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  1. 25 points
    I think we have all been lulled into a false sense of security over the last few years and people become far too worries about their averages. The best shots in their class will always rise to the top and it encourages the majority to progress and get better, to improve their techniques and to challenge themselves. Look at Steve Lovatts reputation, strong targets but getting regularly 200 guns on reg shoots... Bring it on!!! Let's move the sport forward... Train harder and get better boys and girls!!
  2. 24 points
    So - the access issues that plagued us over the weekend seem to be now fixed, they were caused by a mistake in the code that was uploaded to try and fix the PM issue. Unfortunately - the forum support people had a public holiday (July 4th) over the weekend, so things took a while to resolve. Now, we've switched off a few features (the header graphic, some menu items) to make sure that everything works OK - and then we'll get to fixing the PM thing that everyone seems to clamour for. As for complaints - please give me a chance - I do this in my spare time, for free and make very little money doing it. If anyone wants a refund for their membership subs, let me know an address and I'll send a cheque Just so everyone is aware - this site has grown in the the last year - from 250,000 page views a month, to nearly 500,000 last month - keeping it running requires a decent amount of time and some faith that the software will work as designed - I am, contrary to belief, not an expert in building and running forums - this is a learning curve for me as well. When things go wrong, I don't sit around drinking champagne from the vast cash reserves that I have made from the site - I work to get them resolved, but have to rely on other people to help me - sometimes even they don't know what is causing the problem. Coming on the site and reading complaints and snide comments in threads doesn't really motivate me that much.
  3. 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
  4. 16 points
    Right - anyway, I didn't court or ask for publicity from the CPSA or anyone for the ShootClay Cup. I didn't pay one penny for advertising, and I didn't ask anyone to write or talk about the Cup. Deliberately. It was a calculated risk for the event. The reason I took this route was that I believed that with a good product (the shoot, the prizes, the organisation), I would be able to reach my targets using the channels I've built - the forum, the main site, social networking - without paying for unnecessary advertising, publicity etc I was able to plough more back into the prize fund. I set myself a target that would allow me to pay out as I wanted, and make a small amount to put into next year. Profit was minimal for this first edition, next year I will push harder - I have some great ideas to improve and I'm already having some preliminary conversations with sponsors from in and out of the industry. I also wanted to prove that I could do this as a personal challenge... I have never run an event like this before, and whilst I understand business process (way more than computers btw), it was a fantastic opportunity to learn about something new - I have a massive list of things that did not work as I wanted them to, and a growing list of things that will improve next year. So - if the CPSA didn't cover it, that's their loss (in my opinion), hopefully they will reconsider next year as I intend the ShootClay Cup to be a regular fixture on the calendar - as well as the other events I have plans and ideas for. I would love them to sell my shoots without me asking for it, but they have their own commercial imperative that they need to manage better, without mine. Finally - the most satisfying thing is the number of people that have said they enjoyed the shoot, and would come again. Some of that feedback has come from people who's opinion I really value in clay shooting, who have been there and done it and worn out most of the t-shirts. But, I also had feedback from people I have never met before, who wanted to try a comp for the first time and enjoyed the atmosphere of something different. I honestly, would trade every penny of profit for those reactions. I'm not going to get rich from clay shooting, but I am a bit richer with friends than I was before the weekend.
  5. 16 points
    I had some feedback that the forum rules looked 'a bit heavy' – so I'm revising them today (12th Sept) in the hope that they reflect me a little more. If you want to save time, you can just read the words in bold. Please respect other members of the forum and treat people as you would like to be treated. I do not expect you to agree with everything posted – but I do ask you to behave respectfully to everyone on the forum. Please do not advertise your site, or links to your site without my permission – I'm not a charity, but I also believe the internet is big enough for everyone – so I'm happy to carry links that are something more than just spam. Talk to me – I'm happy to help if you are cool in reverse. If you want your website to be included in our links section please e-mail with details of your site and a url. I like a bit of banter as much as the next person – but please keep the language sensible (so that we can encourage the next generation of shooters to be involved) – racist, sexist, homophobic and offensive comments are not cool – and will be deleted in a puff of smoke. Please – don't be a chump – nothing illegal or unsafe that will cause a knock on my door Finally – if you have any questions – email me at forumadmin@shootclay.co.uk – I am a human and happy to talk about anything on the site. And finally, finally – have fun, don't get wound up – it is just the internet after all.
