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    Domestic Vacuum recommendations

    I read somewhere that fine dust (the sort you get when rubbing down with sandpaper) can wreck a cyclone type vacuum cleaner. Apparently the cyclones are excellent if your main interest is in picking up a piece of fluff, but fail to separate out very small particles, which pass through and clog the fan and motor, therefore a bagged machine is preferable for fine dust. Fact or fiction?
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    Payne Galway

    Maybe buy a brush intended for the next gauge up? I have a very old cheap twisted phosphor bronze brush that is too worn to do much good in a 12g, but it fits tightly in my 20g and very quickly shifts any deposits.
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    Potential move to norfolk, good or bad idea?

    There are some beautiful looking broads, people who spend their holidays in and around Cromer often go home having caught crabs, and the name of the county town is a salacious acronym. Norfolk is in truth a delightful place, especially for anybody interested in shooting and country pursuits, though perhaps not the ideal location if you want to go hill walking.
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    Midland game fair

    It’s much the same story with a lot of agricultural shows - expensive to park, expensive to enter, expensive to buy anything once you are in. But one notable exception is LAMMA (agricultural machinery show), where entry and parking are both free. How do they do it? They have large numbers of exhibitors, and the show is very well attended. A high proportion of the folk manning the trade stands wear boiler suits, rather than city-slicker outfits. The event seems to get by without having lots of stewards and assistant directors walking around wearing white coats and bowler hats. Maybe there is something to be learned from LAMMA’s example.
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    Duster 2018

    Have any PW members driven the new model Duster in hilly terrain? Brochure for the 2018 model 4x4 suggests a very large gap between 1st and 2nd gears (1st = 3.6mph/1000rpm, 2nd = 9.97mph/1000rpm). If starting off on a long steep hill, you would presumably need at least 5000rpm, maybe more, before you could change up into 2nd. Years ago, in a very low-powered car, I had to drive all the way up Porlock in 1st gear, and it wasn’t much fun.
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    Frank Field

    Did that girl teach you how to yodel?
  7. You could try a cheap rubber slip-on pad, with an inch or so of packing inside. Best take the gun when buying, in case the slip-on pad might not grip tightly enough around a junior size stock.
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    Hello all

    Thanks for that info. I was familiar with the word, and have often seen references to a book "Musings of an Old Shikari: Reflections of Life and Sport in Jungle India" (but have never read it). I worked on short assignments in the subcontinent (Pakistan & India in the 1970s, Bangladesh in the 1990s), but had no opportunity to do any shooting, nor time to learn any of the languages.
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    Hello all

    Welcome to Pigeon Watch, you'll find lots of friendly and helpful advice here. My experience with pigeons has all been in UK, and I have usually shot at them from a hide, but your username reminds me of tales about shooting from a howdah on the back of a heffalump. Does shikar include pursuit of small creatures like pigeons, or does it normally mean hunting tiggers and other big beasts?
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    Help, What Glue!

    I stuck a mirror onto a tiled bathroom wall using ordinary silicone mastic, and at first it seemed to have worked brilliantly -- but after a few years the mastic destroyed the silvering (or whatever they use on the backs of mirrors nowadays). For the replacement mirror I have used "Evo-Stik Mirror Adhesive", which is claimed not to damage the backing. Time will tell.
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    BREXIT - merged threads

    I thought the normal socialist system was "We'll have a share out, and when I've spent all of mine we'll have another share out"
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    Laminate flooring best price

    Billy, it may be worth trying Carpetright in Galashiels -- the firm seems to have been running down their stocks in recent months, so there might be bargains on offer. B&Q have a fairly good rage of products if you travel to Kinnaird Park, but their store in Gala doesn't carry much stock, and I find that Homebase in Hawick is usually better.
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    Heads Up - Bisley Choke Guage

    You can get a pretty good idea of choke constriction with the aid of a simple spring-leg caliper costing around £5. Insert the spring-leg caliper down the muzzle and turn the adjusting nut until the legs are only just touching the bore, then squeeze the legs together and withdraw (taking care not to move the nut). Now let the legs spring out as far as the nut allows, and the bore size behind the choke can be found using any external measuring device (eg a digital caliper as sold by Lidl/Aldi for about £8). Definitely not as good as the proper three-point bore measuring instrument used by professionals, but OK if you just want to find the choke constriction to within one or two thou, and much better than relying on a “carrot”.
  14. “Ratting Day is lots of fun” http://www.penguins-and-potatoes.co.uk/?m=201707 “We felt great excitement at being able to witness this annual event that is so much part of the cultural heritage of Tristan da Cunha…. ….. Once each rat has been killed, the next step is to cut off its tail. The tails are all collected in a plastic bag, to be measured and counted at a later time – this is a competition, after all” Some of you might remember seeing a job advert a couple of years ago for an agricultural officer to work on that remote island. The man who took up the post has been writing a blog about his time there, and this bit reminded me of The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, in which cats nailed the rats’ on the barn door. The rest of the blog is also worth reading if you have any interest in life on a remote island, or just want to see photos of the place.
  15. “Shooters were told the information was to be provided for free but GPs were not consulted…..” Has this part of the new police policy been quoted correctly? Everything I have read to date from the shooting organisations indicates that GPs were represented by their own trade union, the BMA, at all stages of the consultation process. Should I assume that somebody (either shooting organisations or police) has been deliberately issuing false information?