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  1. So what do you put it down to for all the price rises whilst we were part of the EU prior to brexit, surely carts have been going up in price for ever, as have most things prior and after brexit, easy to use as a scapegoat, but judging by most cars parked in shooting grounds the cost of carts is just noise.
    6 points
  2. For those that are taking part, or may be interested. CPSA World Championship Scores - CPSA
    6 points
  3. Was at a squadded shoot at weekend, two minor breakdowns = 3hours, previous weekend the squadded shoot at Bath was hearing that was another 3 hour event, so no, long shoots are not the sole preserve of the free for all entry shoot. The fellows at Grange, simply by being there at the time they were part of the crowd causing the perceived delays?? Been in that situation myself, look around a busy course start to think that its too much only to realise Im there so also part of the “problem” Like many I will enjoy the new freedom to pick n choose when I go out, if weather truly
    5 points
  4. Sounds like a sensible approach by Mr Faulds. I can see the benefits of squads, but in the winter the flexibility of just turning up makes sense to me. I'm much less likely to book into a shoot weeks in advance in the winter. I'd rather have a look at what the weather is doing the day before / on the day and make a decision then.
    5 points
  5. Not looking forward to it. Hated the idea of squadding in the beginning but quickly came to realise it’s much quicker and easier. I’ve also met and shot with some great people I otherwise probably would never have even spoken to.
    5 points
  6. Bit of a tough day at Owls yesterday, picked up a stomach bug that has been going round work which had me up a few times during the night, should have stayed at home really but as I'd booked and it was the Hampshire Championships I went along. Really good course, with some testing birds but I was way off the pace with the worry of possibly having to find the nearest can at short notice and tiredness. 75, home by 12 and in bed for the afternoon. After lots of rest and a really good night sleep I went to Willoughby Hedge this morning, did ok and it wasn't as firm as Owls but being well ob
    4 points
  7. Hangmans today, sadly MissP still away so MK38 had another outing, albeit with my butt plate now reattached. Booked a late start then sadly a breakdown on St2 caused a bit of a jam, all told took three hours to get around, thankfully overcast & cool so comfortable getting round. Bit of chatter about two stands St4 a r-l rabbit that dropped into a hollow o/r a decent teal, saw lots drop shedloads there, hit 3/4 bunnies “off the trap” and 2/4 teal my 5 was a score many would take. St9 (think) a very quick r/l simo pair (5 pairs) into the tree canopy, a monster q of at least 20+ most of which
    3 points
  8. I'm happy with the squadding system, especially on weekends when I like to get out early and get my shooting done. Knowing that it's going to take a couple of hours at the most suits me.
    3 points
  9. I don't think it was because she was pinged, she tested positive for Covid I believe.
    3 points
  10. So I finally scratched the itch and settled on a used DT11 Black, as I got a pretty good deal on it from the dealer. He had it on the shelf since I first saw it, so I suppose he got tired of me making offers on it. It has the standard (non-adjustable) stock, which shoots well enough (with an extension) for me, but I will eventually head off to Portugal to see a Mr. Ricardo about the (metal and) woodwork. I fancy setting it up with a CAS and a fitted grip, but none of that fits in the "essential travel only" at this point. Triggers are better than the 692 and perceived recoil is maybe a t
    3 points
  11. Lovely to see you Rich. Well I shot with a gun that is supposed to be mine but didn’t shoot at all well. Very enjoyable course but I had nothing to give today and 3 stands got 2/8! Then because I obviously wasn’t feeling enough shame I went on to Westfield, another fine course, shooting with Steve’s partner (who shot extremely well) and bombed there as well. It’s never coming back. Might take up train spotting.
    3 points
  12. Very mixed for me. Enjoyed both courses, nothing daft on either and shot fairly well; 88 on blue yesterday and 84 on red today. Just a shame that on my way this morning someone pulled out on a roundabout near home and went into the front corner of my car, luckily nobody was hurt and everything very amicable but the last thing I needed at the time.
