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  1. 7 points
    Being a petite lady of only 4’11” my husband was talking into buying me a 20bore “ladies” gun (many, many years ago) It kicked me like a mule I can tell you. I now shoot a 12 bore, started with an MK38 trap gun 30 “ which was heavy but I shot it ok and now have a Krieghoff, 32” which is heavy BUT it balances so well it feels light. No recoil and I shoot 28g RC2. I think you have to forget about the weight of a gun, the gun fit is much more important and once you’ve got that correct it’s just putting shells through the gun to get used to it. We can all say this gun or that gun is the best but it’s individual choice, what suits one person doesn’t always suit another. Good luck anyway.
  2. 7 points
    EJC for us too, my last one for a while as back to work Saturday. 😞 a really good course again, completely different targets from 2 weeks ago. Got wet again but still enjoyed it. The orange crosser in the grouse I shot really well, 7/8 so pleased with that. 2 stands really cost me, stand 4 platform 4/8 and stand 5 teal and floppy incomer, 4/8. Stand 7 rabbit and long incomer which didn’t come in very far, only missed 1 of the long incomers. Missed a few silly ones here and there but what I did hit I hit hard, focused on feet position, hold points etc and finished on 75 which is only 1 below my PB. All in all another enjoyable day.
  3. 7 points
    Doing Owls today. Got 12.50 slot as didn’t want to miss the hottest two hours of 2020.
  4. 6 points
  5. 6 points
    I have just sold my 'mint' condition 725 Black, you'll know the one, it was er.........and I quote "It was rusty when it came out of the box" "All the black wears off in the first week of ownership" "The firing pins will corrode away inside a month" " You will get constant misfires due to the angle of the firing pins".......etc., etc., etc. Well, I am happy to say that I experienced NONE of the aforementioned. I have just sold the gun privately and it's new owner could not believe it had been used at least once, sometimes twice a week, for 4 years. It was complete with all (+2 extra) the chokes, triggers, allen keys and paperwork. I may live to regret selling it, but it is a means to an end. I have to say that it was carried around the various grounds in a slip, (not worn around my neck !) came out, went bang bang bang, then it went back into the slip. It was cleaned as soon as I got home (or at the ground if it was wet), the stock was oiled once a month and the gun was never left out in the middle of my lawn overnight (to help stop all of the rusting issues). It was always (like all of my guns) stored in a silicone sock. The result being, I did NOT lose a lot of money when I sold it. The new owner has what is, virtually a new gun. Oh and the final point, I do NOT buy overly priced 'gun cleaning products' that I can not live without (I prefer to live without them). GT85, 3 in 1 oil and car engine oil (Castrol GTX) on the exterior metal work seem to have worked for me. So, do NOT believe all the horror stories that you will hear about any gun, most are just myths.
  6. 5 points
    EJ Churchill today for the ESP registered. A really good course I thought. There were certainly a few steadier stands, but that’s fine when you add in a good few testing ones too, which is what we got. The notable tougher targets were the orange crosser in the grouse and the 65 yard high crosser in the trap area. The ones I missed most of were far less intimidating to look at, so a cause of frustration.. Got a soaking near the end. Still glad to hit 90 for the first time since lockdown finished.
  7. 5 points
    Coleys today, luckily the rain had blown over, was on last squad out, a few issues during the day meant our 2.30 start was nearer 3.00, The squad had one or two stars and am afraid no stardust rubbed off on this old fossil. Had a poor start on targets that I really should have done better on, further in a few targets were too good for me. Overall though I did find the middle, edge, lip, rim & dome of enough to have had a jolly decent afternoon out. Richard Faulds 98 HG
  8. 5 points
    Just returned from the EJ Churchill rainforest Esp reg shoot. The last two days the forecast said wet but remained dry. Today was the correction to that. The only saving grace was no wind and the nice paved areas at EJC. Ironically the concrete areas were wettest underfoot though, as couldn’t drain. Only a few stands were under their new covered areas. Thankfully I took a brolly. The shoot was excellent in itself, certainly not easy but nothing silly. A few long targets mixed in with everything else. I shot OK mostly but by stand 10 I was in big trouble with glasses badly misting up and it did cost me a few. I ended up shooting in just a short sleeved shirt with cap on backwards, looking like a damp ageing raver. Finished on 89 which was ok considering. Enjoyed it. Nice to sit outside and eat under their huge umbrellas on the smart new patio. My mate videod the pair I short worst on last stand. 😊 IMG_1821.mov
  9. 5 points
    Well written, can think of a few that would implode getting such a missive.
