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    Game, Pigeon and Clayshooting.

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  1. Depends what you intend to wear them for. If it is brashing through brambles etc. then forget it, but I can recommend a pair of Rohan 'Dry Requisite' waterproof trousers with leg pockets as well as the side and 2 rear pockets. I wore them whilst fishing on one of the wildest days so far this year and they were superb, absolutely waterproof. The same could NOT be said for the Clodhoppers jacket that I was also wearing, that leaked at the shoulders. You really need to look at the Rohan website, I have 2 pairs of these trousers, both bought in their 'Souk' (Sale offers UK, I think) I paid £60 per pair. I have tried countless other so called waterproof trousers, NONE of them worked. I use the Rohan trousers for clay birding, if rain is forecast. They can be a touch 'clammy' worn indoors, but once outside they are fine. Chuck them in the washing machine and you can wear them again after a couple of hours drying time. Several of my shooting pals now have them too.
  2. It's not too bad a run really, you have the advantage of trying the gun afterwards too. Nathan at Oswaldtwistle is superb at most other stock work, just not sure that he does adjustable combs.
  3. I have seen several adjustable comb jobs done by the guy at Doveridge and they have all been very good. Unfortunately we live in a part of England that is 'thin on the ground' for decent stockers. I traveled to Oswaldtwistle to have the palm swell on my 725 reduced, I am unsure if he does adjustable comb jobs though. PM me for his details, should you need them. I would add that I have sent a friend to the same guy to have a stock stripped and refinished and that was also a great job.
  4. In almost 60 years of involvement in game shooting, one way or another, I have witnessed an awful lot of both good and er, not so good. So much so, it has made me a little cynical of some so called 'game shoots'. I still shoot around 3 to 4 days a season, BUT, I am selective as to whom I shoot with and where. However, I was NOT always a 'driven' shooter and began by walking up a few wild pheasants and wildfowling. I now derive a good deal of pleasure just watching others shoot and I am more than willing to introduce newcomers to our sport. I always prefer to start them on the clay ground and get the basic safety stuff dealt with, starting with the right way to slip or unslip a gun and 'muzzle awareness'. I follow this up with helping them to find their first gun and then accompany them on their first 'game day'. I do appreciate that not ALL new shooters have access to, or even want to go down this route. I know of some commercial and private shoots, that insist on newcomers being accompanied by a qualified or experienced mentor, but they rely on shooters being honest about their level of experience. When I am fortunate enough to be invited to shoot in previously unknown company, I watch how my neighbouring guns remove their guns from their slips and that usually sets the tone for the day. If the gun comes out closed, then is waved around, whilst looking for somewhere to put the gunslip, that does put me on my guard somewhat. One way or another, we all had to learn and I can still clearly recall arriving home from a rather wet outing after evening flight, only to take my gun from it's slip, to find two shiny brass cartridge heads staring me in the face ! Rest assured it has NEVER happened since and that was some fifty years ago, but hopefully we can all learn from our mistakes after first admitting to them. IF I ever feel the need to offer advice when out shooting, it is done quietly and privately, out of earshot of other guns. I do not feel that berating a confessed newcomer who has rightly enjoyed his 'first' day, and is proud to share it with others, is necessary. I think that the shoot should shoulder some of the blame for having 'bag filling' drives too.
  5. PM inbound. I promise NOT to ask for pics., or your change of address ! 😂
  6. As you both say, steel wool, but I use 0000 grade for a scratch free finish.
  7. I can recall that certain sections of the community did nothing but complain about 'stop and search' and WHY was it only them that were being stopped/searched. If they watched that programme last night, maybe it gave them a bit of a clue, although I doubt it will !
  8. Which Country are you guy's shooting in ? I was in shirt sleeves or at the most a sweater and tweed gilet for all but 1 day last season. I even considered not shooting this season but demonstrating against 'climate change' instead ! 😎
  9. Not a hairdresser by any chance, are you ? 😉
  10. They call it a Nissan 'JOKE' for a reason ?
  11. Sometimes the actions of our dogs is beyond our control though. I recall many years ago working my dog on a running partridge, I lost sight of the dog inside a wood and regardless of the recall whistle he did not appear. I started through the wood in the direction I thought he had taken. Right at the end of the wood was a small pond which had frozen over and there some 20 feet out was a hole in the ice with my dog floundering in it, holding the partridge. At the point of my going in, he made one final effort and managed to haul himself up and out onto the solid ice, still holding the partridge. I would never have knowingly sent the dog onto ice to pick a bird, but once out of sight, he was on his own. I have seen a similar incident with a running partridge, involving a main road. The dog was on the far side of a thick hedge from the handler and ran the bird some 150 yards towards the main road, it then went onto the road, grabbed the bird, and then returned on the side of the hedge where the handler was, by now, running towards him. In both incidents all ended well, BUT, the outcome could have been far worse. In all of my years in the shooting field I have witnessed some horrible injuries to dogs, barbed wire, sheep netting and probably the worst of all was a dog shot in the head when swimming after a wounded duck. The novice gun thought it was the duck swimming away and gave it another barrel, it was a springer, sent in to retrieve the pricked bird.
  12. Wait until the next time (I hope NOT) we have a major shooting incident and then, watch all of the 'finger pointing' !
  13. I do not believe for one minute that the cartridge companies are actually trying to 'rip us off' (AGAIN) ! 😯 Maybe we should be insisting that no plastic cups or bottles are taken into, or sold, in football grounds too (no chance).
  14. I gave 6 away to a young shooter, some 5 years ago. I used a wooden plug in the base and inflated them prior to chucking them into water. They did need a weight underneath to get them to sit the right way up though.
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