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  1. Enjoyed that. Thanks for posting.
  2. Don’t worry. I’m due a couple of million US $ from a Nigerian Prince I’m helping out, so I’ll pay for a solicitor.
  3. Just dug out the receipt and it was in fact £350. The main problem was the top ejector operating even when not fired and the gun unlocking when firing a heavy cartridge through the top barrel (one of the least funny shooting related things to have happened to me). The empties weren’t being ejected very far, the barrels were loose on the trunnions and the top lever was at 6 o’clock rather than slightly off. So ‘given up’ probably an exaggeration. More like very unwell.
  4. I think it’s just down to lots of use. It’s 30 plus years old and the chap I bought it from 15 years ago shot a lot. I’ve given it plenty of hammer and never had it serviced, which I probably should have done.
  5. I'm delighted to hear that! Gun repairs have always struck me as oddly cheap (I'm thinking £50 for making and fitting a firing pin for an old gun, along with a bit of a service a couple of years ago) or expensive, so I trust the gun shop and pay what they say.
  6. £300. Pursed my lips a bit, but the only options would have been to practically give the gun away or start looking elsewhere.
  7. Townie

    THEM !

    ‘...just as horrifying’. I’m having trouble believing that.
  8. Townie

    THEM !

    Yes, fair point. I think I meant the underlying attitudes.
  9. I occasionally ask and people have always agreed very nicely. Most people are mostly nice, most of the time.
  10. My ancient 686 finally gave up and I took it to the local gunshop for a look. Chap said it was a bit beyond a quick fix by a local gunsmith and thought a full overhaul by GMK in order. I confess to being a bit sceptical, but it's come back like a new one. Apart from replacing many bits (old ones returned in a bag), they remachined the whorls on the flats on the sides of the breech (sorry - don't know the proper terminology) which had been worn down, replaced the bit of solder at the muzzle between the barrels and side rib that had fallen out and been bodged by me with a blob of superglue,
  11. Townie

    THEM !

    Yes, I've watched it through and agree. Good period feel (I think - before my time) and my literal mind liked there being an explanation of events in the final few episodes. The racism was quite a shock, but very probably the norm in that place at the time.
  12. Ventured to the clay ground yesterday and bumped into a chap missing his right hand. He was shooting a semi, which I imagine is reloadable with one hand and he had someone to button. Anyone seen any disabled shooters? I didn't have the nerve to stay and watch how he managed.
  13. That was an interesting watch. I wish my shooting was that good!
  14. Yes, I remember them! Very fancy and not cheap. Were they green?
  15. No, you're right, but I wouldn't push it if Mrs Fatchap is anything like mine. I think the two pieces are both the same sort of tempo, but I'm no musician.
  16. In today's Guardian (sorry, but Mrs T gets it online and I'm too mean to buy a paper). Not what I'd expected from them: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/25/green-shoots-spanish-firm-tackles-plastic-waste-from-shotgun-cartridges
  17. Did anyone else watch any of the YouTube film embedded at the end? I’ve probably spent too much time in lockdown...
  18. Happened to me in Tesco on Saturday. I set off the alarm and after a while, an overweight guard ambled out. Told him it was me and I’d paid, and he puffed and panted his way back into the store.
  19. This. We get a higher return than most savings accounts and there’s the chance of a big win. You do need a fair amount in bonds though.
  20. Happened to me in the US. I was in my mid-50s, bald and what hair I had was grey. On the plus side, I got reduced entry into some places as an over-50 without having to provide evidence. Funny lot.
  21. Thank you chaps. I’ll go away and think about it and then in spite of good intentions most probably do nothing about it until after Christmas.
  22. My ancient German army surplus Gore-tex over trousers have started letting a bit of moisture through. The Gore-tex website advises washing and ironing to wake the waterproofing up and if that doesn’t work (it didn’t) to apply durable water repellent. Anyone got any recommendations for a suitable product? There seems to be plenty about at varying prices.
  23. I shoot an ancient 16b sxs on walked up days and the occasional box of cartridges at clays. The cartridges cost a fortune which is fine for the odd slab here and there, but would be costly at clay quantities.
  24. I’ve got the same gun and same problem. I thought the Ultralight felt barrel heavy, so not keen. I now use an 8kg weight and do 3 lots of 10 bicep curls (I think it’s called) for both arms a few nights a week. It takes 5 minutes and sorted the problem. May not work for everyone, but I have arms like pipe cleaners after a lifetime of pen pushing.
  25. Absolutely right, of course. The book also mentions that older shots who moved to hammerless guns later in life thought that the safety uncocked the gun when applied, which probably explains much. Yes, hadn’t considered that. I had a tenant farmer great uncle. He had an ancient hammer gun propped against a wall (proper old farm gun, absolutely filthy) which I was allowed to play with as a child. I assume it was unloaded!
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