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  1. My 223 is set to be 1" high at 100 metres. Which translates to being 'point and shoot' for any fox out to 200m or so. 300m I'd have to allow about 6 inches of bullet drop, but I'd have to be desperate to take on a shot of that distance, when I only use a 6x42 scope
  2. No, there is no reason to send in your licence. It is taken off the record of what you have, and when your licence is next in for some reason (renewal, house move, etc), a new licence will be issued with the correct details on it
  3. Yes please - if you'll drop me payment details I'll get it sorted
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    Premium bonds.

    A couple of notes regarding premium bonds, if you're considering buying : 1. You don't get into the draw for the first calendar month following the investment - so, if you buy today, you won't be in until the July draw - draw is made at the start of the month 2. The 'interest rate' can be varied - at present, if you have 'average luck', you'll get one or two wins of £25 per year if you have £2000 invested. If you have the max £50k invested, you'll be more like £500 per annum (though it could be £1 million for a £1 holding, of course). The precise odd of any bond winning a prize in any month are about 1 in 24,500 - so the full £50k works out as averaging 2 prizes a month 3. 'Winnings' (interest) are tax free Martin Lewis (moneysavingexpert) has a good section on Prem bonds When you get your investment set up and your 'holder's number', you can get the official app on your phone, and check any winnings easily - they will email you a few days after each draw to confirm. Winnings are paid direct to bank, or you can choose to have them re-invested, up to the £50k maximum holding
  5. Evening ! I saw this on the whatsapp group, nice going there - on a nice evening too
  6. Absolutely any gun, with any length of barrel, with any choke, pushing out 28-30g of No 5 or 6 shot, will do the job perfectly out to 40 yards or so. I'd want to ask the farmer if he's got any problem with plastic wads, or if he wants fibre only using.
  7. My original post was made a few weeks ago. In England at least, it's now been overtaken by events Still holds true in Wales, Scotland though
  8. Yes - sorry, I should have said that bit ! It takes the same batteries as the Worx cordless drills, jigsaws, nibbler, etc. All of which we've found to be surprisingly good quality and long-lasting, even for farm use !
  9. Worx (B+Q) do a very good electric mower - my mum has one, and is very happy with the results.
  10. One dog fox, shot here on my own land this evening - lots of young lambs around, myself and the neighbouring farm have had a few problems Total = 71
  11. Shooting is permitted - IF and ONLY IF the landowner has specifically requested it. You can't just be going past your permission, see a few pigeons / jackdaws on new sowings, and decide to rock up and shoot a few Virtually every police force has made that perfectly clear. I've been requested to do some fox control on a sheep farm - I told the farmer that I needed the request in writing, or at the minimum as a text message I can show to the police
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    That's quite an extensive list of problems for 2 years, on a ... what, £80, 90k car ? The new software every month just makes me think that the customer is the beta tester, that they can't be bothered actually de-bugging stuff first. "Hey, we've developed some software. Does it work, is it safe ? No idea. Let's chuck it into customer cars and fix it when they find out the problems" As I said, the problem that Tesla are now finding is one of scale. What can be made to muddle through when you've got a few hundred cars out there don't survive when you've got tens of thousands of cars on the road, but the service network only there for the few hundred cars. But (as I already said), Tesla's biggest problem is one of money. If they can't, at some point, turn in regular annual profits, then they are doomed to failure. Personally, I hope they can. But everything in their past says they can't, and Elon Musk has got no idea on how to actually create and run a business that can accomplish that
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    Ahh. Tesla fanboy, by any chance ? Willing to forgive any fault, as they are the future ? My old Golf had only that, ever, as a problem. My current car (BMW 3 series), had a fault with the high beam assist (like adaptive headlights, but they put other cars on the road 'in shadow', whilst still keeping the high beam on roadside verges, etc. Which I've found really useful in one particular case of someone wearing dark clothing, walking along an unlit road. The car coming towards me wasn't getting high-beamed, but I could still see the drunk numpty wandering along. Whereas in 'normal' situation they'd have stood a good chance of getting killed. In that case, BMW collected the car (on a low loader, in spite of me telling them the car was perfectly driveable), and delivered a replacement car to my workplace for me. At the end of that time, they were quite willing to deliver my car back to me and pick up the loaner, but I was happy to drop it off when I picked up my car. So yes, other manufacturers do supply that service for 'non-fatal' problems. You say the software problems have 'not been that severe', in spite of acknowledging that they do suffer from 'buggy' software. So come on then, lets hear about them, warts and all ...
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    Virtually all of them do when you're under warranty. For example, I had an EGR failure on my Golf a few years ago, at about 2 years old. An hour and a half later there's a technician with me, the EGR valve is replaced there and then on the roadside. If they hadn't been able to fix it they'd have recovered the car to the nearest dealership and given me a loan car for a few days. Subaru offer exactly the same, as do VW - I'm sure most of the manufacturers do, I've no direct experience If Tesla owner's problems and breakdowns can 'often' be fixed with a software update then it points more to badly, incompletely built and tested software in the first place
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    Because they are in so deep that to not continue putting money in is to admit they were wrong in the first place - and that all the money they have already put in was a complete waste. Far easier to keep on pretending to themselves that Elon Musk actually has a business plan that makes a profit at some point. Tesla might be one of the big players in 20 years. Or they may well have gone bust. The biggest problem for them right now is that the new customers for the Model 3 are coming from other brands to Tesla for company cars due to the low BIK, and they are complaining about fit, finish and lots of niggly quality issues - along with a number of major quality failures. They aren't getting the EV evangelists any more, but hard-headed people who want a car that starts in the morning, doesn't go all flaky on them with software problems, and doesn't have bits of trim that creak and fall off, or a paint job that looks like it was done by a 6 year old That's the problem with upscaling like Tesla are doing right now. Peugeot, Toyota, BMW ... they can all introduce an EV easily, and service customer needs and problems on the existing comprehensive national dealer network. Tesla currently (excuse the pun) have 9 locations in England, 1 each in Scotland and Ireland, and none at all in Wales or Norn Iron. You're a customer with problems and living in Newcastle, your nearest service loation is either Leeds or Edinburgh !
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