  6. 15 points
    Short and sweet. Brilliant set of targets, not too hard at all. Only one bird I looked at and thought "crikey, what do I do with that" (looping away midi on 4). And I only missed 1 there. Worst stand was my second stand where I missed. 3 sitters through being half awake, rest just the odd one away but had to work hard. Just as it should be. Best British for years.
  7. 15 points
    my son harry shot his first masters today and shot a very good 134 so well done harry
  8. 15 points
    Message from Shaun Miller Since Greg and I took over Southdown we've continually reinvested in the business, with a view to making the ground one of the best places to shoot in the country. So the last thing we want to do is give anyone a bad experience and we acknowledge that the FITASC competition was not what it could have been. Since Shaun Peckham's unexpected departure we've been looking to recruit/partner with an experienced target setter and I'm sure you'll all agree it takes time to find good skills. So here's three bits of good news........ Firstly we've managed to recruit the services of the internationally renowned Graham Brown who has agreed to set the targets for not only the FITASC GB Selection Shoot (29-30th March) but also the CPSA English Open (23rd-25th May). As many of you will know Graham has been building courses since the early 90's in both this country and abroad. We are also delighted to announce that the FSP GB Selection Shoot will consist of a total of 6 independent layouts that will be shot over the two days, using the best that can be offered of the Lane and Valley. Transport will be available to the Valley layouts kindly supplied by our transport sponsors Gatwick Mitsubishi. For those of you staying over in the area for the weekend why not come along to the party in the evening, relax and listen to the band. The second bit of good news is that we are pleased to be able to announce that Bob Clarke, who is well known and respected in the shooting industry and famous for the Beretta World Sporting Championship targets, will be setting courses for us throughout the year at all our other important championships and events. Bob will start by setting the course for the last of the Southdown Winter Series FITASC (15-16th March). The third bit of good news is that as a concession to anyone who shot either the Jan or Feb Winter Series FITASC comps, we'd like to offer you a £10 discount off this event. As always we welcome your feedback and as some of you have said in this thread, it's not just the good stuff, praise that helps us get it right. We are committed to getting it right and hope to see you again soon.
  9. 15 points
    ... I'm having to field PM's from members who want to delete their accounts because of the behaviour of a few on here - too much bickering, too many arguments, too many rants, too many trolling posts. To be honest ShootClay - today is another day where I feel like closing the forum and directing my efforts elsewhere... these days are becoming too frequent. I continue to run ShootClay at a net-loss to myself, not financially - but in time and effort. If people cannot respect the rules that I ask for on the site the that time and effort is wasted. Please stop now. Thanks Matt
  10. 14 points
    Added an extra target to last week's PB of 80 at Grange to get 81 at Oakedge today after hitting a miserable 13 out of the first 28! Managed to channel the words of Mr Solomons and sort myself out ? Mum also hit her PB after some stock adjustment again by Ed and a lesson yesterday. All in all, a cracking weekend!
  11. 14 points
    Mental weekend Really travelled up to garlands for the selection shoot sat A very clever set of targets again from Steve everybody talking of 97 but shoot won on a 95 well shot Brett !! I managed a 92 which I was very pleased with and 3 points ? Sun A visit to Dons at podimore for Somerset county fitasc A very fair set of targets with lots of variety some described it as proper old fitasc which you got to work hard for really good shoot I couldent really get going felt as if I didn't want to be there but mansged to keep it together for A 89 joint high gun with the fitasc Legend and good friend R P Cherry ? Also won the county championship so overall a cracking weekend !!