  10. 4 points
    They fit well. I’ve had two other makes in the past so know what they should be like. I get that numb feeling and they deaden the noise through the ear, but muffs cover an area around the ear which also picks up sound. I’m just a big muff fan. Fnarr..
  11. 4 points
    Please do continue to give informative responses, whilst the OP sometimes disappears I find them useful and one of the best bits of the forum. I’m sure other shooters of less experience must too.
  12. 4 points
    Where is the OP then? Always glad when I write a long response giving the benefit of years of expensive experience away and they disappear or can’t be bothered to acknowledge it. 🥴
  13. 4 points
    I’m striking a balance between doing what will make me live longer but not making it seem longer. 😀
  14. 4 points
    Well, watching the video was a great help 👍 sport trap at Owls today and a massive PB. Average last year was 61.8 and today shot a 77. Last layout caught me out a bit, lowest score of the 4 layouts and a few tricky sim pairs but so pleased with how I shot. 18, 23, 22 and 14. Roll on EJC on Thursday, no doubt will come down to earth with a bump and shoot crap 🤣🤣
  15. 4 points
    EJC for us too, 11.45 start and it absolutely chucked it down the whole way round! Good targets, good start for me, good end for me too but grouse butts area done me again. Don’t know if it’s where I’m short, but I just can’t get comfortable, I feel like I’m holding my gun so high just to get it over the wall it’s not natural. Stand 4 white going away and the floppy thing ended up with a 1. Stand 5 floppy low incomer and high quartering away hit only the high ones, and stand 6 a big fat smiley face 0. Not had one of those for a long time! Like Will said, it was chucking it down, very humid so glasses steaming up constantly but nice to be out. Oh and the burger after was absolutely scrummy. 🤗
  16. 3 points
    Good thread drift into wife sanity ratings. 😆 True and recent story: After giving my wife a bloody good listening to I suggested to her that she should “find somebody else then”. Her immediate response was “No, I can’t be bothered to train another one” 😳
  17. 3 points
    Well first post lockdown reg for us today at honesberie. Very windy up there but a good course. Yes wind affected but nothing unhitable. A couple of quite nasty SIM pairs. Well organised with the covid measures. A couple of large groups around the club house though. Refs all good today although I wish they would confirm your score as you leave the cage. Some did , so didn't. Put up a good account with the loan gun. All in all a good effort from Honesberie. Enjoyed it. Jasper.
  18. 3 points
    Longridge today, on 3rd of this 4 day shoot, overcast, no rain but windy, not that I can lay claim to any wind affected / lost targets. 13 stands in all and some very decent targets too, it was too good for me in too many places, now there was nothing wrong with the course / the targets / my on the day chums / or our ref however having such a poor day with the gun I cannot help but feel a tad deflated, shot easier courses worse if that makes sense, just today had a feeling of being 'lost" / "out of depth" more than once and its not nice. Richard Faulds shot 99 on day 1, having shot same course, that's near super human.
  19. 3 points
    I'm not a body builder or one of the grunters trying to bench press 5 times their own body weight but I believe totally in being physically fit, even at my age. I work out at home in the spare bedroom and don't lift anything over 20Kg. IMO it's better to lift 5Kg 20 times than 50Kg twice. But it is scientifically proven that regular weighted exercise, including cardio work, gives a significant boost to the immune system, to overall physical health and to mental well being. Plus it's nice to be able to climb steep hills without gasping for breath. 💪
  20. 3 points
    Standard sporters tend to weigh from about 3.5kg up with most being around 3.8. Some heavier guns with adjustable stocks etc can weigh around 4.4Kg. They all feel heavy and cumbersome when you're starting out but you soon get used to it. Most of the ladies I come across shoot full weight 12g sporters and some have adjustable stocks too such as Sian who posts on here. I'm 74 and I do a full body workout with weights and a cross trainer 2 or 3 times a week. I've never yet come across a 12g shotgun that was too heavy for me to shoot.
  21. 3 points
    Lloyd, while there is such a thing as a shot string, if you work out the speed of it versus the speed of the clay (and I just know you will go and do this..) then you will find that the clay will only move millimetres while the whole string arrives, so effectively a pattern may as well be 2D. I don’t quite agree that shooting is all an art form, but you can definitely suffer paralysis by analysis especially when you have a grasp of the laws of physics and you are new to the sport and are seeking to capitalise upon this knowledge. Many of the best shooters have no idea why anything happens as it does, they have just learned what works. Many others still have no idea why anything happens but have invented a narrative that they place alongside their shooting and some of these have sold videos. Often these videos would have been better as audio books, because the narrative wouldn’t be contradicted by the images.
