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  1. 16 points
    last day coming up today i never saw that 116 coming brilliant , so i could have made it harder then ??? mr deershooter you obviously know sweet fa about setting up clay shoots especially major ones , firstly though yes you are quite right about done to a price but the fee the cpsa pay us is £35 inc vat as for not putting much thought in you are clueless , i spent £4500 on lifts to get height to the ground , most for this price would have just chucked them off the floor , its taken two weeks work to get the event to a starting point, up at 5 am in the morning travelling 2 hrs there and getting back at 9 pm , so dont give me the bollox about time and effort as for averages you dont know me because if you did you would know i dont give a flying f**k about them , good targets are more important , so you couldnt hit them , well i suggest lessons or back to normal club sunday shoots i have had great feedback on this from everyone beginners to world champions this is 15 stands of good quality and if you are not on the ball it will punish you big style , it is after all the oldest and most respected championship in the uk, or used to be anyway steve
  2. 12 points
    i think selection shoots are not only about the top few ,they are about all that attends to make these events economic to hold and put on , otherwise you would have the " top " 100 shooters paying an entry fee of around £80 and theres enough discussion now when we apply a £2 levy !!!! i personnally cant see why a selection shoot needs to be any different to a well set up sunday shoot , at weston wood yesterday 97 won it 95 second then down to 93 and 91 but the big point is every class and ability enjoyed it so just remember we are a game of all mixed ability and experience playing altogether nicely . richards 95 does stand out as something special and big well dones ,but i assure everyone that if the trailing pack would of all been on 90 or there abouts they wouldve all been happier . i hear way too much off all the billy big bolloxes about making them all harder , but truth is they dont want it , really .its all about good combinations and enjoyment
  3. 11 points
    What I pick up from a shoot is fairly meaningless to me. If it was money based and I wanted £150 that much I'd do 2 hours more work..! For me, specifically on an England qualifier, it should be about the targets. And no, it should not be set up to cater for club shooters as this is one of the few shoots per year that has the specific purpose of finding the best shots. That course did not do it. They could have replaced 2-3 of the bird that were a bit of a wasted of a clay and put a separator bird on, and it would have been closer to the mark. We should be able to toughen these shoots up without fear of people moaning. They can shoot club level registered birds the other 51 weeks a year.
  4. 10 points
    As everyone starts to drift off and enjoy the Turkey, Mince Pies and Sweet Sherry (some of you more than others!) - I wanted to wish all Forum members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Next year promises to be an exciting year for ShootClay, with a new look ShootClay forum, and ShootClay news site coming in early 2015 and a new site coming along soon after. In the meantime, have a great Christmas and I'll see you next year!
  5. 10 points
    As Jeremy stated it was a cracking day out with a top squad and good to meet Mark and his high rib DT10 The two courses (of thirteen stands apiece, all four pairs unless otherwise stated) were spot on! We started on red which was comprised of the following: 1. L-R incomer o/r R-L blaze quartering away 2. R-L low white crosser o/r L-R blaze Battue 3. Low incomer on the right o/r L-R high midi crosser 4. L-R climbing target o/r blaze teal 5. R-L climbing target o/r rabbit 6. L-R close blaze crosser o/r overhead 7. Going away blaze from the right o/r white low looping incomer over water 8. Sim pair of R-L off tower, one std one midi 9. L-R quartering away o/r R-L blaze quartering in 10. Sim pair of double trap birds, one blaze one black 11. R-L rabbit o/r L-R midi off tower 12. R-L Battue o/r R-L off tower 13. L-R blaze curling crosser o/r white going away (2 pairs) I shot an 83 on the above, enjoyed a good hour or so for lunch then on the black course: 1. R-L climber o/r blaze teal 2. L-R quartering incomer o/r R-L quartering away 3. Cannot recall! 4. Blaze teal o/r R-L climbing crosser 5. Sim pair fast R-L rabbit and L-R quartering away 6. L-R white crosse o/r R-L curling crosser 7. Driven midi o/r L-R climbing crosser 8. Low white going away from the right o/r L-R fast rabbit 9. Sim pair of blaze Battue and looping midi 10. R-L looper o/r L-R crosser 11. Edge on looper going away o/r R-L crosser 12. High looper from the right o/r L-R low fast crosser into water 13. Four singles full use of gun. I shot a 79 on the above to finish on a combined total of 162. Yet again another great course and well worth the £75 entry fee. Good luck to any other ShootClayers going this week :)
  6. 9 points
    Just back home, very good set up so well done all involved. Good reffing, no hold ups, no no birds, great selection of targets including some that really needed some work. I think a 191 is out there, I missed two one soft bird on red, had a bad stand (4 away) on my 3rd stand on black. Also missed 2 full use singles, hard birds but would have expected to miss 1 max. Very enjoyable and at the other end of the spectrum to last weekend! Even the weather was decent. If all the other majors are like that we will have a grey year.
