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  1. 10 likes
    I think it was a three way tie for HG between Steve Lovatt, Mark Ivey and me. Wahoo!
  2. 6 likes
    Use a Beretta gun case nobody will take it
  3. 6 likes
    A lovely sunny day in the end. Probably not great in the wind if you started at 9am, but just a bit blowy later. The course has had a different feel for the last two shoots and it's suiting me better. I might just regret going birds only today.. I was leading at lunchtime. A few very good shooters still to shoot when I left, including Hamid and Nick Portlock so doubtless I will tumble down the order. Really enjoyed it and another big turn out.
  4. 5 likes
    Hello all, I have started a new Youtube channel for gun reviews and I thought I would share it with you all on here: Gun Shorts Please swing by and subscribe if you enjoy. I have reviewed the Browning B725(2) this week and hope to have more exciting stuff in the coming weeks, with regular updates on new guns and hopefully a mix of old and new, high end and budget. Thanks for reading
  5. 5 likes
    Beverly have put new Laporte ABT traps in
  6. 5 likes
    Shot abt at fareham yesterday,first trap shoot of the year and very lucky with the weather, very happy with my 96, a good test for different cartridges and have found the perfect one to stick with now, Also well done to my bro Simbo,his first time shooting abt and shot a very respectable 82 and 3rd in D class👍
  7. 4 likes
    Question? If we can buy Jockers and or Fiocchi at £160 per thousand allegedly made in Italy . Why are we buying substandard British manufactured cartridges that are assembled using Italian components at considerably higher prices ? This may sound unpatriotic , but is it not criminal to profiteer off your fellow countrymen? Or are we just too gullible.
  8. 4 likes
    Its fairly obvious like most other things in life that the higher you go up the product range,the more profit margin is applied. This certainly accounts for the difference between game and clay loads. The cartridge companies put a lot of money into sponsorship and advertising to encourage us to use high end products. Lower sales but higher margins. I believe they see budget shells as a necessary evil. My question is, if a manufacturer just concentrated on producing a very cheap 28gm 7.5 in fibre and plas and spent zero on sponsorship and advertising would they succeed? My theory is they would. Turnover would be huge on low margins but they'd have less costs so increased profit. No trade fairs,no brochures..nothing. Price alone would sell the product as long as it was half decent. If it worked it would certainly shake the industry up! Take Jockers or Imperials as an example. No publicity but sold out in no time due to price. I'd be interested in your thoughts? PM.
  9. 4 likes
    Throckmorton. My first proper shoot without an instructor, got a disappointing 52/100. Had a couple of 9's but also a 2. It was very windy though so I'll blame that! Took some advice from here and just turned up and asked to join a group.Got introduced to 3 older gentleman that were very friendly and I tagged along with them and laughed at their piss taking of each other. They were only shooting 8 stands so I paired up with another nice chap and his dog for the last two. Had great fun despite the low score and really enjoyed being let off the leash and shooting with my own licence and without an instructor.
  10. 4 likes
    Because I never have before! Never mind, if I'd won something I wouldn't be any happier than I am now for getting a Registered score over 80.
  11. 4 likes
    I guess you are an American or in America? Try both in 30" , buy the one that fits you best of all . If at all possible , and providing you can shoot it okay , buy a Miroku which are practically unheard of in the States due to Browning refusing to import them. As you progress in shooting ability , buy a Ceasar Guerini , Perazzi , Krieghoff, Kolar , then when you have all that experience buy a Miroku MK38 Trap choked 3/4 & Full and rue all the money you have wasted and all the time lost.
  12. 4 likes
    Tom Young needs to be like other cartridge retailers , and treat us with the disrespect we deserve . Sell his old stock at today's prices and make a few bob. Ooops sorry I forgot Tom is a Gentleman , so rare nowadays.
  13. 4 likes
    You probably say it more because you are taping yourself rather than having a natural conversation and are therefore aware that you have to keep going and be interesting. It just takes practise and you will do it less and less as you get used to it.
  14. 4 likes
    He misses everything else
  15. 4 likes
    Listen, I won't have a word said against my wife. She can light up a room. Just by moving away from the window..
  16. 4 likes
    When it comes to shooting glasses I really really think you need to wear them and mount a gun at the same time, personally would never buy on recommendation because fit around ones head is so personal plus one mans view through whatever lens colour is different to another.