  22. 3 points
    We watched it through the TV and yes, the sound was wind affected (for which Ben apologises constantly throughout) BUT it was still very informative as all his videos are. What I learnt watching this one is to think about what I’m going to do before I get into shoot, foot positioning, hold point, kill point, method of shooting etc, that really sunk in for me and how to deal with the topography of the land. Also what was pleasing to see was the young lad Ollie Keates shooting, how he worked out his method etc. It was just refreshing to see a youngster not frightened to speak up, not frightened to be in front of the camera and be videoed whilst shooting so we could learn from him/them. I would be a proud parent. Ben will get the sound issues fixed for his next video you can count on that, he is doing this to help anyone that’s willing to watch and listen, just unfortunate it was so windy. Looked a very good shoot anyway, just a shame it’s so far for us to get to.
  23. 3 points
    Having owned Browning/Miroku guns all of my shooting life I have seen a variety of stock bolts used. Some were a roundhead with screwdriver slot, bolt. Others have been a 12mm socket headed bolt either with or without a screwdriver slot and latterly a hexagonal or allen key headed bolt. Can I suggest that you remove whatever heel plate or recoil pad is fitted to the heel of the stock, then using a bright torch, shine that down the stock bolt hole. That should enable you to determine what type of stock bolt is fitted. When you are removing the bolt and you feel it go loose, take it back a couple of turns and then tap the screwdriver/socket extension smartly in the direction of the action. This will release the joint between wood and metal. Do not forget that IF your gun has the long tang trigger guard, you will have to remove the screws in that first. If you are not confident in doing this, take it to a gunsmith. The MK60 should have the short trigger guard tang though.
  24. 3 points
    Just finished. Drank 2 litres and didn’t need the loo after. An excellent course but confirms their mission to reduce everybody’s average is still on. 🤣 Clays looked tiny in the sun. I only missed about three silly ones and was happy to do as well as I did on certain stands. 84. Firm but enjoyed it. GD wins on 93
  25. 3 points
    Wellll, it's alllright I suppose.
  26. 3 points
    The break seems to have done me some good. An 88 at highwayman's last week and a 89 at orston today. Still targets that I could not find but very few silly mistakes in fact I straighted 9 stands today.
  27. 3 points
    Like westley says, building a product that answers a question no one asked is not good business, especially if it's butt ugly and a lemon.
  28. 3 points
    Donna Before lockdown I took to asking for something to stand on at EJC for certain stands and they do bring something.
  29. 3 points
    R Mrs Sian Hoskins Membership No. EE126098 13/06/2020 Dear Sian, Owls Lodge Shooting School - 13/06/2020 Oops! It appears that you may have forgotten to hand in your scorecard at the above-mentioned shoot. Please contact the ground if you did hand in your scorecard asking that they send the score to us. If you did not hand in your scorecard, please contact us to explain any extenuating circumstances. For future reference the CPSA’s rules oblige you to take good care of the scorecard if handed to you at the time of entry (rule 2.12) and hand in your scorecard at the ground whether you have completed the course or not (rule 2.13). The consequences of not complying with these rules are set out in full in Booklet Number 1 CPSA General and Technical Rules, which is available as a download from our website or in printed format on request. Yours sincerely, CPSA Team A fun and rewarding sport the whole family can enjoy together, why not give it a shot! Don't let us get lost in your junk folder add info@cpsa.co.uk to your address book Clay Pigeon Shooting Association Limited (Company number #3146770), Edmonton House, National Shooting Centre, Bisley, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey, GU24 0NP 01483 485 400 info@cpsa.co.uk @CPSAUK www.cpsa.co.uk I then went to look at the scores and I don’t have one recorded. Any way this was my response Come on now CPSA at the moment at registered shoots we don’t handle our score cards! We don’t get them at all, the referee is the only person who handles them and I presume mine went with the rest of the squad cards to the office. Maybe they thought it wasn’t worth it as my gun broke and I didn’t get to finish I have no idea. I went from the last stand to my car as requested at shoots at the moment. Regards Siân Hoskins Sent from AOL Mobile Mail Get the new AOL app: mail.mobile.aol.com
  30. 3 points
    Being the nerd that I am, this subject refused to depart from my noggin. So, to quench my curiosity I did some digging around, eventually leading to looking up the NATO small arms specifications and cross referencing to BS EN steel grades with similar composition. Lo and behold, the “NATO steel” is basically the same chrome molybdenum vanadium martensitic nitriding grade 722M24 as noted above and in addition to the English gun maker that uses said grade, I now know of one other German brand that uses this similar “NATO approved steel for small arms” in their own gun manufacturer. Goodness... no wonder people fall asleep in my company!