  7. 8 points
    Well I don't know about you lot but I had a brilliant day. I shot 100 sporting using only 99 cartridges. I hit a sim pair which must have been 8 ft apart and the ref said it was the only one she had seen. The economic benefit's of using cyl choke and 9s are endless. I may not be a good shot but in money saving I,am AAA.
  8. 8 points
    I get the feeling deershooter may not be keen on the shoot. I may be wrong though.
  9. 7 points
    Well it turns out I did okay this weekend - qualified for the Rizzini series at Honesberie again and came 3rd at Windrush in B class and 1st in Ladies - woohoo ?
  10. 7 points
    Surely it should be the hardest domestic English Sporting shoot we have on the calendar? I would hope the scores end up a notch down from the World, and a little up on the English. Top of C-Class is 86 - which is 72% - 5% above the c-class cutoff for I46 Top of B-Class is 90 - which is 75% - 1% above the b-class cutoff for I46 I'd say it is shooting tough, but reachable for the B's and C's - which feels about right for a British Open Championship.
  11. 7 points
    Why not have a team of course setters, say 3, who go to the grounds that tender for the selection shoots and help that ground owner set a course? That way you could, in theory, build courses of similar difficulty but still have the variety that each ground presents? Just an idea...
  12. 7 points
    Yep, had a go at this. Shot this with Nick T (and a couple of other chaps, sorry forgot your names).Only my 4th comp since I started shooting last year. Enjoyed it and will certainly try to get back there. The driven was beyond me but got my best score so far in comps (50), so pretty happy that the numbers are going in the right direction....
  13. 7 points
    It's OK, me and Matt will do the thinking. :)
  14. 7 points
    Went round with steve and my mate Dave,It was 97 balls of dust,pretty to watch. He said i think I'm getting use to this new gun.. yeah...........................................
  15. 7 points
    Another class STR layout from the Southdown team, my boy Ronnie was on GD's squad so he got to see his first 100 straight shot by the man himself. Ronnnie finished on 81 so a new PB and won colts. He's pleased with that.
  16. 6 points
    One thing for sure in this sport (within reason). It’s the Indian, not the arrow..
  17. 6 points
  18. 6 points
    Video from the second England team selection shoot of 2016 at Garlands Clay Shooting Ground. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu_hUYz8US0
  19. 6 points
  20. 6 points
    I had a few hours spare this afternoon so I went over to see Kevin Gray at College Farm in Long Crendon, on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire boarder. From the start of September Kevin has now opened College Farm Shooting Ground for open practice (it's opposite his other venue Hornets). Kevin is a keen FITASC shooter so he has put on some interesting presentations as well as a wide variety of Sporting presentation. It's strictly bookings only at the moment and is one to one therefore you have the whole ground to yourself with Kevin doing the buttons. Kevin is able to put on any target presentation that you want so it's great for practicing any bogey targets etc. I can not think of anywhere else locally where you are able to shoot whatever presentations you ask for, also from varying distances and angles as Kevin simply moves the hoop around for you. I hope that he does well with this new service offering so if you are after some bespoke practice Kevin can be contacted on 07702 243308
  21. 6 points
    Well! As a C class shooter, I see it like this. The selection shoot was not what I was expecting, there was not a bird there that you actually could not hit or caused the the f**king hell feeling, this is going to be interesting. You could build a score but also drop a load of birds. It was not many weeks ago that Southdown was crictised for putting on a hard fitasc. We know they have a couple of issues since Sean went but this is shooting grounds. I find all this a little odd, owls lodge had a hard time for so say putting on a soft shoot a couple of months ago, however you need technique and method to build a score. Their last shoot they got crictised for it being to hard. the shoot was very technical and could destroy a card. I enjoyed it despite having 21 less on the card. We all getting a little hung up on numbers....Master Solomons performance was brillant on Sunday the wind did effect the targets and the cream will always rise to the top on matter what targets are set. Soft hard or mild it's all about breaking clays and enjoying this little hobby. If there had been 5. 100 straights and the classes won on a large amount above the class expected you could say it was a soft shoot. The day a c class wins with a 100 straight then it might be a soft shoot!
