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  1. Again great advise W. When I took up shooting I purchased my first gun from Orston shooting ground. I had an initial fitting done in the gun shop to make sure the gun wasn't miles away from a good fit, I then pattern plated the gun with my instructor prior to taking a course of 6 lessons, during which the instructor "tweaked" the initial fit. Two thirds the way through these lessons I purchased a Browning 725, again from Orston , but this time the fitting was assessed in the shop and the remaining lessons were taken with this new gun without the benefit of pattern plating or fit tweaking as I appeared to shoot well with it as it was. It appears I would benefit from having a proper fitting of this new gun and again pattern plating it. Another club member has suggested that what may have happened is that my initial mount as a beginner has now changed and as something as simple as an altered cheek pressure on the comb can drastically change the mount and fit of a gun, that may be the answer. Thanks to all, some great advise and points made, definitely should be a cure amongst it.
  2. Thank you wymberley , that sounds like a plan. My assessment is the same as yours in that my eye is very low on the rib and as a result my line of sight is a bit flat. I have been told that ideally, I need to raise the comb and use a pattern plate till I hit where I am looking, then make a note of how much rib I see at that point and continue from there to set my mount seeing this same amount of rib every time. so many schools of thought though.
  3. Points taken TC. I think my mount is fairly consistent but it is still a work in progress that's for sure. But my problem is , I think, using the mid and tip beads as a front and back sight both to align and set gun angle. Now, having lost the use of a mid bead as a means of setting the barrel angle I am seeking an alternative method.
  4. Not been shooting that long anyway but on certain clays my line is good but the shot pattern falls beneath the clay. Rightly or not, I have put this down to my sighting picture, I have been told my mount and stance is OK so I have concluded it must be a sighting problem. To explain this thought train, my initial starter gun had both a mid bead and a tip bead, My lessons instructor explained to me that the purpose of the mid bead was to help with parallel alignment of the eye and the tip bead primarily, however, a secondary use of the mid bead was that for new shooters, it could also be used initially to set the rib angle in relation to the sight line. This was achieved by lifting the gun angle until the eye saw a "figure of 8", formed by the tip of the mid bead being the bottom loop and the tip of the foresight bead forming the top loop. After a while, when my gun mount became second nature, the functions of the mid bead would largely become obsolete as the angle of the rib would become muscle memory. This worked great for me and my scores steadily improved as I developed my clay sight pictures. Then I purchased a new gun with a tip bead only, thinking that muscle memory would kick in regarding the sighting angle, and for a while it did, but shooting once a fortnight plus any odd days that I could swing has not been enough to maintain this muscle memory. So guys, I would much appreciate any good tips or techniques to help with re-establishing a good sightline picture with a single front beaded gun. two tips I have been given so far are raising the comb or taping an object the thickness of a pound coin one inch along the rib and lifting the the forend till the tip bead can be seen over this object.
  5. Can only think of two answers for experts that are four letters ending in "S", they are dabs or boss. So boss would fit and give you the "B" in beetle
  6. Sorted now thanks
  7. Any members out there have a spare cap to fit the base of the pistol grip on an SKB 500 Sporter, The original has come off the gun but looked to be made from a piece of black ebony. Having said that, any generic cap will be fine as long as it fits, or can be made to fit. Cheers
  8. Tie a steel nut onto the pulling rope, then using a strong magnet on the outside of the pipe pull the nut through the pipe with the magnet.
  9. Yes agreed, a bigger SSD would certainly help, or even just deleting or moving some older data to a flashdrive. And yes, if the Chrome operating system is freeware, then it should be activation free, tbh I don't know as I have never used it. It may also be worth mentioning (for those that don't already know), never ever defragment an SSD drive. They are not the same as ATA or SATA drives, they do not contain the spinning data plates and nothing will shorten the life of an SSD quicker than defragging it.
  10. Yeah that could be it discobob, On the other hand they could be somebody's prized homing/racing pigeons, the owner of which is not to happy to see someone drooling at the mouth whilst looking longingly at their birds from a passing trains window.😁
  11. That's very true serrac, samboy could indeed install a fresh Chrome operating system, on a new drive, ( providing the activation key is available ) using a flashdrive to save files and folders first of course, But that would suggest a cure for either a faulty SSD drive or a corrupt operating system. I got the impression from samboy's post that the problem was a slow running issue. So, in the first instance it may just be a matter of removing junk files, repairing any broken or missing registry keys and generally cleaning the operating system and files. Glary's utilities will do all of that and more automatically as it has a "one click maintenance" button, this makes it perfect for the less computer literate. But I suspect that over a period of time, samboy may well have picked up some malware as well, this could be a virus or two or the more common PUP's (potential unwanted programs ) both of which would slow a pc down dramatically. The Malwarebytes program is excellent at removing these type's of threats and may well be all that is needed.
  12. Hi samboy It is usually a combination of issues that causes all computers to slow down a bit. When they are brand new they only have the manufacturers apps and programs pre loaded, maybe a few adverts and trial programs but that's it. over a period of time the pre loaded software and hardware needs to be updated to keep it up to date so that they can still function properly with the ever increasing demands of new soft/hardware and new operating platforms. The only option a "user" has to minimise any slowing down affect caused by the above is to regularly check for updates. That said, the biggest problem with laptop's, ipad's, PDA's etc, etc is that it is almost impossible to physically update the hardware. This means that in a relatively short time, they become obsolete, as it is not financially viable to have an engineer upgrade the hardware which would cost double the price of a new laptop. For this reason, I personally would only choose a "portable" if it was absolutely necessary. On the other hand desktops, towers and most compact's are infinitely upgradeable, with the need only to switch out the out of date or faulty hard/software and they are back in business. Other causes of computers slowing down are manyfold and consist of "junk" file build up, cookies, registry errors, start up programs or just plainly to much stuff loaded onto the system, then there is stuff you pick up by accident, or worse still stupidity, ie porn sites, streaming sites and social media sites all carry a great risk of malware or spyware at best, and at worst, ransomware or keylogging personal data stealing software. However, all is most definitely not lost. There are steps that the not to computer savvy can take to greatly improve their PC's performance and security. Firstly, use common sense and be careful which sites you visit, don't open blue links without first scanning them in a virus checker. purchase a good quality virus checker, yes there are free ones out there, but remember, you get what you pay for, so do yourself a favour and buy a good one. Then download these two programs, both have free versions for personal use, and both are very easy to use. Use them very regularly and they will do a great job of keeping your pc virus free and in tip top condition, both have online Youtube tutorials or you can message me if your stuck. : Glary's utilities https://www.glarysoft.com/ : Malwarebytes https://www.malwarebytes.com/ Hope this helps.
  13. The OP does state it's on a stand, so presumably the boat is on hard standing but not on the level
  14. Yes indeed , it may also pay dividends to put a bit of fiddle rail on the front of the shelf to stop stuff sliding against the back of the cupboard door and then falling out when you open it.
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