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  1. Wilts#Dave

    Tradesman rates

    I’m a sparkie (Bath/Bristol way), with my own business and £240 a day is my default really. No complaints about being expensive as no one established charges less, with the bigger companies more like £40/hr plus vat.
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    Cheers Hurricane Ali

    That must have been an amazing bit of sport.....flightlining is my favourite, especially in the wind and 50 is very good going indeed!
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    Beans take some beating

    Nice afternoons shooting that, where has JDog disappeared to??!! By all accounts I only had one block of beans to go at this year, which gave me a bag of 200 when direct drilled and three consecutive bags on the stubble of 154, 162 and 114 in the last three weeks. Wish all the farms that used to grow beans still did, I don’t expect to have any next year! I predicted we’d get good shooting over the stubble, and it was the last of the crops to be cut in a really good location so we did. Had they been on a different farm i don’t think it would have been the same result!
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    not a bad week

    Strangely spoke too soon as I took the afternoon off today to shoot a pea stubble that has only just started showing a few birds and knocked up the best bag of the summer for us picking 164. Cracking surprise, only a dozen or so on it when we arrived! Rape stubble has given us the majority of our shooting too, so strange how much things differ from county to county/different parts of the country. Cropping makes a big difference to our bags year on year, with lots of our prime fields/farms growing lots of oats/linseed now where they used to grow peas and beans!
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    not a bad week

    Cracking week off I’d say! It’s a strange year as I’ve not shot any real big bags on the stubble so far, but had various days from 20-100 so not complaining....all have been 1-3 o clock set ups too. Missed out on some cracking days through work etc, but we haven’t all got the luxury to go when we like eh!
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    Unexpected day on the pigeons

    Great to get out after a long break!
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    First chance this year.....

    Good little bag with the .410 ! I’ve got one, and they’re certainly not the easiest to shoot well consistently! Not using them often doesn’t help, I’ve only used it once this year and shot 37.....would have been 80+ with the 12 bore, but if the birds are decoying well they do the job no problem once you get your eye in and satisfying too!
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    How Long Do You Shoot Rape Stubble ?

    Still on the last of the rape stubble where I am, even though they are pretty old now and most been topped. I reckon it might be down to the dry weather, there is nowhere near the amount of germination we usually get a couple of weeks after being cut! Shot 77 yesterday afternoon on an old topped off rape stubble with some germination, strong flightline and would have shot more had a strong wind not been in my face I think. Quite a few really young birds too. Ive not shot a pigeon on wheat/barley stubble as yet, missed out on some early on though.
  9. Agree 100%. Cant possibly say a good shot will hit everything clay or game etc. They’re all different in how they’re presented for a start, and clays are thrown at angles you’ll never see a pigeon or pheasant flying like. It’s very possible to be a very competent shot at one discipline but not another in my experience!
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    Barley .

    Lots still on the barley here, ripening quickly though so will turn to wheat soon I expect.....been out today and even compromising hide position to get some shade picked 67 in a few hours.
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    It's not always a fib.

    That’s some going shooting that many in half an hour, warmed the barrels up nicely!! Too late perhaps, but good while it lasted eh. I shot 62 in an hour a few years back on some pea stubble when the farmer turned up to disc it in, that was hectic enough.
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    A Friendly Warning.

    Really does wind me up this sort of thing, same goes for poor pheasant shooting when you’ve paid good money. I know nothing is guaranteed but I could guarantee more than 8 shots for the day if I chose to take people out for money (which I wouldn’t do anyway) as I’d have done decent recce work beforehand. Sounds like the area had been overshot and there was nothing left for your visit so he just left you there in hope you might be lucky! Feel for you as that’s an expensive and disappointing mistake, as well as a poor show on A1 decoys part.....sounds like they shouldn’t be advertising such a service and stick to decoys.
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    One for the sparkies

    If you want it on its own dedicated circuit and you already have a modern fuseboard with 30ma rcd protection it doesn’t sound like it would be a huge job for an electrician to run an armoured supply and install an outdoor rated socket. Difficult to assume how easy/difficult it might be of course but I’d guess at £100-£150 assuming the above. If you use a registered electrician there will be no need to worry about building regs, he will just supply the appropriate certification and notify building control if needed.
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    Simply rude people!

    I don’t think someone having a rant in the shop is justification to go and tell the fao he might be a danger (which is what you’ll be doing really). Doesn’t sound like he was aggressive in the physical sense of the word or was going to be? Sounds like it’s blown out of proportion to me now you’ve spent so much time thinking about it, although I agree he was in the wrong to lose his temper and make such a big deal of simply having to return with his certificate! Customers are hard enough work at the best of times, but you’ve clearly got an awkward one there. Do what you can to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and move on.
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    New boiler cost and fitting

    Biggest rip off going are boiler installs, but I’m afraid very few gas fitters will work for a reasonable labour cost these days when everyone else is making an easy £1000 plus in a day fitting combi boilers! It’s not all clear profit of course, being gas safe registered etc but every plumber I know rubs his hands together at the thought of a boiler change!! Sounds like you got a good deal ?