  22. 6 points
    Brilliant weekend! Company targets and weather (largely) all brilliant. Had a bad start in the morning (I assume it was something I ate Friday night..! ;-) ) but woke up after and saved a total embarrassment score wise. Honestly one of the top 10 sets of targets I've ever shot. Really enjoyed it as usual and look forward to next year if I'm lucky enough to make the team again. Top driving Mr B, and some amusing chats on the way home! Ed
  23. 6 points
    Was absolutely knackered last night - so waited until today to put some thoughts down on paper. Arrived in Monmouth on Friday evening - B&B right in the centre, so checked in and grabbed some dinner with Bob_P and Wendy - decent way to start the weekend. Saturday peg time was 10.30 - so got an early night and just the single pint! Headed to the ground - just a mile and a half from Monmouth - large field close to the A40 for parking, parked up and walked in to find the clubhouse. Busy, busy - with a room for booking in and all the squad lists and scores, and a kitchen area serving great food and drinks. Found out that John Bidwell was a late addition to my squad, but he was the only person I knew. The ground had three layouts - all shot new system with separate trap layouts for all three pegs. First for me was Hull, with a steady course to start with including some edge on crossers, some quick quartering g/a birds, a terrific straight going away down a wooded path which needed quick action as it dived away, and the only bird close to a driven all weekend with an incomer r/l that needed virtually no leed and caught a lot of people out. I lost my way a little bit on the middle peg, dropping a distant rabbit, a hanging crow and one of the left to rights - eventually taking 16 on the layout. Second layout was Promatic - shot from the side of the hill, down into a field - with the last peg looking out over a wider field. Peg one had a quick straight bird, diving down the hill and a rabbit at the bottom of the hill which reminded me of a Southdown distant valley rabbit... I dropped two on the first peg, including the first bird out and a rabbit. Second peg was two edgy crossers, and a g/a bird, with an incomer that dived behind a hedge - I stayed straight through there. Peg 3 was a battue, a crosser, a big incomer and our first bigger gaps of the day - straighted the singles and then played percentages on the doubles - ensuring I took two from four to get a 21 - was pretty happy with that as a second layout. Third layout was CCI - up in the wooded area - all very well laid out with stone chipped pathways and clearings with three very different pegs. Peg one had a high midi teal that blew back on its self and caught loads out, as well as some decent higher birds and a good quartering g/a. Second peg had two great quartering crossers as well as a fast left to right crosser on the ridge that needed a bit and another teal that started above your head up the hill. Final peg was on an open bit of field with a midi crosser, a crow, a looper and a right to left crosser - the sim pairs were good here. Finished on an 18 - which was a couple light for me, some stupid mistakes on the first peg. So - finished the day on a 55 - possibly 5 light of where I wanted to be as I knew day two would be harder and I had made a few silly mistakes on the way. Day two - was on a later rotation - starting at 11.30 - so I arrived at the ground a bit later to hear reports that things had been toughened up a bit - so I knew what to expect as I headed out. Started on Promatic - hoops had all been moved as well as some of the traps, making us closer (but easier) for the rabbit - had a bit of a meltdown on peg one - missing 3 out of 4 of my doubles - which meant I was scrapping all the way through the later pegs as it got a bit harder. Stand 3 had the quick right to left crosser from below the position of yesterday and that needed some skill - hit it second barrel in the singles - missed it in the doubles. Finished the layout on 16 Then to CCI - again, all the hoops moved and a couple of traps changed - we shot it in reverse order, I was just one away on peg one but had a wobble on the second peg missing a few singles and 3/4 doubles - bad news. On the final peg managed to pull myself together to finish on 15 - definitely 2 or 3 shots harder than Saturday. Final layout of the day, we were the final squad up to Hull which reports were telling us was *much* harder than the day before, maybe 5/6 shots! Again, hoops moved to