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    Windy day

    Jack Pyke neoprene dog vest. I stuff the floatation pockets with bubble wrap to give her a bit of extra buoyancy. The bits of foam rubber they supply with the jacket are rubbish.
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    any bee keepers here?

    They look like tree bumblebees to me. You won't be getting any honey from them.
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    Tree identification.

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    Pretty insect

    Blue&silver doctor?
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    Woodburner tax

    Do open fires count?
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    Plant Killer?

    If it's just the odd one or two growing through the holes, give each one a kettle of boiling water on the roots. Cheap and easy.
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    I used to shoot with a 14 bore percussion muzzle loader made by Lacy & Co. Used 2 3/4dr and 1oz No.6. When I moved over to a breech loading 12 my kills to shots ratio was worse. However, I think it was because I tended to pick my shots with the muzzle loader as it took a minute to reload. Much more inclined to have a second shot with a breech loader as it took seconds to reload. That 14 bore was a great roost shooting gun, no choke and most shots under 30yds. On a calm evening the smoke looked like mist drifting through the woods.
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    lee loadall

    If you can't find one in 20g, Henry Krank sells a 12 to 20g conversion kit.
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    A similar tale. Before I start I should state that my ancient A.Gale 10g pictured on p11 of this thread has been back to Birmingham for reproof and passed 1200 bar proof. Homeloaders among us will remember the shortage of Alliant Steel powder a few years ago. I was getting low on powder for my own loads and so bought a couple of boxes of Remington Sportsman 39g (1 3/8 oz) No.2 . The barrel flats are stamped 1 1/2oz and that's what I've always fed the old girl so figured 1 3/8 oz would be fine. First thing I noticed about the Remingtons was the ferocious recoil. I returned from the marsh with a bruised cheek, 3 duck for 13 shots and none of them were killed clean. Second time out with the new shells resulted in lots of misses and 4 duck, 1 clean kill, 2 runners and an unusual one that flew on 200yds and then dropped dead. After plucking I noticed that each bird only had one or two hits and that some of the pellets had passed right through the bird. As JJs Dad did, I patterned a few shots from each barrel (1/4 and 1/2 choke) and was getting open patterns averaging 39% (67 pellets) in a 30" circle at 40yds. The patterns were so open I couldn't tell where the centre was but they looked to be shooting a bit low on my un-scientific sheets of wall paper. I was sending some homeloads off to the proof house for testing and so included some of the Remingtons. The Remington box said they did 1500fps but I've never believed manufacturers claimed velocities. However, when the results came back they were doing over 1500fps and failed the CIP velocity upper limit. (Test sheet attached.) I can only conclude that the high velocity was blowing the pattern apart. Happily, Alliant powders were soon available again, I was able to revert to my nice slow 1 1/2 oz No 3.
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    Anyone got a Geo Hinton SXS? I've had this oak and leather case in the man cave for about 30 years. It's well worn, the corners have been repaired in the past and the handle has been replaced with string but it does have the original key. Trade label has a faintly embossed date at the top which looks like 1915. Would fit 30" barrels. Free to the owner of a Geo Hinton gun. Pics below.
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    Hi O.F. Pics of the T Bland 20g below. Interesting in that it has pre 1925 proof marks but a 3" chamber. I couldn't find any records of 3" 20g cartridges being commercially available until 1933 although I believe they may have been in use in America earlier.
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    Morning O.F. Just going out now, will upload some pics of the Bland later.
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    Count me in. 1896 A Gale 10g. Still doing what it was made for. pics below. Also 1910 J&W Tolley 12g and 1923 T. Bland 20g.
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    Rucksack or gamebag.

    Rucksack. When you're standing in waist deep water in a creek a gamebag fills up!