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    "The Drilling" by Norbert Klups: because research is often the best bit of buying kit

    I've just taken delivery of a copy of "The Drilling", as far as I can tell the only current book on the topic. I wanted to buy it in the original German, but the few I could find were priced at around €250, with which I could have a fine stalking trip. However it's easily available in English, printed in vast quantities for the insatiable US market I should imagine.

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    http://www.amazon.com/The-Drilling-G.../dp/0764327496

    Anyway, hours, or indeed years of reading, research and preparation for the big event now lie ahead. Fantastic.
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    Am I correct; is that a very neat "Bergstutzen Drilling" on the cover? ... or a "Triumphbock", as Mr Fanzoj calls it...

    Certainly, whatever the name, it's very neat... much more pleasing and... infinitely more use than some of the "tactical" "black-guns" you see the wannabe soldier boys carrying around these days.

    Nice book.

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    I believe you're right, but I haven't had a chance to look at it yet. If Young PM permits, I may have a browse this evening, but there are no guarantees...

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    You gonna reload for it PM??

    Cheers!

    K

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klenchblaize View Post
    You gonna reload for it PM??

    Cheers!

    K
    Actually, yes. Because when it comes, it will be a 7mm rimmed cartridge, and given that they're even harder to pin down in the UK than my 7mm-08, and that everything I have will be a 7mm of some form, there will be an economy of scale. So I reckon that will be the catalyst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamus View Post
    Am I correct; is that a very neat "Bergstutzen Drilling" on the cover? ... or a "Triumphbock", as Mr Fanzoj calls it...
    I had a quick leaf through the book yesterday between bottle feeds, and yes, that's a "Triumph Drilling" from Ferlach. The book has everything you could wish to know about drillings in it, including a handy guide to buying a used one. Although some of the advice is unusable such as all the things you should look out for when you test shoot it, which won't be possible. Also, anything a bit old, I will be able to read up on beforehand so I know exactly what I'm looking at. Some of the translation is a bit clunky. "Berstutzen" is translated as "mountain gun", a fore-end is referred to as a foreshaft, but then this isn't a novel by Hermann Hesse or Erich Maria Rilke, it's a reference work on rifles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pine Marten View Post
    I had a quick leaf through the book yesterday between bottle feeds, and yes, that's a "Triumph Drilling" from Ferlach. The book has everything you could wish to know about drillings in it, including a handy guide to buying a used one. Although some of the advice is unusable such as all the things you should look out for when you test shoot it, which won't be possible. Also, anything a bit old, I will be able to read up on beforehand so I know exactly what I'm looking at. Some of the translation is a bit clunky. "Berstutzen" is translated as "mountain gun", a fore-end is referred to as a foreshaft, but then this isn't a novel by Hermann Hesse or Erich Maria Rilke, it's a reference work on rifles.
    You've sold me on the book.... and.... it may well cost me dearly.... but that's just a risk I'll have to take....

    I'll say this though, having now shot alongside drilling users... the younger ones complain that they're too bulky and would rather have a nice slim double rifle, with spare combo barrels. Only thinking of YMPM here, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamus View Post
    I'll say this though, having now shot alongside drilling users... the younger ones complain that they're too bulky and would rather have a nice slim double rifle, with spare combo barrels. Only thinking of YMPM here, of course.
    I'm not sure that I qualify as a "younger one" anymore, but when I definitely was one, I used to draw drillings in my school exercise books (amongst other things). So I'm going to make my own mind up on this one if I have a chance to! As for YMPM, he's only just worked out how to roll over, suck his thumb and shake a rattle in a non-committal sort of way, so I don't really know what sort of firearms he likes. He really hates the toy monkey that hangs over his play mat though. So maybe something in a calibre appropriate for baboons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pine Marten View Post
    I'm not sure that I qualify as a "younger one" anymore, but when I definitely was one, I used to draw drillings in my school exercise books (amongst other things). So I'm going to make my own mind up on this one if I have a chance to! As for YMPM, he's only just worked out how to roll over, suck his thumb and shake a rattle in a non-committal sort of way, so I don't really know what sort of firearms he likes. He really hates the toy monkey that hangs over his play mat though. So maybe something in a calibre appropriate for baboons.
    I hate to break this to you... but... the early indications are that he might prefer a Blaser . Very rattly and requiring to suck one's thumb is often a consequence of using them.

    Hopefully this phase will pass quickly.

    Baboon shooting is definitely into double rifle territory. So there is hope.

    Doubtless he, like you, will make up his own mind.

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    I have a 7x57R over 16G which is usually what I pull out of the cabinet for my evening excursions, short barrels equals very easy to move around in a kanzel =(shooting shed on stilts).
    I also have an 8x58r Sauer but cases are very hard to find for that one.
    Martin

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