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Mate and me had a trip down here this morning, for a look see, as we’d never been before. 
First impressions were very good, with a smart clubhouse and a small gun shop; the only thing of interest to me however, was a straight hand stocked Winchester 23, for just over a grand. Looked a nice gun. 
We collected a card and headed up the back to the Sporting layout amongst the trees. Some well presented targets made for interesting shooting within the trees, but after a while they seemed to grow very repetitive, with the majority consisting of quartering up and away and the odd looper. 
Really enjoyed the tower which consisted of a rabbit followed by a high driven, then a quartering driven, followed by a looper ( if I recall ) and a teal which seemed well out of range, but obviously wasn’t .....it just took the shot a while to get there! 🙂

Had a bit of fun on a slow bunny followed by ( yet another ) quartering away target which dropped so fast it seriously put at risk the health of two cock pheasants which had strolled onto the layout! None of our shooting put them off! 
The bolting bunny which bounced off the trampoline was fun too! 😀Had another go on the tower etc on the way back, and enjoyed it so much I ran out of cartridges. 
A quick brew and then back out, this time with my Remington 3200 trap gun. 
The grouse butts stand was just brilliant fun, with those driven birds just little black clouds of dust as they met the shot from full chokes! Struggled a bit with those low right crossers but it was just brilliant! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Big smiles all round. 
Used most of my cartridges up on that stand and the Compak layout, which again had me smiling like a Cheshire Cat as I straighted it on the third attempt. 🙂
Finished off on the DTL which I also enjoyed very much; it’s nice to do it properly when the opportunity presents. I really really enjoy using the Remington and intend to use it more often. I haven’t had it up to Westlands yet, so that may be next.

Overall impressions? Enjoyed our visit very much. It may be a lot busier of a weekend or when normality returns, but for all I know it may always be like this midweek. 
The people we met were friendly enough and the clubhouse is great.

Wheelchair access is a no go for some of the sporting layout, but overall it was very enjoyable. Will be back. 

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Been well over a year since I've been up there! Great place to learn consistency/focus on the dtl/skeet layouts. I found the compak and tower provided the tougher stuff! I generally stayed until I learned how to hit them consistently 👍👍

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I go to Coniston quite often but it's very boring as nothing gets changed often enough, and as Scully mentioned there's a lot of going away birds.

Westlands tomorrow for a change.

Edited by BlaserF3
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I agree with all of the above. I first went there just after Keith Whitwell took it over. We did a few comps there, but it has had a lot of money spent on it since. Shame really because the estate owners are lovely people. I was there last month but the targets were still very similar to my last visit some 4 years ago.

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6 minutes ago, BlaserF3 said:

I go to Coniston quite often but it's very boring as nothing gets changed often enough, and as Scully mentioned there's a lot of going away birds.

Weatlands tomorrow for a change.

Must agree, Westlands has it for me; the tower is higher and the targets seem more varied, and the stands much easier to negotiate, but that Coniston grouse butts was great fun! Still has me smiling just thinking about it!  Wish they had one at Westlands....will mention it when next there. 🙂

Have fun tomorrow.👍

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Yes the grouse butt is quite good I just become bored to be honest, and they had to close three stands in the bottom of the wood last year due to noise problems but they are trying to get them open again I believe.

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30 minutes ago, Westley said:

Yes, that low bird to the right needs more lead than you think  !

Agreed. I was shooting over the top of it as well. 

31 minutes ago, BlaserF3 said:

Yes the grouse butt is quite good I just become bored to be honest, and they had to close three stands in the bottom of the wood last year due to noise problems but they are trying to get them open again I believe.

Perhaps it’s been resolved then; I didn’t notice any closed stands,  but there again I wasn’t looking. There were signs today all over the ground, and we were also told on reception, that due to noise issues nothing over 28gr was allowed. 

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Yeah, now you mention it I think I recall an empty stand or few behind us when we were shooting the ‘trampolining bunny’. 

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I used to be a member of coniston but I must agree that it is very repetitive and nothing ever seems to change, if you want to try a really well set up and challenging ground have a go at paintmine woods just outside carnforth, it's brilliant and very reasonably priced, I think it's still £13 for your first 50 then £10 if you do another 50., Give Sam a ring and talk to him he's the owner along with his dad. ( and it's free tea or coffee!).

They also have an up to date Facebook page so I suggest that at this particular trying time you check it out before traveling but if they are open you won't be disappointed.

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3 hours ago, rapid .25 said:

I used to be a member of coniston but I must agree that it is very repetitive and nothing ever seems to change, if you want to try a really well set up and challenging ground have a go at paintmine woods just outside carnforth, it's brilliant and very reasonably priced, I think it's still £13 for your first 50 then £10 if you do another 50., Give Sam a ring and talk to him he's the owner along with his dad. ( and it's free tea or coffee!).

They also have an up to date Facebook page so I suggest that at this particular trying time you check it out before traveling but if they are open you won't be disappointed.

Contacted Paintmine Wood last year as they had an item I was interested in, but have never been. I can’t think why cos it’s only an hour away. Thanks for the reminder, we’ll give it a whirl. 👍

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