  12. 14 points
    Sounds like it was a shoot to make people think. I have always said there is no point in setting courses that are soft. The top shots will always rise to the top but it's no good beating everyone else up on the way around (as proved in Dubai in my opinion). I always aim to set the course so there is a good variety, something for everyone and that the targets can bee seen. I hate shooting edge on crossers and so I don't put them on. The skill of the target setter is to make the shooter think. Take them out of their comfort zone and hope that even the best shots out on the course are going to find something that is a challenge but it's amazing how sometimes a 'top shot' can get one target very wrong then a C class come up and nail it first time. Competitions are our business, I hope after 10 years of setting at least one new 100 bird course from scratch every week I know what I'm doing! We get good entries but I think it has as much to do with the changing layouts and the way we do things as it does the toughness of the course. Very often classes are won with scores much higher than the average but I always look to see what the pack average is in the class to decide if I got right or not. One or two getting amazing scores in their class just shows me they need to move up, not that I've set an easy shoot. It's very true that at the moment there are a lot of top shooters out there and new comers to the sport are finding it easier to get the help and training they need to move through the classes. We've got coaches that are great for getting young shots and new shots out of club shoots and into registered competitions quickly (that's definitely boosting entries around all grounds) and we've got competition coaches that can elevate lower class shooters to the giddy heights too and plenty of different personalities to suit different shooters which again, is great. We even have mental coaches for our mental game and so much kit to make it as technical as we want - it's fantastic! I think my job as course setter is to keep things fresh and make sure our competitors keep scratching their heads AND jumping for joy, both show it's always a learning curve. When the shoot isn't worth a review, fair chance it hasn't got anyone excited enough to tell others. Richard and Tanya have 2 pages going on here so something tells me they made a lot of people think and that I missed a good shoot! Typical! But hopefully you'll enjoy the fruits of my labours at the weekend. Steve
  13. 14 points
    Thanks for all the support today and the kind compliments and pressies! A lovely day to end on. Ollie Baker blasted it with 112, not surprising really when you think its where he learned to shoot, quite fitting. Over 200 shot today and ate their way through a mountain of food, I sometimes wonder if thats all most people come to the ground for. So thats the end of it. I wonder how the gap will be filled? Time will tell. We've had some great times and made some good friends. No doubt our paths will cross again before too long. Thank you again. Ian
  14. 13 points
    We've just passed an important milestone on ShootClay Forum - not 'Nics funniest ever post' - although that is a date that will live on in my diary... Only slightly more importantly - we've ticked past 2000 members: Congrats to Jack Wilson - who I guess is from Canada by his email address! Welcome aboard!
  15. 13 points
    Visited the Home International as Driver for Ed and Support and Caddy for Lainy. Arrived on Friday for a practise. Nice little 50 over six stands for £10 Stayed in the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle County Down (nice choice SCTA) The Saturday bought the competition day. Shot over 14 stands What a cracking estate, layout and set of targets. I was Lainy's support, caddy and general target discusser which I may add I really enjoyed. The teams were squadded and very well organised The scoring system is something that should be adopted throughout squadded majors. Each stand has the squad card for the stand and only the stand. Its marked and removed by a runner back to scoring office. Excellent way of scoring, no cards are carried by the squad saves all the faffing about. The course was split morning the afternoon. The targets were great I would have loved to have a go at them. Nothing impossible great use of the sky. Speed distance and angle used to make the shooter concentrate but not to deceive. http://www.ucpsa.com/ucpsa/images/resultscollateral/Sporting/Ballyduggan/Sporting%20HCIT1.pdf Lorraine shot a 32 in the morning, dropping a few but it was the 'harder' of the two layouts in my view. In the afternoon she shot really well scoring 40/50 to end on 72/100 4th overall Lady Scotland Ladies 2nd to England by a clay. I was so pleased for her she has had a few tough scores and worked really hard to bring it back. Ed S helped her with some pointers on Fridays practise but it was mainly my excellent bag carrying skills.