make things tougher. I never really got started on this one - dropping singles and doubles all over the place... Peg two had two teals which I really struggled with - one popped up over a hedge and I'm sure I never got close. Final peg had a looper in a window where only one shot was really possible - managed it in the singles, but not the doubles. Finished on a lowly 11. Overall - really loved the ground, the whole event was very well organised with very few delays, anything that went wrong was handled quickly and efficiently and traps were filled up at lightning speed. The atmosphere was fantastic, assisted by good weather and some nice food. My squad was lovely - met some new people from up t'north - and one of the GB ladies shooters from Bisley who was great company - on top of that I had the pleasure of shooting with John Bidwell who was an absolute gentleman with some great stories and anecdotes from his illustrious career - was excellent to watch him shoot and put his Move, Mount, Shoot principles into action - there were very few targets that John didn't find on the round - and his final scores reflect that. I'll post up the full results and winners later - but I finished on 97/150 - I really wanted to break 100 at this, but I certainly didn't disgrace myself - and really enjoyed myself - which is definitely what counts. Also great to see some ShootClay members there - including Ed - who shot terrifically on both days.
  24. 5 points
    Centrepin . I'm afraid you have encountered the guy who thinks he's a world champion , but has never been off his local shoot. And with good reason. Because he will be found out as an average , at best , shot. Big fish , small pond. It happens all the time. And I' m delighted you gave him a lesson. 😉. Go shoot a registered shoot. Tell them when you book on that you are new to it . You will most likely be able to tag along with someone. I think you will have a much better experience with proper competition shooters. Not the local wannabe. Jasper.
  25. 5 points
    Chatsworth Country Fair yesterday, shot the sport trap (11/25). My first time shooting anything other than Skeet, and I'm still a newbie (shooting 5 months), and I really enjoyed it even shooting as a lone gun the others in the squad were friendly enough Slowly finding some confidence to try new things.
  26. 5 points
    Owls too - 81. Really happy with that after taking the gun back to scratch. A reg PB for me actually. Nice to see @Will Hewland and @Sian.
  27. 5 points
    I was saying today actually, Sean pointing is a great course setter. Been around long enough to understand an interesting and fair balance. Also, he isn’t such a big name that he has to let his ego get in the way. (And a lovely bloke too).
  28. 5 points
    Just could not keep the rain off my glasses, was like looking at 20 clays at once 😂
  29. 5 points
    Just back from a mammoth 300 mile day with a 5.30 alarm call 😴 , first time visit to Four Counties and agree with Will totally, this is obviously a good ground that can present good birds with a bit of thought as the dropping Teal and high L/R proved but for me it was marred by the mickey mouse consecutive stands of shallow angle L/R pair of Std and Midi thrown together followed on the next stand by a going away pair of the same Std/Midi and then just as you thought it couldn't get any worse another Std/Midi away simmo pair but thrown high ! 😮 Do course setters really think we won't notice or do they just not care, sorry but I think we deserve better for £40 quid. Enjoyed the round otherwise and 87 was all I deserved. Only just managed to catch last entries for Court Farm on the way back to Kent and wish the traffic would have been a tad worse than it was so that I'd have had to go to JJ's for a bit of non reg arrows 😆 instead, I have nothing against shoots that cater to a certain market and throw samey birds because clearly plenty of people patronise their shoots as is evident from the largish entries they enjoy here and at Gatton Bottom but had I known that I wouldn't be allowed to physically see 30% odd percent of the birds because they were thoughtfully thrown directly (and I mean directly) into the sun I wouldn't have entered. Two stands of simmo pair Teal to boot, high crossers or incoming droppers that you couldn't see, 😶 what is it about the sun that catches course setters out so much, can they not understand that if a stand is going to be affected then they should at the absolute least throw lowish targets there !?
