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  1. I have a Celestron 127eq reflector which is about the bottom end of the useful telescopes mid summer as want to use this autumn/winter. Good views of the moon with appropriate lenses and can make out planets as blurry images (not got around to photos yet) but good enough to make out presence of Saturns rings (but definately not hubble quality) with appropriate lens and bear in mind all celestial images through normal lenses are reversed both vertically and horizontally. Nearly all accessories are made in China and can get them all at Aliexpress at often half UK price, a zoom lens being the most useful. Living in the country on a slightly raised slope, the included 20mm correcting eyepiece (turns images right way up) makes watching wildlife such as deer at distance very nice to about 1/2 a mile. Bear in mind, they are designed for outside clear and ideally cold night use, so never the best for horizontal images in daylight with lots of air thermals and distortion causedby haze and water vapour.
  2. PMR446 is the offical way to go, something like Motorola T82 Extreme or Midland G7, if you want reasonable quality without costing the earth but more reliable than Argos sold versions, though I do note Argos now do Cobra' higher end models but I think are still AAA batteries which are a pain. Alternatively baufeng uv5r for inexpensive chinese walkie talkie which has other abilities other than just PMR446 band, plenty of Youtube videos describing uses.
  3. When selecting shot sizes, there is often an ideal shot size, where pattern and energy become ineffective almost at the same time and which form the most efficient loadings. Most so called large pellet 'pheasant' cartridges lose pattern sub 50 yards even with heavier loadings but retain enough energy to penetrate to give a fluke kill or wound at 60, 70 or even 80 yards but which is totally random. I prefer circa 150 pellets in 30 inch circle for pheasants, as my belief is theat the more strikes, the more likely you are to have a clean kill without wounding and as such reject the Tom Roster practice of a average minimum number of strikes as Toms average 2 pellets could be 0 to 4 strikes, 1-3 strikes or 2 strikes and prefer an average of 4 strikes which would be 0 to 8 strikes, 1 to 7 strikes 2 to 6 strikes, 3-5 strikes or 4 strikes, giving a statistically lesser chance of wounding by an order of magnitude. For example 28g No7 and 32g No6 give the following. * Full - 45 yards (197 pellets) & 50 yards (148 pellets) ** Imp Mod - 45 yards (184) and 45 yards (167) *** Mod - 45 yards (167) and 45 yards (152) **** IC - 45 yards (154) and 40 yards (167) Skeet - 40 yards (167) and 40 yards (152) ***** C - 35 yards (164) and 35 yards (148) Both pellets at 45 yards and 50 yards respectively have about 1ftlb and 1.25ftlbs. For a 50 yard or closer pheasant there is simply no real reason to be have a loading or pellets larger than 32g No6 and if like most days 40 to 45 yard is a 'high' bird, then 28g No 7 will also do the job fine. If I have a 12b out for pheasants for a normal informal driven day, I most often shoot Skeet & IC with 28g No7. Now for pigeons, the story is slightly reversed as due to their smaller size, I prefer over 180 pellets in 30 inch circle for a clean kill and as a result the heavier No6 loading has no clear range advantage over the lighter no7 and whilst both will do the job, why pay or use more than required? 28g No7 and 32g No6 gives the following. * Full - 45 yards (197 pellets) & 45 yards (179 pellets) ** Imp Mod - 45 yards (184) and 40 yards (197) *** Mod - 40 yards (217) and 40 yards (182) **** IC - 40 yards (184) and 35 yards (197) Skeet - 35 yards (201) and 35 yards (182) ***** C - 30 yards (201) and 30 yards (182) If shooting over decoys, No 7 28g and IC will drop everything within 40 yards and again I most often have Skeet in the other barrel. On a trying day, where a lot of long shots due to circumstances is unavoidable, I will occasionally choke up to IC and Imp Mod but not very often.
