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CUSTOMER magazinE of Blaser, Mauser, Sauer, Zeiss and rws

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international 2/2013

Customer magazinE of blaser, mauser, sauer, zeiss and rws

Blaser Blind trust thanks to a convertible barrel High Art Game Guns

SAUER S 303 in .308 Win.

Follow ZEISS through Ice and Snow Swedish Capercaillie Hunt

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EDITORIAL

RWS GROWS AND INVESTS IN GERMANY

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ou have probably already heard: Ammunition is scarce. Demand is massive and only getting bigger, especially in America. Some Americans fear more restrictive weapons laws from the Obama administration and are hoarding to prepare for the worst-case scenario. What about Germany? Well, I hope that you have not noticed any ammunition shortage, especially if you have been true to the RWS brand. Even though it makes economic sense to increase deliveries to the USA, we will not neglect our domestic market. To the contrary, RWS has invested several million Euros in new production machinery for our home plant in Fürth, Bavaria. This will result in more ammunition of an even better quality as well as many new products, especially in the lead-free market segment. We hope you will understand that there may be – until things are up and running – temporary bottlenecks in the delivery of some unusual loads and calibers. Please keep this in mind as you prepare for the coming hunting season. Perhaps you have chosen the youngest member of our RWS family, the EVO Green, which was awarded the “Golden Boar“ prize in 2013 for being the best lead-free rifle cartridge of the past three years. It has an intelligent pre-fragmented design with a unique performance advantage: The EVO Green needs less impact velocity than other bullets to achieve a reliable energy deposit in game. It has a power reserve built into it so that you can hunt with confidence – even at longer ranges. Or are you like me, still trusting in the proven traditional RWS loads that you have always used? Should we feel bad about this? No way! We should not abandon what works unless there is a good reason for it. It is a complex set of circumstances: interior and exterior ballistics, gun and barrel wear, ecological and toxicological risks to the user, safety from ricochets, and concerns about taking game in a sportsmanlike manner without causing unnecessary suffering. I firmly believe that we hunters don’t need further regulations on what we are allowed to hunt with unless they are supported by the facts. There are those who want to forbid the use of traditional lead core ammunition simply as one more way to restrict hunting, and without thorough scientific and juristic reasons to do so. None of us want that. Let us work together to anchor hunting even more firmly into the fabric of society and openly admit our passion: We want to reap nature’s bounty, to bag game, and to enjoy wild meat. That must be made perfectly clear. With this in mind, I wish you much pleasure with this issue of PASSION INTERNATIONAL and hope that you find many valuable tips for first-class hunting equipment here.

Wishing you good hunting and Waidmannsheil!

Matthias Vogel Vice President Marketing RWS

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Think that both buck and bear can’t be hunted with the same gun? Sure they can! Think “interchangeable barrels“. The Blaser R8 opens previously unknown possibilities

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news Free PASSION App ..................................... 6 New Mauser Team Member..................... 6 Waidmannsheil Black HV: Get a Grip!... 6 Hunt 36: Another Round........................... 7 Speed Cap: Upgrade Now!....................... 7 A Heart for Nature....................................... 7 Mauser on Facebook........................... 7

Long awaited and now finally available: The SAUER 303 in .308 Win. Learn what this combination can do and what is so special about the

S 303 Black Velvet

starting on page

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You‘ve Got PASSION!............ 8

SEASON Blaser R8 Convertible Bucks Before Bears.................................... 12

ZEISS VICTORY HT Driven Game Promo................................ 20

SAUER 101 Cold Play....................................................... 22

ZEISS VICTORY RF 10x45 T* The Snow King........................................... 30

M 12 Typically Mauser........................................ 36

AMMUNITION Articles seen on the cover are designated with a Cover photo: Erich Marek

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RWS Centerfire Rifle Cartridges Only Quality Counts ................................ 38

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Sebastian Steinbrink-Minami chooses the short-barreled Mauser M 03. Why? Find the answer on page

Shining example – an

RWS rifle cartridge

GUNS

must pass many inspections before it is allowed to leave the factory in Fürth

Piotti High Art Game Guns

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With Hands and Heart............................. 46

Mauser M 03

Photos: Blaser, Franz Knittel, RWS, Sebastian Steinbrink-Minami, Chistin Rabitz

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Superb Shorty ........................................... 70

SAUER 303 in .308 Win. Little Big Gun.............................................. 82

OPTICS Press Commentary ZEISS Outshines Them All...................... 54

Ulfborg Shooting Parcourse Run, Shoot, Hit........................................... 64

DRESS Blaser active outfits Between Heaven and Earth................... 56

OFFROAD Range Rover Evoque Go On Green............................................... 76

TRAVEL Fascination Zambezi Valley Hunting the “Big Four“............................ 88 PASSION INTERNATIONAL 02

Hunting parcourse rifle shooting in the dunes of Denmark – an extraspecial event in Ulfborg organized by the ZEISS Training

Academy

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Editorial........................ 3 Contents....................... 4 Snapshots...................96 Events..........................98 Masthead....................98

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FREE PASSION APP FOR TABLETS AND SMARTPHONES PASSION INTERNATIONAL now has its own app! Besides the current issue of the English-language PASSION INTERNATIONAL, you can also find our previous PASSION INTERNATIONAL 1 on the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play Store. All the German language editions of PASSION are also available free of charge. You can download our reports on Blaser, Mauser, SAUER, ZEISS and RWS at any time and read them in your hunting cabin, in the tree stand or anywhere else. PASSION is now always on and “app-to-date“!

NEW SALES REPRESENTATIVE FOR MAUSER Manuel Kern joined Mauser’s international sales team in August 2013. The 27-year-old from Upper Swabia, Germany, studied business administration at AlbstadtSigmaringen University and received his master’s degree this year from the University of Innsbruck. Kern is already a veteran hunter, having gotten his first youth hunting license when he was only 16.

GET A GRIP! Waidmannsheil black HV – the classic shotshell – is now available in a practical 100-round caddy in addition to the familiar 10-pack. This new special bulk packaging looks great and comes equipped with a convenient carry handle. Millions of Waidmannsheil shotshells have been used over the last 100 years and they are still prized by hunters for their combination of high velocity, excellent patterning and reliable ignition. Waidmannsheil black HV is an integral component of hunting success throughout the world! The Waidmannsheil HV 100-round caddy is available in 12/70 with 3 mm shot (12 ga. 2¾” No. 5).

Waidmannsheil black HV is now available in a convenient 100-round caddy

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ANOTHER ROUND The Premium Line Silver Selection from RWS is a unique shotshell line that, thanks to its Performance Booster Technology, scores with improved performance. The ‘Hunt 36’ is now available in an attractive jar in the shape of a Silver Selection shotshell. It contains 25 cartridges with a 36 gram (1¼ oz) load of 3 mm (No. 5) shot. This shell stands out from the others with its nickel-plated shot, low-resistance wad, high performance powder charge, Gordon System base wad and nickeled case head.

Obvious advantages for the hunter:

• Up to 15 m/s (49 fps) higher velocity. • Better stopping power with up to 10 percent more energy delivered to the target. • Perfect patterning at all ranges. • Up to 10 percent increase in effective range. • Significantly reduced recoil.

Hunt 36 in the cylindrical packaging is at your dealer now!

join us on facebook Become a part of the Mauser experience on Facebook: “Like“ us today!

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Slim, smooth, swift: The SAUER Speed Cap (below)

UPGRADE NOW! The new SAUER Speed Cap lets you shoulder your rifle even more quickly than before. One centimeter (0.40 in) shorter than the standard butt pad, the Speed Cap’s improved gliding properties guarantee a snag-free and lightning-fast mount. Thanks to the innovative ERGO MAX stock geometry, recoil with this new turbocharged pad is the same as with the standard pad. The Speed Cap is quickly and easily installed and is available now for the S 101 Classic XT, S 202 Synchro XT and all S 303 XT models.

A HEART FOR NATURE ZEISS has always worked on the assumption that hunting is part of our culture, is proactive conservation, and is an integral aspect of modern society. This is why ZEISS supports the ‘Natürlich Jagd’ (Natural Hunting) communication initiative, which works toward the acceptance of hunting by the general public and thereby in politics as well. It is ZEISS’ wish that hunting as a passion, a lifestyle and a tradition be upheld for future generations of customers. Backing this natural hunting initiative is the hunting foundation ‘natur + mensch’ (nature + humanity) which stands together with numerous hunters and other partners in politics, business and the media. Join now to keep our common passion alive! You can find more information about this initiative at www.natuerlich-jagd.de

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YOU’VE GOT PASSION! We asked our readers to send us hunting pictures of themselves with the caption: ‘I have PASSION because…’ Now meet the winners! Text: PASSION editorial staff

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he response to our contest was enormous and our editorial inbox was awash with emails. Your pictures not only arrived electronically, but our postal carrier also brought us a ‘petit paquet’ now and then. Many contestants took full advantage of the July 31st deadline, and the flood of photos did not ebb until the very last day. Out of a total of 608 entries, the Jury – comprised of one employee each from Blaser, Mauser, SAUER, ZEISS and

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RWS – chose their favorites. This was anything but easy since your snapshots and slogans were varied, inventive and often humorous. The jury enjoyed lively discussions over the entries and each juror fought hard for his favorite until the final winners had to be chosen in a drawing. Who won? Simply turn the page! We look forward to meeting our winners on November 18th when they accompany us on a ‘Tour de PASSION’ starting in Isny and proceeding to Wetzlar and Fürth before wrapping up in Allgäu.

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Dr. Wolfgang Niepmann with his nephew: “I have PASSION because even the small hunting trophies – when harvested together – give me the greatest joy!“

The prize: A Blaser R8 Professional Success with leather inlays complete with a ZEISS VICTORY HT 3-12x56 with No. 60 illuminated reticle and ASV + as well as 200 rounds of RWS ammunition

Susanne Zellner: “I have PASSION because hunting gives me everything I need to live!”

The prize: A SAUER 303 Hybrid including a ZEISS VICTORY HT 1.1-4x24 with No. 54 illuminated reticle plus 200 rounds of RWS ammunition

Tom Haas: “I have PASSION because I go hunting with my Bracke hound every chance I get!”

The prize:

More information at www.passion-magazin.de/en/

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Photos: Private

An Mauser 12 with walnut stock topped with a ZEISS DURALYT 3-12x50 with No. 60 illuminated reticle plus 200 rounds RWS ammunition


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BUCKS BEFORE BEARS A hunting trip to the far Canadian north is in the offing and a cherished dream will soon become a reality. Hunting buddies are full of well-intentioned suggestions that revolve almost exclusively around which caliber to use. But what is really important when one wants to hunt successfully on distant shores? Text: Gunther Stoschek. Photos: Erich Marek, Sebastian Offel, Harro Obst

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any hunters return proud and satisfied from their voyage. Others have only a bitter aftertaste due to disappointing failure. Professional hunters and guides on every continent can attest that sometimes the hunter does not allow for enough time and sometimes the weather does not cooperate. There are also times when the hunter loses his nerve, especially when it comes to stalking dangerous game. Most often, though, it is the hunter’s lack of familiarity with a seldom-used large bore rifle, whether borrowed or his own. That is exactly the reason why many outfitters instruct the hunter to bring the rifle he favors most when hunting at home if he asks which rifle in which caliber he should use. This does not apply, of course, when hunting Cape buffalo or other large game, which is why this problem can only be mitigated under certain circumstances. We do not want to go so far as to say that the .30-06, for example, is the universal solution to the caliber question. For moose, grizzly or African oryx, it is truly the lowestpowered cartridge with which one can still responsibly hunt. There is not much satisfaction in using it at home if you shoot many roe deer for their meat, either. It seems to us that it is too much of a stretch for the same cartridge that you use on small roe deer to also be used on the moose of the Far North. Using a .30-06 on either a roe fawn of barely 9 kilos (20 lb) or on a 500 kg (1100 lb) moose certainly works but is far from an ideal solution! This brings us back to our dilemma that, because of its caliber, the most used and trusted rifle might not be appropriate for hunting overseas.

It is still early summer but in his dreams the hunter is already in Canada!