  31. 2 points
    Been swayed towards a pair of Sordins, have fitted earplugs non electronic and they do the job well enough, but fed up with having to pull one out when anybody is talking then trying to get it back in before anyone takes a shot. The electronic fitted plugs are way to expensive to buy, also within 5yrs you'll be looking at another pair due to ear growth and with some annual servicing I believe.With 5yrs guarantee on the Sordins and no worry there, I'll put up with sweaty ears and if it's too hot just put the plugs back in and be anti social for a day 😄
  32. 2 points
    One of my game shooting pals has a pair of MK60 32" guns and he shoots everything really well with them. That includes sporting clays. However I couldn't shoot them at anything as they are too low in the comb for me. Another mate has a MK 38 32" sporter and he has had to have a comb raiser fitted so that he can get it to fit 'properly'. For me that gun is (was!) miles too low also. I have shot MK 38 Trap guns off the shelf and the comb height is bang on for me.
  33. 2 points
    Ditto, we shot EJC on Thursday, had a very nice ref but Phil got wrongly marked. Stand 2 I think it was, on report pair, first bird hit, second bird “no bird”, pair again. Phil actually said to the ref “first bird established as hit”? Ref said yes. He missed the first target, hit the second so should’ve been pair hit. Not until we checked cards at end we realised he had marked it down as lost and hit. It would be best if they did confirm score as you leave cage, at least it’s fresh in everyone’s memory if you did have to question it.
  34. 2 points
    Bloomin eck................................who wrote THAT for you then ? 😵
  35. 2 points
    As you know Rich I was reffing there today and there were absolutely no gimmes. You had to work for every point and to be fair the wind was troubling a lot of the targets so you don't need to beat yourself up over it.
  36. 2 points
    Cos they get cobwebs in them during a round ??
  37. 2 points
    Just don’t muck about. Get a set of MSA Sordin with gel inserts. I must have said this 20 times on here. Everything else is worse. They are cheap as chips when you realise you’ll never buy another pair. Can be worn for ages with comfort. Don’t hit the stock.
  38. 2 points
    My vote for Starkey , excellent company , but possibly will cost £60 for a full overhaul but guaranteed after the repair . Sordin in my opinion are far better than Peltor .
  39. 2 points
    Thanks. Makes sense. Reading some of these posts it looks like K80 is the winner.
  40. 2 points
    Hello. Similar height to me. If it's one of the early Browning 525s I can related. The later ones are much nicer. Being shorter of arm and stature I like a gun with light barrels. This is necessary because of my silly short stock, to get a good balance. I have a Perazzi MX8 as my forever gun. I also really like the Beretta DT10 and the Beretta 686 Gold e. Those are all £ up from a 525. I got good advice from Hamster and it was of course spot on, it was barrel weight that was the key. Also go for a refit. Gun refit should be a continuous loop until you really learn to shoot. I have been shooting for the best part of ten years now and I had my gun refitted yet again last year, because as I learned more and got better I was able to uncover the causes of errors and address them. You may be quicker on the uptake than me, but I was told a sporter could shoot "everything" and although technically it can, it can muddle you. I now have one stock for shooting sporting gun down and I know if I go back to trap I need to get the other stock out and fitted. I also now know what a properly fitted gun feels like, so I can tell when it needs readjustment.
  41. 2 points
    July Competitions @ Barbury Shooting School Weds 8th July - 100 Reg Sportrap Weds 22nd July - 100 Reg Sporting Friday 31st July to Sunday 2nd August - 120 open Sporting (The Pro One Challenge) All shoots must be pre booked with the ground in advance on 01793 940420 or sporting@barburyshoot.com
  42. 2 points
    All this analysis means nowt, get some lead in the air.
  43. 2 points
    @Will Hewland You’re right. I just did 😂 You’re right, it does! 😲 Agreed. 😊 If anyone is hungry, I have a large humble pie to eat if they want a pice? No? Oh... guess I’ll just have to eat it all by myself then 🤣 I don’t quite agree that shooting is all an art form, but You know me so well Will... And we haven’t even met! 😆 Oh, well I’m in good company then. 🤔 I had a lesson with Nick Hollick at Honesberie yesterday. I chose to have a lesson with Nick because he Is described as a “Technical” shooter. I got more feedback from him than I’ve been used to. At the start of the session, he let me shoot as I “normally would do”. I discovered I’d almost forgotten everything I’d previously learned during lockdown. Nick reigned me back in, reminding me about visual pick up, hold point, break point, hard focus... all things I had knowledge of but had forgotten how to apply. As it started to come back about half way into the session, I started to get back the breaks and the ‘feeling’. Nick kept saying to me after the breaks “stop thinking about it.. just trust it!” I’ve always found that hard. I’m not surprised by the misses. It’s the breaks that throw me off. I cannot figure out how it works and I find it hard to trust what I cannot figure out. (Assumes I figure it out properly... not like shot strings 😬) Then I start to try and work out what happened and I miss, miss, miss... So I’m trying to convince myself it’s an art form Will.... so 🤫. shooting is an art form shooting is an art form shooting is an art form aaannnd relax 😉
  44. 2 points
    @diver682 Yes, panic indeed. I think I panicked 81 times out of 80 yesterday.
