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Sporting Shoots; where- and how was it? (2018)

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donna
12 minutes ago, Westward said:

Sean wants people to enjoy the shoot and doesn't use silly stuff to beat the shooters. And as Jasper says above, not usually easy and mostly you have to work for your scores, but no one minds that.

The proof is in the numbers, as yesterday there were 186 registered and at least 25 non registered entries despite the fact that St Dials and Westfield also had reg sporting on, Barbury held a reg Compak and it was the big day at the Masters.

The hubby and I went there at the end of last year and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was a long trek for us but well worth the visit and we will be going back. What he achieved in the amount of space he had and the quality of the targets was superb. Something for everyone but nothing ridiculously stupid. I don’t mind being beaten by a good target, just don’t like being beaten by an eyesight test or a high hedge! 

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TheSherriff70
15 hours ago, Doug Pinnegar said:

Glad you enjoyed it! 

Ive attached their shoot dates for the season. Hope to see you at a few of them 👍

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 Thank you!

5 of us came down to shoot, and all of us agreed how much we enjoyed it. We will certainly be back. 

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Will Hewland
22 minutes ago, Westward said:

Sean wants people to enjoy the shoot and doesn't use silly stuff to beat the shooters. And as Jasper says above, not usually easy and mostly you have to work for your scores, but no one minds that.

The proof is in the numbers, as yesterday there were 186 registered and at least 25 non registered entries despite the fact that St Dials and Westfield also had reg sporting on, Barbury held a reg Compak and it was the big day at the Masters.

Yes the big entry is slightly against it for me as its a long day after a long drive. I'll nip down with the foot and mouth signs before the next one..

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9 hours ago, Martinj said:

Willinghurst 13.04.2019

Thought I'd take a look at this new shoot, I was very pleased to see a new weekend opportunity, It was a nice layout in the Surrey woodland.

Some of the targets were what you would expect and some were on the tough side (for me.) Two stands comprising high floaters, up to 50-60 yards in my estimation, midis and standards, these were unnatural shots for a pigeon shooter like me because they were slow so you need less lead right?  but how much less? I missed plenty of these although they were hittable and I'd like to practise on them until I get them right. I felt under gunned with 1/4 and 1/2 chokes, next time I'll use 1/2 and 1/2. I shot about 9 down on my average, high score was 91 which says a lot.

It's early days for this shoot and we must be supportive if we want it to become a regular event. Teething problems? - a shortage of scorers meant a few of the scorers had to multi task which they did cheerfully and efficiently and there were no complaints.

Very pretty piece of ground with targets for all abilities. Struggled with the two stands you mentioned with the high targets, but that's down to me not reading them correctly as they where all hitable if you put the shot in the right place. Looking forward to the next shoot on the 27th 

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bisondan
21 hours ago, jasper said:

It was a step up from the normal gunsite. But still very enjoyable and didn't seem to punish the lower classes. As stated before a very good trick if you can pull it off. Which it seems Sean can almost at will. Really one of the best shoots I've been to in a while. 

Jasper.

That was the best round of clays I've shot in a while at Gunsite yesterday, thoroughly enjoyable compared to some of the rubbish dished up at other places.

Nice to shoot at some stuff that needed a good gap as well.

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Will Hewland

EJC STR was a bad start to the Easter parade for me. Good course, lovely weather.

Short version. Shot like a tit.

Longer version, featuring mitigation.. Started well on first two layouts which were closer targets. 23 and 22. Second two layouts in much more open ground with longer targets. Disastrous 16 and 18. Realised too late that I was way in front of all the long stuff, which is what I do when I haven’t shot for a few weeks. Spent this week full-on at work and never thought about shooting, so created same rusty mindset. Shot a couple of targets after I finished and smashed them by cutting back a chunk. Just out of calibration! Oh well, glad I found that today before all the sporting shoots coming up this weekend. Restraint..

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ips
1 hour ago, Will Hewland said:

EJC STR was a bad start to the Easter parade for me. Good course, lovely weather.

Short version. Shot like a tit.

Longer version, featuring mitigation.. Started well on first two layouts which were closer targets. 23 and 22. Second two layouts in much more open ground with longer targets. Disastrous 16 and 18. Realised too late that I was way in front of all the long stuff, which is what I do when I haven’t shot for a few weeks. Spent this week full-on at work and never thought about shooting, so created same rusty mindset. Shot a couple of targets after I finished and smashed them by cutting back a chunk. Just out of calibration! Oh well, glad I found that today before all the sporting shoots coming up this weekend. Restraint..

That working malarkey is a poor idea 😏

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Jeremy Baker

Shot the FITASC at AGL yesterday 

Was pleasantly surprised. 