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The R8 doesn’t mind a little turbulence once it has been broken down and stowed in its compact travel case

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Luckily, there is a very practical solution: A rifle with interchangeable barrels in calibers suited for both purposes! Many hunters are aware of this enormous advantage but shy away from using it to their benefit for fear that their trusty rifle will not shoot to point of aim after switching barrels. With the Blaser R8, these reservations are completely groundless since it differs from its competitors in one major way. Thanks to the ingenious Blaser saddle mount, the scope is mounted directly on the barrel rather than on the receiver ring. More specifically, the scope is mounted directly over the chamber so that the barrel is allowed to swing freely without being influenced by the scope or mount. Scope and barrel form a unit to ensure consistent hits similar to those achieved with scoped break-action rifles and combination guns. This is also an attractive solution from the standpoint of cost. If, for example, a rifle chambered in 6.5x55 gets a conversion barrel in 9.3x62, a second bolt head will not be necessary since both are members of the family of standard cartridges and therefore have the same head diameter. Even if a magnum caliber has been chosen for the extra R8 barrel, it is not necessary to also buy a complete bolt assembly. The quickly replaceable bolt head can simply be switched out for the appropriate size. Even a second scope is not absolutely necessary. Even though it

Barrel and scope come together to form a ‘shooting unit‘. Even after disassembly or a barrel swap, the R8 hits perfectly without any change in its point of impact

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All for one and one for all. One trusty rifle can be outfitted for almost any caliber

UNIVERSAL OR SPECIALIZED? One can hunt many different kinds of game with an 8x57 or a .30-06. But is the universal caliber also the ideal one? Certainly not, since hunting situations and individual demands concerning engagement distance, stopping power and meat wastage are so varied. On this note, we would like to point out the special advantages of two interesting new calibers. 6XC So-called roe deer calibers have almost been forgotten thanks to the widespread explosion of wild boar populations. Norma has developed a cartridge for precision marksmen with the futuristic designation of 6XC that displays some extraordinary qualities of

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interest to the hunter. It offers slightly less velocity and energy than the .243 Win., remarkably little recoil, and sensational accuracy with 6.5 g (100gr) hunting bullets. Thanks to the 6XC‘s standard head diameter, it can be used in any Standard-caliber R8 without the need to switch bolt heads. .338 Blaser Magnum The .338 Blaser Magnum is dramatic proof that a powerful magnum cartridge can be comfortable to shoot even without a muzzle brake. With bullet weights of 13 to 13.6 g (200-210 gr) and a higher velocity than the .375 H&H, it is predestined for heavy game such as eland and bear. In addition, its modern beltless case design assures a stutter-free feed from the magazine.

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Surprise! Are you ready for action?

may not be practical for daylight hunting overseas to bring the large scope you might normally use at home, it is still possible to make do with only one scope. Thanks to adjustment screws built into the Blaser saddle mount, the scope can be mounted in seconds with the aid of a screwdriver. After it has been sighted in, the new zero can be marked on the turret dials so that test firing is not necessary after changing barrel and scope. A few yearlings and weak does are already in the bag. Now you can attend to the old bucks from the tree stand as well as stalk these otherwise invisible phantoms in the high forest and new growth during the rut. It is suddenly a different kind of hunting, the kind filled with pure suspense. These are the days when the hunter’s thoughts begin to focus on his coming trip to a distant

Luxurious walnut with a classic form or an ergonomically perfect synthetic thumbhole stock? Good thing you have a choice!

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It’s a good thing to know your rifle in situations such as this one!

part of the earth. In about one month it will be autumn in northern British Columbia and the dream of taking an old capital bear in the Canadian wilderness will soon come to fruition. It is a good feeling to chase the buck with the same gun that will be accompanying you to Canada. Every deer that you shoot increases your trust in your passion international 02

own weapon – the feeling comes over you that you can do no wrong with it. When the time comes and the chosen grizzly finally stops within shooting range, you will react as instinctively as you have all summer in your own woodlot. After all, you are carrying your trusted rifle which is a perfect shooter in every way – just with another barrel in another caliber.

More information at www.blaser.de

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Driven Game Promo The big game drive: For many of us, it is the most exciting hunt of all. When game appears out of nowhere, the shot must be made with speed and precision. The hunting optics used here play a decisive role: Take in the whole scene, correctly identify the game animal and get on target. This year, just in time for driven game season, ZEISS is making a very special offer. Text: Christin Rabitz, Photos: Carl Zeiss Sports Optics

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he VICTORY HT 1.1-4x24 and the VICTORY HT 1.5-6x42 from the ZEISS VICTORY HT product line are the best possible optics for hunting driven game. With a field of view of up to 38 m (41.5 yd) and a large exit pupil diameter, you are certain of very fast target acquisition and a com-

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manding overview of any hunting situation. Thanks to a fine crosshair behind the red dot, the new No. 54 reticle allows for a clean shot even when the illumination is not switched on. As if that weren’t enough reason to upgrade to brilliant ZEISS optics, we give you another: If you purchase either the VICTO-

RY HT 1.1-4 x 24 or the VICTORY HT 1.56x42 for this year’s season, we will send you at no charge an exclusive ZEISS Edition wristwatch with a retail value of € 299! This offer can be redeemed at participating authorized ZEISS dealers through 30 November 2013. Offer is good only while supplies last. passion international 02


A Swiss Timer hunting wristwatch with moon phases – already a modern classic – is free with the purchase of one of the scopes shown below

Two driven game specialists that give you the advantage in any situation: The VICTORY HT 1.1-4x24 (top) and the VICTORY HT 1.5-6x42 (bottom)

Illuminated Reticle Availability Chart Model Focal Plane (M) 1.1–4 x 24 2 (M) 1.5–6 x 42 2

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All VICTORY HT models are enhanced with the LotuTec® lens coating and are available with or without a mounting rail. All models can be ordered with the ASV + bullet drop compensator.

More information at www.zeiss.de/sportsoptics

No. 54 Illuminated Reticle

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No. 60 Illuminated Reticle

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COLD PLAY Calling in red foxes on an early winter morning makes special demands upon the hunter. Whoever takes the military axiom “conceal and deceive” and changes it to “tactical deception” opens the door to an action-packed hunt that won’t leave him cold. Matthias Klotz tells how he perfectly camouflages himself as well as his S 101 as he describes his morning hunting strategy. 22

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he S 101 in .308 Win. is already in the firing position. The Duralyt’s red dot steadily tracks the weaving fox as it approaches. “Be cool,” I tell myself, “wait ‘til he is fifty meters out – thirty would be better…” I had taken my position a good thirty minutes earlier in a line of bushes about 150 meters from a stand of spruce that concealed a gigantic complex of burrows. It is Sunday, January 27th, shortly before 7:30 in the morning. It is a crisp -14° C (7° F) with hardly a cloud in the sky, and an icy breeze blows in from the spruces and right into my face. My felt shooting pad is on the snow, the edge of the wood has been glassed, the bipod adjusted, a few test sightings made and I’m ready. After

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twenty minutes of waiting I begin to wail with my distress call into the murky dawn. Five minutes later there he is, weaving excitedly along the edge of the trees. I bring my rifle to my shoulder and wait. Winter fox in the morning is my secret recipe for an actionpacked and exciting hunt for sly Master Reynard, a prescription combining all of its ingredients into a perfect ‘medicine’. Of course, sitting up in a tree stand on a moonlit night with eerie lighting and maddening stillness has been and remains the classic way to get winter fox. But the combination of tactics, camouflage and the allure of knowing

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that even the slightest mistake can leave you runner-up is the salt in a soup that is only served at dawn! Good tactics are not developed while you are sipping your morning coffee just before going out. They are formed from the essence of all the knowledge one gathers throughout the summer and fall seasons. The real fox hotspots are the flats near their burrows, places full of activity on a winter morning. The ‘nighthawks’ are always up for a last meal before settling in back home and the ‘early birds’ are busy canvassing the area for new prey, whether it be an animal weakened from an icy night out or one that has already succumbed, ready to be culled like fallen fruit. During the rut, of course, their search for quarry plays a subordinate role, but exploiting a different urge works wonders… Optimally, a horseshoe-shaped expanse around the burrow that is bordered by woods lets Reynard feel secure enough to be confident in leaving his burrow even after sunrise. This arrangement gets more difficult to find in truly wide open country. In such cases it is better to find a stand that is well within rifle range of the fringe of the woods yet remains well concealed at the edge of natural cover. The hunter needs a thoroughly background that he can blend into but also a clear field of fire in case the fox decides to run for cover after fetching his quarry – or his new spouse! It is enormously important to be quiet and discreet when approaching and occupying the stand. Ideally, a clear view of the far surroundings must be maintained at all times during the approach since foxes are often spotted in the open this way. If you see it early enough, you can react in time to make it count! In my early days I would search frantically for cover and then start with the mouse distress call – or in larger fields the hare distress call – immediately, but I enjoyed only mediocre success. I have since learned to remain undiscovered whilst I stalk to my shooting stand, allowing Reynard to wander amongst the trees unawares. While a fox strolling home in the open in good light would disappear from view upon hearing a sudden noise, one hearing my calls from a position of cover and safety is much more inclined to react positively to them. Generally, foxes are much more wary in daylight when it comes to noises. That is why I will not use an elevated blind or ladder since frozen wood makes some of the craziest noises as soon as you touch it. As the overture to an hours-long night watch in the blind, this is no problem because time will heal these acoustic wounds. In the early morning, however, the whole hunt lasts for just about one hour and such noise ruins your chances, which is why taking your stand in complete silence is an absolute must. For these reasons I will either stalk to a ground blind or simply sit on the ground with good background camouflage, a good field of fire and, of course, a safe backstop.

White painter’s tape is ideal for giving the S 101 Classic XT with ZEISS Duralyt a flawless winter camouflage. It is easy to tear into any shape, holds well and, even after weeks of use, can be removed without leaving a tacky residue

In order for this peculiar style of ground game shooting to work, there is no way around being very particular about your camouflage. I rely on a warm and waterproof

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When approaching the stand, always glass the area so that even a fox sneaking around the fringe of the forest won’t be missed. A white parka paired with “checkerboard” equipment is a perfect disguise. Once you have reached your stand, even thick gloves can’t prevent you from operating the S 101 safely and quietly. The magazine locks in with a soft ‘click’ and even loading and putting on safe do not produce an ‘anti-fox’ alarm

Call on me (l. to r.): Rottumtaler roe deer call used as a hare distress call, Knight & Hale ‘Ultimate Predator I’ call and the Rottumtaler ‘Ranzbeller’ vulpine rut barker

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pair of overalls in the Realtree AP Snow pattern. I prefer this camo pattern to pure white since, when approaching the stand, it blends with the low-lying undergrowth to help hide my legs. The overall is a must since it covers your back when you are using a bipod in the sitting position. For the parka I prefer straight white for such cases as when the hunter and the hunted might meet on an open field. White blends into white when you are squatting or kneeling, offering little contrast to give you away to the sharp-eyed robber. But when you are at your stand, there is enough contrast once you hang your binoculars and calls around your neck and mount your rifle on its shooting rest. This breaks up your outline into an amorphous image. The camouflage is completed with a white polar fleece cap and thick white gloves. For those who desire facial camouflage that at the same time provides some protection from the cold, Penaten or a similar baby cream with zinc oxide is the perfect choice. The rifle itself must also be camouflaged, since it is in motion in good light under the wary eyes of the sly bandit. My ideal basic gun is the S 101 Classic XT since its synthetic stock mocks even the worst weather and doesn’t suffer if it gets dropped in the snow. Its black surface is easily transformed into a contrasting break-up pattern with ordinary white adhesive tape. White painter’s tape which – nomen est omen – is used for masking areas when house painting, works best. It can be ripped in any direction and sticks well, yet is easily removed without leaving any tacky residue. While it should be taken for granted that the entire outfit must be noiseless due to the obvious logic of silence being necessary for success, the rifle itself is often forgotten in favor of low-noise apparel. Yet when every gun manipulation results in a rap, snap or clap, the hunter will often load the chamber in the car or take the gun off safe as soon as he reaches the stand. This life-endangering nonsense has developed into the self-righteous claim of it being a wily hunting tactic, and in the end, one must ask whether not only the rifle but also the operator should have been left at home. The S 101, on the other hand, can be loaded and unloaded discreetly enough that these operations can be executed once the hunter has safely settled into his stand. The same goes for readying the gun to fire. The Dura Safe can be comfortably and quietly disengaged even when wearing thick winter gloves. Its optimal location assures that the shooting hand’s position on the pistol grip need not shift and potentially compromise a stable shooting position. It is instinctual to take the safety off shortly before firing and to put the gun back on safe immediately thereafter if the situation does not require a follow-up shot. To show how important this is, we can use an example of a fox-filled morning when everything goes according to plan: The sound of the distress call – or, in the proper season, the mating call – brings the fox to its feet. Scenario 1: Reynard dashes out almost recklessly from his cover, scurrying hectically back and forth, unsure whether he should investigate. This is the simpler of the two scenarios

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Despite the good light, Fox Number 2 cannot resist the Ultimate Predator call. The photographer is off to the side by about 30 meters and can barely capture the image since the fox is going faster than expected. The S 101 is quickly and quietly taken off safe as the index finger reaches for a trigger so crisp that even a gloved hand can place the shot with ease. Only a few moments later, another fox lies dead in the snow

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since the hunter sees him right away and is prepared when he finally settles down. In the more difficult second scenario, the fox waits motionless at the edge of his cover as he investigates the sound from a safe location. That is why the wood’s edge must be glassed immediately after the last tone from the call has been given so as not to miss the fox’s reaction. Even so, the fox will be difficult to make out since he will be facing forward and partially concealed. But if you have glassed the edge of cover at the beginning of the hunt and even halfway remember what you have seen, then you will later be more likely to notice something that was not there before. If that happens, then you can begin a closer inspection.

armed with the advantages of the S 101 and prepared to shoot, he can take the rifle off safe at any moment and make a clean shot if Reynard gives any sign that he is about to flee.

