Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 finally goes stalking (updated 02/04/19)

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Re: Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 (UPDATED 26/10/18)

Post by stokesrj » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:52 pm

I think we hunters have been told often enough that we need high magnification that we begin to believe it. I personally find that for big game out to 300 yards all that is needed is 3X and for most hunting in the eastern half of the US most hunters would be better served by a fixed 2.5 or 4X than a high powered variable.
But the same is also true of hunters with a bias against high power variables. I recently read of a hunter who said that the lowest power setting on his variable was 6X and it was too much. He claimed that on a recent deer hunt when a deer suddenly appeared at 50 yards all he could see was hair and it was like looking through a microscope. When I hear these kinds of claims, I know I’m hearing from a very inexperienced hunter. Take a look at a deer sized object with your scope set at 6X and you will know what I mean. I can easily take a deer with a 6X scope at ten yards so 50 is no problem at all. And for years I used a fixed power 6X for western hunting and have made many clean kills between 400 and 600 yards with it. Yet I currently run a few variables up to 25X and one up to 55X so I guess the marketers have gotten to me too.
But for that beautiful rifle no scope or a low powered fixed would be my choice.


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Re: Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 (UPDATED 26/10/18)

Post by Rod » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:17 pm

stokesrj wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:52 pm
I think we hunters have been told often enough that we need high magnification that we begin to believe it. I personally find that for big game out to 300 yards all that is needed is 3X and for most hunting in the eastern half of the US most hunters would be better served by a fixed 2.5 or 4X than a high powered variable.
But the same is also true of hunters with a bias against high power variables. I recently read of a hunter who said that the lowest power setting on his variable was 6X and it was too much. He claimed that on a recent deer hunt when a deer suddenly appeared at 50 yards all he could see was hair and it was like looking through a microscope. When I hear these kinds of claims, I know I’m hearing from a very inexperienced hunter. Take a look at a deer sized object with your scope set at 6X and you will know what I mean. I can easily take a deer with a 6X scope at ten yards so 50 is no problem at all. And for years I used a fixed power 6X for western hunting and have made many clean kills between 400 and 600 yards with it. Yet I currently run a few variables up to 25X and one up to 55X so I guess the marketers have gotten to me too.
But for that beautiful rifle no scope or a low powered fixed would be my choice.
Hard to argue with that summary.

As a kid, before I knew any different, I had a 4x on my .22 and a 1to4 Burris on my .243. Killed plenty of game ranging from wallabies to brumbies and never felt under-gunned or under-scoped.

About 18 years of age bought my first 300 Win Mag, a Remington 700BDL, fitted with a 3-9 Burris. Shot a lot of pigs and brumbies with that set-up and scope used to live on 9X :roll: :roll: Then after a year or 2 I realized (was influenced by target shooters and hunting magazine authors) that my scope wasn't good enough so I bought a 3-9 Leupold VXII with AO. Used that outfit to hunt buffalo, pigs, scrub cattle, horses and donkeys. Thought that outfit was the best all round DG :whistle: outfit going. Most stuff was shot on 6x or 9x :roll:

Then in my mid 20's I was introduced to Mauser 98's, Brno 602's and European optics (Kahles & Zeiss) slowly fell in love (again) with low power scopes and Euro quality. However the price tags took some getting use to.

Your comment "for most hunting in the eastern half of the US most hunters would be better served by a fixed 2.5 or 4X than a high powered variable." is IMO absolutely spot on. Which may seem like a big call from someone who has never hunted there. However I have chased a few whitetails about in New Zealand and I reckon any rifle your comfortable with with a good 2.5x or 3x scope would be ideal.

So I guess I've gone full circle. I just wish that some of the European manufactures would start re-production on some of their low magnification scopes and that a few more hunters would buy them.

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Re: Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 finally goes stalking.

Post by Rod » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:00 pm

The first outing for the Highland Stalker. Ammo used was Sako 180grain Super Hammerhead factory ammo. Rifle zeroed for 200 yards.

Dingo was shot about 100 yards. Frontal facing shot with, as expected, complete penetration.
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Boar was shot about 50 yards. High shoulder shot. Projectile did not exit (could be felt under skin on off side)
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Not much game was seen on the trip, primarily due to the length of the grass which in some areas was chest height. Photo taken from inside a Tojo 75.
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Re: Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 finally goes stalking (updated 02/04/19)

Post by SPEEDY » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:43 pm

Unfortunate about the grass for hunting in, but at someone has feed at the moment.
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Post by Rod » Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:11 am

SPEEDY wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:43 pm
Unfortunate about the grass for hunting in, but at someone has feed at the moment.
I didn't tell the Cocky that he had TOO MUCH grass :lol:

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Re: Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 finally goes stalking (updated 02/04/19)

Post by SPEEDY » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:18 am

I know blokes that would cry at the sight of that much feed.
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Re: Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 finally goes stalking (updated 02/04/19)

Post by TheoR8 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:28 am

Great stuff Rod. :handgestures-thumbup:

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Re: Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 finally goes stalking (updated 02/04/19)

Post by Rod » Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:06 pm

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I know blokes that would cry at the sight of that much feed.
Th grass was the best I've ever seen it. In places chest height, waist high in most and in areas that are normally barren of grass it was knee height. Water everywhere and more rain expected. The neighboring places were the same. The cattle looked like they were ready to explode :dance: :dance:
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Great stuff Rod. :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 finally goes stalking (updated 02/04/19)

Post by SPEEDY » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:15 am

That's good at least someone has feed, where abouts is that general area?
If it's getting like that out charliville way then there might be some good pig numbers in a year or two again.
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Post by Rod » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:27 am

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Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:15 am
That's good at least someone has feed, where abouts is that general area?
If it's getting like that out charliville way then there might be some good pig numbers in a year or two again.
Central Highlands.

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Re: Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 finally goes stalking (updated 02/04/19)

Post by SPEEDY » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:43 am

So they might have got a bit of it up there, but probably not enough.
Damn shame.

Actually I just checked they have had 158mm so far this year, so things might be looking up, but at least the dams will be full.
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