Good targets great use of space. 

Real difference between pegs. 

Still learning my new stuff so happy enough.

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Will Hewland
6 minutes ago, Jeremy Baker said:

Shot the FITASC at AGL yesterday 

Was pleasantly surprised. 

Good targets great use of space. 

Real difference between pegs. 

Still learning my new stuff so happy enough.

Looked firm by scores. Just because of low entry? 

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Turkey
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Gloucester All round County Championship at Brookbank

 

24 skeet

24 single barrell

21 ABT

21 Sporting...ouch

 

 

90... Third in county to Matt Panter who won a shoot off with Rob wise!

 

 

 

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Hamster

Spent yesterday scoring at JBD Sporting's 100 Registered ESP, it was as ever a marvel to see such variety and good targets being squeezed into such an implausibly compact area, nice to bump into Schmokin and Natasha Vadasz who shot on our squad. Lots of very good local shooters there with a decent entry because it was good Friday, it was won on 96 which was about spot on as even very close simple looking stuff was being missed by excellent shooters. 

If you're anywhere near this place you ought to try one of James's reg shoots, perfect if you don't like walking much but want good targets. 

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Will Hewland

Knackered. I did Southdown 25 pool shoot and 120 Masters event. Then went to Horne on the way home, which was gratuitous really..

Best targets of the day were on Southdown pool shoot probably. Did a reasonable 21/25 warm up. (Did well to focus after a heated discussion with a Mr rude and angry while booking on, because I booked 4 spaces).

Anyway, the main event was OK, but lots of quartering edgey stuff. I thought the shoot lacked a few good long targets for sure. I started a bit tattily, then had a disastrous 2/8, missing all 4 of a quartering orange in front, plus two of the overheads because I got cross. Ruined a decent card. But I dug in and only dropped 1 clay over the next 6 stands to finish on 105/120. It did need to be 110 to be decent in AA. Sigh.. Saw Schmokinn, Sian, Donna and others. Sian was shooting very well when I saw her. 

Horne was really tricky again! We were all tired and it needed great care and concentration. 85 May have been a bit higher if I had been fresh, who knows. Not a stellar day, again.. lovely weather though.  

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donna

Southdown for us today too, I shot 96 (80%) which is my best score EVER! But am gutted, we started at stand 15 and worked our way up the lane and was shooting really well until I got to stand 3.  Up on the platform and the barrier was quite high (for me anyway) and the second target was a low bird.  I got angry as I couldn’t get my gun low enough over the barrier until I stepped back slightly which gave me more room and I started hitting them, but by then the damage was done and stupidly I was still annoyed at stand 2 then we had a very long wait on 1 as they were filling traps and I dropped a few there.  All in all I dropped 10 or 11 targets on those 3 stands alone 😤 but it was still my best score so going the right way. Phil shot 106 so was a happy bunny too but again, rued the stupid ones he missed as it was a 4 way tie for 1st! 

Barrow for us on Friday and after a very long and tiring journey with the traffic had a fairly good shoot. Won ladies so,wasn’t too bad a weekend. 

Lovely to see you Will and yes, Sian shot great. Bebo deserves a mention too, first time at sport trap and a great 70 👏👍 well done!

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Sian

Just given Tony sausages and baked beans for dinner because that is all I am capable of doing at the moment.  Rounded off the long weekend shooting with Sportrap at Southdown with my head in the right place 86/100 which gave me ladies.  Had a go on the pool shoot at the beginning and end of the day.  Suffice it to say the end of the day I might as well have been waiving a flower around instead of a gun.  Shot enough to take ladies in the sporting 105/120 although when I think about some missed it makes me twitch.   Watched Steve Scott do 25 on the pool shoot which was lovely to watch and watched the shoot off for the overall high gun which Chris Childerhouse won  after a fair few returns between him and Simon Fenner.  Good end to the day.

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chippy

Shot an awesome round at sporting targets today. I only hit 74 but was pleased with how I shot. It was the sort of round that if you came off some stands with 5x8 you had shot well.3x 92s were high but several big names struggled.

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Bebo
11 hours ago, donna said:

Lovely to see you Will and yes, Sian shot great. Bebo deserves a mention too, first time at sport trap and a great 70 👏👍 well done!

Thank you Donna, well shot on the sporting.  Well shot to Sian on both!

Enjoyed my first round of Sportrap ever, even though I was a bit nervous.  Checked my fitbit after and my heartrate was up at or over 120bpm throughout (normal resting is about 68 for me).  Started well, but concentration was definitely dwindling towards the end - 19, 20, 17 and 14.  The first layout probably had the hardest targets, whilst I struggled on a mini on the third, only hitting it once.  Happy enough with a 70, but felt that I could have done better if I'd read the sim pairs a bit better and kept focused until the end.

