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  1. Much appreciated PieBob, exactly what i was looking for. with Koning there was an entire hunt posted, unfortunately it has been removed at family request. thanks again. TLE
  2. was busy going through them on that search Zapp, unfortunately it looks like they have been removed. a great shame but respect to the family wishes. Martin.
  3. Zapp, old memory still working, close with the name. many thanks my friend, i shall read well again. as i previously stated, a good read for all on here. very sadly missed, he was a great guy to talk to forum too. thank you again. Martin.
  4. good morning all, been a while since i have been on the site, nice to see the hive of activity still. i have a question more suited to the older (time served not age) members of the forum. a number of years ago there was a German fella who had posted a fantastic report of a hunt in the forest (possible black forest area) boar and stag/deer. well documented and pictured, the rite of passage of the animals taken very seriously, all cleaned and laid to rest on evergreen type branches. as i recall this fella passed away a year or so later, i really want to find this post and re-read its content, even show a number of guys i shoot with here the respect he and his co shooters had for the kill. i can only recall part of the name which is something like Koneg or similar. if any of the older members or even Teal can recall, would you please send me the link to review the post once more. i would greatly appreciate the gesture. it would be a good read for any new members here also i'm sure. thanks for your help guys. Martin Usher.
  5. just received V-Mach tune kit so looking to strip and rebuild Friday for the weekend. definitely changes to existing equipment, though spring sleeve is smaller wall thickness .020" new one is .008" new slips inside old as diameter in free state is 1.015" as opposed to .926" not sure if this will allow spring slap or not..... I can see this rifle being stripped and rebuilt a number of times over the next few weeks for continuous improvement. little mod here and there. also looked at remanufacturing the piston itself, anyone done this? a better material with less galling properties and denser mass e.g. Be-Cu. incorporate a few ring grooves for centralizing the piston to the bore...... talk about a make work project, will run the chrono on rebuild and put up results. T.L.E.
  6. when I was in the UK (Bristolian born and bred) I used many airguns as I grew up, my two favorites were the BSA Airsporter under lever.22" and my Weihrauch HW35E which I loved. back then it was all about power, our ignorance as kids to rules with airguns, always looking for better. as a young Engineer in training I researched every spring I could get my hands on for more umph...... only later in life you understand limitations and catastrophic failure with metal fatigue amongst other constraints. running a drop of Diethyl Ether in the tube is bloody dangerous. here the law of 500 fps and below is considered ok to shoot without license, above requires a PAL (possession acquisition license as the law recognizes it to be a firearms) though I feel this is very vague as different pellets travel at varying speeds, the trap here is the RCMP doing checks with airsoft pellets that can travel at 650 fps 18" from muzzle then fall on the floor 25 ft away, rule of thumb would be get it checked and be sure, ignorance is not an excuse. we cannot run moderators here unfortunately so sound is a problem, I am looking for every conceivable method of dampening the gun, all parts including the cocking arm assembly, we will see how this goes, I have time to invest and am really enjoying the return to air-gunning. I have the V-mach tuning kit coming in this week, will see how this works and go from there. thanks for the response all. T.L.E.
  7. so what power was your 80 running with this pellet, the Premier is a Crossman pellet I think we use the same 14.3 gr slug. what was done for the stage one tune up? parts, spring, dampener sleeve etc. I am looking to get the old tired spring out and replace with the V-Mach tuning kit which will keep it running around the 21 ft lb mark, my old piston has had a few mods and is showing its age, I have built a .02" brass sleeve to reduce the spring slap noise but don't know how long it will last, or if there is material transfer going to take place. I stopped the use of plastic skirted pells as I hate cleaning the gun every time I shoot it. thanks for the feedback, good to hear from another 80 fan. TLE
  8. just finished rebuilding my HW80 as it has been lying in the basement for over a year now, pulled out a bunch of pellets to try her out with and found these bad boys, any of you guys still run these pellets ?? right now the gun runs approx. 825 fps giving a 21.6ft lb (before the law Nazis get involved and shout me down as an irresponsible air-gunner, location location ) running Premier .22 hollow points @ 14.3 gr (cleaned and lubed) running the promethius I recall plastic build up in the barrel over a few as 20 pellets, constant cleaning needed. killer pellets though, hell of a penetrating tool for sure. just curious about your usage and what anyone with an HW 80 uses. TLE
  10. Canmore has to be one of my favorite places, go every year about 3-1/2 hrs south west of me here in Edmonton, Gods Country for sure. TLE
  11. good job Bryn, i wish you well in your quest, and thanks for the reply, i knew you guys would come out of the woodwork in time. and the PW north south shoot must bring out the "TOP GUNS" for glory and the right to slag off the losers Martin.
