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  1. Thank you but no, unfortunately the 70 year old peepers struggle a bit now with open sights - I have a little White Tail classic 2.5-5 x 20 scope on the Winchester. It's a pleasure to shoot using low load of Unique with a cast 158gn bullet.
  2. Rather than just blackpowder pistols, the same rules apply to "muzzle loading" pistols. These are a whole new ball game. They are modern revolvers, shooting ordinary nitro smokeless powder and shoot a regular .38/.357 type lead bullet, in fact, once loaded you wouldn't know you weren't shooting a regular .38 revolver. The only difference is the cylinder is removed and the bullets loaded from the front of the cylinder, these are ignited with a shotgun primer. They are quite quick to load, accurate, cheap to run and require no more cleaning that any usual pistol. Although there are others these seem to be well regarded: http://www.westlakeengineering.com/products/ Apart from a couple of BP pistols I also have an unusual ML nitro competition 5 shot pistol:
  3. I shoot these competitions regularly with both my Winchester 64AE in .357 mag and either my very old Voere semi-auto or Sako finnfire 22lr. Although there are various competitions the usual NSRA type are shot at 20 or 25 yards, free standing, no sling allowed and often different classification for open sights or optics. The ones I shoot are what you might call "open" class so optical sights can be used, slow fire, so very little time pressure. The large bore (.38/.357/.44 etc) are shot on PL12 NSRA cards with a black of 14cm's. The .22lr are shot on the PL14 targets with a black of about 9cm. As already said - practice, practice and more practice - try and think about each shot, why it was good or bad, don't be content to just whack them down the range and hope for the best. I think the biggest factor that loses the most points, when shooting offhand, is trigger control - a slow squeeze directly back in line with the barrel. The shot might end up as an 8 because you are wobbling about a bit but trying to snatch the trigger as you float past the bull will often give you a 4. If it was easy it would be no fun. Here's a 99 I shot offhand a couple of weeks ago with my .357.
  4. Thank you chaps - Happy to help if anyone wants to have a go.
  5. Disappointing thing is, 40 years ago I could do it on my elbows with a sling and aperture sights, now I need a bench and a scope.
  6. You're too kind Spandit, but thank you. The old BSA Martini's are still greatly undervalued, although the prices of good ones has gone up considerably over the last couple of years. These were used as club rifles in their thousands for donkeys years, the Mod 12, 12/15 and then the International Mk1, 2,3,4,5 from the 1950's to around the mid 1980's They still shoot extremely well and with the rising popularity of .22lr benchrest competitions you can set yourself up with a competitive outfit for not a lot of money. My 40 year old Mk 5 still going well
  7. I do a bit in the workshop now and again. Type 2 anodising is quite easy, just an old 4 amp battery charger works but I have also used a 10 amp computer power supply. Sulphuric acid, I use "one shot" drain cleaner. Quite ok in a plastic Tupperware type container. Caustic soda (again ok in plastic container) Dye bath (plastic container) Something to boil the finished part in for about 10-15 minutes. I use an old steam wallpaper stripper with the top cut off. Originally I used Dylon fabric dyes but find spending £10 on pukka dye is well worth while This is the best guide I've found to home anodising. http://astro.neutral.org/anodise5.shtml Here are some scope mounts I've recently made to fit the old BSA Martini target rifles.
  8. Interesting - So, are you saying something like a Colt Python, designed in the mid 1950's, now around 70 years old comes under this 50 year rule and something like a .44 Auto-Mag designed and produced almost 50 years ago will also soon qualify? and of course, a Colt 1911 at well over 100 year old would qualify as a curio or relic?
  9. Hi William Bonney - I see this is your first post on this forum so welcome, although I think an introduction in the welcome page might be in order. The Winchester 1887 was a poor design in the first place but you are correct, as with other pump and semi-auto shotguns they could have been held on a shotgun licence prior to 1988, after that date the magazine capacity was limited to 2+1 unless held on a FAC certificate.
  10. Need a variation on your certificate with authority to acquire. I have a spare barrel for my Saki Finnfire.
  11. Obviously not what you're looking for at all, but I've been pleased with some little plaques I just had engraved, very cheap and quick and very helpful. Ideal for club trophies etc. Work out at about a quid each. Inlet into some scope mounts I'm making for BSA Martini Internationals.
  12. The PWM controllers normally work well - I've used several different types in my case annealing machines. However with your little 3v motor you may find that there's not really enough load to modulate properly. If minimum speed is still too fast you might try putting something like a car stop light in series with the motor to give it something to work with.
  13. A credit to you both TT - Great job.
  14. Left hand scopes do exist but you will need to track them down. I know Kahles do one and I think S&B also do one.
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