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Big Al

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    I have been shooting for around 40 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 30 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. Cheers - I've ordered new hide poles which will help me a lot!
  2. My hide poles are ****, which means most of my hides are also ****. I promise myself I will buy good ones some day, but you know how it is ...... As a side note, are there good ones to be had out there?
  3. A brief outing on crop silage drilling on Saturday. I'm trying to get rid of some shooting "rustiness"
  4. It will be marked on the barrels somewhere too. Around the shiny bit at the Ejectors.
  5. Some 525s are invector choked. My grade 5 has investors and the grade one has invector plus. Just make sure what yours is before you buy extended chokes.
  6. I have two B525s. Great guns as you would expect from Browning/ Miroku. I have a grade 1 and a grade 5 both field guns, but as I mentioned in another thread I will hopefully be changing the grade 1 to the laminate sporter. Used at Clay's pheasants and duck. If you see an ou in my videos, it's a 525.
  7. I have shot the 30 inch. The weight seems to be between my hands. It's what first drew me to the gun. The 32 inch has a different balance - slightly more muzzle heavy. But I haven't shot a 32. Cheers OB - it will certainly be in the duck hide. The extra weight will help with the 3 inch steel cartridges!
  8. Thanks for the replies. I was able to handle both yesterday- the 30 inch definitely felt better to me.
  9. Thanks for all the replies. If I could buy a 2nd hand 30 inch, I wouldn't even have to think about it. The 32" is just unknown territory.
  10. Thanks guys. I did shoot a 30 inch one and really liked the weight and balance. The 32 inch idea is because I have seen a second hand one for sale!
  11. I've always owned guns with either 28 or 30 inch barrels. I'm considering going for a 32 inch gun, primarily for sporting Clays and wildfowling. Is the difference between 30 and 32 inch barrels a significant one? Are the guns muzzle heavy? The gun I'm thinking of is a Browning B525 laminate sporter.
  12. Thanks guys. The Chinese-made point could be the deciding factor.
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