In the meantime, my red fox has calmed himself yet still appears undecided. As I first give the mouse call, he virtually freezes in place, hops around a little and then starts to make a beeline in my direction. I have to help him along with several steady mouse peeps to keep him moving and on course. When he is about 60 meters from me, I take the S 101 off safe. Now is when it starts to get a bit dicey. My finger rests on the trigger and I wait as Reynard advances without suspicion. At about 40 paces out he makes his last misNow it’s time to shoulder your rifle since the fox will not take and halts. Boom! The DK Dual Core bullet is out and the let his target out of his sight after leaving his cover. There red bandit now lies motionless in the snow as I instinctively are times when Master Reynard is within 50 meters’ range reload. I take a deep breath, put the 101 on safe and remain so quickly that any gross motion of the gun or clumsy sitting quietly, for if you see one fox… manipulation of the safety would ruin everything. It is for this About ten minutes later, the chilling cry from my American reason that I prefer a bipod over a tripod. It is, very simply, predator call echoes over the plain. Another fox streaks like greased lightning from the woodline, considerably more quickly and unobrushes into the open about ten trusively deployed if the fox decides to meters, stops suddenly, turns and runs cut and change direction. For shooting At about 40 paces out, back to where he came from – gone. at ranges up to 100 meters, the sitting he makes the decisive I instantly return to my firing posiposition with both elbows resting on tion. He tries again, now making a dethe knees provides a rock-solid presenerror and freezes. termined advance toward my bushy tation. I keep the magnification of my cover. Although it is at this point com3-12x50 Duralyt variable set at 6x. By doing this, I retain a decent field of view at shorter ranges and pletely unnecessary, I give another mouse call with good results: Now he is really on the march and is weaving right toneed not turn down the magnification for close-up shots. As long as the distance to the wood’s edge is not too great, wards me. 70 meters, 60 meters – uh-oh, he’s going to find the you can of course shoot immediately when Reynard pops first fox! As I move the safety forward, it’s now or never. That’s out. But if you are speculating on taking a second fox, let the when I give a loud whistle. And just as Reynard pauses, the first one leave his cover and come in as close as possible. Very bullet hits him. Now there is nothing stopping me from finally often a second one might show up later, especially during the standing to somehow shake the adrenaline out of my knees. rut. But when a fox sees his fellow lying lifeless in the snow, There they lie, two nice foxes! I leisurely pack up my possibles, even the hungriest or most sex-crazed will immediately flee pick up the two males and carry them to the nearest path. It the area. Remember: There is plenty of light and the fox will is a little after 8:30. This Sunday promises to be a glorious day see the disturbance sooner than he would at night. Thus, the and I now look forward to a hearty breakfast. further out that Fox Number 1 falls, the greater your distance to Number 2 will be. Why provoke a difficult shot when you can get a certain one? If Reynard heads for your position, great. But if he freezes in place, a mouse distress call helps. Although this has little to nothing in common with the more dramatic distress calls you have just given, the mouse call usually works very well. You need to learn how to do it with only your lips so you can stay in firing position and thus keep the situation under control. Often Reynard will transit the open space at a steady if not rapid pace. But if he finds cover in the interim, he might use it to check his advance for a safe reconnaissance. In either case he will not miss the slightest error on the part of the hunter, and every meter of his advance increases the risk that he will recognize the danger he is in. Thanks to the hunter being

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An exciting hunt in an enchanting landscape yields a good bag. No better way than this to begin a winter’s day

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“I freeze, I sweat, I despair and still I cannot stop my pursuit of the wood grouse,” writes Ulf Lindroth. Stalking through the ice and snow of Swedish Lapland demands physical fitness and precise shooting. Ulf Lindroth gives us a look over his shoulder. Photos: Ulf Lindroth and Robin Holmgren

On the lookout: Ulf and Robin glass the horizon. There, up in the top of a spruce, sits the capercaillie

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he winter morning is ice-cold and frozen with the sky turned rose by the rising sun. As my hunting partner Robin Holmgren and I leave our vehicle on this January morning, the thermometer shows minus 28째 Celsius (-18째 F). The snow crunches under our boots and every breath forms a little white cloud. An eerie stillness has fallen over this wilderness. It is the third day of our hunt. As usual we waste no words as we strap our cross-country skis onto our boots and begin our slow glide through the white landscape. Our goal: A wellknown hotspot where we hope to encounter the capercaillie. In two days, we have already logged over 30 kilometers on skis. We have searched countless spruce and pine trees with our ZEISS VICTORY RF 10x45 T* rangefinding binoculars and found a total of three cocks but never a real chance at a shot. In every instance, they spied us from their high perches before we even knew they were there only to fly off and vanish into the endless wilderness. A stalk through this remote patch of earth is a yearly pilgrimage for Robin and me. The skis glide through the powder and the poles sink deep as Robin spurts forward with me close behind. Sure, everyone loves an adventure, but this one is starting to get the better of me. Despite my activity I can barely keep my toes warm in the bone-chilling cold and although I hate to admit it, I start to take notice of muscles I did not know I had. Our consolation is that few must know that wood grouse favor this plateau since no other ski tracks can be seen on our way to the hotspot. We struggle up the incline on our skis. For a change of pace, I look up at the blue sky and see a golden eagle circling us. Not a good omen. After another few kilometers, the woods open up and we study the expanse before us through our binoculars. Still nothing. Time for a break. We finally resume our ski-borne stalk and suddenly come across freshly plucked spruce needles and recent droppings under a few gnarled spruces. A cock must be nearby; or did the eagle scare him away? We have finally reached our hotspot but no cocks are anywhere to be seen. I look to Robin in frustration.

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Now or never: The capercaillie is preoccupied with plucking spruce needles. Ulf sets up in the snow

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Even he appears tired now. Despite being at the edge of the frozen tundra, you would think there would be a little more going on here! Robin waves me over: “Now you go first!” After a few hundred meters, I hear a hissing behind me. Is that Robin? I turn around and see my friend making slow signals that I should stop. I brake immediately. Robin peers through his binoculars: “I knew it!” he murmurs, “There! On the other side of the moor, up in the spruce, there sits one!” The majestic bird is perched at least 400 meters away and can hardly be made out with the naked eye. The view through my own binos shows a wood grouse cock sitting quietly with his neck retracted. Perfect! Using the trees for cover, we slowly approach. Robin lags behind so I can take the shot. Ten minutes later, I’m lying in the snow at the edge of the open moor. The capercaillie is still sitting where I first spotted him. I have had the privilege of taking many of these birds over the years, but this is nonetheless a very special moment for me and I am enjoying this view while I can – his vision is so sharp that in the blink of an eye he could be gone forever. The rangefinder indicates 251 meters. I bring my rifle to my shoulder and adjust the ASV + on the VICTORY HT 3-12x56 to 250 meters. Then I settle into the snow and set the scope’s magnification at its maximum of 12x. What an image – razor sharp, as if I could touch the grouse with my outstretched hand – as the extremely fine and bright red dot steadies on the darkly-feathered rooster. The shot rings out and I watch through the scope as the feathers fly. A moment later I hear the sound of the impact of my 6.5x55. Incredibly, the bird sits unmoving for one or two seconds before finally falling. Fortuna has smiled and hopefully she will remain with us a while longer! I turn around and, seeing Robin’s beaming face, I return his smile. I am indeed a very lucky fellow! We now have to cross the moor to retrieve the cock, but Robin freezes in place after only a few steps. He points to the right with a tense yet promising look on his face. At the northern edge of the moor we can see three more capercaillie in a faraway group of spruce. Because Robin is a quick and excellent shot with his trusty Blaser,

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Finally, success after three days and a 40-kilometer stalk on cross-country skis

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I am not worried. He skillfully piles snow into a mound which he then covers with a white sheet. A few seconds later, a shot rings out and a cock falls into the snow. The other two remain at their perches as Robin reloads and shoots again. Another hit! The second cock falls from the spruce as number three flies off, taking a previously unseen fourth companion with him. Only twenty minutes earlier, we were ready to give up. Now we are both grinning like fools as we load our rucksacks with our heavy bounty. I freeze, I sweat, I despair and still I cannot stop my pursuit of the wood grouse!

Preparation and Equipment The crowning touch: Ulf Lindroth swears by the ZEISS VICTORY RF 10x45 T* which functions reliably despite bone-chilling cold and snowy conditions

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The ranges encountered when shooting capercaillie are usually quite long, and shots between 100 and 200 meters are not unusual. Therefore, it is good advice to first get plenty of practice at a long-distance target range. You should be able to keep your shots within a 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in) square at 300 meters. This demanding level of accuracy may seem to be a problem at first, but it is a fascinating challenge that justifiably steers concentration towards your own abilities and equipment. Besides having an accurate rifle, a fast bullet and a scope set up for long-range shooting, a rangefinder is the key to success. I have tested many but the ZEISS VICTORY RF 10x45 T* combines fantastic optical qualities (already a prerequisite) with the indispensable but often ignored ability to measure distance at any temperature, even in a snowstorm. Just as important is a reliable scope sight. The ZEISS VICTORY HT 3-12x56 with the ultra-fine red dot and ASV + is for me the go-to setup for small targets at long ranges.

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Typically Mauser Are you looking for a classically styled yet practical rifle at an attractive price? Look no further than the new Mauser M 12, available in walnut as well as in the Extreme version with a robust synthetic stock. Both versions come equipped with open sights at no extra charge.