  4. Assuming 120 pellets in 30 inch circle UK no 4 3.1mm and UK 3.0mm: - Full - 44 yards and 46 yards Imp Mod - 43 yards and 44 yards Mod - 40 yards and 41 yards IC - 38 yards and 39 yards Skeet - 35 yards and 36 yards C - 30 yards and 31 yards Assuming Tom Rosters 95 pellets in 30 inch circle for Uk 3.1mm and 3.0mm Full - 52 yards & 53 yards Imp Mod - 49 yards and 50 yards Mod - 47 yards and 48 yards IC - 45 yards and 46 yards Skeet - 43 yards and 44 yards C - 36 yards and 38 yards At maximum pattern distance of 53 yards, each pellet still has around 2 ftlbs of energy. On the other hand 34g of UK5.5 2.7mm for 120 pellets and 95 pellets would give the following: - Full - 50 yards & 55 yards Imp Mod - 48 yards and 53 yards Mod - 45 yards and 51 yards IC - 44 yards and 49 yards Skeet - 40 yards and 46 yards C - 35 yards and 41 yards Each pellet would have 1.25ftlbs energy at 55 yards, still plenty enough to do the job.
  5. Try a Titan XS no10 spring instead of a No1.
  6. What does the marking and lettering on top of the barrels say, looks like proof or makers marks, possibly?
  7. I see Andy Crow has been putting over the Gamebore party line that only no6 or no5 will do and not even properly addressing no7.5 Euro clay loads which are UK no7 and effective to at least 40 yards in this month's Sporting Shooter. I really do wonder how much these magazines are actually worth to new entrants to the sport (their main target audience) when they trot out the same old memes?
  8. HW97 were designed to operate around the 15ftlb to 16ftlb mark but derated for UK import to sub 12ftlbs to comply with our laws, so there should be no issue with the gun for shooting or accuracy. They used to shoot out the box fine but, I would always strip, clean and lube a new springer to ensure no swarth or anything accidentally left over from manufacture and stop dieseling which they used to suffer from due to over oiling on leaving factory. Power wise 16ftlbs at muzzle means 12ftlbs at 40 yards and that is where the advantage lies over a sub 12ftlb gun.
  9. The were using lead in grain store from what I seen.... not field contamination.
  10. Mgsontour, not a critisim of you but just my general thoughts.... Extreme High Bird Shooting is not something that would attract me without the proper ammunition (eg 36g to 40g no 7 TSS) as no lighter pellet material such as Lead can hold a pattern at a distance over 60 yards in 12b 2.75 inch or 3 inch, (though 63g No4 lead 6% antimony shot in 3.5 inch has potentially a 70 yard range, but no commercial manufacturer exists and the recoil would be stout to say the least), but with standard loadings, large enough individual Lead pellets will still have high enough energy to kill if they strike something vital (and the fall from that sort of height will kill any birds that have broken wings or are stunned in one way or another and unable to control their descent), but they do not kill with the consistantly that is required to be humane and therefore sporting in my opionion. Tom Roster reccommends at least 90-95 pellets in a 30 inch circle to kill a cock pheasant reliably and which is a bit light for traditional pheasant shooting in the UK where we historically have favoured about 120 pellets, (though I tend to prefer 150 pellets) but note that the above is the difference between 6, 7.5 and 9 pellets respectively in total striking the pheasant. Assuming the gun/ammo combo being used loses no efficency (soft shot, poor sealing, chokes not perfect etc), even with full choke, at best, 38g no3 only gives 58 pellets in 30 inch circle at 60 yards and which this may only result in 3.5 strikes in total to the area of the bird, of which only 1 pellet on average would hit a vital spot, average being exactly that. Obviously at a further distance, this becomes even worse... To simplyfy this and translate into practice, assuming every bird was in centre of pattern each time at 60 yards the best that can be hoped for is as follows .... 5% would pass through unscathed, 30% would be pricked and noted as hit but no pellets in vital spot and able to fly on, perhaps to die later or may recover if all wounds superfical. 30% 1 pellet hitting vital spot, dying in air (stunned, lung shot, liver shot, artery/vein bleeding out) but more likely ground impact finishing them off 30% 1 pellet hitting vital spot, dead on impact (brain, neck spinal column, heart kills) 5% would have up to 2 pellets hitting a vital spot, most likely dead on impact. Essentially on a really high bird day, people are morally accepting a minimum of a 30% pricked rate, no matter how good of a shot they are, but due to distance judgement and level of skill involved, it is probably closer to 50%, yet anywhere else in our sport we are effectively encouraged along the lines of ensuring that all quarry is treated with respect, including shooting it at distances within the capability of the gun and ammunition to ensure a clean kill every time.
