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Wharf Rat

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  • Birthday January 1

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    Silly Isles (where the Daily Mail is read)
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    Collecting Meissen porcelain, designing antimacassars and embroidary using human hair.

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  1. The .177 or .22 is one of those camp fire discussions that never gets settled. I think that .17HMR v .22LR is going the same way lol. Enjoy your rifle NoBodyImportant, I'm sure it will do fine, used with respect. I've had so many rabbits with an HW97K in .177 that I could barely walk home. I've smashed rats at close range with a CZ 634 in .22. Learn your trajectory, shoot to it and enjoy.
  2. The HW99 is called the Beeman 50 in the US. A flat shooting .177 with soft pellets is a wonderful tool for pests as far as springers are concerned. With only 14 ft-lb to play with, I'd go for the .177. I've taken more rabbits with a 10.5ft-lb in .177 than just about anything else.
  3. Field of vision is improving on lots of scopes compared to what we grew up with I think. From memory the Connect certainly had a nice wide field. I like the Hawke Panoramas for hunting and target shooting myself, they have improved FOV over old Sterling Golds and the like. I know the Connect as chap I knew was testing a one for a magazine feature, and asked me to have a few shots with it over an HFT course for a second opinion. I liked the scope but found that I didn't get on with wearing my glasses and using it. Initial target acquisition with no specs was obviously awful
  4. The accuracy is supposed to improve as parallax error is reduced. A few years ago the similar MTC VIPER CONNECT was fashionable, and people did win HFT events with them. It must work OK as it still sells. For target shooting they are fine. For target and game, I prefer a Hawke Panorama - nice fine reticle and clear sight picture. Your eyes are not mine though.
  5. HW45. If you have trouble with sighting, fit a red dot.
  6. Modern businesses are run with no reserves and maximum dividends. The least committed people get the most reward and the actual workers get stuff all. It will tumble down some day.
  7. Green Dot is lovely for 36g lead. Can't find my reloading data on this PC. Sapp's book on reloading has recipes I'm sure though.
  8. Brilliant kits. Glad they're still going. Have one in my Brum made Supersport.
  9. I always used Hoppe's No.9, but now use M Pro-7. It's non-stinking, non-staining and safe on oiled woodwork. It also works amazingly well. Squirt a bit down both barrels, leave to soak for ten minutes and push a jag with a bit of twice folded kitchen roll on. Works 90% of the time even with filthy loads.
  10. Yep, the road absorbs the suns heat all day and releases it in the morning. When I rode into London for a living, I'd notice the temperature rose a few degrees in the summer as it got really built up. I'd ride in from Cambridge or Ipswich etc and the West End would feel like a boiler room. I expect that the animals with their finer senses did the same on the back lanes and other roads. You can harness that heat in your greenhouse. If you rig a solar powered fan to draw warm air in during the day, into a load of buried tiles, bricks etc, in the night the heat is released. Bit
  11. Chap I worked with on the farm lost his father to a barn owl. Broke his neck hitting it face first on a bike. Driver found both dead on a local A road. As I (and he) were riding to work for 5am and seeing a lot of deer, hares, foxes etc on the roads, it gave us much food for thought/cause to be careful.
  12. I remember towing a pal on a B40 in RAF livery after his zenor diode had cooked. He screamed for the full 25 miles home. The old XS650 pulled like a train. I took it steady, but he'd never been towed before. He was white as a sheet by the time we stopped. The 44 was the best Brit single ever made IMHO. Loads of torque and they rev like the bejesus if you have the guts to nail them. A real riders bike. Good luck with the sale.
  13. What an era he represented! Alberto Hands of Stone Duran best middle weight brawler since LaMotta Thomas Hitman/Motorcity Cobra Hearns an allrounder with an explosive punch and the first boxer to win the world champ at five different weights Marvellous Marvin Hagler undefeated for seven years with more knockouts per fight than any other middleweight champion Sugar Ray Leonard arguably the best middleweight boxer since Sugar Ray Robinson, who ended Hagler's unbeaten run, at least according to two out of three judges at ringside. Each was a legend and ea
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