Technical Data M 12 Standard barrel length 56 cm (22 in): .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., 6.5x55 SE, .270 Win., 7x64, .308 Win., .30-06 Spring., 8x57 IS, 9.3x62 Magazine capacity: 5 + 1 Overall length: 106.5 cm (42 in) Weight: ca. 3.1 kg (6.8 lb) Magnum barrel length 62 cm (24.4 in): 7 mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag., .338 Win. Mag. Magazine capacity: 4 + 1 Overall length: 112.5 cm (44.3 in) Weight: ca. 3.2 kg (7.04 lb)

Strong lockup: Six lugs engage directly into the barrel to assure top accuracy. The twin ejectors kick out fired cases with authority

Optional features at extra cost: • Jeweled bolt • Grade 2 walnut • Tripod adapter • Longer or shorter length of pull

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Safe, fast, silent: The 3-position SRS (Smooth Roll Safety) securely locks the firing pin

Safe: Bolt and trigger are locked

Photos: Alexander Fuchs, Henry M. Linder

All steel: All-steel construction with a large ejection port makes topping off the magazine a cinch. The low bolt lift of only 60°, a nonslip bolt knob and a slick action make for fast repeat shots. The receiver ring and bridge are contoured so that any scope mount system made for the Mauser 98 is also suitable for the M 12

Middle position: Bolt can be opened while the safety remains engaged

Fire: Bolt can be opened and the M 12 is ready for firing

Load, please: The removable double stack magazine holds five Standard cartridges or four Magnums

Short and crisp: The single-stage trigger pull of only 950 g (2.1 lb) is ideal for precise shot placement at longer ranges

Classic nobility: The straight comb features a pistol grip in the Prince of Wales style with a fine 2-panel checkering pattern. Discreet cheeks in the action area highlight the elegance of the M 12

Technical Data M 12 Extreme • Same basic features as the M 12 plus: • Robust synthetic stock with Soft Touch coating • Large, non-slip synthetic bolt knob • Removable double stack magazine with black floorplate and Mauser logo in relief

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ONLY QUALITY COUNTS The key to customer satisfaction lies in fulfilling the customer’s expectations if not, in fact, in exceeding them. Quality assurance is therefore an inherent part of the complex process of manufacturing RWS rifle cartridges. Text: Norbert Cyron, Hannes Dikhoff and Nicole Heidemann, Photos: Andreas Kurth

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he quality of a rifle cartridge is, in the end, a reflection of its safety, reliability, accuracy and effectiveness. In order to achieve these ends, an RWS rifle cartridge must go through more than 100 very strict quality inspections in the course of its development and production. Quality is determined anew at each point in the manufacturing process. Perfection in the smallest details Quality assurance at RWS begins at the start of product development and determines which manufacturing techniques are used in the production of the individual components. Even the choice of subcontractors follows strict quality guidelines. All raw materials that are purchased are submitted to a rigorous inspection upon their arrival and are tested in RWS’ own physics, chemistry and ballistic

laboratories to determine whether they meet the stipulated specifications. The difference is in the mix Even though they are all made mainly from nitrocellulose and special additives, not all propellant powders are the same. Most RWS rifle cartridges are loaded with progressive propellant powder, which is a type of powder that burns relatively slowly upon ignition but increases in burn rate as combustion progresses. Over 40 different powders – themselves subject to strict specifications – are acquired from various European manufacturers and loaded by RWS. Every powder lot is tested in RWS laboratories to verify its chemical and ballistic properties before it is released to the loading machines. In addition, RWS is a partner in the development of diverse powder additives that chemically enhance rifle

powders in such a way as to protect against barrel fouling, reduce muzzle flash and otherwise improve their performance. Besides standard ballistic testing at 21° Celsius (70° F), RWS goes a step further and optimizes powder burn at ambient temperatures ranging from +60° to -30° C (+140° to -22° F). RWS ammunition is not affected by weather, thus ensuring user safety and the best possible accuracy under real-life hunting conditions. The propellants then undergo chemical tests to determine their thermal stability, loading density, heat of explosion, water and solvent content, ash content, kernel size, and chemical composition. It takes three weeks to complete all of these tests. Just a case? Hardly! As simple as the cartridge case may appear, it must meet exacting

Inspection at a molecular level: rolled metal stock is checked for hardness upon its receipt at the factory

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Various chemical analyses of the propellant assure that the finished cartridge functions reliably

Special powders in high-performance loads provide an extra reserve of performance to ensure success in even extreme hunting conditions

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demands regarding safety, accuracy and power. Maintaining the highest degree of uniformity is essential to ensure faultless feeding and an exact fit in the rifle chamber. The specific hardness spectrum from the case mouth to the head is vital in containing the enormous gas pressures that develop and transferring that energy to the base of the bullet. This is the only way that a high-performance cartridge can be loaded for safety as well as power. A demanding production sequence assures that high quality standards are maintained in RWS cartridge cases. Most of the cartridge components, including the case, are drawn from strips of rolled stock. Each cup is pressed out with up to 150 tons of pressure and then progressively drawn out and heat-treated to form a cartridge case. After each step, the case is measured by hand with a variety of instruments to maintain the closest possible tolerances. During final inspection, the finished cases are tested for correct chambering. They are then checked for proper hardness with a programmable hardness testing machine that automatically inspects each case throughout its length. Test loads of progressively greater intensity are then fired. They must be able to withstand far higher pressures than those allowed by law without showing any signs of damage. Cartridge cases must also pass a stress cracking test that simulates the aging process. Dummy cartridges are loaded, exposed to nitric acid and mercury nitrate, and then inspected for cracks under a microscope. With this test, no failures are allowed! These uncompromising procedures go far beyond any that are required by law, and are designed to reveal any possible deficiencies of the cartridge case. After all, a rifle case must be able to withstand extreme gas pressures for the safety of the hunter as well as his firearm. No wonder RWS cases are known for their high strength, for being reloadable up to ten times, and are preferred above

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all other cases by reloaders throughout the world! Far more than a cup and a core The bullet is the heart of every hunting rifle cartridge. It is the bullet that trans-

fers its enormous energy and killing power over great distances to bring game to bag in a sportsmanlike manner. This is a lot of responsibility for such a small component. RWS takes that responsibility seriously by providing an optimum of accuracy and effectiveness on the game animal. It not only takes a good design to produce an accurate bullet, but also the ability to maintain extremely tight tolerances in jacket thickness, bullet diameter and bullet weight while simultaneously controlling jacket and core hardness. Use of the most modern machinery assures an optimal shape for both the jacket and the core. Dimensional conformity is tested at every step in the manufacturing process. Lead wires of

RWS cases are mechanically tested for correct hardness

Cases are rigorously measured during the manufacturing process

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varying hardness are drawn according to their ballistic purpose. The jacket cup is drawn multiple times and then trimmed to length. Depending on the type of bullet, one or two bullet cores are pressed into the jacket cup followed by a ballistic optimization of the surface and the formation of functional cannelures. After the bullet has been sized, it is subjected to a 100% visual inspection. Making a bullet involves more than 14 steps with eleven quality inspections. To guarantee the extraordinary accuracy and absolute reliability of production cartridges, test bullets are loaded into research cartridges made from reference-quality components for further strict testing. RWS pays closest attention to the effectiveness of its hunting bullets. Everyday hunting practice makes a wide variety of demands on a bullet. Engagement distances extend to 400 meters and beyond. Ordinary big game can weigh anywhere from 10 to over 300 kg (22 - 60 lb). From the very start,

True quality is revealed under the microscope. RWS cases must submit to and survive a demanding chemical treatment

The bullet is the heart of every hunting rifle cartridge an essential design parameter of any RWS rifle cartridge is its performance spectrum. This is why RWS conducts firing tests on ballistic gelatin blocks throughout the bullet’s effective range and analyzes them in minute detail for expansion and energy deposit. These analyses are used to estimate the suitability of the bullet for different game animals and ensure that the cartridge is a perfect match for its intended purpose. The big match-up Only after all components – from the primer to the case and powder to the bullet – have passed every inspection are they allowed to be combined into a complete cartridge. Again,

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Measuring stress crack lines in ballistic gelatin to estimate the bullet’s effect on game

quality assurance is paramount. Each component, down to the smallest detail, is perfectly matched to the other when the load is assembled. A final inspection of the finished product ensures that only cartridges meeting RWS’ high standards are allowed to leave the factory. First, the weight of the powder charge is checked and the cartridge undergoes preliminary test firing. For the final test firing, an acceptance analysis

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is conducted where a certain number of cartridges from each manufacturing lot are tested in various barrels for pressure, velocity and accuracy. To prove that the ammunition can handle the demands of field service, cartridges are then function tested in commonly used hunting rifles. Within the framework of their ballistic testing alone, RWS fires more than 1800 rounds per day, every day. That’s true quality management!

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Cartridges are loaded with the help of the most modern machinery then once again subjected to a 100% visual inspection

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Hands and Heart Fratelli Piotti: The name that stands for traditional shotguns made with the highest level of quality. Some passionate wing shooters might associate this grade of craftsmanship with England, but these guns come from Gardone Val Trompia in Italy and are as perfect as any London product.

Text: Gunther Stoschek, Photos: Michael Eger (KODIAK)

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ur first acquaintance with Manuel Piotti was made over twenty years ago as we completed our rounds at the IWA trade show, and was more coincidence than anything else. It was his natural and modest friendliness that inspired our Blaser contingent to take a closer look at the handful of side-by-side shotguns decorating his small, unimpressive show booth. Up to this point we had associated classic gunmaking primarily with famous English names and had by then thoroughly inspected many of their products. That is why we were astonished at the unique level of quality put into a Piotti shotgun. Such perfection was completely unexpected – Italian elegance, of course, but not this impressive degree of precision!

Hard to believe from the modest exterior, but this is one of the world’s best addresses for artistic shotgun manufacture: Piotti in Gardone Val Trompia

We eagerly accepted Manuel’s subsequent invitation to visit him in Gardone Val Trompia. It was hardly a month later that he opened the doors of his fine but tiny realm to us. What we saw there fascinated us far more than anything we had seen at any of

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Excellent custom engraving is not their only mark of distinction – it is the extraordinary workmanship that is the true mark of each and every Piotti shotgun. All parts are crafted, down to the most minute detail, from solid stock

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the more famous workshops we had visited. It was not only the masterful craftsmanship of the brothers and father Piotti that excited us, but rather their devotion to their craft that we sensed every minute that we were there. To this day, they create true works of art using only the simplest of tools and fixtures. This visit resulted in new business agreements as well: With a handshake, we sealed a marketing deal with them on the spot. In those days, the few German hunters who had heard of Piotti were at first somewhat astounded. To the often-asked question of why a large and modern hunting gun manufacturer would join forces with a small Italian maker, our answer was always easy: It was their joy in creating excellent hunting guns, a joy shared by every single one of their employees. We also shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s products even though our manufacturing methods were completely different.

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Faustino Piotti, who co-founded the company with his brother, stands at his work bench with as much passion and attention to detail as ever before

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Fabio Piotti, just like his brothers Sergio, Rudi and Manuel, is a master of his craft

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This principle is as valid now as it was twenty years ago. Many shotgun fans have since shared this peek into the fascinating world of the Piottis with Blaser. Piotti has long been an insiders’ tip even in England’s most noble gunmaking workshops, and these excellent shotguns from Gardone are well known in the finest establishments. Anyone who has visited their shops will understand what truly one-of-a-kind firearms they produce.

Blaser always enjoys organizing trips to Piotti in Gardone Val Trompia for lovers of fine guns. Address inquiries to: gunther.stoschek@blaser.de

The third Piotti generation: Manuel’s son Luca carries on his family’s tradition with conviction

Even niece Michelle enjoys a look around the shops

Manuel and Faustino Piotti (right) with Blaser’s Gunther Stoschek (left), who has accompanied countless customers to Italy

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ZEISS The hunting press puts every new product to the acid test as soon as it makes its debut. This practice is no different for the new scopes and binoculars in the ZEISS VICTORY HT product line. Here is PASSION’s digest of reviews penned by leading outdoor equipment editors.

More information at www.zeiss-sportsoptics.de

Bewertung: **** = sehr gut; *** = gut; ** = mittel; * = schlecht

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Erster Eindruck: * * * Sehr wuchtige Form, keine Augenweide, aber das Fußbett ist fantastisch – Wohlfühlen pur. Praxistest: Wanderungen, Drückjagd, Ansitzjagd (bei bis zu -15 Grad Celsius)

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Preis/Leistung: * * * Verbesserungsvorschlag: keiner Kommentar: Jedem, der bei Drückjagden oder dem Ansitz schnell kalte Füße bekommt, ist der Polarstiefel Shackleton, egal ob im Frühjahr, Herbst oder Winter, wärmstens zu empfehlen. Gesamtnote: * * * * Simon Obermeier

Perfect for stalking and still-hunting! Claudia Elbing and Michael Schmid: “In a side-by-side comparison test the VICTORY HT 8x42 beat out several ‘big 56s’. Outstanding balance and low weight allow for longer, fatigue-free observations. The user interface gets an ‘A’ for ergonomic comfort. It is a binocular that will last a lifetime!” Perfekter Durchblick

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Verarbeitung: * * * * Handling: * * * * Die robuste Schnürung – festziehen, feststellen, fertig – sorgt für einen guten Sitz des Schuhes. Eine Gamasche schließt ihn nach oben hin sicher ab, sodass kein Schnee in den Stiefel eindringen kann. Praxistest: * * * Keine Spur von kalten Füßen, selbst nach fünfstündigem Winteransitz bei zweistelligen Minusgraden. Im Vergleich etwa zu hochwertigen, lammfellgefütterten Lederstiefeln ist der Shackleton in puncto Kälteschutz einsame Spitze. Bei weiteren Wanderungen ließen sich die Polarstiefel ermüdungsfrei tragen. Dennoch war danach klar: Zum Pirschen taugt er nicht. Der Schuh ist beim Gehen einfach zu laut.