  17. 4 likes
    Covering a person for insurance for a couple of hours is hardly the crime of the century it is done in order to encourage them to join, ever been offered free food samples in shopping centres ? How about a free tube of toothpaste by your dentist or tablets for a washing machine ? I also really don't get how reverse sandbagging is cheating, yes I do get the argument about sponsorship but on the day you will get zilch and on subsequent days you're likely to get zilch if you are not good enough. I have experienced (possible) card binning once or twice in my entire shooting life, it's not as big a problem as fake news in other words. I have also yet to witness someone keep blagging no birds till they get a straight, exaggerate much ! As for coaching on the stand, yes it is naughty but doesn't bother me personally, they are just as likely to miss through bollox advice as to hit an extra one fact.
  18. 3 likes
    Even cheaper at £125 a thousand,made in the same factory are the jokers,available from April 1st.
  19. 3 likes
    As for the three who failed to show - ignorance personified!
  20. 3 likes
    If I could choose Cheryl Cole to be anything, it certainly wouldn't be my mother.
  21. 3 likes
    Guys - understand that you might be frustrated, but I think just slagging them off is not going to induce them to talk to us. As a potential channel for talking to them, can I politely ask that we moderate ourselves? Thanks...
  22. 3 likes
    A younger chap on our squad was shooting one yesterday, seemed to do OK in fairness. Incidentally it is a misnomer that people of slight stature would benefit from lighter guns, if anything it is almost the opposite although obviously not suggesting that they should wield 12 lb guns.
  23. 3 likes
    So dig a friggin hole and set the bin in it! Beyond the wit of these robots that shoot trap I guess. AI has far to go yet!
  24. 3 likes
    I know !.............................I have followed some of them around the Sporting layouts.
  25. 3 likes
    A quick check on a couple of UK cartridge manufacturers on company checker shows they certainly aren't struggling at the minute anyway!
  26. 3 likes
    I love shooting and good or bad i enjoy getting out and attempting to hit them,gun going bang is good (means i am in the right place)....actually hitting something even better Just because i may shoot crap on a day,,the rest of the day might be great!
  27. 3 likes
    Shot some rounds of trap yesterday with Hull Pro Steel 28g through Teague 3/8 (0.015) and 5/8 (0.025) extended Inv +, (got 49 ex 50) . I was impressed with the cartrdige - crisp detonation and remarkable breaks with second barrel even at 50m (the range is situated on the rifle range with known shooting distances). Compared to RC2 24g and Clever 28g steel, recoil is a bit heavier but distance breaks are noticable better. As of patterns - at 40m left through 3/8 (229 pellets inside 20") and right through 5/8 choke (251 pellets inside 20"). If you stumble upon them give them a try, those might be working your way.
  28. 3 likes
    First time visit to Barrow Heath targets right up my street with some fast distant loopers and crossers you had to work for, happy with 89 but 1 shy of making joint 3rd in AA, good 24 on their Compak with a small joint payback win. Onto Dartford reg which was twice as wind affected as Barrow with a very forgettable score on otherwise rather shootable targets.
  29. 3 likes
    I've shot 50,000 of them and they are great. Gun fit is great. No pain or difficulty. But, since moving to my Blaser, they are fine, but I sense the gun "rattle" after a shot. The RIO recoil is quite sudden and brief. I find gamebore velocity feel smoother through it.. The old olympics used to have a very quick and sudden recoil, which I tend to notice. Maybe I'll try them them, but I always found eley filthy in the barrels too
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    Eley are not shot by many competitive shooters anymore they were popular in the 90,s but not now. Express market Supreme's as the best shell but there not world cup is there best shell, but they make more money from supremes because there cheaper to make ( Ask Mr Iddon ) As the cartridges prices have shot up yes it is a case of budget to many but the serious shooters will only shoot what they consider a good shell and gun combination. I myself have gone from world cup at £260 a thou to Rio at £170 a thou I consider the Rio to be as good as World cup as to my shooting standard, shooting top shells does not make you a top shot !
