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Hector Vector

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  1. I had a Basset develop a mast cell tumour on his flank at about 8 years old. They are very aggressive and fast growing cancers, start in the skin and spread to the other organs, had no choice but to have it removed as far as I was concerned. My vet (who I know very well and trust) removed it, he had to go as and wide and deep as the site allowed to ensure a good margin around the tumour but it was successful. Pippin lived until over 14 when old age and renal insufficiency got the better of him. If I was in this position again I'd make the same decision.
  2. Warne Maxima Series Steel Rings, 30mm tube, Picatinny rail fitting. Warne part number 215M. Absolutely as new, unmarked and in the original packaging. These were on the rifle for just 30 rounds before I swapped them out for MOA adjustable mounts. Looking for £45 delivered (U.K. mainland).
  3. Swallowed my pride and bought a synthetic stock version earlier this year and it's been faultless. Adjustable for cast and drop, full set of chokes, 3 year warranty, it's not cartridge fussy at all, the internals seem well made although if you put it alongside the likes of Browning you can see the difference but at less than half the price what's not to like. It's certainly not a pretty thing (stands out like a boxer dog's sphericals in cabinet full of side by sides!!!) but as a foul weather/marsh gun you can't go too far wrong.
  4. Just to add the previous post: Essex FSEL have just turned around my latest variation 8 working days, can't complain at that. Much improved of late.
  5. Charlin also made sliding breech shotguns very similar to the Darne.
  6. Mine is size C52 (41" chest) and measures 24" armpit to armpit, zipped up and laid flat. It's a good fit but with room enough to get it on over a lightweight fleece. Very nice jacket.
  7. Best of luck with Eastern Sporting!!! You might like to give K.D. Radcliffe in Colchester a try. They have a workshop and gunsmith on site (but only works part time I think). Proper gun shop and decent people to deal with.
  8. Why, out of interest, wouldn't you want to know when your rifle was built? However, in my case I suspected the rifle was older than the selling dealer was claiming. Tikka confirmed my suspicions; it was older by about 8 years! Additionally they confirmed it had not been screw cut by the factory, which the dealer also claimed... Have you ever looked at the proof marks on a Tikka T3/T3x rifle? They carry the Lion head mark which indicates that the rifle was proofed in Finland (Helsinki I think) and, on my later one, also the CIP N mark which is the current compulsory proof mark. There is no means of dating the rifle from the applied proof marks! The serial number is the only key to ascertaining the date of the rifle.
  9. You can contact the Tikka factory via Facebook. I asked them how old one of my T3 rifles was and got an answer back very promptly.
  10. Already dropped Mick Vokes a message. Guntrader is about as much use as a chocolate teapot in my experience!
  11. As per the title. Must be in decent order, 3" chamber minimum, preferably synthetic stock. Not too fussed about the make. South east Essex area. Thank you. Forgot to add MUST be proofed for steel shot.
  12. Put my very nearly 12 year old Lab bitch (non working) onto Synoquin EFA. She's a different dog - much more agile and generally happier. Made a much bigger improvement to her than I though possible. Prior to that she was getting very slow and creaky. Also giving it to my oldest Basset (he's also approaching 12). Seen improvements in him as well but not quite as dramatic as in the Lab. Not cheap but well worth it to see the improvement in them both.
  13. Try one of these then: Bigger than a Lab (at less than 9 months old), certainly different and has character by the bucket load. He's also coming on fine as a rough shooting dog and has started off really well on blood tracking (deer dog). Fantastic temperament as well. Lovely breed.
  14. Yup , he's still very much a puppy. He was 7 months old last week. Took him out with a .410 as it was his first experience with bangs and I don't like subjecting them to the noise of a 12 or 16 bore at that age. I think he's going to be a big boy when he's filled out a bit...
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