  11. I suspect, Eley Pigeon HB, 32g in an almost true no 6.5, I still have half a slab and agree they are a good load to 45 yards, pattern density of 1oz of no7 but almost hitting power of nearly a no6 ..... don't understand why Eley stopped making then as basically the ideal pigeon cartridge.
  12. There is a 2 part Youtube video with Shoot Straight looking at Pigeon cartridges including the Hull Special Pigeon, I don't agree with his conclusions (he focuses on power and pattern retention, ignoring load and pellet numbers which form the pattern) but neverless interesting to watch.
  13. Decoys and some good call work can work well, make sure net over you (if no straw) is slightly lighter than background (darker it gets less it matters but early on is advantageous). Guy I knew used to put down several yards of tin foil under decoys to simulate reflection of water in a puddle to help pull them into a particular area.
  14. Some cartridge manufacturers use steel shot sizes which are American shot size, not British... Anyone buying No3 for duck is actually shooting English no1, No4 is an English no3, No5 an English no 4 and no6 an English No5...... But there again appears to be no consistency between manufacturers Therefore most people selecting steel cartridges to replace lead are not going up 2 sizes but in fact 3 sizes with the resultant reduction in pellet numbers per load, poorer patterns and more winged birds. In reality, due to this you only need to go up 1 size... I.e. no6 lead (270 pellets per Oz) to No5 steel (243 pellets per Oz) but you have to check to make sure. So much for standardisation........
  15. My ID is not just silhouette but a mixture of size, wing shape, feather spread, tail shape and spread... Flight type and wing beat as often cannot make out colour against sky or due to distance.
  16. They accepted non steel proofed magnum modern guns in Scottish events..
  17. It is a twin standard a bit like the Highway code with rules based on both legislation and advice (which is very conservative),.... But which is also confused due to UK cartridge companies using USA shot sizes which are larger. For cartridge manufacturing, Standard Steel shot CANNOT be larger than 3.25mm i.e. English no.3 (USA no 4), but CAN be used through any choke in any gun bar Damascus or similar. There is no limit on shot size in High Performance Steel cartridges but if pellet is greater than 4.0mm (i.e. English BB or larger - USA no1 ) then choke less than half SHOULD be used and to avoid potential bulging at choke especially on older guns, modern guns are built to handle this extra stress. For traditional lightweight game guns, CIP RECOMMENDS choke generally no greater than half while the British Proof Authorities recommend no more than quarter choke due to thin walls historically in English SxS but does not generally apply to modern guns due to thicker barrel walls and better steel used in manufacture. In USA, Saami regs are only concerned about pressure and it was simply accepted that any Damascus, thin walled etc guns should be retired or only used with bismuth or similar and not used with (HP) steel, as most USA guns are Pump\Semi\(90%l with most remainder being Modern OU\SxS with very few old guns used day to day, most being held as collectors pieces or heirlooms.
  18. There is no requirement or advice to alter chokes for standard steel, only HP steel.
  19. Will be Game Dealer..... Non lead shot game will demand a premium over lead shot.
  20. CIP Steel cartridge rules are about stopping muzzle damage (chokes) rather than breech damage due to pressures.
  21. Mayonnaise, put onto residue and leave for an hour or two and then wipe off if residue is water based and most are. If this doesn't work, normally then go to panel wipe.
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