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  1. Thought I would kick off a new page for the new era. I broke my 15 week break today at Holland and Holland, who are now doing a Challenge 100 target shoot. This one runs to 20th April and they will do a new course monthly thereafter. It’s a new venture for them, under the new Beretta ownership and it’s an amazing chance to shoot this exceptional venue for £45. (Nothing available under £120 previously I think). Well, I didn’t feel as rusty as I had feared, but I really misjudged a few targets on two stands particularly, dropping 7. The last stand was a high tower driven with sun right in your face, so missing 4 there was something I would hope not to do on a cloudy day. A further 5 miscellaneous misses left me on 84. It’s not a brutal course, but interesting enough and just great to shoot somewhere new. They made us feel very welcome too.
    7 points
  2. Holland and Holland for us today, 75 for me which I was fairly pleased with then I saw the results and only 8 people shot over 80, highest being 85 and I was 17th overall so felt a bit better. Again 3 stands cost me by being too short, stand 2 was a l-r blaze supposed to be going over a tree but even though I stood as far back in the stand as I could to see it a bit more, it was a struggle. Hit a few but more luck then anything. Onto the dreaded platform - the barrier is quite high for me and both targets were below your feet so again I was literally on tip toes so I could be comfortable with the gun over the barrier and actually see the targets. As this was a 10 bird stand I was a bit peed off. Then stand 11, a midi r-l going behind trees, again it was worse for me being short as it just disappeared but I never saw anyone hit it and we had a few tall lads in the squad. I love the ground, the facilities and the fact that in the 3 shoots I’ve shot there we’ve shot different parts of the ground which is nice but I just wish they would take into account these silly mistakes which are easily rectified.
    7 points
  3. You may be right, but you’re a better shooter than me if you can measure the difference. Think about it. Your competition load leaves the muzzle at 1400fps. Your training load is a fraction slower at 1350fps. The performance difference isn’t even discernible and I’d suggest, if your’e dropping targets there’s many more likely faults to consider than the speed of your cartridge.
    7 points
  4. Barrow for us this morning. Again, another excellent course, quite a few sim pairs which we both shot better today. A couple of straights, 5 with 1 away and no disasters and what we had been working on went well so was pleased to end up on 79 which is only 1 below my PB. Only got rained on on last stand which was good!
    7 points
  5. I can help here. I've got an S2000 and have shot it for 4 years with circa 25k shells across clay and game. It's not let me down and always attracts positive comments! I went over to the factory in Italy and went down the custom stock route. Where are you located in the country? I'd be happy for you to have a look and shoot with mine. Alternatively there are a large number of retailers who can help you explore the range. If you want a lighter gun, you can get the Rizzini Artemus Light, which is a lighter version of the S2000. The S2000 is a great game gun though. I've used it to shoot walked up partridge an quail in Spain, driven grouse, and high pheasants. Really ticks all the boxes.
    6 points
  6. Hey all! I had to run a small upgrade tonight to fix a potential security issue - all solved now, but as always - if anything looks out of wack, please let me know and I'll take a look.
    6 points
  7. 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
  8. For those that are taking part, or may be interested. CPSA World Championship Scores - CPSA
    6 points
  9. Honesberie for me. White hat, lots of cold water, finding shade when I could. It’s usually really fast to get round but lots of trap troubles today so it took 1.75 hours, still OK.. I thought it was a bit gentle today. One good battue in the field, but everything else was easy to medium. I kicked myself for three simple targets missed, plus I missed the first long battue behind. I predict some very high scores as it’s not usually short of the AAA brigade. I hope that if they decide it was a bit easy that the next shoot doesn’t become gruelling. So often, grounds overdo a correction. Three stands can shape a shoot, it doesn’t need to be 10 or 12.
    6 points
  10. Redricks for us this morning, was going onto Barrow afterwards but had to cancel as my dad was supposed to be coming out of hospital, found out yesterday that wasn’t going to happen 😥 Anyway, first time at this shoot and thoroughly enjoyed it. Started off well, then just had a couple of stands that didn’t go my way then picked up again towards the end. Had a good squad of 3 other nice lads and even Pip managed to walk all the way round bless her. Bumped into Jane who I haven’t seen for ages so it was nice to have a catch up. Good mixture of targets, even put my skeet choke in for some then some lovely long chondels, midis and battues. It was muddy and we just got to the last when the heavens opened but will be going back. Now looking forward to the English Open on Weds.