  31. 3 likes
    These are what I shoot when I'm in dornsberg. Awesome kills
  32. 3 likes
    We are holding our Eley Grand Prix this year at Mickley Hall Shooting School! It is a 4 day event running from 14th - 17th June, 120 bird Super Sporting for £49! Squads of 6 going out every 15 minutes! High Gun is a Ceasar Guerini Summit Impact Black Edition For classes AAA/AA/A/B/C prizes are: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, 4th 250 Eley Cartridges For ladies/junior/colt and vets classes prizes are: 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £50, 4th 250 Eley Cartridges All cash winners will receive 250 Eley Cartridges Prizes for U/C (Non CPSA Registered Shooters) 1st £300 Voucher for Crabtree Country Clothing 2nd £200 Voucher for Crabtree Country Clothing (Vouchers to be redeemed at the Crabtree County Clothing store). * Class Registration - CPSA Class that you are registered in for the English Sporting at the time of the event is the class you will shoot in. Cartridges must be picked up on the Saturday the 17th June the last day of the competition, no cartridges will be available after the 17th June when the competition is complete. 6 people per squad. Any person qualifying in multiple classes can only win one prize, starting with their class or the class in which the competitor chooses to take. Mickley Hall Shooting School, reserve the right to change rules and prizes at any time. * Telephone and email entries only! 0800 7720056 admin@mickleyhall.com Visit the Eley Grand Prix website for more information about the prizes and the constantly updated squad lists!
  33. 3 likes
    The problem is monopolies, the large cartridge companies seem to have the same pricing policy, funny how they all go up by the same amount, almost at the same time! We need a enterprising company, to start selling cheap imports to give us an alternative, instead of us being held by the short and curliest!
  34. 3 likes
    You do have a point in principal but I believe that clay shell market is unique in many ways, large numbers of people using a consumable in high numbers and there simply has to be a point beyond which ordinary shooters won't/can't pay. Few believe the advertising anyway and social media these days coupled to word of mouth is easily enough to bypass adverts which you'd only see once a month (if that) anyway. As the OP has mentioned already it didn't take Jockers long to shift everything they had because they're price led. I can definitely see a lot of companies used to selling shells at sub £200 until a few months ago who are now some 20% dearer beginning to struggle in keeping market share. The winner will be he who delivers a half decent shell at sensible money.
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    Top marks to you! Dear Simon,Thank you so much for your email.Funnily enough, when Scott came back and told me about the rabbit having a lot of "no birds", I thanked him for doing such a great job and apologised for any hassle he may have had. He never complained once to me, he is a lovely man, with a very pleasant, polite, happy personality.I will pass on your positive comments Simon, this really will be appreciated.Thank you so much for taking the time to email me.Kindest regards,Michelle
  36. 3 likes
    "That ref was great wasn't he. Very vocal with bad tips.." think he must be new, noticed him at Court Farm last week, just wouldn't shut up. Doesn't the no coaching rule apply to refs as well?
  37. 3 likes
    I even miss you........sometimes 😉
  38. 3 likes
    IPS will miss his Remmy, wont he????
  39. 3 likes
    Also went to Gatton Bottom. Managed a registered PB of 74. Should have been more as I made some silly misses. Only stand I really didn't get on with was Stand 1. Couldn't hit the slow battue. The OH shot really well today and also got a PB of 81. Think he might be in with a chance in C class.
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    I did Gatton Bottom today. I think it was as tricky as I've seen it there.. pretty average performance from me. Bumped into Hamid half way round. Notable moment was watching Ricky Draper shoot his last stand with only three losses on the card. He missed another one, I said "shame still a great card" he said "yes just took my face off the gun" and he wandered off. A minute later he was back because the scorer had given him a straight and he wanted the miss recorded. Great sportsmanship as this likely cost him High Gun.
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    For those not aware, yours truly and our old friend Nicola, were elected as UT discipline reps and board members at the recent BICTSF AGM. Honoured to represent the UT shooters for the next two years and looking forward to some interesting times ahead! Since being elected there have been some very positive steps taken (and huge thanks to Nicola who has been very busy) with the introduction of a new UT dedicated Facebook page for all things UT. Please check it out for all the latest developments, news about events, etc. Search 'Universal Trench-U.K.' on Facebook. In addition, we welcome our own Ed Lyons as a sponsor to the British UT Grand Prix to be held at Nuthampstead. Ed has very generously provided a superb Pilla Glasses package as a lottery draw prize to one lucky entrant. Entries for all the selection shoots are open on the BICTSF website so be sure to get your entries in early to avoid disappointment. You can book in on-line and pay at the ground. On-line entries close on the Friday before the event and priority will be given to on-line entries so don't wait to long to book on as their is an entry limit. Look forward to meeting many of you throughout the season so please be sure to search me out and say hello. I'll be the one pulling my hair out! Wishing you all a very successful season. DT
  42. 3 likes
    I grew up listening to Les Dawson and Bob Monkhouse. Blame them. She doesn't read this..