    3 points
  13. The other thing to consider is that youngsters coming into the sport are generally introduced and funded by another generation. I’ve seen plenty of young guys shoot when dad is paying , Dad is driving them to shoots , but real life kicks in at a certain age . It’s nothing to do with the cost of shooting , it’s more to do with the competition for the same cash . Be it mortgages, clubbing , the opposite sex , motorbikes , football , cars …. The list is endless , and you can only spend it once . Those youngsters who enjoy shooting more that any other pastime will continue , those who don’t , an
    3 points
  14. I shall enjoy it the next two days. Worst weather of the week. 👍🤣
    3 points
  15. Also EJC. The course was fairly similar feel to recent ones I felt, but that’s not a bad thing. Yes a mix of technical and several good long targets. I too hung on and measured a few into misses today. Happy enough with 91. Lovely day for it. The 97 leading the scoreboard is an error as the fella concerned told me he hit about 80. 😆 I think a 97 exists for a good AAA shooter potentially
    3 points
  16. Churchills for me today. Not huge targets today and a fair bit of slow floaty stuff that you pretty much had to shoot at. I was fine with all of the bigger crossers on stands 6 through to 9 (in fact I managed to straight the sim pair of l-rs), but dropped far too many of the floaty, straight at it type targets. Too much over-thinking them, hanging on or giving lead where none was needed. Disappointed with myself and the 71 I ended up on.
    3 points
  17. Released on webpage 15th July by CPSA that in respect of registered sporting events that as from 19th July grounds can offer “squadded” or “turn up on day” entries.
    2 points
  18. There is the option to book onto a squad or turn up later, so if you have to queue at 11.30 that's a personal choice. At least you know that barring trap breakdowns and refilling, you shouldn't have a significant queue after the first stand.
    2 points
  19. I saw on FB that after the next few shoots Steve Lovett has said it will be squaded on his shoots until 11.30 (I think) then anyone can turn up, that way if you are doing a few you know you can get round and away for others in the day. Good idea.
    2 points
  20. From the looks of just carts website, no one. There's a couple if options for game carts but not clays. The popular choices seem to be 21,24 or 28gram. I tend to shoot the eley ct20 in 24 gram fibre, never been dissapointed yet with them.
    2 points
  21. So then, Mr Greenwood has done work for me previously and I was seriously impressed. This time I am Seriously impressed more. I have had a Std MK38 Grade 5 adjusted to fit me. Adjustable trigger and the grip modified and the forend slimmed down and refinished, the only way he can do it. Boy Oh Boy am I impressed. Gun fit is perfect. Recoil is gone. All shells shoot the same through this now. I love this gun. So much so my need for a B25 B2G has completely gone. Put simply, the pictures don't do his work justice..... NUF SED
    2 points
  22. Tim (and daughter)'s work is outstanding - over the last lockdown period they reworked my Perazzi HPX extensively - similar re-profiling of the grip with the ebony extension so I could hold the thing properly, bizarrely it was the acquisition of a 32" non-adjustable Blaser F3 Vantage that just fitted perfectly that highlighted what a poor fit the HPX was, disappointing as it was made for me from new. I took the Blaser (Tim isn't a fan of the F3) and the Perazzi to him and we had a gun-fitting session to understand why I had consistently better scores with the German tool, the stock mods w
    2 points
  23. So for slimming down the forend, reshaping the handgrip, rechequering both, fitting a new recoil pad and then putting his bloody amazing finish on to it, you are looking around £500-600. I also had an adjustable trigger, serviced it, and then had the chokes matched to just under Light Full both barrels so that added a bit too. I recently sold my Perazzi HPX. That gun fit me. I shot it okay'ish. But this gun is a different league in feel, shootability and looks. All in all the gun including what I paid for it cost me around £2600. I've bought another and will do the same with it.
    2 points
  24. Hornet today. Second visit to the ground and it confirmed my thoughts from the first - good targets. No silly eyesight tests, anything edgy you have plenty of time to see it. Mucked up stand 2. Couldn't find the high midi looper. Missed the first one, thought "I'll give it more". Missed thd 2nd one, repeat and so on. Reckon I must have been missing in front from the start. Other than that, I had a pretty good day. Finished on 84.
