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  1. Hi, Looks like your going for a Franchi. I haven’t tried one but I do have a Maxus 28” & a Benelli M2 28”. Both of these are great guns and I find that the slightly short standard stocks on both an advantage in the hide. You can shoot sitting down easier, and if you have extra clothing on then the guns still come up easily. They both weigh 7lbs and the siting plain along the rib looks like a 30” barrelled gun due to the long receiver in the auto, all very pointable. The Maxus has a lower comb ( even with highest shim) than the M2 and I have fitted a foam Kickeaze type comb raiser which works very well. From what you have said then I would go with the Franchi and get the gun fit set up . If you need a higher comb then the Kickease stick on foam is the best solution. Hope that’s helpful.
  2. Up date! I bought a pair of extension arms , they are 3ft long ( each) giving an increase of 6 ft to the spinning circle. I was shooting a field of laid barley and the pigeons on the magnet were now about 14ft apart, and really looked the business ........one small flaw in the plan though. The motor on the magnet could not cope with the increased load and weight of the extended arms, and the pigeons on the magnet turned very slowly. Back in the hide I watched them slowly turning like a pair of Frankenstein birds learning to fly.... No pigeon came to the decoys. I left the hide cursing and removed the extension arms from the magnet and watched them flying round at speed. The pigeons started to come and I finished on 29 for the afternoon. So bigger is not always better.
  3. I had GEARMATE install a gun draw system on my pickup. As a BASC member they give a 10% discount. The system is first class and forms a complete new load base in the pickup bed. Security is very important. If it were parked in an isolated farm yard on a shoot day it would give extra protection.
  4. I have seen these on various Y tube videos, sometimes called barley arms. Does anyone on here use them on a regular basis? Are they more effective on laid crops? I am shooting on a 100 acre block of laid barley, and the birds are on several patches, and I would like to draw them to my patch !
  5. Hi, your photos show a very precise profile & uniform increase in barrels diameter on both barrels . This would be the standard manufactured profile to enable the barrels to be machined for screw-in chokes. If there were a problem with the barrels then you wouldn’t get both barrels damaged/ bulged in exactly the same place ; that is to say any bulges would be irregular. So nothing to worry about. Just keep the threads/ bore clean, lubricated and screwed-in firmly as normal practise.
  6. Looks like a Miroku 800S Skeet as it has a silver finish and beaver tail forend. If the rib is about 12mm wide then it’s a 800SW ( W for wide rib) All the Miroku 800 series were very popular in the 70’s as they were very good guns and a good copy of the Browning B25 Belgium hand finished guns , but at fraction of the cost. And the rest is as they say history, Browning bought the business.
  7. That requirement was on the initial GL issued by NE following the challenge by Wild Justice. That has been replaced by the current GL’s issued this year, none of which have that requirement. The new GL’s are issued to , quote. “ Prevent serious damage to crops” so the purpose of the licence is prevention, there is no requirement in the licences to prove that any damage has occurred. I have downloaded and printed a copy of GL 42 for reference , it’s 17 pages long... but most of them refer to specific SSSI’s. In the remote event that anyone seeks to question my activities when shooting pigeons for crop protection, then I will explain that I am operating under licence GL 42. And leave it at that.
  8. You could create a template to record the farm/ field/ date etc without much trouble; but would you want to ? Keeping records is only a recommendation ( not mandatory) as stated in the GL licence guidance and conditions. It’s a box ticking exercise BUT opens Pandora’s Box if you do keep records! The actions anyone takes under the new GL’s are driven by the circumstances at the time . If you decide to shoot / kill birds as the practical solution then that is what the licences are created for , quote “To prevent serious damage to crops” It’s not open to discussion with the general public or police. One permission that I shoot has over 2,500 acres, with a single 150acre block of peas. The farmer has had serious crop damage for years and puts out gas guns as and when, but no gas gun ever killed a pigeon. The only way to effectively limit damage Is to hit the pigeons whenever possible. After extensive research undertaken for more than 50 years by the Ministry of Agriculture and then DEFRA, they concluded that a dead pigeon doesn’t feed or breed.......
  9. The GL 42 applies “ To prevent serious damage to crops” it doesn’t require that serious damage has already occurred. As long as there are crops liable to serious damage then you can shoot the pigeons. You don’t have to use alternate non lethal methods ( ie scarecrows, & other devices) if they are not practical.
  10. I don’t know how to speed up a single speed magnet. The speed controllers sold as extras only reduce the speed from the normal speed. I used to have a lightweight magnet from Ukshoot Warehouse which was good but burnt out in an accident. I know have two of the AA Decoy magnets, one of which is years old. These have 2 speeds, slow & quick! To change the speed you connect the negative earth lead on the machine to the adjacent terminal. These machines are fairly bomb proof and I only use the fast setting. They faster than the other type.
  11. I was in the same situation last year. My GP practise were not cooperating as they were tied up with the Coronavirus, and the police firearms dept were insisting on a medical report. I contacted BASC and they provided contact details for an independent GP who could assist . I formally requested my medical records which the GP is required to supply under law. These were sent to the independent GP who provided the medical report for the police. Don’t take your guns to the police , that’s a unknown quantity. Take them for storage to a RFD who will give you a receipt to prove they are held ( in case the police tell you your certificate has expired)
  12. Hi, I have an MK 60 in 20g which I had bored 1/2 & 1/4 like yours . I haven’t found much in the way of steel loads to suit and would normally switch to a 12g for ducks. What cartridges are you looking at that are HP proof in 20g?
  13. Both guns were very good, but I only used the Maxum sporter for clays . I used the Maxum game model for game and practise on clays. As an all rounder that was the best gun. When you carry a 32” sporter to the stand in a slip, shoot 10 clays the re slip the gun it’s comfortable. When you have to hold that 8lb gun a long time then your enjoyment and accuracy starts to fade in my experience. I would look for a game model to try as the starting point. If that feels right then you have the answer. Straight Powder!
  14. It’s a nice problem to have! And a new gun is always exciting. I have had both the Guerini Maxum in 32 “ 12g Sporter and 32” Game models. Both were lovely guns, the Sporter was 8lbs and the Game gun 7 lb 10 oz . The Game gun also has has a narrow rib compared to the Sporter. So the Game gun would feel similar to the Silver Pigeon. See if you can try one in that specification , you will feel the difference .
  15. The Tilly hats are very good and durable. They can be washed time after time . You can get a good camo bush hat with strap from Military 1st, very cheap . They do a range of sizes
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