Tuesday, 29 May 2012

A visit to Bertram Bullet Co Pty Ltd.

So the other day I told you about the Mansion at Werribee Park, phase two of our road trip down south; but what of phase one?  What was that all about? Well phase one was really the mission of our road trip in the first place! Not so long ago you may have read in Return to Nitro Express that I had just received from my good friends at The Stockade my new express rifle, the poorer second cousin to the double rifle I’m hoping to get my hands on one day…

That rifle is my Ruger No.1-H Tropical Single-Shot rifle chambered for the safari classic – the .450/400 3” Nitro Express. Now I will tell you a bit more about my No.1 in a few days, but for now, we need to get back to the purpose of our journey - brass.  My girls and I were off to sunny Seymour to hang out with Bruce Bertram of Bertram Bullet Company, talk hunting, check out the factory, have a few beers and pick up a batch of brass to start load development for the 450/400.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Werribee Park Mansion

The second phase of our weekend road trip to Victoria was a stay at Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park.  Our stay was largely due to arrangements made by good mate and fellow big game hunter, Ado.   

I didn’t do much research so it wasn’t till we arrived that I realised two things: the first is that this is an awesome place to stay and my wife and I and our two daughters absolutely loved the the hotel, the grounds and the amazing food.  The missus thought the spa was pretty good too...  The second? The original mansion is a wonderful building steeped in history and while I haven’t had a huge amount of success researching the subject, the property was obviously the home of a keen big game hunter at some stage.

So I did some research…

Friday, 18 May 2012

On the road

Merħba to one and all on this sunny morning in Victoria's northern reaches.

It was a very early start this morning with the first alarm going off just after 3:00am. Thankfully we had the good sense to load up the wagon last night so we could make a speedy get away in the wee small hours.

Strapped the girls in while they were still asleep and headed over to the old man's place where I snuck in and locked his Remington 7600 in the safe as I had been out at the farm the day before sighting in the Trijicon RX-06. Nice bit of kit. More on that shoot later.

It's dropped below zero a couple of times and the country was covered with a blanket of white frost. Even the spider webs were frosty! The fog at times filled the valleys like a thick cloud and moments later would open up to undulating country coloured golden with long grass.

We shared a trucky's breakfast at a roadhouse at Yass and I downed a small a bucket of coffee to keep me steady behind the wheel.

All three of the girls have spent most of 550km we've travelled so far drifting in and out of sleep. And there's nothing wrong with that! So far so good.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Road trip

So we're goin' on a road trip. It's organised - DaggaBoy and his girls are gonna' hop into the wagon and hit the road for a 3-day-marathon cross-country trip, and it's all in support of the latest rifle to find its way into the safe...