found at the Wound data base main page.

Lastly, for New Zealand readers, please keep an eye out for the Feb/March issue of NZ guns and Hunting magazine.  This issue will have an article by writer Jule's O'rouke who meets a red neck (me), visits our research facility (farm) and undergoes a long range tutorial (is drilled the old fashioned way). I had a great time hunting with Jules (hope you are reading this Mr O'Rouke) with the hunt culminating in an intermediate long range yet somewhat difficult shot (very small target). One day we will have to get owner/editor Peter Maxwell down as I hear he likes his wild pork!

I will also be in Auckland in June for an evening tutorial sponsored by Reloaders Supplies. During this event (held at Reloaders Supplies), I will be speaking on the fundamentals of long range hunting, discussing both equipment and technique.  I want to emphasize something while on this topic, Long range hunting isn't just for young 'gadget' oriented shooters. Many older hunters can take full advantage of still hunting/sniping as it is a heck of a lot easier on the joints than walking up and down the hills all day. I find long range hunting is of great advantage to my clients over the age of 60 and particularly for guys in their 70's, suffice to say, this is a sport/hobby for all ages and walks of life.  So, if you are wanting to get into long range hunting, come along for an informative evening. Exact dates will be posted in due course.

Cheers,  Nathan.

Reloaders logo.jpg


TBR's Hunting cartridge knowledge base now online

Written by Nathan Foster on January 20th, 2011.      0 comments

Hello all.

Many of you will have noticed that the TBR website has undergone significant changes over the last week, the most exiting aspect being the introduction of the TBR cartridge knowledge base. We have gone through a major shift in goals and methods of delivery over the last few weeks and for those of you who are wondering why the book "Hunting cartridges of the World" has been put aside in favor of an online knowledge base, I will do my best to to describe why.

Having spent years in the research phase followed by several years writing the proposed HCOW book (my initial draft was near illiterate!), I have been steadily working through the final edit, along with the ballistics tables and cartridge drawings.  With the recession still having an effect on our non-commodity business, it was becoming too difficult to write/edit while trying to balance short term needs. 

I have been aware of Google's Adsense advertising programme for sometime and its potential as a source of income while writing.  I very much wanted to avoid this route, essentially giving away every trick in my bag for free in the hope that pay per click advertising would provide income. Nevertheless, a decision had to be made and a few weeks ago, I made the call.  We are now also providing a donations form.  If you find the information in the knowledge base useful and are in a position to donate, it would very much help us carry on and make the entire knowledge base a reality.

Some of you will also note that on the home page that we have changed the direction and delivery of the business from being a potential consultant to the big players to simply "this is who we are and what we do". We have always strived to remain transparent as a business and TBR is essentially laid bare at this point.

At the bottom of each of the cartridge texts, you will notice a 'discuss this' sentence which is hyperlinked to our new forums. When a new post is made, an email is automatically sent to my personal email address.  So, for anybody wondering whether or not I will answer or see questions via the forums, I will be receiving your posts instantly and will be able to answer them fairly quickly- unless I am away guiding!

Ok, I hope you all enjoy the knowledge base and find it helpful.  I will have the .30 calibers up online as soon as I can and then we can have a look at the medium and big bores which are a whole bunch of fun and add a completely different dimension to the research.  I know that many of you have been waiting for the release of HCOW in hard copy and are still hoping to see a hard copy, regardless of whether it is freely available online.  If all goes well, I hope to one day be able to produce a hard copy for those who prefer it.


Camo paint- The British Sniper method

Written by Nathan Foster on November 14th, 2010.      0 comments

Hi all, I have finally had a chance to give my .308 Tactical a much needed overhaul. My Sightron S111 6-24x50 finally arrived so the 4-12 Leupold with its target turrets were removed from the Practical and mounted on the .308. I gave the Sightron a good test to check that the turret calibration was true to MOA and as usual for this brand, the Sightron was right on the money.

I have had a few camo painted rifles arrive on my bench this year and to be honest, the paint on some of these rifles has caused problems where it has run into the bedding (these rifles were bedded before I received them). Paint flaking and chipping during re-bedding was also a concern. For those contemplating a camo paint job to protect blued steel (or even a precious wood stock), the British sniper method is simply awesome.  By using common wound dressing/ ligament binding cloth tape (many will be familiar with the elastoplast brand), the tape can be applied to the rifle, then painted with heavy coats of flat enamel paint.

Earlier this year, my wife did a test piece by binding my hunting knife handle in tape and painting it.  The coating was heavy but the cloth ensures the paint cannot flake.  The adhesive side of the tape offers tremendous rust protection while the paint locks the tape in place, an almost fibreglass like matrix. The knife handle stood up well to mud and blood through the winter and was relatively easy to clean. I also peeled back the tape after the trial period and the knife handle was perfectly preserved underneath.  Following this, I gave the .308 Tactical the British Sniper tape and paint treatment. The finish is great, the metal is protected and can eventually be removed by simply peeling back the tape.


The third 7mm Practical

Written by Nathan Foster on October 29th, 2010.      0 comments

Well, the third Practical has been completed for a South Island hunter. The rifle, a Sako Finnbear is set up with the 168gr VLD at 3220fps, duplicating my own rifle.




Below is the final load, the barrel now fully run in, producing outstanding accuracy...




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