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Sets a new standard! Roland Zeitler: “The ZEISS VICTORY HT Licht-Riesen 8x42 puts in a solid field performance, especially under difficult lighting conditions. The focus knob is easy to reach and can be finely adjusted. All in all, the new VICTORY HT is a consummate first-class binocular that has finally broken the 95% light transmission barrier.”

Besonderheit: polartaugliche, aber dennoch leichte Winterstiefel Technische Daten: Am Schaft kommt Leder zum Einsatz; im Fußbereich eine Galosche aus kräftigem Gummi. Am oberen Schaftende sorgt eine kurze Nylongamasche für Schnee- und Kälteschutz. Der Shackleton ist mit einem herausnehmbaren, 8-lagig gearbeiteten Innenschuh ausgestattet. Gewicht: circa 2 500 Gramm Preis: 299,90 Euro, Bezug: Fachhandel

Besonderheit: leichtes Pirsch- und Allroundglas Technische Daten: Maße: 128 x 160 mm (B x H), 8-fache Vergrößerung, Dachkant-Prismen (Abbe-König), Mehrschichtvergütung, Sehfeld auf 1 000 m: 136 m, Austrittspupille: 5,3 mm, Dämmerungszahl: 18,3, Dioptrienausgleich +/- 4 dpt., Naheinstellgrenze: 1,9 m. Linsen mit LotuTec®-Beschichtung. Magnesiumgehäuse, schwarze Gummiarmierung, rastbare, abnehmbare Drehaugenmuscheln, Gewicht: 785 g, wasserdicht (500 mbar), Zubehör: Okularund Objektivschutzkappen, gepolster-

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ter Tragegurt und Tasche. Garantie: zehn Jahre Preis: 1 945 Euro. Bezug: Fachhandel

Erster Eindruck: * * * * Das ist ein Durchblick! Praxistest: Ansitz, Pirsch Verarbeitung: * * * * Handling: * * * * Die Bedienoberfläche erhält in Sachen Ergonomie eine Eins. Ausgezeichnete Balance und geringes Gewicht erlauben längere, ermüdungsfreie Beobachtung. Die angenehme, rutschsichere Gummiarmierung komplettiert das komfortable Handling. Geschmeidig und absolut spielfrei läuft das Fokussierrad. In der Brückenmitte ist auch der Dioptrienausgleich positioniert. Das Stellrad läuft geschmeidig, aber so stramm, dass eine Selbstverstellung im Rucksack nahezu ausgeschlossen ist.

Für die individuelle Einstellung der Knickbrücke benötigt man eine kräftige Hand. Wasserflecken auf den Linsen sind dank LotuTEC®-Beschichtung passé. Die Schutzkappen sitzen stramm, der breite Gurt trägt sich angenehm. Praxis / Optische Leistung: * * * * Perfekte, fast schon „kalte“ Bildwiedergabe. Rundum bestechend scharf, farbecht. Guter Kontrast und lichtstark bis weit in die Dämmerung. Ein echtes Nachtglas ist das 42er zwar nicht, aber gutes Sauenansprechen ist bei lückiger Bewölkung und Halbmond möglich. Im direkten Nacht-Vergleich toppte das 8 x 42 HT mehrere „große 56er“. Preis/Leistung: * * *

Das neue Zeiss ist eleganter geworden. Selbst das große 56er wirkt nicht klobig

Verbesserungsvorschlag: keiner Kommentar: Ein Fernglas fürs Leben – perfekt für Pirsch und Ansitz Gesamtnote: * * * * Michael Schmid, Claudia Elbing

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Zeiss-Optiken gelten als extrem lichtstark. Viele Nachtjäger schwören daher auf Gläser aus Wetzlar. Satte 95 Prozent soll der Transmissionswert beim neuen 56er Victory betragen.

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ie Formen des neuen Zeiss Victory HT (High Transmission) sind fließender als beim Vorgängermodell. Insgesamt wirkt es eleganter. Das etwas kürzere Okular verringert die Baulänge gegenüber dem Vorgängermodell 3–12 x 56 um 10 Millimeter. Wog das Varipoint noch 640 Gramm, bringt das HT nur noch 598 Gramm auf die Waage. Zu begrüßen ist, dass Zeiss von den billig wirkenden Kunststoff-Abdeckkappen der Verstellmechanik abgeht und sie beim HT aus Aluminium fertigt. Die HT-Modelle sind mit einer sehr präzise arbeitenden Absehenverstellung ausgerüstet, die eine 100-prozentige Wiederkehrgenauigkeit garantiert. Die KlickRastung verändert die Treffpunktlage bei einem Klick um 1 Zentimeter auf 100 Meter. So genau, dass sich eine Waffe im Handumdrehen einschießen lässt.

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der reflexfreie Lack noch die Mechanik nahmen dabei Schaden. Der Kontrollschuss saß! Der gummierte Verstellring der Vergrößerung ist griffig und hat einen Knubbel bei 6-facher Vergrößerung (gut bei Dunkelheit). Auch nach Einlagerung in der Tiefkühltruhe arbeitete die Verstellung leichtgängig. Der Vergrößerungswechsel im Anschlag geht spielerisch, für den gesamten Verstellbereich reicht eine halbe Umdrehung. Auf kleinste Vergrößerung gestellt, bietet das Victory HT 12,5 Meter Überblick auf 100 Meter. Über 12 Meter ist ein Top-Wert bei 3-facher Vergrößerung. Eine Optik mit 56 Millimeter Objektivdurchmesser wird aber wohl mehr beim Ansitz benutzt, und da zählt Lichtstärke, bei der das HT neue Maßstäbe setzen soll. Zeiss verwendet HT-Linsen von Schott, die für einen sehr geringen Lichtverlust sorgen. Das funktioniert natürlich nur mit der entsprechenden Beschichtung, die bei Zeiss entwickelt wurde. Bei unbeschichtetem Glas würde der Übergang der Glas-/Luftflächen einen Lichtverlust von etwa 4 Prozent zur Folge haben. Eine normale, einfache Beschichtung reduziert diesen Verlust auf etwa 1

Tag- und 94,1 Prozent Nachttransmission. Besonders der Nachtwert ist beeindruckend. Möglich ist das nur, da Zeiss vom herkömmlichen Glasabsehen abgegangen ist und ein neuartiges Absehen verwendet, das keinen Transmissionsverlust verursacht.

Da das bisherige Zeiss Victory 3–12 x 56 bereits zur Spitzenoptik zählt, stellt sich die Frage, ob das neue HT sichtbar mehr bietet. Ist eine Verbesserung der optischen Leistung subjektiv wahrnehmbar? Beim Nachtansitz gab es den Vergleich. Resultat: Der neue Leuchtpunkt erscheint bei Nacht schärfer und ist besser abgegrenzt. Mehr zu sehen war mit dem HT aber nicht!

Truly a “light-cannon”! Norbert Klups: “The Lichtkanone new VICTORY HT is an elegant and noble glass with impressive optical quality and an innovative fiber optic reticle that sets new sighting standards. The ASV + drop compensator is ingeniously simple. Drawbacks: None!” Zeiss Victory 3–12 x 56 HT

Das Testglas wurde mit einer MAK-Schwenkmontage montiert. Der erste Schuss lag 22 Zentimeter tief und 16 Zentimeter rechts. 25 Klicks hoch und 16 links, lag der nächste Schuss genau 3 Zentimeter über dem Haltepunkt. Ein Kontrollschuss saß 2 Zentimeter daneben, die Büchse war mit 3 Schuss justiert! Die Verstelltürme lassen sich ohne Werkzeug griffig bedienen. Die einstellbare Nullposition erlaubt es, problemlos zur Absehenstellung einer bereits eingeschossenen Laborierung zurückzukehren. Nach dem Einschießen hebt man den Rändelring an und stellt den dicken Strich am Ende der Skala auf den Indexpunkt, das entspricht der Nullposition. Wird die Waffe auf eine andere Laborierung umgeschossen, reicht es, die Rändelringe ohne Anheben auf die Nullposition zurückzudrehen. Markiert man vorher die Absehenposition der zweiten Laborierung, kann hin– und hergewechselt werden.

ASV+: genial einfach!

Ein aufpreispflichtiges Highlight (195 Euro) ist die ASV+ (Absehenschnellverstellung). Bei Weitschüssen wird unkompliziert auf die gemessene oder bekannte Schussdistanz gestellt. Die Waffe schießt dann Fleck. Zum Lieferumfang der mit ASV+ ausgestat-

teten Zielfernrohre gehört ein kompletter Satz (9 Stück) leicht austauschbarer gravierter Ringe, die den Geschossabfall nahezu aller am Markt erhältlichen Laborierungen abdecken. Das „Klong“, mit dem das Glas gegen den Hochsitz schlug, als die Büchse von der Schulter rutschte, verhieß nichts Gutes. Doch weder

Absehen mit polierter Glasfaser

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Vergleich zum alten Victory (r.). Die Übergänge sind weicher, das Glas ist etwas kürzer

Prozent. Zeiss schafft es mit der aufwändigen T*-Vergütung, diesen Lichtverlust auf unter 0,2 Prozent zu drücken. Die Messwerte des Testzielfernrohres lagen bei 94,9 Prozent

Der Glasfaserfaden, der das Absehen bildet, ist lediglich 0,04 Millimeter dick. In der Mitte ist er dazu noch schräg abgeschnitten und poliert. Dort wird der Leuchtpunkt gebildet. Der Durchmesser beträgt an diesem Punkt nur noch 0,025 Millimeter. Das ergibt entsprechend geringe Abdeckmaße des Leuchtpunktes im Zielbild. Auf 100 Meter sind es lediglich 8 Millimeter, und selbst auf 300 Meter verdeckt er dann nur 24 Millimeter vom Ziel. Wird das Leuchtabsehen abgeschaltet, erscheint das normale Fadenkreuz ohne den schwarzen Punkt in der Mitte. Die Helligkeitsabstimmung ist vorbildlich: In unterster Stufe bei wenig Licht eben noch wahrnehmbar, voll aufgedreht dagegen blendend hell, so dass der Rotpunkt selbst bei Sonnenlicht zu sehen ist.

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Das neue Zeiss ist ein formschönes, edles Glas mit beeindruckenden optischen Werten und innovativem Glasfaserabsehen, das Maßstäbe setzt. Eine echte Lichtkanone! 2.155 Euro kostet die Version ohne Schiene und ASV+. j

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Zeiss Victory HT 3–12 x 56

Vergrößerung

3–12

Objektivdurchmesser

56 mm

Austritwtspupillen-Durchmesser

14,9 – 4,7 mm

Dämmerungszahl

8,5 – 25,9

Sehfeld auf 100m

12,5 m – 3,5 m

Dioptrien-Verstellbereich

2/-4dpt

Augenabstand

90 mm

Verstellung pro Klick auf 100m

1 cm

Mittelrohrdurchmesser

30 mm

Länge

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Gewicht

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Preis

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Wie gut ist HT wirklich? Als Optikspezialist Zeiss mit großem Werbeaufwand neue Ferngläser mit HT-Linsen (High Transmission) vorstellte, wurde eine Lichtdurchlässigkeit von 95 Prozent versprochen. Viele Experten halten das für unmöglich, denn 90 Prozent gelten als sehr gut und 92 Prozent als das Maß der Dinge. Mehr sollte eigentlich technisch nicht mehr möglich sein. Ob das wirklich stimmt, wollte JAGDPRAXIS ganz genau wissen:

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hne Lichtverlust ist der Durchgang durch ein optisches System nicht möglich. Jede Glas-Luftfläche (eine Linse hat zwei davon) kostet Licht. Behaupten kann man natürlich viel, und kaum ein Käufer eines Fernglases ist in der Lage, die Transmission (also den für Jagdoptik meist allerwichtigsten Wert) objektiv zu überprüfen. JAGDPRAXIS kann es und hat es gemacht. Unsere Messungen wurden im Labor für Technische Optik und Optoelektronik der Georg-Simon-OhmHochschule Nürnberg vorgenommen – eines der bestausgestatteten optischen Labore Deutschlands. Die meisten Prüfgeräte sind dort mehrfach vorhanden, weil hier Ausbildung betrieben wird und daher mehrere Arbeitsplätze nötig sind. Das hat den Vorteil, dass ermittelte Werte sofort mit einer zweiten Messung an einem anderen Gerät überprüft werden können.

