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Wharf Rat

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  • Birthday January 1

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    Collecting Meissen porcelain, designing antimacassars and embroidary using human hair.

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  1. My lad has MK I, III, IV, and V Meteors. Awful triggers were down to stupidly stiff springs on a couple that we bought. They all shoot at about 10.5 ft-lb and are smoothed out by hand polishing and honing the internals and PTFE or steel sleeves. You can get kits to replace the leather washers with plastics. The trigger sears can be polished IIRC. T R Robb has tuning kits for all UK models. They can run at 12ft-lb without much trouble.
  2. Shooting the plastic coating from my Mum's washing line with a knackered Slavia 630. I could reliably hit the line with open sights after a whole six weeks of shooting practice. Can't remember how close I had to be. Today I banged 9" gongs with a 1940 Mosin at 100 yards, resting my elbow on my knee. Open sights and rough East European rifles are still evidently my thing.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. He wears specs too, but found them to give no difficulties. Something to consider perhaps. The reticle was wonderfully fine I do recall. I will say one thing. If you can shoot OK with this style of scope, shooting both eyes open is a doddle. I have a 1.4-4 x 24 for ratting on an old Meteor. Great for snap shooting. Not sure if the parallax adjuster on the Atom would hamper your left eye though, my son has a similar scope on his black rifle, but with a much smaller left hand side turret.
  6. 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.
  7. HW45. If you have trouble with sighting, fit a red dot.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Brilliant kits. Glad they're still going. Have one in my Brum made Supersport.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 Heath Robinson but it works.
  13. 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.
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