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About getthegat

  • Birthday 30/06/1956

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    Classic and custom cars. Drag racing. Guns! Pigeon and corvid shooting

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  1. All excellent advice everybody. Really appreciated it. 🙂
  2. It never occurred to me to not be upfront and honest, I just couldn't imagine not being able to shoot any more, I've done it for nearly 60 years in one form or another, in fact it's what has helped me the most to cope with things these last few years, being out in the field with my dog is the best escape from the stresses and strains of modern life. My doctor is really good, gives me time and listens, with follower ups. Personally, after getting over the macho man thing of not needing pills, I'm really glad I was given the opportunity to start sorting things out, it's not a drug to zonk you out, more a tool to help for when stuff gets a bit much. Perhaps if more people gave it a try....
  3. Done exactly that, thought not so high a dose. It's the first time she's shown any allergic reaction to anything and I was wondering if it was because it was a soaking wet day, Soph got drenched and was licking herself all the way home.
  4. Hi guys, just wondering how you have all got on with renewing your shotgun certificates, as since I did my last one there is a need for a doctor's report and I'm worried about the different criteria. For the last couple of years I've been on mild antidepressants to help me deal with certain issues. Has anyone been refused a renewal for any of the reasons on the form?
  5. Uh right! Yes that is scary stuff. Looks like OSR is off the shooting list for a while then. Hopefully it wont be such a problem when ripe for harvesting and nice and dry, or when harvested.
  6. Hi, so the other day myself and Mrs Sophster, my pointer lab cross took what turned out to be a wet look around a flowering field of oil seed rape to see if any pigeons were about. Soph had a great time sniffing out pheasants and retrieving 1 lone pigeon. She got totally soaked but had a good time. Not long after our return home, she developed a cough, almost making herself sick. She was definitely not firing on all cylinders for the rest of the day and exersion made her cough, and even the following day, she was avoiding barking. Of course if it continues we'll see our mortgage adviser and visit the vets. I've read that osr is not good for dogs if eaten, but cannot find anything about running through it and possibly inhaling small particles. Any ideas/advice greatly appreciated.
  7. Is it about the wad then? I thought plastics were able to rip up on the moderator, but probably miss heard that one. I'll have to contact Sadlery and Gunroom again and see what they say.
  8. I've got a single barrel Pedretti. Fixed choke
  9. Hi, so, luckily I've had a really good year, work wise, sad that lots of others haven't, but its meant very little shooting, or time on PW etc. I managed to get out on a new perm the other week and due to the proximity of buildings, horses and a road, I was glad of my moderated 20 bore. Then reading this months Sporting Shooter, the subject of phasing out lead in 2025 was discussed again, and I was wondering how this will affect all Hushpower users. I have spoken to the makers of these guns in the past and was told not to use steel in mine, as it is a full choke barrel. Does anyone know if they can be reemed to half choke, allowing the use of steel shot.
  10. Sounds like a tempting spot, clover and nearby woods, perfect. Best of luck with your shoot. Let us know how it goes and what kit you use. Most of my shoot has gone into grass this year, a new experience for me.
  11. Barley is not mine unfortunately. Think I may only be able to use tall floaters and shells balanced on top if not too windy.
  12. Cool. The particular field I'm watching was hit hard some months back, but recovered very well and in some places is a good 6 feet tall. There are some good size tram lines through it and a nice line of trees on one edge. As all the sewn crop of wheat is well out of the ground after the rain and sun, there's not much else around so I'll keep a close eye on things. Theres also a really good field of barely (not mine) next to the osr, which is well in ear, so that may help pull them to the area as it ripens.
  13. Roughly how long after losing the bright yellow flowers does OSR attract pigeons. Very little on my perms at this time, hoping for some action on a nearby OSR field whilst lock down continues and my work is slow. Cheers. Hope you're all staying safe and sane
  14. I had an email from my MP saying I could pest control shoot to protect crops. We had similar numbers on drilled wheat, typically I was working, one guy got over 150 birds one day, talk about hot barrels. By the time I could get out a couple days later, most were gone, I got 6 in 3 hours. Always too late for the party. Cant wait to retire.
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