  43. 3 likes
    I managed to get to Purbeck on Wednesday for one of their FITASC shoots which is the first 100 bird competition I've done for a long time as my wife has had a succession of medical problems, operations, tests, scans, various endoscopies and finally had her gall bladder removed over the last 8 months. I shot in a squad of 5 with Shaun Stacey and his daughter Emma and Julian and Guy from the gun shop in Chard and myself. I was last to shoot the first stand and could see that I was in experienced and very capable company! Shaun is a GB sporting shooter who ended up 2nd on the day with 92 with Emma in fourth and top lady with 89. I think gained a false sense of my capabilities with shooting 20 on the first layout with which I was delighted! We then moved out into the woods and the clays got much more difficult. I managed 11 on the 2nd layout, 12 on the next and 13 on the last to give me 56 total and tail end charlie by 6 clays for the shoot. It was a great day out and Shaun was giving me tips as my feet were all over the place and hold position was wrong in a lot of cases with me starting the gun too far back and throwing it after the clay! You also have to be very disciplined to remember all the various clays and their flight paths with up to 6 traps on a stand. Not the same as shooting 5 on report pairs! Perhaps FITASC is too advanced for me yet but I enjoy squad system and the relaxed shoot with no queuing and lunch was good with roast pork with all the trimmings followed by a nice choice of puds and I had apple crumble and custard. Cost for the entry including lunch was £60.
  44. 3 likes
    Good guns. I had one for 18 months and liked it. The only reason it went was because I had the chance of buying a Beretta DT10 Sporter at a good price and I wanted to keep my ASE90 Trap. They are a well designed and built gun. For the right price a better gun IMO than others in the Price range.
  45. 3 likes
    Thought it was a nice gesture by Churchills yesterday to provide free tea, coffee and chocolate brownies for shooters as a thank you being voted top ground of the year. Very pleasant to finish the day with a free cappuccino and cake!
  46. 3 likes
    Back to the original purpose of this thread. Shot Churchills this afternoon. Must have been one of the last few cards but was already at 170 entries - not bad at all for a weekday lunchtime shoot. The weather was spot on. A fairly technical course highlighted by HG at 94 when I left. No eye tests but a few edgy targets and some interesting angles. Started well enough but dropped 50% on stands 5 and 8. The rest was silly 1's and 2's through lack of concentration. Finished on a 77 which is 1 under my average so fairly happy with that as didn't feel I was shooting that well.
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    Today saw the first of the Coley summer series of 100Reg sporting shoots, promising start for ground as it was thier biggest entry to date, it's a squadded shoot, three start times 9.30 for first with three hour gaps so plenty of time to get round and the scorers to have a few minutes respite. In a merry squad with Joe and Willy Hale, the glamourous Zea, Stewie Keen and brandishing a shiny new K80 Pete Houghton, sloppy start 3/8 didn't bode well only to shoot most, most not as many as I'd like, but most stands reasonably well. A monster 50 yard crow one did eventually find as one did (3/4) a very big r-l crosser off the tower, 4/4 driven which had been a toxic target for me only to get nowhere near its report target a floppy incomer, oh well something to work on one feels, will confess incomers I've always struggled with for years. Most thought it was a fairly challenging course thankfully the wind didn't pick up anywhere near that as forecast Joe 91, Pete 81, Stewie 79, Me 70, Willy 68, Zea as she's a lady it's like a girls age we won't disclose unles he asks us to, high gun was Julian Morris 95 chased hard by Mark Fletcher 92 will be back next month
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    Acorn shoot King Somborne run by Des Sturgess 60 bird local shoot 10 stands of 3 pairs in a beautiful setting,first one of the year and a great mix of targets. only dropped 3 till the last stand and then 3 on that stand Plus their Skeet Sport,skeet layout plus 2 other targets.2 pairs from each position mix of targets on report and simo pairs,great fun! And to make it even better the weather was glorious sunshine.warm enough for t-shirts.
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    And when you know all that your scores will improve
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    For this weekend only spring has arrived so tomorrow at Mirande it will be tee shirts and sunshine and an expected high if 24C ... cannot wait we have had some bad weather this spring shooting wise at least. Last weekend we had 7C rain and winds gusting to 90kph so bad that I did not even go to the comp on Sunday.