  16. 12 points
    Shot Westfields Sunday a 94 Then onto Gloucester Skeet club for the Skeet County Championship Shot a 97 then won a shoot off to become Champ One of my best days shooting ever!!!!
  17. 12 points
    EJC registered today, that was a great course set to give you a chance in pretty windy conditions. I made a big conscious decision to stare at every clay, wherever it flew. Very happy with my 96 but I suspect it may not be enough, with the big talented crowd that turn up there.. Missed one on my last stand, sheer nerves as a new PB was at stake..
  18. 12 points
    Enjoyed my weekend shooting. If scores are up to date, I came 4th in Ladies at Jack Pyke which as Dan said was better than the Premier League shoot they held and bonus got all my driven. Then after such a long day on Saturday got up early to get to Southdown for Sportrap and felt like a bag of poo, not enough sleep which for me means mega headache. Took pills and soldiered on to enjoy testing Sportrap and Sporting, at a massive breakfast in between those two and came away with South of England Sporting Lady and South East of England Sportrap Lady.
  19. 12 points
    Lots of work to do yet - and more details to come but:
  20. 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
  21. 12 points
    Definitely don't think it should be limited to A or AA shots- the more the merrier, and gives everyone a good chance at experience, plus the chance to see how they measure up against the top levels. All I'd say is that it should be set with an eye on the objective, which is to select the most competent team. That was certainly the softest shoot I have seen for some years, and have no interest in averages, scores or rankings if I'm honest. Yes I want to be on the England team, but I also do the shoots expecting a decent challenge. If every Sunday shoot was like that I would do something else!
  22. 12 points
    Had a a great day today! Things just came together for me! Got a win in C class just! Even shot the driven targets as driven. Some great targets to shoot at and I didn't really que anywhere. Got through the White Gold Challenge, it was touch and go with four shoot offs to get in to the final. Don't think I have any nails left. I can relax now for a few weeks! .
  23. 12 points
    Shot the 200 at Hepworth hall today With Shootlcay members Nicky T and Mark Jones. Joined by Paul and John from way up north. Food tent and trade stands for those in a spending frame of mind. Well organised entry run by Rose who controlled the squads well. We were second away but moved to first to accommodate for a tardy Mr Digweed. We went out on the Red course first. Nothing impossible on this course. Well set targets that were hitable Concentration was required as silly ones and twos could slip past you. I shot 73/100 here leaving maybe five out based on my ability. The best stand (enjoyability wise) was a sim pair off the tower Standard and Midi well set to seem crossing. Hour lunch break was nice plenty of time do amble about eat shop etc. Then onto the black course. Again nothing massive all needed head on shooting. Many sim pairs needed work on which to take first. I shot 71/100 here. Last three stands took 13 of the losses. Hey ho. Need to work harder. Tough last stand. Really enjoy the "big" day. Great shooting with The Squad. Enjoy if you are going.
  24. 11 points
    Well managed to get away late and meet Tony for the reg at EJC and despite having to carry his gear as well as my own due to his bad knee which has played up rotten the last few weeks, I managed a PB of 86 - well chuffed.
