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  1. The summer is worse for us with fog sometimes delaying choppers for days. As long as the wind isn’t hurricane force we are normally ok. Home Xmas and new year though so not bad. Thanks again and will see if my fettling is up to task!
  2. On a shoot we had, there was a ditch that the birds used to like with a decent amount of cover but there were always a decent few more in a wooded area that was poor to drive the way you would want to, the opposite way to the ditch which was very near our boundary. What we did was to include the pushing of the wood through to the ditch as a drive but have the guns positioned away from where we wanted the birds to go to like up the opposite side of the wood. That way the guns acted as our stops and still got a couple of shots from the birds that broke the wrong way and the rest of the birds were allowed to leak, run, fly out to the ditch at the other end. We then returned the ditch as the next drive. Worked well most of the time, when there were birds there!
  3. Thanks for the efforts JJsDad. Ordered one from John knibbs on Wednesday and it came on Thursday. Can’t ask Mitch better than that. Just have to check it does indeed fit when I get home. thanks again.
  4. Thanks for the further info. Tried calling Neil at Andersons (Seals cove) but got an 'off the hook' ringtone. I know they are open some funny times though. Will try the others and £12.50 is a lot less than the £30 I saw some dodgy looking ones priced at on another site. Thanks
  5. Thank you very much! Did not know he was a RUAG dealer. Certainly wasn't when I bought this gun several years ago. Will give him a call in the morning. Cant get on their website either BTW with the filters. Surprised I can get on this forum at all! Thanks again
  6. I see. As it is a public thread, could we use AB10 7QA - one of the ASDAs in Aberdeen! Thanks for taking the time to look.
  7. All, Have a situation where I was getting several misfires on the lower barrel of my Bettinsoli so had a look at the firing pin and it is looking a little tired on the front face. I have contacted RUAG who have them in stock but only deal with trade customers. They did however send me a link to some of their dealers. Now that's all fine but I am currently offshore and cannot access the RUAG website to open the link due to company filters ( http://www.ruag.co.uk/dealer-locator ) . Firstly, is anyone available out there to access the link and point me in the direction of one of these dealers and send me an email address / phone number. (I am based in Aberdeen) Secondly, does anyone on here actually have a new Bettinsoli firing pin I may be able to buy off of them? I can fit the pin so just need the part and not looking to mend / lathe anything else to fit. Not home for 2 weeks so would like to get this thing at least home before I get back to fit it before a few shoots in December. Thanks
  8. If anything the recoil should be less as it is a heavier gun. Though the trend these days seems to be putting 32g cartridges through 20 bores so not sure if it makes much a difference (will try not to get into a high bird debate )
  9. I for one don't get the chance to shoot at many 60 - 80 yard birds and if one flew past me I would 100% have a go at it but, having been on many game shoots where birds are average heights and seen the amount of birds that do get pricked, only to sail on somewhere else, I would say none of us are really more ethical than the others here. Running on percentages, far more people have access to the average shoots than the high bird shoots and so I would assume more birds will get pricked on the average shoots. Yes we have pickers up and should make best endeavours to gather up anything wounded but the practicality of first recognising a pricked bird (which seems difficult for many guns), then marking it (taking your eye of the rest of the drive to watch its point of fall, if it does fall within view), then getting a dog on it (normally when the drive is done and no one is going half a mile down a valley to pick a 'maybe pricked' bird), doing this for every pricked bird you think you have shot etc, etc, is something I will bet that the majority of guns do not do on any given shoot day, whether its an average or extreme shoot. Then the pickers up are to an extent time limited because the show must go on and there is another drive to be done where it all starts again. We are all in the same boat here to anti-shooters, the argument will always be the same to them and is that we shoot game for fun. We cannot get away from that if we enjoy it and if you don't, why do it? As has been said above, the shooting world is very fragmented already without dividing game shooting with a yard stick. There are plenty of shooters I know that are really rubbish unless the bird is within 25 yards and that's on a calm day. An extreme bird to them is 40 yards. Are they to be chastised for shooting at those birds? Its all relative. If you have the ability to bring them down consistently then crack on. The ethics are the same. I haven't read all of the comments on the previous thread as there are many, but have any of the naysayers to extreme shooting actually witnessed first hand one of these shoots to give a first hand account of bad practice, 'hundreds' of pricked birds, anything performed less morally / ethically than an average bird shoot?
  10. Its just greed I thought. Bragging about 12 or 14 birds shot on a drive that you could have hit with a lengthy stick wouldn't hold any water with guys I shoot with. I would have had a word with him if sharing a day next to that man. Fair enough if the birds were decent, and some were ok but most of what he shot cant have been more than 20 yards away, all be it safe. Call it camera angle, zoom or whatever but those of us that have done a shoot or two know what's low and loads of those shot birds were low. Having watched a pile of these videos recently it isn't an uncommon observation. Yes bottom line is we kill things, and I'm sure he did a great job of that, but I would also like to eat it at the end of the day. Having it ready plucked and minced for the soup pot before its hit the ground isn't what I call good food, let alone sportsmanship.
  11. We would normally get them in at 7 - 8 weeks old come end July/ start August and be shooting them the first week in November. That’s about 20 to 22 weeks as a guide but it really depends on your birds. We have had pens where the birds grow quick and tail up well, ultimately being suitable earlier. In the same year we have also seen another pen full of pheasants that didn’t want to leave the floor, had tailed up poorly and all out weren’t able to be called ‘sporting’. They were at least 2 weeks behind the rest. Don’t be scared to leave them an extra week if they just don’t look good enough. Won’t do you any favours trying to drive out daisy cutters to a team of standing guns. Our syndicate has always been flexible with dates in that respect so hopefully your guys won’t feel hard done by if that happens.
  12. I believe Fyvie used to do it. Not sure if they still do. Was beating there last week and did come across a very old high ladder to an elevated platform too high for the normal high seat. Assumed it was for that but was properly knackered! Maybe worth calling the estate to enquire if keen. I remember shooting with one of the old keepers from there who fell out of one and broke his back. Hardy guy though and recovered fairly quick. If you do go make sure you don't take the quick way down like he did!
  13. Hi all Not made many posts on here as i frequent another site mostly but thought this would be the best place to put this. A member on the stalking directory is looking for a number of pigeons for a charity dinner he is holding on 30th and 31st december. The cause is a charity called http://marysmeals.org/ The guy is based in edinburgh If u feel u could help out u can contact me through here with ur email.address and i can forward it to him or alternatively his post is here if u are a member of the other forum. http://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.uk/showthread.php/94602-Pigeons-Wanted-for-Charity-Dinner-in-Edinburgh?p=888633#post888633 Thanks Chris
  14. Yeah looks great until the dog decides to burst through the hide or the gun gets stuck in the netting as you are mounting. Then it ends up where I put it in the first place......in the dubs at my feet.
  15. I don't know if you have ever used one or like them but a side by side is usually about a pound lighter than the O/U's. As Scully said, the Beretta Ultralight is a very light gun. I couldn't believe the weight difference in comparison to my Bettinsoli O/U.
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