  12. Cat, thanks for the reply, knew i could count on your response, still trying to work out the other guys post "I don't shoot clays competitively (most people in this country don't) so don't have any of the experience you're after, sorry buddy" so do you shoot non competitively ? the red bit i tend to disagree with you on. so what experience do you have ? 842k registered gun owners in the UK 25k registered CPSA Members, of which a good majority shoot targets of one discipline or another regularly in all class/level of competition be it a local event or county or national etc. lets be fair, even the local farm shoot of 50 birds is a good enough reason to compete with your buddies for beer and bragging rights, don't tell me it aint so . lots of views only two responses, one clear do you still go against the big guys Cat ? or are you mainly a local guy now, just curious, i may have to travel up your way next time i'm home. my business partner and good friend here has procured a nice 880 acre parcel to build a shooting range on, some beautiful landscape incorporating hill and valley, tree'd and open ground. we hope to have the first sporting shoot later this fall, then progress into other disciplines, the long term goal is for an international attendance for the larger shoots held here in North America. our seasons are short here so we need to make the most of every weekend available before the snow falls again, shooting in minus Celsius temps is not good for your health trust me. would like to hear of others views, i dont care if its the first time out guys, your opinion matters seriously. and i hope Philr responds too, look forward to reading any views. thanks Martin.
  13. Patrick Flanagan AL 390 SUPER GUN, needs a clean every 5 thousand or so AL 391 SUPER GUN, see above WINNY SX2 SUPER GUN see above above. all semi's require a little care and attention, i found the Beretta the least maintenance heavy of all having said that, watched an old fella the weekend blasting away on an old A5 think that gun has had more comebacks than Sinatra......
  14. thought I'd show my ugly mug for a change, been a while since I was last on here. so we are going through a few changes here in Canada regarding Sporting Clays and I thought I'd ask you guys a few questions regarding, who or what Org'n you shoot under, or for, how the scoring and class system works, and is working for you individually. eg. are you happy with your ranking, ability to improve and move up, chances of actually competing and winning something other than a key-ring. here in Alberta I shoot under the "ASCA" Alberta Sporting Clays ***'n the last few years have seen a new Org'n "CNSCA" Canadian sporting clays ***'n, this I shoot under Nationally, but when going to the States I shoot under "NSCA" National blah blah you get the picture. now I shoot Master here in Canada and A-A in the states, a little confusing for sure, but with enough punches I will go up to Master, that is if I carry concurrent punches through the year in time, if not a number of punches are confiscated and you start again...... not a happy camper but that is the rule. so not having shot in the UK competitively what is the "norm" there does it all fall under CPSA or other associations, how do they rank? shoot quality, facilities, score postings, fairness all round etc how do you class ? happy with the scoring and levels ? opportunity to improve and step up classes ? do you compete Nationally? is cost high for travel and entries ? I am curious as to your thoughts and experiences, I know a number of you shoot very competitively, Cat being one I know well, so drop a line and air your thoughts please. here there is a lot of friction regarding all three of the associations I have mentioned, especially where funding goes and who gets what and why. this is the sort of friction that can eventually kill a club dead, just what the goody two shoes tree hugging community want right. fire away guys, I'd love to hear your end. regards Martin.
  15. of course, i should have thought of that.................................... factor in temperature at time of every shot, humidity, humility, H.R.C. of Chrome lined backbored barrels, top to bottom shot ratio to determine the thinning of the web between both tubes altitude, attitude, lead steel, wad, wadless, the list goes on. just shoot buddy, have fun
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