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  1. Just to give some a little hope. My coterminous ran out last September. Had the renewal in way before the 8week request to Devon and Cornwall and was surprised to receive a random phone call shortly afterwards on a Saturday evening. Chap claimed to be a new FEO so a few security questions and a very friendly informal chat later asking if any of my details or circumstances had changed? He explained how busy they were and with long term ticket holders they were willing to do renewals by phone providing it was a straight forward renewal. ie: not asking for extra guns or ammo. He suggested that people think they're being clever by using renewal time to add guns or change ammo quantities and save the cost of a variation but that flags them up for a visit before a renewal can be granted. Really pleasant chap to deal with and as promised new license arrived inside two weeks. Top marks.
  2. As title. 1 Jay available for Larsen trap in North Devon. Usual circle of trappers have disbanded/given up, hell ones even gone all Packham !. Social distancing not a problem. Looking for a bird in return if you're successful.
  3. Original spring, removed degreased checked over and refitted. Work the action for good 5mins to compress and release spring to condition as such after so long stood up. It has to be the piston. It's the only thing that's changed. A little googling had suggested a slightly heavy piston would bring the performance up. The old nylon one was cracked up and worn beyond repair so fashioned one out of what I had available. Will have to source some nylon and try again. Iron sights were removed long ago and lost in the mists of time. Might look into the red dot idea. Once it's sorted the missus and eldest have expressed interest in using it to keep the bird feeders free if vermin so a simple sight may suit them more. Will pull it apart later........
  4. So what are my options then? Would the piston weight really make that much difference?. Is there any other way if damping it?. Is there a particular scope that's better suited to the abuse? Could I convert to a gas ram. I know it's only an old BSA but it has sentimental value and if I can get it reliable would be a great thing to pass down to my girls.
  5. As the title says really. Decided to dig out a couple old springers from the cupboard for some plinking fun. One of them is a 74-78 BSA mercury that I grew up with and hasn't been used in over 10 years plus so first job was to strip down and inspect it. Gave it a good once over, new breech seal, deburr and polish up inside etc. Also got carried away and did away with the knackered nylon piston and with no new part to hand quickly turned up a phosphor bronze piston and fitted a new "O" ring. Reassembled with original spring and ran 20-30 lube saturated pellets through. Quick clean of the barrel and then remounted original ASI 4x32 scope that's been on it the last 20 years and settled down to zero it. Using Accupels started to get nice tidy groups straight away so started adjusting point of aim to correct zero but after 20 or so pellets the groups started have really random flyers, two inches off target and more. Sat back and scratched my head and noticed the cross hairs looked a little canted off, was sure I had them level, ho hum readjust and try again. 10 shots later cross hairs have canted again. Now I'd marked the scope so I know it's not turning in the rings, must be a fault in the old scope I thought. Pulled scope off and decided sod it. Stripped down the rear of the scope (nothing to lose) and had a look. Turns out the loctite holding the cross hair reticule had let go allowing it to rotate. Mutter mutter. Back to the cupboard, no practical spare scope available.... Brainwave. Quickly whip the EIB 6x40 scope off of the .22WMR and onto the Mercury. Boresighted to save wasting pellets and tried zeroing again. SAME DAMN THING. Good tidy groups, sudden flyers and low and behold cross hair canted. Two scopes wrecked in under 50-60 pellets. Now that EIB scope has been on the .22WMR for the best part of 15yrs and seen some heavy use onfoot and in vehicles she's the go to gun for anything close enough to be heard from the kitchen window and has been bounced dropped and knocked and never moved off zero enough to make me worry but 20-30 shots on a sodding spring gun and the reticule is knackered. Am I missing something ? Can the forces in the recoil of a Springer really be worse than that of a .22WMR. Really not in the mood to wreck another scope just to prove a point, plus all the others available in the cabinet are considerably dearer than the two I've wrecked so far. Thoughts from the collective please ?
  6. Normally used to make a laser level easier to see in daylight.
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    Rango

    One of my top films and my kids have nearly worn a groove in the DVD too. A dam good western in its own right without the brilliant animation. It's made such an impression on my 10yr old daughter we're currently doing our isolation by watching the old Sergio Leone classics.
  8. Had this one tucked away safely for a good few years now. Always wondered if it'd be worth anything...... All intact with original staples.
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    Back pain?

    Touchwood.... Haven't had a relapse in 4yrs but after a big work accident 6 years ago I had crippling back pain amongst many other issues. Docs told me to think myself lucky and I'd have to live with it then doled me out Naproxen and Tramadol like smarties. NHS physio was a waste if time, couldn't understand my desire to get back to work and refused me extra appointments so I found myself a good Chiropractor and Acupuncturist. Weekly hour long sessions for two months and I've never looked back, sure I've got other aches and pains but nothing holds you back like back pain
  10. https://youtu.be/1cNSfuBAApI Got given one of these as a gift for site work. Looked gimmicky but is actually very handy.
  11. Eccentric chap up the road has a hand reared pair running loose in his garden. 6" tall and as near to living dinosaurs as you'll ever see. Yet my 4 and 9 year old girls will sit on a bench hand feeding them dock leaves like they're our own chickens.
  12. The cylinder can be saved if it's not scored and only has ally fouling on it. Brick acid/patio cleaner wiped on with a cotton wool pad and long pliers will dissolve the ally without damaging the Nikasil lining. Then a quick scuff up with a bit of scotchbrite wrapped around a bolt in a battery drill will give it enough hatching to bed in a new ring and piston. Regarding Husqvarnas only running on a certain 2 stroke oil. It's to do with a clever idea called "oil gaurd" The K760 disc cutters are fitted with it. It's a small optical sensor in the fuel line, the genuine "oil gaurd" oil has a particular light refraction agent in it and if the sensor does not read it it will not energise the coil. It's there to stop moomins from chucking neat fuel in the saw and trashing it. The fact that Husqvarna have fitted a bypass tag that you just pull out so you can run standard oil is probably the reason there's so many on the sales sites for repair
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