Managed to get the first five stands of the sporting in before my 10.30 start on the Sportrap, only dropping 6 clays (three of those on Stand 3).  Had three really poor stands out of the remaining 10.  I think it was 7 with two left to right crossers.  Totally misread the first one, that must have been coming in more than I thought, and shot in front of it every time.  It as only after I realised I needed to be at it.  Sim pair on 10? - left to right quickish crosser and a left to right looping incomer - minced the crosser and missed the sitter on every pair.  Shooting too far under it!  Had a final stand meltdown on the stand with the overhead where I missed the last two pairs.  15 away on those three stands.  Most of the rest I was one or two away.  Finished on a 88, which is almost bang on my average.  Satisfied with that at Southdown, which for some reason is a bit of a bogey ground for me. 

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Martinj

Sunday was Four Counties for me. The pool shoot didn't prepare me for stand 1 which was a close quartering rabbit followed by a close crossing rabbit, (it was Easter Sunday after all,) they cost me a few and woke me up. Annoyingly, I missed a few silly driven birds before connecting with them but mostly lost one here and a couple there. It was a nice layout with two new stands since I last shot there, the dappled light, bluebells and new green growth in the woods made it a magical experience.

I usually enter "Veterans" but they don't have that class for some reason. I shot above my average with 87 which was pleasing, because I usually shoot below average at 4 counties, and I would have taken Vets. It was nice to see Richard F. doing well, shooting 95 for second place, Huw Stephens won with 96.

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Will Hewland
43 minutes ago, Martinj said:

Sunday was Four Counties for me. The pool shoot didn't prepare me for stand 1 which was a close quartering rabbit followed by a close crossing rabbit, (it was Easter Sunday after all,) they cost me a few and woke me up. Annoyingly, I missed a few silly driven birds before connecting with them but mostly lost one here and a couple there. It was a nice layout with two new stands since I last shot there, the dappled light, bluebells and new green growth in the woods made it a magical experience.

I usually enter "Veterans" but they don't have that class for some reason. I shot above my average with 87 which was pleasing, because I usually shoot below average at 4 counties, and I would have taken Vets. It was nice to see Richard F. doing well, shooting 95 for second place, Huw Stephens won with 96.

I heard they had some new stands, to replace the ones that previously required welding masks to shoot.. So despite defending the matter with me last time, it’s now fixed.. sigh..

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Martinj
6 minutes ago, Will Hewland said:

I heard they had some new stands, to replace the ones that previously required welding masks to shoot.. So despite defending the matter with me last time, it’s now fixed.. sigh..

Well done Will, presumably you were referring to the full on sunshine in one or two stands. I noticed the difference and was pleased not to suffer with arc eye on Sunday.

By the way, I was very pleased with the new Ultradrive glasses, thanks for the advice.

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Jeremy Baker
On 4/18/2019 at 3:19 PM, Will Hewland said:

Looked firm by scores. Just because of low entry? 

Yes 

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westley

To anyone who thought that clay grounds were busy over a weekend, they could well get a whole lot busier. The General Licence for most vermin species of birds, ends on Thursday. Thanks to Mr. Packham and his mates. 

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Westward
37 minutes ago, westley said:

To anyone who thought that clay grounds were busy over a weekend, they could well get a whole lot busier. The General Licence for most vermin species of birds, ends on Thursday. Thanks to Mr. Packham and his mates. 

Oh great. A horde of incompetent, noisy, inexperienced shooters without a clue about gun safety, protocol or the rules at reg shoots.

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shortlegs
31 minutes ago, westley said:

To anyone who thought that clay grounds were busy over a weekend, they could well get a whole lot busier. The General Licence for most vermin species of birds, ends on Thursday. Thanks to Mr. Packham and his mates. 

 

Yes mr w*******r packham and his mates meddling Natural England are revoking three general licences  for vermin control just read about this on BASC site they are urgently calling for a meeting with Natural England over this as it could put many vermin shooters to unwiittingly break the law . There is a lot of advice from BASC about this on their site where they are saying shooters who need to control vermin will have to apply for individual licence from natural England to continue after Thursday 

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Will Hewland
7 minutes ago, Westward said:

Oh great. A horde of incompetent, noisy, inexperienced shooters without a clue about gun safety, protocol or the rules at reg shoots.

I saw one get over 50% once. 

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wynno

sh*t. Think I’ll take up tiddlywinks, it’s safer than dealing with these wallys

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