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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. Big Al

    Waterproof moleskins?

    I have these: https://www.newforestclothing.co.uk/sherwood-forest-kingswood-trousers.html They are a bit noisy until they warm up but very tough, waterproof and comfortable. You'll get them cheaper than this too if you shop around. Edit to add, I know they aren't moleskins but .......
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    Michigan Nylon Waders

    I never spend a lot of money on chest waders. I'm not too tight it's just that they get pretty rough treatment. In my experience the nylon ones are much more sturdy than pvc. Added to that that I'm no small creature, I also find the nylon more roomy than the neoprene. I was really wondering if anyone has experience of these? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F202436664980 The price and material is right!
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    Benelli Shell catchers.

    It looks like kydex. If it is, then yes, it is heat moulded. Someone on here recommended it for me when I was looking for a custom knife sheath. It is bought in sheets and is very easy too use. Very forgiving too - a wrong shape is heated with a hot air gun and reset.
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    This years flu jab

    I get it annually. Last year's jab (whatever wasn't in it) was the first that didn't knock me off for a few days. It normally make me feel under the weather for about a week - but certainly not like flu. I can't lift my head off the pillow for a week when I get flu for real. Have only had it three times in my life and I'm 51.
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    Recommend sat nav for Canada

    I'm looking at second hand ones now with both European and North America. Backed up with a good old fashioned map.
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    Recommend sat nav for Canada

    Cheers guys. Sounds like a plan.......
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    Recommend sat nav for Canada

    Thanks for that. I've been looking online and it seems to be very geographical - buy in Europe and that's what you get. Buy in N. America that's what you get. Is it even possible to get both?
  8. I'm going to be in Canada soon and I will be driving. I've avoided sat nav up until now but will have to relent now I fear. If I'm getting one, I'd like one for UK AND IRELAND with Canada thrown in too. I'm not even sure if this is possible! Could anyone who knows about these things (and I fear it may be everyone but me!) recommend at sat nav unit that A - doesn't break the bank B- Works well in UK Ireland and Canada C - Is easy enough to use. Thanks in advance. As you may be able to tell, I am Totally ignorant of these things.
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    Barrels for Miroku MK70 or MK38 or Browning B525

    Thanks. I have pmd wabbitbosher. Will do. Cheers.
  10. Posting for a friend. Following a slip last year which caused irreparable damage he is looking for replacement multichoke barrels for a Miroku MK70 - preferably 30". Barrels from an MK38 or Browning B525 should also suit. Any offer or guidance would be appreciated.
  11. Big Al

    Jack's game

    Jeez. If that's true, it is seriously disappointing behaviour. I hope it's not true for the same reason as you. "Jack the lad."
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    Jack's game

    Thanks. It's pure speculation but I recall loaded guns resting against bales with Jack, Archie,a dog and a camera man all the hide at once. It can't be conducive with safety.
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    Jack's game

    I'm intrigued. How come? Was it dangerous shooting?
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    Any knife makers who sell their creations.

    That looks lovely. Good strong sheath too.
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    Any knife makers who sell their creations.

    Sorry to hear that. You are right about the edge too. This is the one I got - legal carry Damascus folder.