    2 points
  25. If it's an increase in the price of components plus import duty that have put up the price of UK manufactured cartridges then why have cartridges manufactured on the continent not suffered the same increase? They use the same components and are subject to the same duties if brought over here? Fiocchi and RC don't seem to have suffered the same level of price rise (yet anyway). I'm patriotic but not to the extant that I'm going to pay inflated prices for for shells made over here. Incidentally I wonder, tongue in cheek, if the new colour scheme for the Hull DTL is part justification for their p
    2 points
  26. Good to see you back on the forum Sian, I've missed your posts. EJC for me today. Started well, had dropped five targets by the halfway point. Mini-meltdown over the next three stands dropping 4, 4 and 5! Couldn't hit the first target on Stand 9, think I must have been in front. Picked up on the last three stands for a 79.
    2 points
  27. Always nice to see this info. Although my version of best pattern isn’t how tight it is (or how many pellets in a given circle) but more how it looks for even spread and low number of fliers. And for sure, on most targets on a sporting course I wouldn’t want 86% of them inside 30” at 40m. Far too tight. With a full choke I’d shoot most of it with those DTL probably.
    2 points
  28. I’m not getting pulled in to it mate, hence not replying to the ‘brexit’ did it BS post above yours. Realty is duty has gone from 0 to 2.7% on components, so that increase I’d expect. 20% in the last 5 months doesn’t add up. Was told today by buyer that Hull are struggling for raw materials (shot) nothing to do with Brexit, never has been or was.
    2 points
  29. I’ve had a long 18 months. 😂 This was my first holiday since 3 days last August and before that December 2019 and what do I choose to do? Traipse round fields shooting at things😂. I had ice cream tonight xx
    2 points
  30. Well,we went today.what a cracking place.some really good birds,everyone we met was really friendly and the butties are top draw.will definately make this a regular place to shoot at.
    2 points
  31. Overall I thought the targets across all the disciplines were really good. Nothing extreme albeit I found the Fitasc tough in the wind on Tue. The first time I have been to a comp and completed all the events. I really enjoyed it and would love to go the USA for one of their big events. Need to start saving up as it was an expensive week!
    2 points
  32. Fair comment, but for some perspective in the last 5 months, we’ve seen 2 increases totalling 20%, which is considerable considering Lead prices have remained pretty constant for the last 10 years. Cashing in and jumping on the Covid bandwagon isn’t the done thing in my opinion.
    2 points
  33. I don't know anybody who shoots that would really be effected by a 10% increase on a price of €250 which an expensive cartridge here if like me you shoot 125- 130 cartridges on 100 trap targets an average weekend it is only €3.25 now I have to say that shooting has never at any time been a cheap sport to partake in most people shoot a number of clays not how much they can afford. Just my opinion though.
    2 points
  34. They definitely weren’t.. best days easily Thursday onwards. Tuesday lost about 3-5 to the wind. Even RF couldn’t put the scores in that people are doing now. Ho hum.
    2 points
  35. The next phase of the UK Customs/Tariff controls has kicked off now, previously everything that came if from the EU was tariff free (so no Customs duty). As of this month I believe it has become stricter so the products coming in that are made of multiple components (i.e. cartridges) where some bits are being sourced from outside the EU have duty applied to the effected components..which pushes the prices up.
    2 points
  36. When hes on it he's something else ,why hes not got a string of world titles ill never know.Absolutely awsome shot.
    2 points
  37. Was good see you smiling MrH, that said I saw and wagged chins with a few chums, place is getting busier & it does have a very friendly atmosphere, the latter is missing at a few grounds
    2 points
  38. Shot the red course yesterday hit 81 and got a couple of soakings. Shot the blue today and hit 84 pleased to hit all but one of the long midis but not so happy about missing 4 on the stand with the white going away behind a tree and an orange going away.
    2 points
  39. Coleys today, 2.45pm start time, was working from home most of day and watching the heavy rain batter everything I did think of staying in, the sodden road & verges gave way to dry roads and sunshine on the short drive to ground. Squad of usual Coley shoot chums, our 2.45 start did slip, and storm clouds gathered. was first up on St1, not a fan of being first up in like for like company let alone a squad full of very good shots. St1 looked a straightforward enough, a r-l rabbit and l-r 1/4ering incomer, had a plan "pair lost" It was a pattern than chased me around the course, simply not wi
    2 points
  40. Back to Redricks again today. Wasn't shooting my best. Lots of missed pairs, especially first pairs. Was drifting the gun through instead of finishing the shot. Highlight was hitting all on a fast sim pair stand. Disappointed with 67, but looking at the scores it seems that it was set on the tougher side again. I struggle to judge if it's tough targets or just me when I don't do so well!
