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  1. I had a similar problem I managed to removed it but it was not a quick fix by every day putting, brushing a quality penetrating oil between the barrel and choke such that it made its way down to the threads, storing the gun barrel up. I did this for a few weeks and shot the gun at the weekend on clays. After the clay shot I tried to remove the choke and then bingo it was finally free to turn. Vinegar may remove the bluing.
  2. all i know is rwanda must be laughing as they spend are what £500 million and we have yet to send anybody there, indeed will we ever. The election is just us as turkeys voting for Christmas.
  3. Indeed we’ll done BASC, we need more action to push back like this, to show the Police they must operate within the law and not make it up.
  4. https://basc.org.uk/ammunition/ See Sustainability shotgun ammunition download Terry you have not really got 140 + types of sustainable cartridges that the majority of us can afford, remove all the bismuth, zinc alloy and tungsten cartridges and then see how many you have then look at how many of the remainder are actually on the shop shelves to buy. For example when did do you last see any of the Jocker cartridges for sale? Quick count you have 75 steel cartridges and some of them are questionable like the vouzelaud which may not be a biodegradable wad if even still available, like the others which are also unlikely to be available to buy. Really only the Jocker in steel shot with its cellulose cardboard wad cup is proper biodegradable in the countryside.
  5. i have drift off etc, quick look then nearly shot the whirly, dread to think how long a drone would last 😂😂
  6. Allient do not make any powder, they buy it in and then package it for resale. https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20240302-europe-battles-powder-shortage-to-supply-shells-for-ukraine Ricochet page 196, last sentence. https://consultations.hse.gov.uk/crd-reach/lead-in-ammunition/user_uploads/lead-in-ammunition-background-document---draft-sea.pdf
  7. Don’t get me wrong I am totally against a total ban on lead shot. “On the question of components ect, thats just a cop out, how is shot shell production affected by the Ukraine war ?” Try to catch up, There is a global shortage of nitrocellulose, because it is all going into propellant and gun cotton for the war. Only a few days ago Alliant announced it was suspending all sales of powder. The cartridge/ammunition manufactures are struggling to get what they need for recreational shooting. Try buying reloading components for rifle or shotguns. One supplier I used for shotgun components trying to buy primers or primed cases has been told by a big manufacturer, none for the foreseeable future. Powder like Maxam gone, whats is advertised but probably not available is £120 plus a kg. China has not cornered the market for steel shot, it is just where it looks to be made Steve Dales Clay and Game once owned a steel shot manufacturer in China, it takes apparently a few hours to make a tonne of lead shot but several days to make a tonne of steel shot. What steel industry do we have left in the U.K.? The HSE has concluded there is no increased risk of ricochet from steel shot for clay shooting.
  8. excellent hope you get a good turnout, get BASC to put it on their facebook.
  9. For commercial game shooting to have any future lead shot has to go, we are what four years into the five year voluntary transition and it is just not acheiving the goal. It is obvious all the time lead is avaible it will continue to be used, BASC know that and so do we. https://wildjustice.org.uk/lead-ammunition/game-meat-with-high-lead-levels-still-being-sold/ We will be sold, keeping lead for airguns and rifle target shooting as a victory but lead shot will go, probably a three year transition period after if becomes law. The times scales hurdles however are general election and shortage of components all the time the Ukraine war continues and capacity to manufacture steel shot in China a country Putin is in bed with if todays news is anything to go by.
  10. I guess it was foreseen and hence the voluntary transition included the use of biodegradable wads. The u.k. is the single biggest market for fibre wads to abandon them in favour of single use plastic would not be good.
  11. is not the fact that all of the biodegradable plastic wads will eventually decompose in very much shorter time span than single use plastic wads not satisfactory? so what if it’s several or tens of years has that not got to be very much better than hundreds of years. The transition to biodegradable wads makes steel shot tenable and therefore the only sensible way forward. I for one would not like to have to use steel shot with single use plastic wads. The cartridge cases is not an issue as easy to collect, or let’s go back to paper cases.
  12. The most commonly used fibre wad is made from cellulose material caped at each end with a thin plastic material. So with the exception of the capping will biodegrade and certainly they look to do so in a matter of weeks, otherwise my local clay ground would be knee deep in them. But must also depend on the climate and where they fall. When you say nobody is asking about the negative impact of plastic shotgun wads that depends on who the nobody is as certainly an acknowledged problem on the Danish foreshore. As has been said HSE, WJ are looking at lead not plastic wads, but a transition to steel shot and single use plastic wads would see a massive change in the number of plastic wads used given how popular fibre wads are for live quarry shooting in the U.K. Are we then not likely just to see WJ move from lead to plastic pollution? 7th May. https://wildjustice.org.uk/lead-ammunition/game-meat-with-high-lead-levels-still-being-sold/
  13. That’s not a description, just a marketing name given to the various wads, technically tells the user nothing of any value to help make an informed choice. But we cannot be seen to litter the countryside with single use plastic when lead shot is banned so just pick one and go shoot.
  14. Conor good luck getting a definitive answer to time to degrade. This is a recent reply from one manufacturers of biodegradable wads in use, to save any litigation issues I have not named them or my source of the information. The literature from xxxxxxxxxx states as follows" degrades at least 90% in 6 months when subjected to an environment rich in carbon dioxide""when in contact with organic materials for a period of 3 months, the mass of the material decomposes for 90% from fragments less than 2mm in size" "The material is EN13432 certified"However, the time frames are not applicable to the UK climate. It will take longer to degrade . What shooters have to realise is that to retain the performance and ballistics of a plastic wad the bio wad needs to be rigid/stable enough to suffer the pressure and heat when a cartridge is fired. These wads will not degrade within weeks or a few months, they will degrade but there are many factors that determine the timeframe. Eg they will start to breakdown quicker in summer, they will breakdown quicker in the South West of the country compared to the north east / Scotland etc due to climate variation. Also, we need the wads to have a good shelf life, so shooters can store them for a number of months without fear of the wad breaking down in storage. There must be some compromise. Even a fibre wad doesn't degrade within days/ weeks. It can remain for a while.
  15. Possibly because felt wads will not be good for your gun with steel shot. Possibly because they will degrade at different rates depending, on where you live due to the weather and where they land. The water soluble type disappears very quickly, however they have their own challenges with respect to wad storage life, loading and possibly cartridge storage, will we see a cartridge use by date in the future? The card cup type will naturally degrade as made of cellulose so a good option, there are no microorganisms in nature that eat single use plastic, hence it is around for hundreds of years and the major problem it is in the environment. The other biodegradable wads are made from plant based polymer, the polymer will meet EN 13432 how long it will take to degrade will depend on the thickness of the item made from the material (just because the material meets EN 13432 does not mean the product will) and as said where it ends up in the world, but expect it to take many years to degrade, but not the many hundreds single use plastic will. The wad performs an important function, it must hold back the expanding high pressure very hot gas, otherwise the pattern will be blown and balling of shot (lead, bismuth) and be strong enough to protect the bore from damage from steel shot. Then stay viable in the cartridge until fired for what may be many years. The race by each cartridge manufacturers to create their own “biodegradable” wads to give them unique selling points has resulted in the mess we have today, but no quick fix, so get used to it as it is the future if the future is a ban on lead.
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