  30. 5 points
  31. 5 points
    I've had a new PB over the Christmas period. Three shoots without straighting a stand.
  32. 5 points
    Well there are challenges and then there are challenges. It's all very well challenging yourself by shooting 70yd midis, 60 yard battues or crossers with a ½ second window, but why not challenge yourself to hit all the clays within 35yds and at least half of the longer ones? If you can achieve that regularly you'll be in AA before you know it.
  33. 5 points
    Thank you all for the positive comments, yes we do try and personally I love setting targets that tease and please , good to see so many friends from all over the Country and hopefully enjoying themselves .Really looking forward to Sunday , totally new mini course that will tease please and intrigue, then an entertainment final , so the winner and all the prize winners will have earned their spurs.
  34. 5 points
    Exceptional event very well run and nothing silly but some good strong birds in places. I thought 114 about all was there on sporting but not sure what's happening on sportrap scores, I think 96-7 to win. Well done Hodnet .
  35. 5 points
    Really ? I bet I can set up a 100 birder with everything inside 60 yards that nobody will hit 60+ . I also think differently regarding your other point, in fact most people will improve noticeably once they are able to hit easy targets. Then the medium ones........the hard ones follow on gradually. Nine times out of ten the winners are those who hit all the easy ones.
  36. 5 points
    Lloyd put up an intro video on his you tube channel when he started these video's. He's an everyday shooter just expressing his opinions, and he's using the guns of Bywell shooting ground. Nice video Lloyd, keep them coming. Your opinion is as valid as all the other experts on shootclay.
  37. 5 points
    Well I went to Highwaymans and Eriswell today. The weather was hot. Highwaymans was first, I recognised four people which was strange for me. I didn't shoot well but I always get the jitters at new grounds and I would say it was a good shoot with good presentations. There's must have been some new scorers with people supervising them which was good to see although a new scorer mucked up my scoring but continued to talk with her supervisor through me shooting which put me off but she was new so I just swallowed it. On to Eriswell for the Sportrap. Was a bad experience for me, way too many no birds on each layout and some Simo pairs that were ridiculous and I shot with a AAA who struggled and someone who had shot for 8 months and couldn't sometimes get a second shot off. Score of 97 when I left - he must have been super human and Our Billy Baughan from this end of the country got a 96 which was fantastic but I didn't think it was balanced at all. To be fair the AAA said it's not normally all the no birds that we seemed to have and squads before had as I had an hour to wander about before I shot so I hope it was a one off. It's not a part of the country I got to often but I go for Barrowheath and I would return to Highwaymans. also on two layouts that are used for ABT and DTL had the microphones on sturdy posts smack bang in front of you so a hindrance for a shorty and a general annoyance for anyone.
  38. 5 points
    A last minute trip to Owls Lodge yesterday and almost didn’t make it due to traffic on the A303 as the police were offloading what looked like illegal immigrants from a lorry. Glad I made it as lovely shooting weather and managed to get around in 50 minutes to hit a registered PB of 87 which won C class and 11th overall. One of those days where your shooting is super smooth and the clays look like they are in slow mo. What made it better was that Owls has always been a bogey ground for me as prior to the Premier League round I had never even broken into the 70’s there and finally managed to hit a 73 at the Premier League.
  39. 5 points
    A very enjoyable Kent selection shoot at Willow Farm, firm in places with some very good distances, dropped 4x8 on my first stand, another 2 on the next but very pleased not to have crashed and burned as I only dropped 3 more on the rest for 91 and second behind kevin Howland's 93.