Was ist HT? Zeiss verwendet HT (High Transmission)-Linsen des deutschen Glasherstellers Schott, die für einen sehr geringen Lichtverlust sorgen. Das funktioniert natürlich nur mit der entsprechenden Beschichtung, die bei

Zeiss entwickelt wurde. Bei unbeschichtetem Glas würde der Übergang der Glas-Luftflächen einen Lichtverlust von etwa vier Prozent zur Folge haben. Einfache Beschichtungen reduzieren diesen Verlust auf etwa ein Prozent. Zeiss schafft es mit seiner aufwendigen T*-Vergütung, ihn auf unter 0,2 Prozent zu drücken. „Die Beschichtung“ gibt so gar nicht, denn in einem Fernglas werden verschiedene Glassorten verbaut, die jeweils eine genau abgestimmte Beschichtung brauchen. Auf eine Linse können bis zu 17 Schichten aufgedampft werden, deren Dicke im Nanometerbereich liegt. Dabei die richtige Kombination zu finden und verschiedene Linsen aufeinander abzustimmen, bedeutet einen enormen Aufwand. Anschließend muss dieses optische System natürlich auch noch richtig „verpackt“ werden. Die Eleminierung von Streulicht hat in Ferngläsern größte Bedeutung. Gibt es dabei Probleme, nützen die besten Linsen nichts. Dieser kleine Ausflug in die Fernglasentwicklung mag deutlich machen, warum Spitzenoptik heute extrem teuer geworden ist. Jeder Hersteller, der auf diesem Gebiet Entwicklungsarbeit leistet, benötigt ein bestens ausgestattetes Optiklabor mit hoch spezialisierten Fachleuten. Nach einigen Jahren Entwicklungsarbeit gehen die Kosten in schwindelerregende Bereiche. Die von Zeiss verwendeten HT-Linsen wurden eigentlich gar nicht für Ferngläser entwickelt. Grund der Forschung war die häufige Beschädigung von Licht-

The new reference scope sight! “ZEISS has actually surpassed the 95% mark in daylight transmission with the VICTORY HT and achieved a nighttime light transmission of over 92 percent, a value that most topranking binocular Könige der Nacht? makers cannot achieve in daylight. This may not sound like much, but it means the world in the realm of Advantage: ZEISS! high-end optics. ZEISS has once again Reinhold Kliesch: raised the bar with their new HT line... “ZEISS has reached Many non-hunters also swear by a new benchmark Wetzlar optics. The ZEISS VICTORY HT with a commendfulfills every demand made upon a ably high light high-performance scope. The ZEISS HT transmission. ZEISS has applied offers by far the best total their expertise with high light transperformance package. It mission to the entire lens system to delivers a very bright image with create a definitive advantage under perfect resolution and edge bad lighting conditions.” sharpness.” 106

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Ferngläser Spitzenmodelle von Swarovski und Zeiss

Vergleich

In der Premiumklasse der für den Jäger wirklich interessanten Ferngläser tummeln sich nur die Modelle einiger weniger Marken. In Deutschland sind das vor allem Gläser der Firmen Swarovski und Zeiss. Wo sich diese im Detail unterscheiden, fassen wir im folgenden Beitrag zusammen.

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Editor‘s Choice! Andrew McKean: “ZEISS’ bright, pricey Victory HT binocular features a new class of high-end glass. Two times Editor‘s Choice: ZEISS VICTORY HT and ZEISS CONQUEST HD.” passion international 02

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Bereits in der Schule und später wiezusprechen und anschließend dann der in der Jagdausbildung haben wir auch noch ordentlich zu treffen. Zur gelernt, dass unsere Augen nur durch Problemlösung unbedingt erforderLicht sehen können. In der Dunkelliche tierschutzgerechte und damit heit fühlen wir uns unsicher und lichterzeugende Nachtzielgeräte sind müssen uns weitgehend auf unseren aus nicht nachvollziehbaren Gründen Gehörsinn verlassen. leider immer noch verGenau diese Erfahrung boten. Die zum AnspreOhne Licht am haben auch die unzähchen erlaubten NachtAuge geht nichts ligen Schweinehorden sichtgeräte helfen leider gemacht, welche nachts wenig, denn sie funktidie Wiesen und Felder unseres Lanonieren letztlich mit Licht, egal wie des verwüsten und alle Jahre wieder es auch erzeugt wurde. Für das vom Millionenschäden hinterlassen. Und Ansprechen des richtigen Stückes inebenso alle Jahre wieder versucht nerhalb der sich ständig bewegenden die Jägerschaft verzweifelt der unRotte durch das Nachtsichtgerät gelösbaren Aufgabe nachzukommen, in blendete Auge dauert es viel zu lange, kalten Nächten als dunkle Schatten bis es sich an die dunkle Zielumgeerkennbare Wildkörper richtig anbung der Zieleinrichtung angepasst

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Zielfernrohre mit 56-mm-Objektiv, 3–12-fachem Vergrößerungsbereich und Leuchtabsehen sind heute die wohl meistverbreiteten Zieloptiken im deutschsprachigen Raum. JAGDPRAXIS hat sieben davon einem umfangreichen Vergleichstest unterzogen.

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hat, um erstens das richtige Stück und zweitens dieses dann auch an der richtigen Stelle zu treffen. So sind wir bedauerlicherweise weiterhin darauf angewiesen, das Allerletzte aus unseren konventionellen Nachtferngläsern herauszuholen – und deshalb bleibt das Fernglas neben der Waffe vorerst unser wichtigstes Handwerkszeug, welches wir den gegebenen Vorschriften gerecht auszuwählen gezwungen sind. Die wichtigsten grundsätzlichen Faktoren bei der Wahl eines Ferngla-

Große. Das Swarovision 10×50 (links) und das Zeiss Victory FL T* 10×56: Im Design ist das Swarovski Standard, obwohl auch das Victory durchaus gut in der Hand liegt.

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Ladies flock to the RAM² Jacket Winter This jacket is cut for a feminine silhouette yet has a high quality fleece lining to keep the wearer cuddly warm. Windproof, waterproof and breathable.

One for all: RAM² Light Jacket Short This water- and windproof all-around jacket is tailored for hunting comfort from A to Z: Adjustable length sleeves are specially cut to accommodate various shooting positions; a lengthened tail adapts to the hunter’s every move. Stalking-friendly: RAM² Trousers Light The perfect companion to the RAM² Jacket Light, featuring an elastic waistband and comfort fit. Lined entirely with noiseless RAMTEX.

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Cuddly Companion: Ladies’ Winnipeg Fleece Jacket Winter relief for the cold-natured: a sporty hooded jacket with the classy look of wool. Women love them: Ladies’ Argali² Light Trousers Comfort with excellent features for the huntress. A robust RAMTEX inner lining underscores their sporty appearance and assures a noiseless stalk. Tailored for the feminine figure, this waterproof all-around talent guarantees comfortable sitting with plenty of freedom of movement.

Must have: Professional Trousers A robust specialist for the field: A fit tailored with the active hunter in mind guarantees maximum freedom of movement for the toughest situations. The RAMTEX inner lining allows for quiet stalking. The Professional is completely elastic and extraordinarily comfortable with double belt loops for an optimal fit and features practical, functional pockets for a variety of hunting utensils.

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Toronto Down 4 in 1 Jacket Be prepared for any weather or season: That’s the motto for Active Outfits’ flexible jacket system. The absolutely waterand windproof outer jacket is so perfectly tailored that you still cut a sporty figure. The ultra-light reversible down jacket puts in a strong solo performance but can also be worn with either the quilted blaze orange or smooth khaki surface on the outside: In every case and for every outing, it gives a strong performance.

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Highlight of the season: Calgary Down Parka The generous length, roomy fleece pockets, silky-soft corduroy lining and high-grade down filling with extraordinarily high loft offer a first-class feeling of warmth and comfort. This luxury velour-look parka is crowned with a fleece-lined removable down hood fringed in real fur.

Want to see more highlights of the Fall/Winter Collection 2013/14? Ask your authorized Blaser dealer for the new Blaser Active Outfits catalog or order it online at www.activeoutfits.de

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RUN, SHOOT, HIT! Ulfborg – When they hear the name, European shooting insiders become giddy with excitement. This rifle range in Denmark is off-limits for civilians but the ZEISS Training Academy made the impossible possible and got permission to use it for their first Field Shooting Weekend from 5-7 July 2013. Text and Photos: Christin Rabitz

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he 14 seminar participants stand with anticipation on their faces and guns, ammunition, and three days’ worth of clothing in their luggage. Maruan AlHammoud, the ZEISS Academy Trainer, is ready for action and wastes no time after greeting the class: “Off to the range! Everyone must now check his weapon’s zero!” After a few shots the shooting lane quiets down again, but only temporarily. One of the co-sponsors, J.P. Sauer & Sohn, has brought out new SAUER 101s in .308 Win. to distribute to each participant. Each S 101 is mounted with a ZEISS VICTORY HT 3-12x56 scope fitted with the ASV + bullet drop compensator. Each shooter is allowed to pick out ‘his’ S 101, make himself familiar with it, and sight it in. His name is then placed on the rifle, which is to be locked away until Sunday for the Field Shooting event. This stage, fired on the last day of the seminar, may only be shot with the S 101. So what is Field Shooting? This type of competition, where assorted targets are shot at varying distances across different shooting lanes, is widely popular in Denmark. Shooters are required to use diverse shooting positions found to be practical while hunting: Prone, kneeling and standing. Targets are also engaged from an elevated shooting blind. This sounds easier than it actually is since almost ten kilometers (6 miles) of walking are involved be-

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Classroom alfresco: After sighting in, participants study ballistic theory well into the evening hours

fore the match is over. This raises the pulse somewhat between stations, making the shooter’s greatest challenge to stay fully concentrated until the last lane is finally behind him. Back to sighting in. SAUER professionals give the shooters valuable tips for operating the S 101 during this warm-up period while the shooting coaches from ZEISS keep a sharp eye out for things like trigger control and stance. “After three days in Ulfborg, seminar participants should be able to take some real insights home with them. It sometimes requires only a small correction to increase personal accuracy!” says Maruan Al-Hammoud. A class in theory follows sighting in at the range. How do you calculate trajectory? How do you sight in and adjust the ASV +? What do you need to watch out for in long-range shooting? Martin Knoflach from Innsbruck: “The talks with the shooting coaches were very helpful. Of course, we are all experienced shots, but in order to take full advantage of modern technology like the ASV + we occasionally need a little help. We came away from this class with plenty of useful know-how.” It is now Saturday morning and time to shoot. Once they are fortified with breakfast, the shooters will tour the shooting ranges. Here the seminar members marvel in wonder: A shooting complex such as Ulfborg cannot be found anywhere in Germany. passion international 02


One must reach the individual shooting lanes by foot. Once there, the motto is “Engage targets and fire at will!� A hit in this 600-meter lane is punctuated by a small explosion

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optics “A great event! We dished about it for the entire ride home and told many hunters in the Berlin and Dannenberg areas about it. As far as I’m concerned, there is no better place to learn about rifle shooting than in this seminar!” Dr. Britta Czasch

Shooters are split into squads of four and then take turns at the 600 meter lane, a multi-distance stage and a moving target range. Each stage makes its own special demands upon the shooter. At the multi-distance stage paper, popper, gong, steel and game targets are engaged at ranges from 65 to 540 meters. On the 600 meter lane shooters back up incrementally to the longest distance. At the moving target stage, shooters practice on running targets. And with targets that can be set at continuously variable speeds, they are serious when they say “running”! What is a real challenge for the newcomer in the beginning becomes normal in the course of the day. After about 75 minutes, the squads swap ranges until everyone has shot at every stage. Even better, there was none of the usual taunting amongst the participants: The collective joy of the experience banished all such thoughts. After the official training is finished, the squads move to the Western stage where swinging and stationary targets can be engaged with handguns and lever-action rifles. A few of the shooters test the .338 Lapua Magnum at the 600 meter lane. Cease fire is called at 6 p.m. although the shooters, still high on the experience, soon start to miss the steady chatter of gunfire that has accompanied them since morning. None has ever fired so many shots in a single day. Everyone then joins in for a barbecue which closes out the evening around twelve as Ulfborg is bathed in pleasant moonlight. The expectations for the Field Shooting match are great and the next morning at eight the shooters are back at it. With rucksack, shooting stick, 100 rounds of ammunition and the SAUER 101 with ZEISS VICTORY HT in hand, the squaddies once again make for the ranges to prove their abilities and put into practice what they have learned over the course of the seminar. The rangemasters lead the way and designate to each squad which target at which distance and from what position is to be engaged. After each shooter has engaged his target, the hits are scored and the points are meticulously noted.