  45. 2 points
    From stands 1 to 3 you need to look hard where the targets first appear and where they land to give you prospective of how far away they are. James has used the terrain to its full advantage to catch you out on these stands. The midi driven is 120ft but what makes this tricky is you cannot see the trap and the target just appears, causing the shooter to shoot it quickly in panic, you have more time than you think on this and most misses would be in front. visual pickup on where it first appears is critical to have consistent success. If you were to shoot any of the majors being held at Hodnet or High lodge these are the sort of targets you would see in there wooded sections, targets that you only have a limited time to shoot before it disappears behind trees or bracken.
  46. 2 points
    Yes, I do mean Kingscote. I keep making that mistake in my head. In fact, when I was first invited to shoot “Southdown or Kings[east]cote” I googled it and thought, an hour away, sure, I can do that. I realised the mistake when I put the postcode into the satnav and it’s in fact 2 1/4 hrs away! 🤣 I said to my partner we could visit our friend nearby because it’s near “Gatwick “. So committed to doing that then discovered she’s an 1 1/4 in the opposite direction 🙄 still, a commitment is a commitment and.very glad I kept both. My partner and I had a great day. I dropped 20 on 6 to 12. Stand 8 was the only one I did straight. I didn’t hit any on stands 1,2 or 4 🥺 I’m usually happy with driven targets too, probably hit around 7/10 at Honesberie, Kelbrook. and off the towers at Sporting Targets. I didn’t hit any at Kingscote, but then I might have hit one or two had I realised the trap was on the moon 🤣
  47. 2 points
    Bebo the first shoot I did after lockdown my arms were so weak, few shoots on I’m getting back to normal. I went to Gunsite today for practise. The targets were from the reg I did there but with wind. I shot it very well and was pleased I had an opportunity to reshoot a few targets that I wanted too. Interestingly at the reg I had shot with Pro Ones which I had to buy at Southdown a few weeks back as they didn’t have my Fiocchis. The pro ones were £230 which I think were slightly less than normal. Anyway at Churchill’s the other day at I bought Gamebore Velocity because (a) they were £185 and (b) Tony would shoot them because he doesn’t think there is anything wrong with them. He’d bought some a few years back from a shooter who was convinced they had holes in the pattern and wanted rid of them. Anyway I found them very good and it made my day to think I was shooting the clays well with cartridges at least £45 a thousand cheaper!
  48. 2 points
    Shooting slightly higher rib guns requires a little adjustment to learned sight-pictures , the Vantage is available with an adjustable Monte Carlo stock so all may not be lost Lloyd. Once the penny drops in the grey cells over target visibility it sometimes feels akin to almost cheating. I noticed whilst cleaning the gun today (beautifully made aren't they?) that gel pad is really squishy - currently working through a batch of Fiocchi 26g/8s which I find a tad sharp and it felt OK'ish I'll keep the green pad suggestion in mind.
  49. 2 points
    If it was my money I would have a new 525 sporter with adjustable comb, trigger etc. . All for £1600. Enjoy for ever. It will still be going strong when you are not. Hell of a gun for the money. Makes a mockery of both cheap ATA etc and the expensive guerinis trying to be more than what they actually are. Crack on. Enjoy. Jasper.
  50. 2 points
    Sporting at Owls on Thursday, well run, good targets, signs everywhere etc. Had a really good start, hitting all the long hard stuff then got to stand 10 and had a bit of a melt down! Dropped 16/24 on last 3 stands. Stand 11 edge on rabbit then a floppy thing low and just appearing in front of you before landing on ground was a disaster for me, had a sad lonely 1 😳. Started chucking it down after 3rd stand and targets were wind affected. We had a squad behind us which were fairly fast and as it’s squadded and your going to stands in order I should have changed my chokes for the last couple of stands but felt I didn’t have time which was stupid as it cost me dearly. Ended up on a sad 64 but was really pleased with the targets I did hit. Just need to practice on these little shi**y things that appear and are gone in a second!
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