  40. 5 points
    Don't be too hard on yourself !! set a target off 50 or above next time and work your way up you have to work hard at Steves shoots but in the long run it will pay off and make you a far better shooter by doing so
  41. 5 points
    I have been commissioned to submit a report on behalf of 'Westley's Midnight Runners' who shot the Cheshire Shield at Hodnet last Thursday. The 'Team' of ips, 40up and myself from here, and two sandbaggers who were going to ensure that we got the Team Prize ! Their combined scores were supposed to get us home and dry, with our 3 scores as incidentals. Well, I think they were having an off day because the 3 Forum contributors were the top 3 scores. Only 40up and myself managed to top 70, with ips coming in a close 3rd. Not bad for a bloody invalid and 2 of the Nations top Trap shooters though. I can only praise the Shooting Ground and the Refs, for helping to make the day the success it was. With Teams from the Armed Forces, and the Emergency Services along with a lot of Guest Teams, it made for quite a big entry but we encountered the minimum of hold ups. I do not think we were ever in contention for the glassware, but the spirit and camaraderie in which it was shot was a joy to behold. We were following a team of RAF lads with an average age of 20 (if that) whose behaviour was impeccable, hit or miss, "Teddy never left the cot". However whilst at the top of the ground, an RAF helicopter did put in an appearance, we suspected it was bringing in reinforcements ! Maybe our scores could have been improved upon by using tighter chokes, different cartridges or Ref bashing, but I was happy with the performance of MY equipment (so to speak) and there was not a single target that I or 40up missed all of. Yes, we were dropping the odd target here and there, but not I feel, due to our gun or cartridge combination. One minor problem was with my auto failing to cycle on 3 or 4 occasions, much to the amusement of the 2 Trappies. This was down to user error and NOT the gun. Tension was causing me to not fully release the trigger, which with the O/U would cause the second barrel to fail to fire, but with an auto it fails to feed the next round properly. So there we have it, not too bad a show all things considered and not a K P nut in sight ! 3 Beretta's, 2 Browning/Miroku's instead. I will leave it to others to announce the actual scores, but when I returned the scoresheets to the organisers, they punched a hole in the top right corner of the sheets and asked me to hang them up on a nail in the 'Gents' !
  42. 5 points
    Yep. AGL for what I had hoped would be a quick trip. Turned out everyone else in SE England had turned up to a ten stander...lots of queues and a nearly three hour round. Great to see a number of ShootClay members there, and Will finishing one behind Ed Solomons. Changes I have made for this season seem to be settling in.... Managed a sporting PB of 82....
  43. 5 points
    Ouch opinion was that someone had pissed off Don in the week cus he gave everbody a good kicking to day ? Chris childerhouse 89 leading when I left me 87 second turbo still out on course A very stiff round nothing stupid but quite relentless a lot of the lower classes smashed up today only five scores in the 80s when we left just shot quite hard to be fair to Don he's put on some very good shoots / targets since he's taking on podimore and the facilities catering etc are excellent so can't be judged on one tough shoot it's a learning curve for all of us sure the super sporting will be a cracker ?
  44. 5 points
    Gunsite today nice set of targets as usual from Shaun prob shot a bit harder than it looked a few were saying 96 plus when I left Andy moon & Martin Myers 95 joint me tucked in behind with a 94 pleased seeing first shoot in 3 weeks we did have a bit of a shoot clay meet up going at one point me Rosso wynno Bisodan good to meet the two of you today Don't know what Rosso was doing with a kettle and 10 coffe sachets ? did hear it was some type of peace offering ?
  45. 5 points
    Well finally got to shoot at Grimsthorpe shooting ground yesterday, it's only taken 18 years! Went up with Matt R and Keith to shoot the fitasc, wasn't too sure what to expect but every one I spoke to said it is a fantastic ground with great targets, and it's a well deserved reputation. Our first layout was a gentle ish introduction with a good mix of staedy targets, nothing too big yet! Managed a 23 which was a good start. The second layout started with some very hittable targets, a very close right to left floaty crosser which looked like it could be missed very easily but so far so good. Peg 2 saw us shooting the same targets but what a difference 30 yards can make! Managed to blank both pairs, not good but headed off to the last peg to try and save the score. Only 1 target caused the whole squad problems and it took a few discussions before we all agreed we were shooting in front of what can only be described as a monster target! Finished on 18!! The third layout was in front of the carpark and we quickly realised there were going to be some big ish targets on the layout and so it was, peg 3 on the platform all the targets wanted reasonable gaps and gun speed to break the clays, managed to scrap a 21 which was very pleasing considering the targets we were shooting at. The last layout was the arena, peg 1 was steady and straightable, unless like me you miss a twenty yard floating crosser! Managed to straight peg 2 and drop a monster crow on peg 3 to finish with a 23, was very pleased with that and a finishing score of 85, I think Jack Lovick won the shoot with a 90 which was an excellent score. If you have never been to Grimsthorpe shooting ground then I suggest you arrange a visit, some great targets in a lovely setting.