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The Western Stage – only handguns and lever-action rifles are allowed here

After completing 19 disciplines across eleven lanes and ten kilometers on foot, it is finally over. The winner of this year’s Field Shooting Cup is Raffael Bartsch from Allgäu, Germany who scored 581 out of a possible 780 points. “I shoot much and regularly in my free time but the tips I received here really helped me. That was how I could eliminate sources of error that I was totally unaware of before. In addition, I had the chance to incorporate shooting positions into my training that I had never used before.” By the end of the three-day seminar, the participants have fired almost 5000 rounds of RWS ammunition.

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Both trainers and shooters enjoy the competitive atmosphere while learning marksmanship and having fun on a gigantic shooting range

“I strongly recommend this sort of training to anyone who enjoys shooting and wishes to improve his abilities. This goes especially for long-range shooting. This remarkable seminar with its mix of theory and practice was a great experience for me!� Raffael Bartsch

At the ZEISS Training Academy, experienced specialists offer you practical instruction on how best to utilize your excellent ZEISS optics. From shooting at extreme ranges to driven game hunting practice to field shooting, it is all offered here. Start to improve your skills dramatically with helpful hints and more by calling +49 64 41/40 43 41 or going online at http://sportsoptics.zeiss.com/nature/ en_de/experience/academy.html

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SUPERB SHORTY The advantages of a short-barreled rifle are obvious: It is handier to carry, it is lighter due to ‘shrinkage’, its smaller dimensions make it easier to pack and it just looks cuter. Sebastian Steinbrink-Minami, who is at home hunting in both Germany and Namibia, used his M 03 ‘Shorty’ for an entire season. Photos: Sebastian Steinbrink-Minami

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hen it comes time to select a new rifle, more and more hunters are choosing one with a shorter barrel. Mauser has taken notice of this trend and now offers the M 03 with interchangeable barrels in diverse lengths ranging from 65 cm (25.6 in) for magnum calibers all the way down to 47 cm (18.5 in) for standard calibers. The advantages of a shorter rifle are obvious: A more compact weapon, better handling, reduced weight and – in many cases – an improvement in the gun’s appearance. Stalkers and dog handlers especially are fond of the compact version, but stand hunters also appreciate its easy handling in confined blinds. When there is need for quick action in dense cover, there is less chance of the muzzle bumping against an unseen obstruction. Still, depending on how and where the gun is to be used, one must take certain disadvantages into account and also be clear about two side effects. First, shorter barrels will produce lower bullet energies although losses will be minimal. For example, if you shoot a Blaser CDP bullet in .300 Win. Mag. out of a 65 cm barrel and then shoot it out of a 56 cm (22 in) barrel, velocity loss with the shorter barrel will be between 30 and 40 m/s (98-131 fps). In actual field practice, this loss can usually be ignored as long as one does not intend to shoot farther than 200 meters. Second, because the barrel loses weight in the shortening process, recoil is more pronounced with the shorter barrel. Those sensitive to recoil can make up the difference by choosing a short, thick barrel such as the one offered for the M 03 Solid. The 8x57 IS, .308 Win. and 9.3x62 are predestined for success in short barrels. If large game or distant shots are anticipated, it makes sense to choose a magnum caliber. If premium grade ammunition with modern bullets is used and your barrel of choice is not too short, the missing 30 to 40 m/s are, in my opinion, not worth mentioning (see sidebar). To me, it is much more important to be able to stalk with a rifle that is shorter, weighs less, handles more smoothly and simply works better. In early 2013, after consulting with the Mauser experts at the Jagd und Hund game fair in Dortmund, Germany, I decide on the 47-cm barrel for my M 03 in 8x57 IS with the intent to use it on roebuck and wild boar in the forests near my home in Lower Saxony as well as on warthog and antelope in the

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thick bush of Namibia. I like hunting in thickets where shooting ranges average between 50 and 80 meters, yet even if the distance between the game and me were to exceed 150 m (164 yd), the short barrel would serve me well. It is the beginning of the spring roebuck season and here I am in the field with my new M 03 with synthetic stock and short barrel. I stalk towards the wood’s edge and begin to pick my way through the blackberries. It is a good feeling to have the little carbine balanced in front of me between my hands. It doesn’t rise above the level of my face and the short barrel moves in step with me as I attempt to negotiate the brush and thorns without getting snagged. My ‘Shorty’ is impressively balanced and handles well, even in small blinds atop narrow ladders. It suits me whether I am stalking or in the stand, and with its help I take three bucks before the end of May. In Namibia, ‘Shorty’ digests a lot of dust, survives encounters with Two guarantors of sharp boulders and accompanies a successful hunt in me through the thorny bush. the roe deer rut: The I am able to creep up on springM 03 ‘Shorty’ and bok and warthog in the lowest the Rottumtaler roe possible crouch. It is great that, deer call thanks to the very short barrel, I can always keep the muzzle under control. This is an important advantage that greatly simplifies hunting as a team with a tracker or a professional hunter. Thanks to its Muzzle-Safe muzzle protection system, my rifle bore is safe from damage from dust and dirt. Even the almost indestructible synthetic stock helps me stay concentrated on the game before me instead of fretting over some new scratch in the stock wood. ‘Shorty’ and I take several warthogs and a good springbok. The roe rut in the German forest is also a challenge due to the man-high brackens there. Just as it did in the Namibian bush, this new handiness and control lets me get the decisive shot off seconds earlier than ever before. Most game, whether it be in Germany or Africa, drops at the first shot and modern bullets always deliver more than enough energy into the target. There is almost always an exit wound. There is a little more muzzle jump due to the light, fluted barrel but I hardly notice it while hunting since I exploit that motion as part of my reloading sequence. The muzzle flash is of no consequence to me whether I am hunting by day or at dusk. For me, handiness and weight savings trump all. For shooters who frequent indoor shooting cinemas or outdoor target ranges, it is advantageous to get a second, longer barrel for the M 03 chambered in a typical passion international 02


Measured Velocities .300 Win. Mag. (V3)

This non-typical buck was taken at the beginning of the season

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56 cm (22 in) 917 m/s 3192 fps 915 m/s 3001 fps 917 m/s 3192 fps 923 m/s 3028 fps 909 m/s 2982 fps 916.2 m/s 3079 fps (4487 J, 3309 ft-lb GEE* 183 m RZR* 200 yd)

60 cm (23.6 in) 934 m/s 3064 fps 929 m /s 3047 fps 932 m/s 3057 fps 938 m/s 3077 fps 926 m/s 3038 fps 931.8 m/s 3056 fps (4641 J, 3423 ft-lb GEE 186 m RZR 203 yd)

65 cm (25.6 in) 946 m/s 3103 fps 966 m/s 3169 fps 962 m/s 3156 fps 944 m/s 3097 fps 943 m/s 3093 fps 952.2 m/s 3123 fps (4846 J, 3574 ft-lb GEE 190 m RZR 208 yd)

Tips from Mauser for hunting with short barrels Thanks to numerous tests and extensive feedback from our customers, we have definitively determined that there is no difference in accuracy between short and long barrels. Due to the minimal but nonetheless real drop in velocity and the correspondingly lower impact energies from the shorter barrel, however, shots at long range should be avoided so that correct bullet expansion can be assured. This maximum range can differ greatly between calibers, bullet types, and bullet weights but in the end it depends upon the type and size of the game being hunted. The higher velocities of lead-free bullets compared to lead core bullets help them function better due to their special design and their harder components. There is no reason why, even for large game animals, short barrels cannot be used with standard calibers at ranges up to 200 meters.

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* GEE/RZR = Recommended Zero Range

By comparison: The M 03 Africa Magnum with 65 cm barrel and the M 03 Stalker with 47 cm barrel

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In Africa, almost every bush carries thorns. This is now less of a nuisance for Sebastian Steinbrink-Minami thanks to his M 03 with synthetic stock

range caliber such as .223 Rem., 6.5x55 or .308 Win. to minimize recoil and muzzle flash as well as strain on the wallet when it is time to buy more ammo. It is pretty cool to be able to switch barrels since it means you can practice with the same familiar gun but in a milder caliber. The cost of a second training barrel can often be amortized in only ten trips to the range.

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I will soon get a 52 cm (20.5 in) barrel in 6.5x55. It will be good for training as well as for almost all European game to include shooting Finnish wood grouse from their forest perches. If hunting dangerous game is a prospect, I always have the option of another barrel in .375 H&H – this time a 22-incher!

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Grotesque beauty – this warthog boar was taken around noon from a blind on a cattle farm in eastern Namibia. It dropped at the first shot

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For many, a large, expensive off-road vehicle seems out of place in a hunting camp. The Range Rover Evoque proves that style and elegance are still possible in a smaller format. Text: Gunther Stoschek, Photos: Michael Eger (KODIAK)

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Untold legions of owners of even purebred off-road vehicles have been brought to the brink of despair whilst navigating a wet, precipitous meadow

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The surprise of the day was that the Evoque did so well in this terrain

and, even at a cruising speed of 180 km/h (111 mph), you feel like you are in a first-class ride with more than adequate power for any need. Honestly, the big Range Rover can hardly go any faster! Very special recognition must be given to the 6-speed automatic torque converter transmission. Shifting can hardly be felt and the gears engage exactly when they are supposed to. The otherwise highly praised double-clutch transmissions could learn a lesson or two here! Off-road, a good torque converter automatic seems the better choice since the significantly higher creep is advantageous in climbing steep inclines. It was not my actual intention to attempt taking the compact Evoque into difficult terrain. The steep logging cuts were completely washed out thanks to weeks of uninterrupted rainfall and I feared that the countless loose stones would cause serious damage to the expensive 20-inch wheels. Therefore I parked the Evoque at the bottom of the first ascent so that my dachshund

Even though the 20-inch wheels survived our unintentional torture test without damage, we would not recommend them. The standard 17-inchers are considerably less finicky and give the Evoque a perceptibly more comfortable ride

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dam Biene and I could undertake a lengthy still-hunt on this first sunny Sunday. I had hardly dismounted before I heard a loud, screeching motor noise far up the mountain. It wasn’t the sound of chainsaws, but the annoying drone of motocross bikes! Not again, not here, in the quietest neck of the forest! I would never catch up to the trespassers on foot in order to put an end to the disturbance. Should I take a chance with the Evoque? It was then that I remembered the words of Land Rover Experience CEO Dag Rogge who had answered my earlier

concerns as to whether the Evoque could handle the rough stuff: “Push it to the limits! What do you think we built it for?” Well, now was the time to take him at his word. Poor little Biene gazed at me in wonder as I told her to get back into the car. I tried to avoid the largest stones as best as I could but, as the trail got steeper and steeper, the lack of a lower gear range meant that the only way up was to step on the gas. This actually worked pretty well thanks to a relatively low first gear and the torque converter automatic transmission. All-terrain tires would have made the job easier on the mechanics due to the lower speed required, but the wide summer tires simply needed more forward velocity to maintain traction. We made the first summit and the next long ascent followed. At its steepest point was a tight curve with greasy loam, large stones and thick branches everywhere. Still we kept moving! There was now no going back: Stepping on the gas was our only chance to make it to the top. Finally we reached the path’s highest point.

Operation of all controls and buttons is simple and logical, something that cannot be taken for granted these days without having first studied an operator’s manual

After rounding another sharp curve, I could once again hear the loud, irritating screams of the motorcycles. The three youths on their fully muddied machines almost dropped dead from fright as they unexpectedly confronted, from out of nowhere, my radiator grill. The Evoque’s headlights must have appeared so threatening that the trio, at first frozen in place, now had no other thought than to flee. Their baffled stares locked onto the grim “eyes” of the Evoque as if they had just met a green ghost in the mist. I refrained from making

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the otherwise obligatory chastising scowl for no other reason than my memories of my own youthful follies. After a short, friendly conversation, the three swore never to ride here again and departed in a conspicuously cautious manner down the path to the valley. It was then that I heard what one of them said to the others that left me with a helpless grin. Since only a few of our readers would understand our Allgäuer dialect, here is my attempt at translation: “I would never have believed that such a classy ride could have made it even halfway up!”

