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  1. Shot a crow on Saturday so thought what the heck, better try it! I flash fried a breast and cut a couple of thin slices off. It tasted very nice, not as strong as pigeon but very tasty. However, I don't think I will be eating a pile of them yet as although the taste was fine I could not for the life of me get the image of a stinky crow out of my mind as I ate it! As others have said, I am sure some have eaten it in the past in game pies and stews and not even known it was crow. Give it a try! Cheers Flipper
  2. So there are a few recipes on the internet, but no one on this forum has actually eaten crow? No one owning up yet😀
  3. Does any one eat crow? If so any recipes?
  4. Look at the thread a little down on keeping the SxS going. I am verging toward No3 for the side by side but would use No 2 if available. Of the last two geese I shot on the foreshore last day of the season with No 3 32grm load the first was dead in the air with neck and heart shots. The second came down 100 yards away mortally wounded. The no 3 shot were at their limit. Not all the pellets penetrated all the way through the breast, some did go all the way through and punched through the breast bone into the body cavity, not sure how much energy they had left after that though. On mincing the meat I had several pellets left in the mincer indicating penetration was an issue ? With steel No 1 I would hardly ever get a pellet in the mincer, all pellets would penetrate the body cavity. Cheers
  5. Hi Boyd, Sound advice I think and thanks for that. I was out this morning and only having one expensive Bismuth cartridge left I decided to try a flight with the Eley eco wad 32 grm No 3 steel. I thought the morning was going to be a waste of time as most of the geese were on the other side of the firth in flooded fields and lifted really early and went off upstream rather than crossing over to my side. Anyway I stuck it out and was rewarded with a few skeins heading my way. They were a good height and I dropped the first one dead in the air (much to my surprise and delight!) I let a few marginal ones pass over and had another chance at a good high one just in range, this one planned on a a little before coming down to be retrieved by the dog and knocked on the head. I have yet to process the geese so can't say where I hit either but I suspect with the second bird I was slightly off line as it was sliding side ways a bit in the wind. There was another guy out who is a very good shot (won our club clay comp two years on the trot) and he always shoots 42 grm No 3 steel through his auto, now that's a lot of pellets! and he downs plenty of geese and high geese over the season. So it appears that No 3 does seem to do the job so I may carry on with these. I had seen the RC 34grm No1s and may yet try them but the delivery charge to the Highlands is extortionate! Thanks for all the input every one. Cheers Mark
  6. As some of you may know I have been using the AYA Yeoman 2.75 inch chamber for the last month or so for all of my foreshore wildfowling. The goose cartridge has been a very very expensive No 3 36 gm bismuth at £57 per box. I can't go on with that next season and I would like to keep going with the AYA rather than go back to the pump. My findings with the bismuth are that most of the geese have needed a knock on the head and were not dead in the air as I would have expected using the pump and No1 steel. Now this may not be the cartridges fault but could be my accuracy with the SxS so the jury is out at the moment So if I keep going with the AYA for next season I need to use a more affordable cartridge so I may need to home load. I can get 32grm No 3 steel eley carts at the local gun shop but I am thinking these may be a little light in shot size for fore shore geese so I may have to homeload? Having said that I pick up enough 3 inch No 3 steel empty carts from the foreshore and I know they have been used on geese! What would anyone recommend in homeland or factory cartridges to keep the AYA going without costing an arm and a leg? Cheers Flipper
  7. I think it was also badged as a Remington 220?
  8. I may get the chance to buy one of these. I believe they are supposed to be one of the best pumps about. Can anyone give me feedback if they have used or owned one? As it is a bottom loader I guess you have to pull the barrel of to clean it, not as easy as a standard pump? How do they handle and what’s the weight? cheers flippers
  9. I have never been there but watching Chris greens videos of the area he decoys the Chanel that runs along the marsh and shoots the tide up?
  10. Just catching up with this thread. Like Boyds attempt at super proofing his old AYA sxs, brilliant and he and the gun lived to tell the tale. Can I send my AYA 2.75 chambered Yeoman to you Boyd for proofing for 3 inch!☺️ Just to show you that many of the Spanish made SxS can take a good beating, so to speak, with no harm done, I was on the foreshore and came across a member decoying duck. We were chatting away and as he had a SxS I asked what carts he was using. He produced a 3 inch Lyvale Steel cart, I passed comment that I didn't realise that he had a 3 inch magnum SxS. He looked at me in a puzzled way and said he didn't! I explained the issues of running a 3 inch cart through a 2.75 inch gun and it turned out he had already run a box through to no ill affect to man or gun! I vote for Motty!
  11. The Yeoman is an interesting version! Looks like it should be a 3 inch mag but it's only chambered for 2.75 inch and is stamped as a Yeoman on the barrels. Don't think I have seen another like it, not sure what they thought when they put that one together!
  12. Finished a rare night shift and went straight down the foreshore. Took the old AYA Yeoman and it didn't let me down, a greylag, a pink and a pigeon. Geese were shot with very expensive 36grm No 3 bismuth, the pigeon Eley eco wad No 3 steel 32grm. Taw (my Dog) did a good job finding the grey and pigeon in thick cover. Pigeon wraps for tea and the geese will be burgers, chilli and spag bol! Not long left now. Cheers flipper
  13. Classic stuff Jim and great pic from Edenman
  14. Hi Boyd, would love an AYA No 3 mag but the only one at the local gun shop is very rough and £395! Ladds in Devon have a Berri lux but £450, local guy has a Yiliditz 3.5 wildfowler SxS but asking £600! I am just too tight! Can get the above guns on Holts unsold lots for pennies and they are coming up here in the next few weeks for a valuation day so would have no RFD transfer charges. Haven't seen many of your posts this season. I hope you and Connor have been out and about a bit and no doubt with some success? Cheers Mark
  15. I have been looking on line at these two but can't find much info about the models. I know some of the Zabalas were quite heavy, 8 pounds plus but I don't know if that applies to this model? Any one own one or had one in the past? ZABALA HERMANOS 12-BORE (3IN.) 'MERCURY MAGNUM MODEL 6-1228' BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 60076, The other one is this LAURONA 12-BORE (3IN.) BOXLOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 165271 any idea on its weight or what they are like? Cheers Mark
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