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  • Birthday 10/10/1959

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    Ardent fireside hunter and fisher. Getting back into the 'game' in a bid to tidy up my style..!!

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  1. Salmo9

    Shot Maker

    Apologies everyone, I should have been move specific in my request.. I’m seeking either a Littleton, Oasis or Woodman type of unit.. Thanks for current advice and offer..
  2. Salmo9

    Shot Maker

    Looking to purchase a shot maker.. Anyone have a setup they’d like to part with..? Thanks..
  3. Let me be clear on this.. 28grm wasn’t and isn’t my first choice.. 21grms are my regular load. The main disadvantage with the sub gauges are cartridge availability plus my own lack of forward planning..!!
  4. The modest success I enjoyed were with a handful of Eley VIP 21grm 6’s and some rather punchy Lylevale 28grm 5’s..
  5. Used a Yildiz 28B SPZME ‘special lux’’ yesterday on Cumbrian driven pheasants and it was a joy to use.. 30” m/c barrels which are well struck off.. Plus a ‘hand engraved’, aircraft grade aluminium alloy action supporting steel furniture plus superb wood. What’s not to like about this combination and half the price of a grade five Miroku or Japanese Browning..
  6. Could you not ‘break’ the gun and sell the parts on line via everyone’s favourite auction site..?? Surely, there’s more value in the sum of the parts compared to the whole.. ie a fifty pound S/S might contain enough hand made components to generate a respectable return.. Perhaps we need a section within PW for the movement of such parts..
  7. Once again guys, many thanks for all your detailed responses. I’ve gleaned some really useful information and in some instances the info supplied supports my own opinions and beliefs. Our birds are now a lot bolder and looking good but with a few bloody bums on display too. Also spotted two of last years cocks dodging about one pen. Now, would I be right in assuming these cheeky lads have grabbed the opportunity for some high protein grub plus easy passion with, shall we say, a captive audience of young hens.?? Both cocks fully tailed when first spotted but not anymore... Hmmm..
  8. That’s interesting Squire.. I’d heard about a sheep wormer doing the business but it was all a bit vague in description at the time. I’ll look into this if it’ll save a few bob.. Many thanks for the info..
  9. Hi Jim - thanks for your detailed response.. I tend to arrive at the first pen about 09.30hrs and check perimeter security and HV fence status, then into the pen to grab a half bag of pellets and off to the first feeder - Those 20Kg bags are too much for me to lump about so decant them into smaller amounts.. Our birds are fed ad-lib and it’ll be the same when they’re liberated and fending for themselves. Once all feeders are topped up then it’s on to the water. Once again, grab a half full water container (25L) and onto the first drinker. Visually scanning the poults and ground as I go.. Picked a couple of corpses up today, both appeared to be victims of either buzzards or sparrow hawks. Might even be a red tailed kite. Saw one over the pen today being mobbed by a carrion crow. Keep up the good work, that crow.. The poults have been in a week now and as you suggested ravenous, scoffing pellets and supping plenty of water.. Not using electrolyte in the water but will investigate.. We’ll be worming next week with liquid additives as opposed to the usual medicated pellets. This will be a first for us.. Currently using about 50kg’s No.2 grower pellets per day for one thousand poults spread over a few pens which I would think is OK. Water is approximately 70 litres per day.. Plus, heat wave has passed for the time being, weathers overcast with showers and the woods are now a bit gloomier too.. Cheers..
  10. Thanks guys - really appreciate all your comments. I’ll continue with my line of thought and see how things go.. we do have a syndicate member with a CF rifle scouting for Charlie so another good reason for me to be out of the way early doors. These past visits the poults have just chilled in this hot weather and dust bathing seems to be their thing. I never thought I’d say this but for once our pens look really inviting with plenty of shade and a cooling breeze. Long may it last. Also noted, they’re not hitting the water and pellets hard at all. Me thinks it’ll be due to this heat plus a bit of anxiety in their new home. I’m sure it’ll be ‘business as usual’ when this weather turns.. Cheers for now..
  11. Folks - hoping the PW massive can assist with your opinions here please.. I’ve volunteered to look after this years pheasant poults across a number of pens located in typical mature, softwood forestry plantations. My question is what time of day do others check pen security, stock and top up water and feed.. I normally start pen visits at about 09.00hrs, knowing the poults at this time have dropped off their roost and filled their crops etc. Then another visit would be at about 16.00hrs to, once again check security, stock etc, then quietly leave allowing the poults to fuss and prepare for roost. Now, I’m being told I should be at the pens at sunrise and sunset, but why.? Surely arriving at daybreak, in darkened woods, I run the risk of pushing the poults off their roost and out of the pen, with a similar problem occurring at sunset too.. I might be missing the obvious here so all thoughts and comments appreciated.. Thanks much..
  12. Salmo9


    After a bit of YT research, I bought myself a ready to fly SJRC F11. Seems a sturdy bit of kit with GPS, gyro stability and smart phone connectivity plus plenty of good reviews. Also bought a second battery which should give me 40 minutes of flying time. Only flown it twice and both occasions bounced it off the holly bush (it was a bit windy, honest) no damage to either apart from my pride.. Practice - still in progress..
  13. Many years ago, my old mate sent his jacket in for refurbishment and promptly received it back with a refusal.. something to do with health and safety and staff welfare. It did honk a bit though..
  14. Oh, just a thought.. Im assuming the hammer gun is proofed for three inch shells, otherwise you’ll be down to maybe 14grm loads or less.. Like you, I’ve been knocking those driven pheasants down with home loaded 19 gram shells, much to the amazement and amusement of my syndicate colleagues.. still miss my share too, though.
  15. No problem Squire.. would be very interested in the outcome of the service as I’m the happy owner of two of them. Bit like yourself, I’d managed to persuade the supreme overlord (in my domain) to grant permission for the additional purchase.. just in case.
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