  46. 5 points
    Just an update for those who kindly donated to the school shooting fund. The money we have acquired from donations and the sale of competition prizes, plus some personal cash, has been used to purchase an F3 for the club. It should be a great work horse and hopefully the handling will help the students progress that little more. Thanks again for your help in moving us forward. Don't forget to vote for us in the CPSA Awards as well! Thank you https://www.cpsa.co.uk/awardsnomination
  47. 5 points
    21st April 2013 Andy came up to my neck of the woods bringing a friend up from Oxford, the plan was to shoot Oakedge and then pop across to Kegworth to try and fit in two 100's to make the drive up worthwhile. We had somewhat of a delayed start at Oakedge due to the early queues to pay and so bowled up to the last stand at 1pm I gave John a call at Kegworth (having never shot there before) to ask if we could still come over as we may be a little late (poss 2:15), John said that it would not be a problem if we could shoot the stands in order, so allowing them to clear up after us. We managed to get to the ground bang on 2pm, we were greeted as if we were regulars and made to feel completely welcome, the grounds are basically flat but with some hillocks in to provide cover for the higher birds and some 'dug outs' to give a challenging angle, you shoot in a big loop and end up back at the office. We found there were a good split of testers, gimmies and some middle of the road clays presented to give a good chance for a reasonable score and to be tested on some stands. What I would like to say though is: Kegworth is the most respectful ground i have ever shot at, we were a small group of 'unknowns' arriving late when most markers/refs are getting ready to pack up and we were spoken to with friendliness by a great bunch of interested refs who are a credit to the ground, we never felt rushed and all of the refs made a point of thanking us for shooting and hoped we would come again, I for one was very gratefull for the treatment received, I will certainly return to this ground, we even had a late-ish coffe without any gripes or any feeling of the staff being put out. It was a refreshing change from some grounds who just seem to want you to turn up, pay and go. Well done to all at Kegwort, you do a smashing job and I for one am gratefull, best regards, Growl.
  48. 5 points
    After passing 1000 members in October - the Forum also hit a record traffic number, serving up 200,000 page views over 21,700 visits. That's despite the fact we had to upgrade our server during the month. That upgrade caused some disruption - but I'm pleased that we went through that pain barrier as it leaves the site in a much more stable position. Thanks to everyone for their contribution to the forum - and to those who have donated and supported through the shop. Here's to another record in November! Matt
  49. 4 points
    First visit for me here yesterday. Met up with Nicky T and Henry Hopking,and on arrival was greeted by Phil with a very warm welcome, and thanked us for making the journey. A rarity to feel welcomed at a shooting ground these days since the demise of Wylye Valley. A nice touch on each stand was,as well as the menu board,there were two clays to show what type of target you were shooting. Simple,but a nice touch I thought. It's a lovely ground,well kept,good targets and very professionally run. Yesterday Phil had been let down by three refs,but everybody mucked in together and there were very little issues. If you're looking for a new ground to visit,this should definitely be on your radar - we're already planning a return trip soon.
  50. 4 points
    Thought some of the long crossers were more gun speed than lead for me. Liked the pole dancing stand halfway up the hill l/r looper followed by the l/r high bird which required near 180 degree turn to get on the second bird. The stand across the top of the field r/l incomer crossing thingy with the big teal,you needed to keep an eye on that teal,called to see a pair and the teal near came back into the cage bit dodgey if you missed the teal,good job only dropped one of the teal so not to bad. Finished with 81 felt i let a few get away again today. Good shoot as always from Steve on a nice fresh spring day!
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