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  1. My two penneth. I find gun balance to be much more important than barrel length on its own. Some 28” barrels give horrible muzzle heavy handling. Conversely some longer barrels can be light and responsive. The opposite can also be true. Barrel length alone, as a measure of good handing, is pointless. I think the reason heavy 12 bore dedicated clay bashing guns are popular (the better examples) is two fold. 1. They are usually weighty for soaking up recoil and 2. have fairly neutral balance in the very popular 30” barrel length. P.S and yes they tend to be steady on the long shots as mentioned.
  2. Good for you - lovely caliber. Surprisingly capable.
  3. P.S Alexander Grant’s famous record breaking ‘Vibration’ greenheart rod was 21ft. Can’t precisely remember the distance he cast a level silk line, but it was sixty something yards…!
  4. Those beasts were used for spey casting on big rivers like the Ness and Tay. 20ft wasn’t unknown. Shooting any line was very limited, so practically the whole length of level-line to be cast was airborne. The common practice of ‘mending’ also called for a long rod.
  5. Marvellous! Great to hear of your first salmon on greenheart.
  6. I don’t have them carried for me yet….😄
  7. Yes I too use the hard travelling cases - very useful.
  8. Fond memories for us both - although mine were mainly the latter Dickson’s phase. Interesting that you had a greenheart rod made in 1957 - the main era for split cane. There were a few who still liked them and had them made - even though the text books tell us that they fizzled out in the early 1900s. I have come across a few of these later examples - usually with brass ferrules rather than the spliced type. I never dared fish with them, as they were dry as a bone. More pub wall memorabilia than anything else. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to play a fish on one….?
  9. How fascinating. I think in those days, MPs predominantly made their money then went in to politics afterwards. It would be interesting to know what business he was in. Coal merchant…?
  10. I bought a Yildiz 410 with packaging as you describe. I only kept the box in case the gun developed a fault and needed returning. The gun has been great so the box got binned after a couple of months.
  11. While inflation/income are the main determinants, there are other factors which can skew our figures. For example in 1906 the average house price was only 3 x salary….!! Also, while most goods were more affordable, food was disproportionately more expensive than today. A lot to consider. However, comparing like with like as enfieldspares has done, and using the inflation/income approach, we can achieve reasonably accurate figures. As mentioned however £ value is only one aspect. If it’s a joy to use, that is perhaps the gun’s real value.
  12. This is a bit geeky I know, but I’ve run the figures re what the gun would cost in equivalent average salary today. It works out at just over £26,628. The average income back then was only £42.70 (per National Archive), so easy to do the maths relative to the current average. In summary, it would have been quite a well off person who originally bought your gun.
  13. I respectfully disagree. The average consumer has no clue re the steel/lead issue. They are too busy worrying about the Russia situation, the cost of living and fuel costs. Some will be more concerned about what their favourite trash celebs are up to. For the most part, what kind of shot people kill birds with, won’t even register.
  14. Both very fine indeed. I would love to own a classic old gun. However, if the truth be known, I shoot terribly with a sxs. No idea why, just do…..?!
  15. Such is the way of life. Sad when it all has to go somewhere else. You probably wouldn’t want to fish with the salmon rods anyway. The trout outfits could be pleasant enough on small streams - if that might be possible. I know a few people who like the ‘feel’ of light kane rods. Meant ‘cane’
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