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Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Andy the Aussie, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Just back from a week out in the west of NSW, for Sept we had a couple of records days of heat (40degsC) accompanied by howling winds, the inland here (and much of the east is well and truly in the grip of drought and it shows, the tanks (dams) are still holding water at the moment but that wont last much longer.

    For the much of the week I was out there with my best mate and his two kids (my Godkids 19 and 16), to start with, in the week walking around I didn’t fire a shot at a single critter, saw a number but the urge didn’t take a shot.

    So some pics….

    This one is snapped mid afternoon on one of the stinking hot days…


    A couple of Chital that wandered into a tank for a drink in the heat…


    Skippy through the thistles….


    While heading in and out from the old homestead I had my eye out for a log to take some slices off as I wanted them for some Euro Mounts I want to do with some deer heads I have here at home. The owner has been fencing and cutting some fire breaks, so there were lots of downed trees about but none of the required diameter accessible (as I didn’t want to climb to the top of a pile and start waving the saw around). Then I spotted one on the far western boundary and returned with my truck and saw…..


    And after some sawing…..


    Godson (apprentice carpenter) saw the dozen or so I took and asked if we could head out and grab some more as he would like to have a go at working some. I also took some smaller diameter slices for us both they may work for some pig tusks etc.

    Along the way I managed to get the first ever puncture I have had in a Cooper tyre (this is the third set), could not actually see the issue and it may be a valve. Still holding air for over six hrs when pumped back up but changed it out none the less….


    ….the pic is more to show the three Toyotas that made the trip as I never did get one of them all lined up… ;)

    Did I mention it is dry ??? This is the spot I was bogged up to both axles last August!! That was about the last good rain they had !!


    Spotted a little Goanna sitting up on a fence post catching some sun but he didn’t cooperate for a pic, the post was hollow and he dived in….I risked life and limb to climb up and snap a pic down into that post (he could have mistaken me for a tree and climbed me !!!)…




    Godson packed up and left early (as the sun rose above) and the mate and Goddaughter packed and took off shortly after….


    Leaving me alone for the next few days.

    We had already toyed with rifles on the little range we use here, and I chrono’ed the .375H&H loads to took to Africa (just out of interest) but I was not happy with how my renovated SSG had shot so had another go. It “patterned” with Fed GMM and shot under 1MOA with Winchester 175gn Match, for giggles I threw in a group with my Sako’s hunting load (165gn Ballistic Tips over AR2208) and was VERY pleasantly surprised and then threw a second right after that was almost as good!!! So I guess it makes loading easier when it is the same in both rifles !!



    And in the dirt and burrs….


    Bipod arrangement sucks a pole so now I know it will shoot I am happy to spend some $s on a better setup. I have owned this SSG since 1986 and it dates to the early 80s.

    And what would a trip of mine be without a couple of “knife porn” pics….

    My new cleaver….


    CRK 25…


    ASH1 (of course!!)…


    And for the Chevy fans…

  2. nemesis


    Nov 5, 2005
    Awesome photos as always Andy! Thank you for sharing!!
  3. Aias


    Aug 1, 2012
    I never tire of your travel posts--nice trip, man. Thanks for sharing again!
  4. Azula Gun Holsters

    Azula Gun Holsters KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 19, 2016
    Outstanding pictures. thank you
  5. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    That looks stinking hot !! Good to see there's a lot of wildlife around, I bet they'll start dying off soon when the water dries up.

    No goats? When I was out west (6 months or so) all I saw was goats, literally hundreds of them.

    I'm jealous of the Landcruiser, if I had the cash that's what I'd be getting (or a Troopie). I guess you have it set up pretty well for camping and outback trips?

    Great photos, thanks mate for posting.
  6. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Lots of goats mate.....they have taken all the stock off the property now till there is some rain, he has three goat traps set around the place and takes a hundred or so off each couple of weeks ($80 a head on the hoof). I have some pics of them as well .... ;) When Godson and I were back out sawing at that log we counted just over 100 head past us (about 150yds out) and cross into the thicker country.

    My truck is pretty well sorted out now mate. Had it for 20yrs and it runs as well as ever. I can easily live out of it for extended periods, just need to add food and water. Godson just bought that 78series you can see in the back of one pic. Nice truck and runs like a raped ape, he was telling me on the drive out he could watch the fuel gauge get adversely effected when he lay in hard on the right boot.
  7. Andy the Aussie

    Andy the Aussie Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    ........a couple of stinkers....
    Currawong likes this.
  8. SpyderPhreak

    SpyderPhreak Rocketman for hire Platinum Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    Great stuff as usual Andy! :thumbsup: :cool:
  9. RobStanley

    RobStanley Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    Great shots mate. Looks like a great trip. Everything is so bloody dry everwhere at the moment. Our front lawn has completlely died and for the first time in 6 years I've had to buy water for my water tank.
  10. PA Trout

    PA Trout Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2015
    Love it Andy!

    Expat would be proud of the cleaver picture!
  11. F'lar

    F'lar Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2016
    Andy, thanks for sharing another voyage. Keep'em coming.
  12. Georgecatl

    Georgecatl Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    Great photos as always :thumbsup:
    Thanks for the tour
  13. lex2006

    lex2006 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    I like how you put a little story with the photos
    Thanks Andy
  14. zxgeoff


    Jan 6, 2005
    I love your " Skippy through the trees photo"
    simply amazing
  15. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2015
    Great photos, Andy! Thanks for sharing.
  16. Steven65

    Steven65 Traditional Hog Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Great pics.:thumbsup:

    Its amazing how early summer is now coming in the Southern Hemisphere. Johannesburg the past few weeks has had record heat and we in Cape Town hardly had any winter rain this year. Things are definitely changing.
    I can't imagine 40c in September......thats crazy!

    I have a an SSG as well. Wonderful rifle!:)
  17. Will York

    Will York Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Thanks, Mate! Always fun to read of your expeditionary exploits--great photos as usual!
  18. evltcat

    evltcat Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fantastic pix and story Andy. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    I really appreciate you sharing with us, since I have about a 1% chance of ever making it to Oz.
  19. Leonardo63

    Leonardo63 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2017
    Wow! Jaw dropping...amazing! Great photo skills absolutely top shelf!
  20. Srtr

    Srtr Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2016
    im stupid jealous of your land cruiser but id never trade our guns for one :D

    awesome pics.

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