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  1. Update on the William Powell . Firstly a huge thanks to "Bosher" who has returned the family gun in a transformed condition, that looks and shoots fantastic. A bit of a recap, I was gifted this gun from my uncle last year, as it had been sat in his gun cabinet for over 40 years. It has been in the family for a couple of generations at least but we don't know exactly when. I managed to get some info from the very helpful guys at William Powell and they had the details :- made for a Mr Thomas Waller of Bradford, December 1892. the barrels are the original fluid pressed steel, and it appears everything else is still original. As the family were/are arable farmers in Lancashire at the time it is possible that there was a connection with the Waller brewing company in Bradford, but this is purely speculation. Before shooting the gun, wanted to make sure that all was in-order etc, as my uncle did say that the last time it was shot, by my father, there was something wrong with it. In hindsight just an excuse for missing everything, these excuses never change! so who do you take this to? - wabbitbosher. I also wanted to do just a partial renovation, following good advice on this forum. As the barrels bores were immaculate wanted to get these re-blacked and possibly nitro proofed. I didn't want a full renovation to like "new" as it has so much character (even a dent in the stock from a snipers bullet - as my grandfather worked for the Bombay and Burma trading company and fought in Burma during WW2 - again pure speculation and family folk lore! Gun was checked and repairs made so nice and tight on the face, then to the proofing house - delayed due to lockdown- and passed no problem, not bad for a well used 128 year old gun. A bit more time for blacking of the barrels and finally was able to collect on Saturday. Its hard to express how pleased I am, hopefully the tone of the update and ramblings about the history will give an indication of how I feel about this gun that will stay in and be used by the family for future generations. I have added some before and after photos to show the change
  2. I got a text message from them today -booked in for tomorrow Sounds like they will have a good safe system set up including 1-way system along the set layout haven't been this excited for a while!
  3. I have had a Victory CR600w in the past. great little guns that use the co2 capsule (1 at a time) perfect for garden plinking and a cheap price.
  4. ShootingEgg I do truly admire the effort people out in, in their own time because they want to pass on skills, knowledge and for the joy of the sport. If you do put on a day, you will certainly have 1 space filled!
  5. From reading a lot of threads on this forum, BASC seem to get a lot of slating and derision. But I believe credit needs to given when due. My young lad, was able to partake in a days introduction for wild-fowling yesterday organised by BASC and supported by the local wild-fowling clubs. Being a totally new experience for him (and me), the whole day was a huge learning curve which he thoroughly enjoyed. A small amount of time learning about legislation, bird recognition range finding and conservation. Followed by a late afternoon on the marshes close to Wells, where I was lucky enough to tag along. The wild-fowlers giving up their time to mentor the youngsters on a one-to one basis on the marsh was fantastic, explaining how to safely navigate the marsh and creeks, settling in and waiting and listening to birds calls. A few of the youngsters were able to get a few shots off with one bringing down a mallard. But the whole afternoon was a huge lesson in patience, respect for the wildlife and environment. A few other opportunities nearly arose but being just of range or a protected species meant no "wild" shots were taken for the sake of getting as many birds as possible. It is amazing the knowledge these local wild-fowlers have. Even though my boy didn't take any shots he had a truly memorable day, especially coming off the marsh and through creeks after dark! with a huge desire to go again.
  6. re listed with reduced price if any questions or more pictures required just let me know thanks
  7. very good advice thanks I do like the idea of doing a "partial" renovation as want to keep the character of the gun due to the history being in the family rather than it looking new (would also be cheaper!)
  8. my 12 yo has a 12g baikal sbs from "bosher" shorter barrels and shorter stock fits very well and happily shoots 21gram hull comp. 24gram and over a bit uncomfortable on the clay ground for him
  9. thanks all for info. on the internet after searching there is quite a bit of history regarding William Powell & sons. have also contacted https://www.williampowell.com/ so will see when they get back to me. will also organise a trip to them in Banbury to see about cost for restoring
  10. good idea about contacting them checked the serial number, is actually 9500 and not 93500 and is indeed on the tang behind trigger guard. it is 12g as has a 13 over 1 on barrel, think is boxlock non ejector
  11. I am looking for a bit of info on an old family gun, and know there is a wealth of knowledge out there... My Uncle has a William Powell sbs, doing a quick search from photos he sent i think it is around 1887-1896 from proof mark. However, on the action is a date 1884 but i think this might be a patent date? (as in photo) he is not the best photographer but I think serial number is 93500. I will probably be looking to renovate at some point as has been in family for at least 2 generations but last fired around 40 years ago. If anyone has any info of what type, make, age etc I would be hugely grateful. Have been "googleing" but limited success so far
  12. JS Ramsbottom do a few thread protectors on their website, think they are also on ebay
  13. Si.F

    35 Dakotas

    saw one flying near Duxford today an amazing sight. Was lucky enough to fly in one in the 80's when the "air atlantique" Dakota was based at Blackpool airport. I do remember it being very loud and rattled a lot!!
  14. on their website price list, Rapeed 27g cheaper than UT's 28g (only by a few pounds per 1000) unless they haven't updated the list and put prices up?
  15. Thanks Matone, was curious about recoil- not bothered if dirty as easy to clean a gun.
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