    2 points
  41. Back out again this morning to Kibworths monthly reg shoot. Had a couple of poor stands - struggled on a slow right-left target, again not being able to stop myself shooting just in front when it really needed nothing and couldn't get consistently onto a target plummeting down off a bank, managing to hit one of them. Finished up well though, with three straights and single dropped target on the last stand. Thought for a while it was going to be a repeat of yesterday, but the last few stands pushed my score up above my average. Finished on 80. One thing in common with yesterday though, I de
    2 points
  42. Sporting targets today, high tower challenge in the morning Jack Pyke in the afternoon. Pretty average on both really. 36 on the high tower challenge, dropped a pair of dolly's on the first stand. Seen some of the biggest gaps I've ever shot on clays, 1 bird in particular which I shot twice I was in the region of 40 to 45 foot. Never seen that sort of a gap before. Very good course with a few basic birds, and some very big ones. George Digweed on 48 will take some beating. Jack Pyke was a course of 2 half's. First 5 stands very close and technical, second half of the round had some d
    2 points
  43. Am another who ventured to Hangman’s Stone today, not been here nor as it’s previous name 4Cs for years, it’s about 45mins from front door, much closer than a lot I’ve frequently chosen the place over. Booked late and had been lucky enough to be squadded with two chums, the other three, all very pleasant people soon became chums also. Not been out on a weekend reg for a while but at a lowly level where there’s no such excuse as “rusty” was though more than 😊 on how my shoot went, hit some of the “difficult” stuff & more of the rest than I’d usually do, we also managed to avoid both the for
    2 points
  44. Barbury for us yesterday for the semi auto masters and what a shoot it was. A mixture of targets, 3 in air at once, and some simultaneous in air too! I love these shoots, they’re good fun. Stand 9 was a mini, a midi and a standard all coming from right simultaneously! That was my bad stand, and stand 12 I think it was, 3 singles all on report, a rabbit r-l, standard from left and an incomer from right. The rabbit came out on a higher tier than the stand and being short I could only see literally the top of the rabbit from where we stood so was an eyesight test. The auto only comes out once
    1 point
  45. Avoid RC4’s in all their guises. Much too punchy and jolly expensive if you’re paying full price. RC2’s are a nice load with manageable recoil. RC3’s are nice too if you can find them.
    1 point
  46. Had Thursday and Friday off work to get some shooting in. Started at EJC registered on Thursday, shot ok for 86 but a bit untidy in places, missed a crow on the first stand and a floppy teal on the last, then headed to Sporting Targets for a bit of a practice. Stayed in Peterborough overnight and shot at East Of England first thing, my first visit to this ground and I wasn't very impressed; very tidy and a good course set by John Lee. I started ok but faded in the middle for 81, got the hump with one target that went straight through the sun. Headed to Grimsthorpe in the afternoon
    1 point
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  48. Thanks for the bad news. 😁 That will do nothing to encourage more folks into the sport. Steve.
    1 point
  49. Second day today for me. Shot the Gamebore Blue course and no rain! Another very good set up and I felt it was same hardness as Red course. As usual, a few personal frustrations including shooting stand 5 badly, whizzing past 4 quartering birds. Missed last pair on 10 when a quad bike roared past me. I did actually stop and wait but it totally threw me off rhythm. Should learn to deal with that stuff better. Also missed several last birds, just trying too hard. Finished on 86, so 167 for the total. We also shot STR but what a mistake to do it same day. The sporting was a big wa
    1 point
  50. The Events: The World English Sporting A 200-target shoot shot over two days (either 6-7 July, 8-9 July, 10-11 July). There will be a 25-target Super Final, where the top six shooters (shoot-offs in case of ties) will compete for the title.
    1 point
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