  25. 11 points
    Just tested out the slow motion camera on the new iPhone 7, not too bad. Don't forget to like and subscribe
  26. 11 points
    I was up in north Wales today seeing my parents in Ruthin so felt it would be rude not to squeeze in a quick sporting round at Fauxdegla's facility. I was really impressed by the venue; after seeing mainly negative posts (granted from a few years ago) when I searched for information I wanted to show some pictures and my experience of the ground. 100 Sporting Round = £25 with both Fibre and Plastic wads allowed. Firstly, what a breathtaking area to be based in. I really do love this part of North Wales as I have done a lot of mountain biking here. On to the stand layouts... 1: Away in front O/R L-R High Incomer 2: L-R Rabbit O/R R-L Looper 3: R-L Quartering Away O/R R-L Quartering Away 4: L-R High Crosser O/R L-R High Crosser 5: Overhead O/R Overhead 6: Mini Away O/R L-R Crosser 7: R-L Looper O/R R-L Looper 8: R-L Crosser O/R R-L Crosser 9: High Teal O/R L-R High Looper 10: L-R Crosser O/R R-L Crosser 11: Overhead Driven O/R R-L High Crosser Stands 9 and 11 really tripped me up. Very testing targets that are really (for a beginner) far out. The rest of the layout was nice and friendly with a few tricky birds. Lovely scenery and promatic traps mean even billy no mates can have a nice wander round: After the sporting round I tried my hand at a round of Skeet, after one of the groundsman having to explain to me what I am meant to do. It seemed fun, I hit 23 of the 25. Beginners luck maybe? Or no pressure from other shooters around? After the sporting and skeet rounds I grabbed a bite to eat in the cafe which was very reasonably priced and tasty food. Beans on toast, which made a nice change from the standard sausage and egg rolls! A very enjoyable mornings shooting and a cracking facility. No idea what this DTL business is though, but there seemed to be some serious people shooting that....
  27. 11 points
    Just wanted to mention my old mate Geoff Farmer who shot a 94 there yesterday. He has only a thumb on his right hand, so has ingeniously rigged up an electro- mechanical system on his gun allowing him to push a button (away from him) instead of a trigger. It is electronic, so that it ignores the second button push that comes from recoil, for a split second. But basically he has overcome a seemingly impossible problem and the score yesterday was excellent.
  28. 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.
  29. 11 points
    Thanks for all the lovely comments boys and girls... Glad you're all enjoying our reg shoots... Weather permitting we will be back to the usual "nothing under 40 yards rule" (only joking
  30. 11 points
    I arrived to find police investigating the break in last night of the club-house. What a pain for RF and co. not massive losses but plenty of damage and inconvenience (including prize monies from previous shoots). Anyway, the shoot. Richard took myself and Clayclouter around, with another chap at 11.15. The wind was whipping up, making targets pretty wavy and shooters shiver. RF explained that the course was softened up to make up for the wind and accordingly nothing was nasty, although some tricky angles were there. I really made a pigs of this shoot. Despite the wind it should have been 5 -10 clays above the average score, depending on individual experience. I finished on 83 but half my misses were inexcusable really. I hung on to crossers; missing in front as they slowed and waved. On one stand I made myself get on with it and hit them all. I waited around a bit after shooting and saw MANY from here. Teepee had put in a stonking 85 for B (pb for him?) but various others were kicking themselves like me.. The sun emerged and the wind dropped as I was leaving, which likely helped a touch for afternoon shooters (a theory I am clinging to). Steve Scott Smith on 97 late on was still superb. Well done him!
  31. 10 points
    It took me 1.5 hrs this morning to cover the first 25 miles to Owls Lodge because a lorry had overturned on the A249 exit off the M2 😟 but it was worth it, don't normally shoot well in such windy conditions but delighted with joint 2nd with Mr. Childerhouse no less, 😊 hope the purple patch never ends, that's my third 93 in the last three registered events on different grounds. 😎
  32. 10 points
    That's the 3rd time I've joint high gunned EJC 😜 😁 very happy especially looking at some of the names present. https://www.cpsa.co.uk/scores/fixture/english-sporting-e.j.churchill-group-ltd-20181101/94550
  33. 10 points
    It appears I have qualified to return on Sunday. My first major comp to get anywhere in the five years I've been shooting. It was a very good shoot and is a stunning ground. I was waining towards the end and lost 3 targets each on the last two stands which was very frustrating as I shot the middle section I thought really well for me. It was the highlight of my day to get 3 of the driven and come away with 7/8 on that stand. Anyone who knows me will understand how I feel about driven.
