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  • Birthday 20/08/1957

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    Member of the Kent Wildfowlers, regular at JJ's in Dartford. Other than that, and running the family about, enjoy TV and drinking too much.

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  1. If they put a red rosette on my wheelie bin it would be elected down our way, so a couple of half-hearted ones from Labour and one from the teenage Conservative hopeful.
  2. I have a pretty much identical one in 20b. Mine is early 1920s.
  3. Really enjoyed that, thank you for posting. You don’t miss many!
  4. Thanks for taking the time to post. It must be lovely to own guns with a personal connection like that.
  5. I’ve got some tung oil. The instructions talk about removing previous finishes. Is that necessary? My stock is oiled and I used CCL a couple of years ago.
  6. I had the pleasure of a trip for work to Lagos in Nigeria a few years ago. I was picked up each morning and evening to join a practically stationary queue of cars, all maintained as well as you might imagine judging by the exhaust fumes. It struck me that it was one road in one city in one country in the entire developing world, so anything we do about the environment is practically meaningless. I was feeling guilty at the time about having a car with a 2 litre engine too.
  7. The Gun Shop channel on YouTube has reviewed them and compared to other makes. Worth a watch.
  8. I was in a gunshop one day when they were stripping a semi that had packed up. The trigger mechanism was solid with muck. They squirted with a degreaser and most of it fell off immediately. A quick job that’s well worth doing.
  9. My father served in Europe 1944 - 46. He always left the room or hid behind his newspaper when anything about Remembrance Day came up. He never really talked about it, but I think his view was that he’d spent enough time thinking about it and would rather forget. I have every respect for the feelings of those involved in war and always observe the 2 minutes silence somewhere quiet.
  10. Not the same thing, but we have been booking properties for a short stay in southern Spain. One place in the old town in Cadiz received good reviews except for one from a chap in Indiana, who gave it one star because there was no parking and it was difficult to find, even with satnav. Errr... I don’t think they’d thought of cars in the 16th century. With apologies to our many friends from the US who would never say anything so daft.
  11. Many years ago, Eley did the same thing with a pyrotechnic thingy in the wad. V expensive and if I remember correctly, not that helpful because the wad is slower than the shot. Never bought any, so feel free to ignore!
  12. Thanks everyone. Plenty to think about!
  13. Used to buy these in 10s from the sports equipment shop. Czech cartridges seemed very exotic. As ditchy says, nasty things to shoot. But not as nasty as Baikals.
  14. Always enjoyed reading these things, so about time I contributed. Horrible weather in the south east, so a bit nervous about what to expect. I was back gun placed in a wood with the rest of the guns to the front of the wood on the first peg, so had no great expectations. As it turned out, the birds had built up speed by the time they got to me and shooting through the gap in the canopy was exciting. Two misses, two kills and half a dozen that were so fast I didn't get to raise the gun. The rain had started by stand 2 and the birds weren't interested in my end of the field, so no action. Right at the end a flurry appeared, but so low and slow that they weren't worth shooting at. Stand 3 was ducks and by now, the wind and rain were building up and the ducks moved like rockets, gaining height all the time, and so were sporting shooting (unlike some duck drives). I was in the right place and very pleased with the two I bagged. The final drive on a slope in a ride through woods. The birds decided to fly down the ride and had gained enough height by the time they reached me to be very sporting shooting. Two hens and a cock and by now, we were all thoroughly We were joined by a group of Dutch shooters who were good company. Much of the attitude to field sports in the Netherlands is dictated by the Green Left party, the name telling you all you need to know about them. Their wives joined the beaters, which led to the amusing call after the briefing 'Dutch lady beaters please follow me'. Really enjoyable day, strangely improved by the awful weather. Huge whiskey when I got home to wring out the gun and wet-through equipment.
  15. Time to retire the ancient Barbour and I’m after a new coat. Must be waterproof and warm. Don’t want tweed and I don’t want to spend much more than £150 or so. Seeland look good. Anybody got one? BTW, I don’t want to refettle the Barbour. Waxed cotton has had its day as far as I am concerned!
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