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  1. I have a Winchester Sx3 Red Performance and a Beretta Upland. They both fit me equally well and I had the Sx3 for a few years before buying the Beretta. The Beretta shoots a lot smoother, you don't notice the clunk of the action the same. There is less felt recoil with the same shells. Both are good guns but I would opt for the Beretta if I had to choose between the two.
  2. No we've never bothered. Putting something up before next season might be an idea. However as ditchman has said above it could also be that they strayed off with some wild ducks. There were about six wild ducks on the pond the day we put the new ones on.
  3. It is an interesting thing to consider. It reminds me of that riddle. If there are 10 pigeons sat on a branch and a farmer shoots one with a shotgun, how many will be left on the branch? The answer is none. The others would be frightened off by the sound of the gun. But I do wonder if they associate the noise of a gun with death? Probably not. It's just the loud noise that frightens them, just as loud unexpected noises can make humans jump.
  4. I set up my camera last night and did capture a fox walking to the pond and then away about three minutes later - not sure if it had caught anything as the image wasn't the best. This morning I counted 7 ducks down from 8 last night, but this afternoon I counted 9. Maybe the odd one is hiding in the reeds or they were a couple that had flown in from elsewhere. I hadn't considered the strong/weak flyer aspect. That may explain why so many have disappeared pretty quickly. But why would they not return when it's a fox, but often do when they've been shot at? I guess the ducks could've flown towards the town and be sat relaxing in one of the parks right now.
  5. Ouch, that must be sickening. I feel sorry for you or whoever the owner is. Would a fox manage to nab several ducks out in the wild though? I'm trying to imagine how it works. Say the ducks are resting/sleeping on the side of the pond, fox comes up grabs one, it's going to make a racket, the others panic, most jump or run into the pond. So how can seven get taken in one night?
  6. London Best - thanks. I found two clumps of feathers on Sunday afternoon (though both sites looked to be a few days old, no blood or debris, just feathers but very similar to what it looks like when a hen has been nabbed). Yesterday I found another clump which appeared fresher but was further away from the pond. One problem is that the area around is thick with vegetation, thistles, nettles, brambles and long grass. So searching is difficult. I can see plenty of badger runs. I have flattened out a strip of land next to the pond where I've put a post in and set up my camera. Hopefully I'll get a better idea of what's happening.
  7. Not sure if this is the correct section but I'd like it to receive as much response as possible from those with experience of this sort of thing. A brief history first of all. Myself and some friends run a small rough shoot on my land. Since 2009 we've put ducks on one of the ponds and shot them during the season. We did it intermittently for a few years, but have certainly done it for the past five consecutively. Normally we get the ducks in July (as we did this year), feed them up and usually begin shooting in October. We bought 36 ducks this year, the same as recent years. We might have a slight attrition rate before shooting but are usually left with a good number, plus wild ducks flighting in (some of which I believe to be ducks from previous years). About four years ago we did have a bad year in which after the first shoot, hardly any came back but this so far has been a one off. This year however we appear to have met with disaster. Of the 36 ducks we put on the pond in July, today there are only 8. Yesterday 15 and the day before 19. One of the shoot members thinks they've just flown off, but I'm not convinced they can fly all that well yet. In previous years when they start flying, they'll circle overhead (probably to get used to flying and get their bearings). All I've seen them do is flutter, a bit like hens down when they fly. I've set up a camera on a post to see if anything is about at night. Obviously we have foxes in the area. I think one of our hens was nabbed a couple of weeks ago by a fox on a quiet afternoon. I have indeed seen foxes around in daylight hours. In fact one year we lost 3 hens and the cockerel. The fox had come on a bright summers evening and must've nabbed them one at a time before our dog barked and scared it off. When I went into the field I found the 3 hens and cock all in a line about five yards apart in the rushes. I couldn't believe it, having had no prior experience of what they're capable of. My thinking at the time was that they just nab the odd hen on occasion if they're really hungry or if they get into the hen house at night. The thing is we have 3 theories. Foxes, they've flown off or someone is stealing them. What do the good folks of pigeon watch think? Would a fox manage to take 7 ducks in one night? (I know that's a naïve question based on the hen story). Surely they'd escape to the water, depending on where they spend the night. There is a small island in the pond that can hold maybe a dozen ducks. I also think I need to see if anything is flighting in at night, but considering there was food left over this morning, I doubt it. It's just totally stunned and stumped me.
  8. Interesting. Has that been a reasonable system? How do regular shotgun users (those who just want a shotgun for clays, vermin etc) find it? I think the chap on the other forum is just one of those who would be horrified if someone turned up with a semi auto at a game shoot. One of the points raised was that you don't need a third shot, an O/U will do the job. The great thing about gas operated semi autos (not pumps) is the reduction in felt recoil. If they wanted 3 shots and above to move to section 1, then I hope they'd allow semis to continue on section 2 but limited to two shells. To be honest I think like after Cumbria, not much if anything will change.
  9. I'm following a thread on another forum and one bloke on there believes that semi auto's and pump actions should be made section 1 firearms. He says that O/U or SBS are fine for everything shotgun related ie clays, pest control, game shooting. It seems though that he just doesn't like the look of those guns and looks down on those that use them. Not sure he'd be saying the same thing if an O/U had been used.
  10. It's an interesting topic. The gun I've posted my highest scores in sporting clays is my Winchester SX3. I paid just under a grand for it brand new. Some of the more expensive guns I've owned (circa 3k) I've come nowhere close. Mind you it's probably the fact they didn't fit me properly. I also went through a phase of thinking if I buy a "better gun" ie more expensive, I'll shoot better.
  11. I saw this question posed on a Youtube comment on one of the TGS reviews. "Is there a point at which guns become style over substance? There must be a point at which the price charged for a gun with nicer looking wood and different engraving is no different to its cheaper alternative which is the same gun underneath the clothing." One of the answers was that around the £2500 - £3000 mark is when the change happens, beyond that it's simply up to you how much you want to pay for fancy engraving and better wood. What do you think?
  12. I've got the sporting o/u version. I don't like it. One time it wouldn't open for reasons unknown. The morning I was going to take it back to the shop, guess what, it opened. Then on another occasion a spent shell didn't eject and somehow got trapped below the ejector. I had to take the gun home broken out of it's case (I have a boot cover and tinted windows so no one could see it). I managed to get the shell out. The last time I used it was in Dec 2019. I need to change it for something else. Thinking of a Silver Pigeon 3 Sporter or maybe pushing the boat out on a eell.
  13. That's good advice. For a lot of people though, they need the old gun to put towards the new one. But never ever sell a gun you shoot well with unless you have replaced it with one equally as good.
  14. I bought an XS Pro a couple of years ago. I ended up trading it in as I couldn't get along with it. Mind you I am more of a Beretta man. It will be interesting to see what you go for.
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