  34. 10 points
    Well - if your woman changes her knickers as often as this site does an upgrade - then that's a problem for you to deal with...the last upgrades to this site were in April 2015. The 'problem' before was that Tapatalk didn't work well, profile updates didn't work - and as the makers of the forum software resolve bugs and add more features and speed - I'll make the effort for the site to be more secure and reliable. So - as I asked once before, what EXACT problems do you have with the forum... if there aren't any, then maybe the four other forums where you shine your sun would be a better place to hang out. As ever - please let me know where to send your refund to.
  35. 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!
  36. 10 points
    Filmed a bit more at Westfield on Sunday
  37. 10 points
    Shot this today, thought it was a really good course with a couple of exceptions. As Steve mentioned, there were some stands with white/blaze clays through trees which were hard to pick out when the sun shone (most of the day). However, I thought the selection of birds was great, nice to see a long crosser on two, the point blank bunny caught a few out, as did many of the other birds. Only a couple of gimme stands but frankly I think that's how it should be. I shot pants and was well short of what I should have had with 106. I see 113 to win it. See what comes in..!
  38. 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 :)
  39. 9 points
    Wahoo. Update.. got shared HG with Sam Usher. Some good names went through too. Glad to get my act back together. I’m settled with new glasses now!
  40. 9 points
  41. 9 points
    Got my first registered 90+ today at Southdown with a 93 which I'm over the moon with, come close a couple of times with some high 80s so this was nice to get over the finish line. I did get a bit lucky with the target which was coming out of the sun as the clouds just started rolling in but the rest of it I just felt in complete control. Thanks to Rosso for shooting first on the last four or five stands so I could have a really good look at the targets.
  42. 9 points
    Team selection FITASC at North Ayrshire, new PB...92/100 to win C class and take joint 3rd over all
  43. 9 points
    Had a good weekend at the English Open Fitasc. Hosted by Southdown. First class organisation. Definitely first class targets. I shot 61/75 first day and 61/75 second to win C class and place me 8th in Seniors. Shot my first Fitasc at Southdown with @ShootClay Admin two and half years ago so it was a pleasing result.
  44. 9 points
    Rather than bitch at each other and name-call, why not just accept there was a breakdown? It happens. Get over yourselves. I was bloody frozen solid at the rabbit stand, and missed two because of it. Not because I shot in front of them, you understand... PB today. Happy bunny................ (see what I did there??)
  45. 9 points
    I'm pleased to introduce a new site to the ShootClay family - ShootClay Directory is now live, and ShootClay Forum members can get eyes on the site first. The idea of the directory is to enable people to find and review Shooting Grounds, hotels near Shooting Grounds and other Clay Shooting related businesses. Each listing is powered with a map that allows you to get directions to a ground, and also a tab displaying details and reviews on the ground. The site is accessible from mobile devices and tablets, meaning it can be used from mobile phones whilst on the move. Ground Owners will be able to claim the listing for their ground, and update details, photos and even video - and shortly they will be able to add fixtures to the listing so that people will be able to find when the ground is open. We're currently working on adding grounds from across Europe, and Gun Shops, Shooting Coaches, Gunsmiths and other clay shooting focused businesses. I am sure there are some bugs and wrinkles to iron out, so your feedback and comments are very useful. Thats it - I hope you find it useful, and I hope you'll be reviewing your favourite grounds soon! http://shootclaydirectory.com
  46. 9 points
    Paid a visit to Grimsthorpe this Sunday. Massive entry proving that if the ground throws a good target then shooters will come. Entires coming from as far away as Manchester and Blackpool. One thing I like to see is the Ground omers out checking things are going well. Always interested to see how shooters are enjoying the day. Started on the pool for a warm up. 10/12 dropped one of a tough sim. Then didn't shoot at on of a report pair (RTFM) so happy there. We wondered past one and two as the queues were fair to huge. Up the hill to 3 Close but fast R/L report slow L/R A lot misread this pair and were behind the first. Next was a typical Grimy pair. Cracking R/L battue followed by a dipping incoming looping midi. Thus followed a great mix of targets. Concentration was needed as the waiting took it's toll if you weren't on the ball when it was your turn. I was beaten by one far away dropping bird that needed a lot under it to hit it. The shoot was won on 96 by Sean Bramley. I managed 84 letting maybe four or five slide which won my class and £65.
