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  1. Grand Prix Traditional steel Pro Eco This is Eley Hawk’s latest, market-leading innovation which blends tradition with cutting edge technology. Featuring Eley Hawk’s exclusive fully bio-degradable Pro Eco Wad, the Grand Prix Traditional Steel Pro Eco opens up shooting a standard steel load in traditional, nitro-proofed guns, meaning that a future remains for old English shotguns. “Having fired a couple of boxes through my Lancaster, I conducted an almost forensic examination for any signs of damage and found none. I was also impressed with the clean burn of the powder, which left little or no fouling… Armed with a belt full of these, I now have the confidence to use steel cartridges in my 112-year-old gun. Not only has my gun been given an extension to its useful life, but I feel better for knowing that I will not be depositing several pounds of a poisonous heavy metal onto the Shropshire countryside each season.” ~ Bill Harriman, BASC Director of Firearms The Grand Prix Traditional Steel is loaded in a 30 gram 4 shot and comes in the iconic Grand Prix orange case. To check if your gun is suitable for steel shot please check the British Proof House Equivalency Table or consult your local gunsmith I see Bill Harriman has jumped on the eco bandwagon. Still when the piper calls the tune..................
  2. Can't help but think he is playing Russian roulette. Standard Steel yes but High Performance Steel; I think he is asking for trouble somewhere down the line
  3. It's unbelievable isn't it. 20 years ago we would have been able to sell a nice old English gun for a nice price. Now we can't even give them away. Wonder if the introduction of steel has anything to do with it and if our wonderful shooting organisations would like to take them off our hands for their full value. Yeah right
  4. Why not pay a couple of quid more and make your own little gem. looks OK for Pakistani Damascus and not too expensive should you lose it. https://heinnie.com/knifemaking-damascus-knife-blade/
  5. I have the T3 Hunter, the old one with the wooden stock and it is one of the most accurate rifles I have ever owned. One thing that did catch me out was the firing pin spring which is very light due to the way Tikka have set it up to be very light when cocking the bolt. I was so used to just going out with it and never having a problem that I simply didn't bother to clean and wipe the pin over once in a while. Then one day it gave a light strike and didn't fire. Took it apart and cleaned it and very lightly oiled the internals of the bolt, and it worked perfectly again. Never understood a varmint barrel on a hunting gun when only one or two shots are going to be taken.
  6. Perhaps it's gas erosion. Certainly a puzzle
  7. The area is above the area where the rear of the cartridge would be, so it would seem to be away from any direct pressure. I have an old hammergun and have nothing like that on my gun so why would this happen on a strong gun like a Browning??? Obviously when the forging is machined it removes a certain amount of metal and I'm wondering if they have made their tolerances too tight and weren't able to remove enough material without causing a problem with dimensions. Just seems to be a rough finish.
  8. Funnily enough the whole face seems to be affected to a certain degree but mainly at the top. I wonder if browning are starting to have quality control issues, because a friend who has a new 725 has just shown me his gun where the right-hand ejector has completely ejected itself from the gun. The ejector retaining pin has unscrewed itself allowing the whole thing to shoot out with the cartridge. Looking through the web this seems to be happening to quite a few of these guns https://www.trapshooters.com/threads/browning-725-ejector-retaining-pin-screw-popped-off.846343/
  9. Seen the same thing happen in castings where the metal has been contaminated whilst casting. Browning actions forged but even so contaminated steel could be the cause.
  10. And that is the problem as it will deter a lot of potential customer from going into town and buying things. The internet has taken away a lot of feet on the ground in Birmingham shops. And so the dipsticks on the council add another disincentive to shoppers. The only thing they seem interested in is the gay pride marches.
  11. I wanted to go to a supplier of safety clothing to pick up some work gear for my grandson. It was on the opposite side of Brum which meant going around the ring road. Jeeze what a nightmare. It was a bit of a jaunt at normal times, but now!!! A simple ten minute trip around the ring road turned into thirty five minutes, as the traffic was now unbelievable. Anyone wanting to go from the south of Brum through the Queensway tunnel onto the Aston Expressway ( a two minute run through Birmingham ) now has a choice. Pay £8 for the two minute journey, or go around the ring road and add another thirty five minutes onto your journey. The pollution around Birmingham is now much greater than before and the eejits in the town hall honestly believe that there is some invisible wall stopping it blowing across the centre of town. Nothing to do with clean air for inner city residents, because there aren't that many and the people living around the ring road are now being subjected to even greater pollution. Thousands of motorists per day being charged. £8 for cars, taxis and LGVs and £50 for coaches, buses and HGVs. It's not hard to see the revenue being generated is it.
  12. You are absolutely correct old'un. I was mixing it up with when I used to go round to Bailons, when Malcolm Guthrie was based there. Just shows how long it's been since I have walked around those areas as now I only go down Price St to see Malcolm Cruxton who is across the landing from Benjamin Wild. Used to love to go into the shop when Colin was blacking barrels. Bit like cooking; some people can do it and others can't. Nice lad was Colin and sadly missed. Don't go into Brum anyway now as they have introduced a "Clean air zone" and it would cost me £8 to take anything in and another £8 to go back for it.
  13. I remember when they had their shop in Price Street in Brum. My wife and I went in there one day to buy some cartridges and there was no-one around. We waited for ages and then all of a sudden there were two loud bangs under the floor below us and a small cloud of dust started to rise around our feet. He used to use the cellar underneath to test fire guns after working on them. The pub on the corner is still there and is called The Gunmakers Arms. The rest has all been torn down. Sad!!
  14. Bought my Marples chisels back in 1966 when I started as an apprentice chippy. Still have then to this day although they are a lot shorter than they once were.
  15. Who said Germans don't have a sense of humour😄😆😆
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