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  1. Hamster

    New tool

    That’s right up my street. 😋👍
  2. I’ve used Bailey Optima flush chokes for the past 15 odd years and they’ve performed very well, they tend to throw true to the expected constriction and suit my personal preference of keeping the guns true lines intact, some seem to like the purposeful appearance the extended version offers and why not, they do offer the dubious advantage of being able to change them with hand pressure alone but again I personally prefer to carry and use a tool to give either type a gentle extra push. The thing that I found when a while back I bought 3 extended ones is that they seemed to make their presence (weight) known, oddly enough I had always thought that such tiny variations would be undetectable but I was wrong.
  3. Correct. They call it the “system” in order to glorify what is essentially nothing but a tiny bit of compressible plastic designed to absorb some of the explosive forces ( presumably only once ), in practice there’s not a man alive who could tell the difference in a properly conducted blind test. There are just so many variables and so many ways of loading cartridges that pretending the system is detectable is nothing but marketing talk.
  4. The whole car tax thing is a scam, one minute they talk you into diesels saying that their overall emissions is better compared to most petrol cars (true enough) and then the next minute when they’re losing too much tax income they come up with new ways of talking us back into low powered gutless “clean” petrol cars. Just buy what you want/need car wise and within reason we just have to live with whatever tax it happens to attract. Two years ago we bought an ex demo 17 plate Mini Clubman 1.5 diesel auto, being in the trade and wise to these little tricks I made sure I bought one that is £20 to tax the exact same car registered a single month later would have been £160 ! That’s neasdammit £500 just for road tax running costs wise over 3 years, £20 doesn’t even register on your wallet.
  5. This is why I use cruise control as much as possible, there is just too many instances where you can inadvertently go over a sensible/legal limit.
  6. That’s probably because the car fell outside their target segment. We have all got used to our insurer coming up with uncompetitive renewal quotes which many accept because they just don’t shop around, my point was that LV appear to have decided that retaining customers makes good long term sense.
  7. A claim is a claim whether it was by you or a named driver on that policy I would have thought. Both our cars are insured by LV and despite being in the habit of doing online comparison checks, I’ve been unable to better their like for like renewal prices in the last 2-3 years.
  8. Watched it on fast forward but I couldn’t believe how they load individual tins by hand !
  9. Hamster

    FX new slugs

    Pity at that money I can’t see me shooting them at 30 yard rats but I suppose we are having to pay for the R&D phase.
  10. I think he was being humorous.
  11. I used to spend hours playing with HW35’s, they’re so easy to service but one thing I would advise against is too much polishing inside the cylinder, conventional wisdom seems to be that they need some imperfections inside to perform best. I managed to “tune” mine beautifully to the stage it really was smooth and quiet, the trouble is the power dropped to 9 ft lbs 😝, not that it mattered because with careful stalking I still managed to head shoot plenty of rabbits with it. It’s ages since I opened any springers up but back in the day someone recommended something (I think) called Comma grease which came in a toothpaste type tube, it was surprisingly effective in quietening the spring noise although these days your best bet is simply to order one of many excellent drop in kits which come with everything.
  12. The problem is likely to be mount creep or movement, all recoiling guns need decent mounts but air guns in particular need careful thought when it comes to making sure the scope stays in one place, if I’m not mistaken it should have a provision for using what’s called an arrestor block although in practice good one piece mounts are just as effective.
  13. 70% is excellent for someone who is not really taking it seriously, the jump to 80% is a pretty hard step and won’t come without dedication, application of the fundamentals and shooting once a week, the next jump to 90% is altogether a different animal. I personally think you can do both without over reliance on coaching but agree it is important to be told what the basics are, many can work even that out themselves, in other words it does depend on the individual.
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