  47. 9 points
    As the gold cup isn't registered can you finally toughen it up a bit so we don't have to worry about our averages? ;-)
  48. 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.
  49. 9 points
    Just back from RBSS after a fantastic morning - and an opportunity to try the Stratstone Super Seven challenge.Mrs Admin accompanied to take some pictures, as well as Nicola and writers from some other publications & websites. Arrived at 9.30am for bacon rolls, and a quick introduction to the event from Dylan Williams at Royal Berkshire. We then went out onto the ground for a quick warm up flush from the 'low' tower - some nice driven birds in a sequence, all loaded by the instructors there. A couple of goes on that - and we were sufficiently warmed up for the main event. The Stratstone tower is enormous - about 80 to 100 foot higher than the shooting position which has been cleared out and reshaped for the event - which will run for three months from tomorrow. Through the trees from the stand, you can see that the tower is much wider than usual, allowing the trappers to have a number of manual traps ready for action. The rules of the tower challenge are pretty simple - from the moment you close the gun and call pull, the sequence starts and doesn't pause until it has finishes. No birds are just relaunched as soon as the trap can be reset. Loads up to 30g can be used, but when we tested there was nothing that couldn't be hit with a 7.5 - I shot using Black Gold 7.5's - as well as some Eley VIP's from RBSS. So - the targets, the TARGETS! They are incredible - from the first straight overhead, through to the end of the sequence the birds are enormous - and very deceptive in places... there are curling, edge on birds, pairs that look close together, birds that RISE from the tower, and some that are driven at a downward angle at speed. they are breathtakingly fast at times - bit none felt unhittable, I am no driven specialist, but first time out I hit 9x25 - second attempt I hit 12 - very satisfying to hit birds that need a big gap The sequence is relentless and it feels very like being on a pheasant drive, your gun needs to be down to see the birds, but your barrels need to be high to get the line on these targets. The instructor loading for me kept telling me to get my barrels UP and watch the line for the wide and curling birds which can really catch you out. It is a wide shooting area, and you can move around the position to get the best angle, if a few feet either away will help you. I will definitely be back to have another go at this. Maybe more than once! It definitely feels like you can get better and better at this with a bit more practice. Highest score in our press group was 14. For the main event starting tomorrow - entry is £50 for 100 birds. entrants will get a 50 bird sporting warm-up on some of the great stands at RBSS. We were told there was a variety of targets - including some ground game Then each entrant will get two attempts at the tower sequence - with a break in between if you need. If you are already booked in, I think you are in for a treat, I predict some of the top shots will REALLY fill their boots with this and the final event will be something really special. The top 20 scores for the event will be entered into a grand final where scores of over 23 will stand a chance of winning one of the seven amazing cars. To add to the fun (and maybe the nerves) three of the cars were parked ready for us to view - a lovely Range Rover, a Morgan Aero and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Dylan Williams explained that he had been working on getting this competition organised for over two years, and with the support of Stratstone, David Duggan Watches and Rolex they had managed to pull together an amazing prize pool. Every entrant will get a £50 voucher for Really Wild Clothing, and a £250 voucher for a new car from Stratstone. RBSS have had calls from across the world including the US and New Zealand and bookings are flowing in for this. My prediction is that once scores start going up and word starts to travel this will be a VERY popular event. 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  50. 9 points
    Still all to play for then! Yeah,as Ed said,shot 102. Fairly pleased with that after a bad start. My shooting has come on massively in the last few months,with thanks to Ed and the support and guidance of a learned man.....Mr Wylye ;)
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