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Piers Austin

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  • Birthday 15/02/1955

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    Bordon, Hampshire
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    game and rough shooting, pigeon shooting, fly fishing, last but not least motorcycling.

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  1. Pleased to say have got some roost shooting in these past weekends. The pigeons I have shot have had ivy berries or acorns in their crops. Some had maize, presumably from chopped game cover. Haven’t seen any with rape in. Cheers all
  2. Great responses and dialogue between fellow shooters. Of course the days are lengthening now so roosting time gets later accordingly. Weather looks better next weekend and so hope to get out. Watch this space!
  3. Thanks Jim, for taking the time to write such good advice. Definitely reconnaissance always pays off and a windy day better. Cheers
  4. Thanks guys. I will take note and watch much earlier. Does anybody practise roost shooting this time of year? The leaves are off the trees etc. I have only ever done it in February after the game season is over. Cheers
  5. Hi All, what time do pigeons come in to roost this time of year (end of November)? It is dark by 4.45pm. Might seem a silly question but I watched a wood 30 mins before and reckon they were all in! Cheers
  6. Hi Davyo, Thanks for your reply to this topic. I assume from your in depth knowledge of the subject you are an HMRC employee as well as a pigeon shooter. The problem I face as I'm sure many hundreds of other members do is that (correct me if I'm wrong) being employed in full time jobs and on PAYE tax deductions, taking days off to go beating, we cannot be officially self-employed as well. This is even though the beating activity has nothing to do with our main job and we are effectively self employed, working from home when going beating! The self employed person can claim business mileage a
  7. Hi everybody. Does anyone have experience of claiming back expenses such as car mileage and protective clothing from HMRC as a beater? There is a Form P87 you can fill out and send in as long as your total earnings don't exceed £2500. Apparently pickers up are entitled to because they run a dog (any logic in that?) As a beater we are casual employees, non contractual and operate from home, taking our 'tools' i.e. sticks and flags driving to and from the job, which can be several different shoots etc. If you are already in full time employment and on PAYE, this sideline activity is not your mai
  8. Hi, if you want to go down the fitting route and I highly recommend it. You will be very lucky to get an 'off the peg' gun that fits. Those of us who can't afford custom made bespoke stocks can do the next best thing. I got an adjustable comb fitted by Doveridge Claysports Club resident gunsmith Simon. You send him your stock and he cuts a piece out of the comb and fits Krieghoff metalwork. Does a superb job and the comb can be adjusted,raised or lowered in height and moved from left to right. You can get the sight line down the rib bang on. Cost is around £200.00 about the same as a 100 bird
  9. Go for it! Pumps are great to shoot, quite quickly you will not even think about pumping it it just happens subconsciously. Easy to strip and clean, easy to reload in a hide just feed shells in underneath. I had a Mossberg 500 before the Hungerford massacre, handed it in under the buyback program. Now have a Magtech 5-shot on a FAC-1, they are made in Brazil. Absolutely deadly on 1/2 choke. Bought it from A E Clarke in Camberley. The only problem is they are not in the stiff British culture! Cheers
  10. I own a Mossberg hushpower .410 pump. Its a brilliant bit of kit. I also decided to overcome the rib being lower than the moderator can by screwing on a strip of hardwood, painted black and the sight line is now good. Man shouldn't be without one!
  11. As requested, have a look at the attached three photos. Inertia weight on LHS and in-line hammers are unique. Cheers
  12. Likewise,my favourite all round gun would be (is) a pump action..not mentioned in the survey! I have a 16 bore sbs for fun days, and have to have an o/u for formal game days. Cheers
  13. Good job there. Hope you are gonna eat them? Squirrel is very good, cross between chicken & rabbit, casserole or on barbie in the summer. Note April Sporting Gun mag has cottoned on to it. Cheers
  14. Never forget the man who invented gunpowder!

  15. Hi, good fit is important but most shooters contort themselves around it. Only 30 percent of guns 'off the peg' fit, the other 70 per cent don't! There is nothing like having a gun that shoots where you are looking! If you own an auto or a pump action most likely you can vary cast and drop with wedge shaped shims inserted between the stock and receiver. An over and under is not so easy, an adjustable comb costs about 200 Quid to get fitted. it may be you just need a comb raiser, just a stick on piece of rubber. Definitely a 2 hour session with a coach will identify any problems you have with
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