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Big Al

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    I have been shooting for around 30 years. I started off shooting rabbits, pigeons and crows on my uncles' farms. Being the only member of my family who shoots, I have had to work hard to get shooting. Things finally came good for me about 20 years ago after a long spell of letter writing to wildfowling clubs.
    I was invited to interview and accepted as a member of a wildfowling club on Strangford Lough. Sadly the club has now folded, but the contacts I established through it mean I am seldom stuck for a place to go.

    I am a member of a Game Shooting syndicate and that takes up 10 Saturdays of the season. The other days of the season sees me in pursuit of my "first love" - wildfowl. Geese are not too numerous here in N.I. so it mainly involves the pursuit of ducks.

    Pigeons are a February and summer pursuit.

    I have 2 dogs - two labs, Ted and Bear.

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  1. I'm looking at a SBE 1 tonight for not so dangerous money.
  2. Thanks Gerry. Tannyoky have them too. But like our friend in Toome, they charge top dollar!!
  3. SBE 2 looks like the answer. But given the SBE 2 2nd hand value, the Super Nova is looking like a more realistic candidate. And yes, I am familiar with inertia operated guns. I currently own one and always slam the bolt home - I've yet to experience the dreaded click. Interesting clip though- I didn't know about the speed loading.
  4. I think Chris Greens gun is a pump - a Winchester SXP? I want summat rough and ready for the shore. As muncher says I've heard rust can be a problem on the coast with black benellis and my current semi auto is a synthetic black Benelli. With a semi auto it's pretty easy to get into the bowels of the action, but not so easy with an ou or sbs. Cheers Mat. That's what I have now!!
  5. Evidence based opinion. That's what I wanted and that's what you have given. Greatly appreciated mudpatten. I'll try to get my hands on a SBE 1 2 or 3 to see what they're like then. Many thanks. 👍👍👍
  6. Thanks Dave. I should also mention that I am changing the Benelli Montefeltro I already have. It has a 3" chamber and I'm putting 3" hp steel through it despite there being no fleur-de-lys.
  7. I'm considering a new wildfowling gun with a 3.5 inch steel capacity. I won't use the 3.5 inch often, but it will good to have that option. I really like the way the Super Vinci comes up, but at £1000 for a used semi auto it seems steep. I can't find a Franchi intensity to try out, so I was wondering if anyone in PW uses on or has had experience with one? How do they handle lighter loads, is the metal finish reasonably resilient in salty air? I really prefer the inertia guns as they are so easy to clean, just in case someone recommends a gun driven one. Thanks
  8. It looks a bit like the Spanish made Benelli premium plus, or Beretta ES100.
  9. Cheers. Hopefully will get to meet you on the salty mud soon.
  10. Lol. Yes it rained here all week too, but Saturday was a lovely day. Not a great deal of wind, but I was glad I didn't get soaked! It really is all to do with the luck of the draw on our shoot. I got a decent amount of shooting but others were running out of cartridges! We don't expect to shoot a lot so some guys bring a box of cartridges! I only fired 9 shots all day. But it is never just about the shooting.
  11. Thank you. I'm hoping to get a few more days out fowling over Christmas. This work thing really mucks up your shooting! Thanks greylag. As I've said before, pheasant shooting is great craic with the other guns, but wildfowling is my first love.
  12. They do. Absolutely right. They get spoiled at home - I describe them as part-time gundog and full-time pet. Thanks for the comment. I do miss them, believe me! Our shoot is on flat ground so pheasants tend to be average height. When the get up in the wind it makes things much more interesting! The cartridge to kill ratio can become embarrassing. Thanks for the comment.
  13. The Last day of November 2019 and we had our 4th shoot. Total bag was 50 pheasants and one fox. That's a really good day for us as bags are normally around the 25 - 30 mark. Unfortunately I didn't have the camera on for a nice left and right. You'll just have to take my word for it!!
  14. Many thanks marsh man. You're right about the blank flights - but if it was all about the shooting we'd be clay busters. We need a few hard frosts to concentrate birds on the shore.
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