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  1. Corbyn's puppet! gggggoooooooodddddd byyeeeeeeee
  2. Thanks for the detailed feedback Gunman! I've reached out to ASI, I'll hopefully get some good news soon.
  3. I'd seen that previously, certainly an option although it seems a bit wasteful to have to buy an entire stock.
  4. Evening all! I'm in the process of restoring my old AYA yeoman, I've recently re-blued the barrels (I posted the finished product in the DIY Craft section). I'm reaching out to you all for some help, My yeoman was fitted with an aftermarket Recoil pad which has always bugged me. It's fitted nicely, it just doesn't suit the gun. I'd really like to replace it with an original AYA butt plate. Fortunately I still have the original screws which have large plugged head. If anyone has one or would be willing to sell me one, please drop me a PM! (ITEM 143 in the below GA drawing) Many thanks!
  5. Mines '78. I bought it specifically because the case hardening was almost 100% intact, the woodwork is pretty good for a yeoman as well. The other minor let down is an aftermarket recoil pad, it looks quite old it was possibly installed shortly after it was purchased. I'd like to find an original AYA yeoman butt plate to re-fit! Maybe I should put a wanted ad on the forum 🤔
  6. Thanks Rob! You're quite right, the action & fore end are in need of tightening. I'm planning a trip to my local smith to get a quote for some work I think the little yeoman deserves a little TLC despite not being a high end shotgun. I recently attended a simulated game day, the Yeoman shot nicely 300+ cartridges later, fantastic little workhorse.
  7. Hi All! I've recently joined the forum, I thought I'd share with you all my Barrel re-blacking project. I bought my AYA yeoman last year from a local dealer in Somerset, I picked it up for a bargain price. As you're all aware Yeomans are great workhorses, they're an ideal introductory gun into the world of SxS's or the ideal companion for a days rough shooting. My Yeoman was manufactured in 1978, it's choked 1/4 & 1/2 and features 28" barrels, the original case hardening was still present and in very good condition. The only defect present on my Yeoman when I bought it was a very slight blemish towards the tips of the barrels. There was no depth/missing material, it was purely a case of someone had bodged a Blue'ing touch up sometime during the guns life, mostly likely a cabinet scratch or something like that! There are some very skilled gunsmiths out there that'll professionally 'hot blue' your barrels for around £100. But as my yeoman cost around that to buy, it was an un-economical option. Below is a list of items that I used for the re-bluing process: Birchwood Casey Blue and Rust remover Birchwood Casey Super Blue 000 Wire Wool Green scotch-brite Some of the wifey's cotton wool pads Degreaser (I used dish soap & hot water) Acetone (pre-bluing prep) Soldering Torch (you could use an electric heat gun). A very brief overview of my method is: I Removed the Barrels & Barrel ejector. I De-greased the barrels with dish soap and hot water to remove any oil/grease. I applied Birchwood Casey blue and rust remover. (This stuff stinks, use it outdoors) for the intricate areas I used a very small paintbrush to get in and agitate the finish. Once the blue rust remover had been allowed to dwell for a little while, using green scotch write and hot soapy water I scrubbed the barrels to remove the old Blue. (the above step was repeated several times) Once the blue was removed, I polished the barrels with 000 wire wool. My barrels were in great condition, if deep scratches/defects are present, this is the time to blend them out. Using a heat gun/propane torch, I heated the barrels evenly to remove any oil from the pours of the steel. The oil will come to the surface of the steel and leave a golden brown speckled hue. If you have a big enough oven, you could use an oven on a gentle heat (120 degrees) to achieve the same thing. I Degreased the barrels with acetone and repeated this and the above step until the barrels are surgically clean. (AYA barrel ribs are silver soldered, so with gentle heat and common sense there is no risk of damaging the barrels). Once the barrels were ultra clean, I applied Birchwood Casey Super Blue using cotton pads or a small sponge. I Let this dwell for no more than a minute, I Rinsed the finish in cold water and very gently buffed the finish with 000 wire wool. I repeated this bluing process about 5 times, belt and braces. I was left with a uniform deep black finish. I used approximately 2/3's of the bottle which left some blue for future touch ups. Over the course of the week I applied a liberal coat of gun oil to the barrels on a daily basis. This sealed the finish and prevented rust forming. Take a look at my results. Thanks for Viewing! Happy to answer any questions that you may have. I'd highly recommend Birchwood Casey 'Super Blue' over their 'Perma blue' It's a double strength formula and left a really nice deep finish. The finish initially looked Jet black as you can see from the photo's, however over the course of the week, with oiling and rubbing the finish became more subtle and ended up settling at a traditional dark blue/grey colour. In direct sunlight, the barrels have a bluish hue which is quite attractive.
  8. I completely agree. I'm a minority being in the under 30's age category and believing that people rely far too heavily on the state in current times. As has already been previously mentioned, these parents all have expensive smart phones, large flat screen TV's etc etc. The average benefit income in the UK makes a mockery of those in the lower working class income brackets. I feel genuinely sorry for people working they're ***** off, possibly even working multiple jobs, pulling in approximately the same per annum as a single mother with 3 kids working 16 hours a week down the local cafe... Where is the incentive to get up and go to work?
  9. Evening all, My names David, this is my first post on the PW forum so a formal introduction is the proper thing to do! I've recently moved to North Somerset, I'm an experienced gun that's shot since a young lad. I've currently got a young working Springer called 'Badger' who's still in training, I'd love to get him working doing what he does best. I've unfortunately had to wave goodbye to several brilliant permissions at an old location due to a career move. Being new to the area I thought I'd try and reach out to people via the PW forum to see whether or not there are currently any vacancies for a gamekeeping/farming, Crop/Livestock Protection Gun in the North Somerset area. In addition with Badger being a fantastic working springer in the making, I'd like to appeal to any local gamekeepers/shoots in the South West region for a potential beating vacancy in the near future. I'm Registered and Insured with BASC, I've also got DEFRA certificates, required for the quarry mentioned above. I'm available midweek (usually mornings with Shift-work) as well as the weekends. If you're interested in this service, please contact me privately. Kind Regards, David
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