The front ground clearance of 215 mm (8.46 in) with a rear clearance of 240 mm (9.44 in) is a small sensation for any SUV

Opulence like that of the big brother Range Rover: Countless premium options can turn the Evoque into a real luxury wagon. Here the “Pure” variant gets that unique Range Rover feeling with all essential options included for about 37,000 Euros

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LITTLE BIG GUN SAUER 303 in .308 Win. – this is the new dream duo when it comes to versatility and shooting comfort. But what really makes this US cartridge so great in Germany’s number one auto rifle? PASSION shows – shot for shot – that this combo can do it all, from fox to stag and from blind hunt to driven game. Illustrations: Hans Lakomy

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The .308 Win. is renowned for its moderate recoil, but combine it with the semiautomatic action of the S 303 and things get really interesting. “The .308 Win. shoots even softer in the S 303. Thanks to the bolt’s rearward movement, the recoil is reduced by a third,” declares SAUER’s test shooter Peter Schädler. This new combination not only assures that the recoil-sensitive shooter has an optimal package, but that quick follow-up shots are easier than ever.

Less recoil equals less muzzle jump: this simple formula takes the S 303 in .308 Win. to a new level of efficiency since minimal kick goes hand in hand with minimal rise. Marketing man Sebastian Woestmeyer, who has hunted with a prototype .308 since last year’s driven game season, attests: “This new setup allows me to shoot ‘through the fire’ since the muzzle does not jump out of the line of sight.” This means not only an instant view of the game’s reaction to the shot but also a lightning-fast switch to other boar in the sounder, making hits on one or even two more possible.

speed The S 303 with 51 cm (20 in) barrel measures only 108 cm (42.5 in) overall. That makes this auto an extremely handy weapon that, thanks to its perfect balance, scores in a cramped blind but is also unequalled for a driven game hunt. Where other calibers suffer in velocity due to the 51 cm barrel, the .308 Win. is in its element. It was designed to achieve its full performance potential in shorter barrels. The velocity of this caliber is an enormous advantage that makes for a better hit to the vitals when shooting at boar on the move, a scenario where the tendency of most is to shoot too far back.

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PUNCH The metric designation of .308 Win. is 7.62x51. By comparison, the .30-06 would be a 7.62x63. It is this shorter length that leads to an underestimation of the power of the .308 Win. “That is like having a boxer that is a head shorter than his opponent,” offers Peter Schädler. “But thanks to its excellent balance between impact velocity and bullet weight, the .308 Win. unites impressive stopping power with reduced meat wastage. With roe deer there is less bloodshot meat, and even big boars are anchored on the spot if for no other reason than that, thanks to this easy-shooting cartridge, the bullet lands where it is intended to.”

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ACCURACY The inherent accuracy of the .308 Win. is not only prized by hunters, but it makes the little American one of the most favored calibers in the world for long-distance target shooting. Ergonomics trump all for allowing a maximum in downrange performance, and the S 303 Synchro XT with thumbhole stock and Black Magic trigger fits right in with its perfect stock dimensions and excellent trigger characteristics.

FLASH Optimal efficiency from a shorter barrel also means fewer unburned powder particles flaming out from the muzzle with less muzzle flash as the result. Logically, what is burned in the barrel cannot ignite beyond it. This is the case with the .308 Win. and the S 303 in this caliber is predestined for boar hunting at night. The DUAL BRAKE flash hider reduces the flare even more and is the perfect upgrade for this style of hunting.

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guns GAME OPTIONS The core competency of the .308 Win. is in hunting mediumsized game up to 100 kg (220 lb) live weight. It is game in this weight range that is culled during driven game hunts and fills our shooting diaries in the course of a year. The wide variety of bullets available for the .308 makes it a reliable companion under many circumstances. Countless stag, boar, moose and African game animals have fallen to it, and it may be said with certainty that the .308 Win counts as one of the most universally useful calibers in the world.

VARIETY The selection of loads and bullet types available for the .308 Win. is enormous and ranges from inexpensive training loads such as the RWS Cineshot to truly high end numbers like the RWS Silver Selection. For more, see the table below.

FIRST CHOICE Sebastian Woestmeyer: “For me, the optimal .308 is the S 303 Synchro XT with Black Magic Trigger and Speed Cap buttplate. I have achieved my all-time best results shooting the running boar moving target with it. This gives me the confidence I need for success on driven game.“ Peter Schädler: “The shooter in me says Synchro XT but, for the gun enthusiast in me, the Black Velvet is the clear winner. This S 303 is so elegant that there is no way for me to pass it up.”

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SAUER 303 Black Velvet Both, the S 303 Black Velvet (below) and the S 303 Synchro XT, are now available in .308 Win.

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The deep onyx SAUER 303 Black Velvet features an ambidextrous ERGO MAX synthetic stock armored in Soft Touch. Its slip-free inserts make for a perfect hold. The comb rises slightly toward the rear, angling the stock away from the face and thereby noticeably reducing felt recoil. The Black Velvet features as standard equipment the Black Magic trigger which has a pull weight of only 950 grams (2.1 lbs). Both the ejection port cover plate and the loading lever have a high-grade DLC coating. Furthermore, the ‘Elegance’ black front sight blade ensures that no annoying second red dot appears in the field of view when using a low-powered illuminated scope. The SAUER 303 Black Velvet Standard is now available in chamberings of .308 Win., 7x64, .30-06, 8x57 IS and 9.3x62 with the Magnum offered in .300 Win. Mag. and .338 Win. Mag.

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Zambezi Valley FASCINATION

Despite current prophecies of doom, Zimbabwe is still one of the most interesting countries in Africa for the tourist hunter. The Zambezi Valley in the north has more than earned its legendary reputation as the home of Africa’s ‘Big Four’. Text and Photos: Blaser Safaris

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imbabwe means ‘stone houses’ in the local language and refers to the highly-developed Shona culture that worked the land in the days before European colonialism. The hunt for the Big Four became popular in the days of self-rule by settlers of English ancestry, and many hunting legends hail from that time. Even though Robert Mugabe’s land reform has changed who owns the land, a well-functioning hunting structure still exists. As a rule, outfitters are Zimbabwe-born and are familiar with the conditions of the countryside. Any reservations that visitors might have concerning their safety outside of settled areas are fully groundless. Hunting guests are especially welcomed if for no other reason than that they are an important source of hard money. Locals offer great hospitality and the country has lost none of its fascinating beauty. Tourist hunters land at Harare Airport. The Air Charter pilots meet you here and they are reassuringly helpful with the formalities surrounding the importation of firearms before you set off for the Chewore hunting area in a twin-motor airplane. The northern part of the country is a hilly to mountainous open landscape that borders Zambia. The south is mostly flat and covered in thick bush. Hot, humid summers and dry winters are typical for the subtropical climate. The best time to travel is during the dry season from A twin-motor plane takes you directly to the comfortable hunting camp

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Elephants feed on baobab bark and pull down acacia trees during the dry season

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April to September when there is a moderate average temperature around 25° C (77° F). Hunting guests are lodged in very well-equipped safari camps located inside the hunting areas. Zimbabwe is renowned for its Cape buffalo stalks. Older bulls live in groups of three to five. These veterans, known as Dagga Boys, roam the countryside. Those who love real hunting can follow their trails to really get their money’s worth! Elephant, lion and leopard are three of the Big Four hunted here. Whoever has hunted the big cats knows that he needs a lot of time to complete a successful hunt. If you wish to bag several species, it is highly recommended to plan for a 21-day hunt. Unlike in many other African regions, bushbuck is often encountered in Zimbabwe. The Zambesi Valley is also home to capital examples of warthog, kudu, eland and hippopotamus.

Bushbuck populations thrive here

The climate during the winter dry season is especially mild at only 25°C. Vegetation is lush near sources of water

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It is common during the stalk to come across elephants leaving the dry river beds and heading for the forests

A prehistoric sensation: Petrified dinosaur tracks

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Be respectful: A hippopotamus can react aggressively if it feels threatened

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Zimbabwe is especially affordable: A typical big game concession can be obtained for much less than in other African countries. The natives are especially friendly, open and helpful. All in all, you will find a hunting adventure in Zimbabwe to be harmonious as well as authentic.

The trackers have spotted a group of Cape buffalo. Now we proceed on foot The trip has paid off: A capital bull is the trophy of the day

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A successful hunt: Buffalo, impala, leopard, warthog, baboon and bushbuck

Hunting in Zimbabwe Hunting for the Big Four as well as many other species from April to September Blaser Safaris Europastrasse 1/1 A-7540 G端ssing, Austria Tel: 0043 - 33 22 42 963 - 0 www.blaser-safaris.com info@blaser-safaris.com

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We’re ready to go! Julian Wengenmayr, Product Manager for Sauer & Sohn, is in a good mood thanks to his anticipation of the coming driven game season and ready for boar. His favorite setup last season was the S 303 Synchro XT in .30-06 scoped with a ZEISS VICTORY HT 1.1-4x24. Julian was more than once able to reap the advantages of pairing a selfloader with a thumbhole stock and brought many a boar to bag with it.

Beaming faces seen on the 3rd and 4th of May at the 40th ‘ROTTWEIL Hunting Challenge Cup’ in Liebenau, Lower Saxony. Rangemaster Neel Schoof of RWS presented the entry fees of all 90 competitors as a € 565 donation to Sonny Schumacher of the Spatzennest Kindergarten. Jörg-Dieter Meyer of Soltau – a cup participant since its inception – and overall winner Hans-Josef Hachmüller of Bassum were as happy as the kindergarten’s headmistress. Mike Bischoff, the new proprietor of the shooting range, also received his ‘baptism by fire’ with this successful event.

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Mauser will have a new building by the end of this year! General Manager Thorsten Mann and Mauser’s marketing chief Lucas Jacobi are seen here touring the site of their future offices. Since time is always at a premium, they discussed which topics would be covered in this issue of PASSION INTERNATIONAL during their rounds. Besides the new offices, the building will also house a Mauser gallery on the lower floor in addition to a separate showroom where fancy stock wood will be presented to customers for their inspection. The Mauser team looks forward to the move!

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Events

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HUnting AND TRADE FAIRS in Germany Hanover, 5 – 8 December: Pferd & Jagd (Horse & Hunt) Augsburg, 16 – 19 January 2014: Jagen & Fischen (Hunting & Fishing)

Sponsored by: Blaser Jagdwaffen GmbH, Mauser Jagdwaffen GmbH, J. P. Sauer & Sohn GmbH, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics and RWS Publisher: Klambt-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG Pressehaus, Im Neudeck 1, D-67346 Speyer www.klambt.de Executive Management: Lars Joachim Rose, Kai Rose, Kay Labinsky Executive Publisher: Kai Rose Editor-in-Chief: Julia Numssen

Dortmund, 4 – 9 February 2014: Jagd & Hund (Hunt & Hound) Nuremberg, 7 – 10 March 2014:

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Translator: David J. Moses Editor: Kristen M. Petry http://mobettaenglisch.wix.com/waffen-motry Technical Director: Matthias Albrecht Art Director: Roger Colombani Associate Editors: Gunther Stoschek, Alexandra Baur (Blaser), Agnes Köhler (KODIAK); Thorsten Mann, Lucas Jacobi (Mauser); Matthias Klotz, Sebastian Woestmeyer (SAUER); Dr. Ralph Nebe, Dr. Armin Dobat, Christin Rabitz (Carl Zeiss Sports Optics); Nicole Heidemann, Matthias Vogel (RWS)

Moscow, Russia, 10 – 13 October:

Arms & Hunting

Las Vegas, USA, 14 – 17 January 2014:

SHOT Show

PASSION App: Henning Lüke, Eva Voscort (enabee)

Reno, USA, 14 – 17 January 2014:

Website: www.passion-magazin.de/en

Safari Club International Convention Salzburg, Austria, 20 – 23 February 2014: Hohe Jagd (The High HUnt)

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