    6 points
  11. Well, 4 of us shot the Holland and Holland Challenge shoot. Never been there before so it was lovely to see such a beautiful place, lovely grounds, nice staff and Will! Now, Will did warn me about stand 7, saying I would struggle to see the first target as even though we were on a platform there was a bloody bush right where you wanted to shoot and that I would be lucky to see it. Started great on stand 1 dropping first rabbit out then straighten the rest. Got to stand 2, first one in and it was a l-r just skimming the tree line, I could just about see it when out the cage but when I got into shoot I saw it for literally a second before it disappeared behind the trees. Disappointed to only come away with 2/8 as I struggled to also see the green going away. Stand 3 was no better, again a l-r that was so low, nobody in my squad saw it properly. I ended up having to shoot in the air just to get the second target on report. Again, a green target just flopping away and I was so upset about not seeing the first target I only hit 3 of the going away so 5 away. I do not mind getting a loss if I’ve had a decent go at the target and the target beat me but to have 4 zeros when you can’t even see them because your short is bad course setting. Stand 4 a green going away i could hardly see over the hedge with a crow as second target. By this time I was loosing the will to live! I decided to use the rest of the shoot as a “training” session, so got my head down, changed my glasses to the 62CHCP which were brilliant, I could see the green targets if they weren’t behind a bush! Straighten stand 5, dropped 1 on stand 6 then got to the dreaded stand 7. As Will suggested, I stood right in the left hand corner but even then it was a struggle. I think I’ve taken most of the bush out with my shot and I haven’t a clue how I done it but ended up only dropping 1 🤗🤗 dropped a few of the going away as it was straight in the sun on next stand but didn’t end up too bad. Finished on a 71 with a 2 and a 3. Could have been so much better though. I just wish the course setters would bear in mind that we are not all tall. I don’t know how many times it’s been mentioned on here before but surely it must be common sense? Could they not go round with a pole that’s let’s say 4’6” or something and crouch down so their eye level is the same as ours? I’m 4’11” and really struggled today but made the most of it, as I say lovely ground, really nice hot chocolate, toilets to die for and it was great to see Jonathan Ward who I’ve not seen for a long time.
    6 points
  12. Don't understand all this garbage on FB and here about selection shoots and majors being un-registered, or not counting to your averages. They may be, and rightly so, tougher than your average shoot, but if you shoot 10% below your raw average then it doesn't count anyway. I don't see the issue, walk away and forget about it. I can quite easily shoot 10% below my average on an ordinary dolly up registered shoot anyway.😄
    6 points
  13. Don't mind so much in the summer, when you know the weather is probably going to be tolerable. In the winter I think it's a pain. I'd much rather be able to just decide on the morning of the shoot whether to go or not, depending on the weather.
    6 points
  14. I had a pretty good weekend behind the gun. 88 at College Saturday morning, 93 was HG and I missed 4 on the last stand sadly, then a pretty tidy 91 at Gunsite yesterday in the nice weather. Took my little French Bulldog 'Dennis' out both days, his first time out shooting and he absolutely loved it; loads of new smells, met some other doggos, and got a load of fuss made over him.
    5 points
  15. First time at Gatton Bottom for me since pre-Covid days. Only one target I strughled on, a floppy thing from the first platform that I just couldn't find. Shot the rest well. Was marked a miss on Stand 3, when I'd hit all of them. Despite that still managed a new Registered PB. Finished on 88.
    5 points
  16. Holland and Holland for the 100 challenge, shot a new PB of 82 and I’m pleased to say that apart from one stand on the platform (rabbit and blaze going away with the blaze going behind the bush so I couldn’t see it) I could see all the targets! Really enjoyed it, lovely atmosphere, good weather and some testing targets, not beating you by distance but angles etc.
    5 points
  17. 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 horrid, might stay indoors, no guilt / having to go seeing that Ive booked / made an obligation. Oh and theres the want to be starting early & not giving two hoots how long Im there, pre booking can gobble up the early spots. Not every registered shoot needs to be like a major shoot, lord knows theres a “big shoot” near every weekend, most of us just want a well thought out balanced course and a few chums to rabbit with at beginning and end, not a fan of the need to be ultra social during, and no Im not a fan of racing around in an hour just because one is first squad out etc, Golf, yep book your tee time off you go, but thats a min 3 hours if your pretty decent & more importantly that the hackers in front of you are too, otherwise?? Not meant to read like a long winded whinge, aware we are all different etc, as long as you enjoy your day out and more importantly get something positive out of each and every shoot.
    5 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Even though she thought she would go for the 30”, she ended up with the 28” version. Shot it yesterday and shot it well.
    5 points
  21. Nice to see you briefly! It was their best course I’ve done there I would say. It used to be a bit easy, then last month they just overreacted by making half of it vicious sim pairs. (Might have hurt the entry for this month..). Today was wind affected in places but otherwise had some good firm targets mixed in regardless. 10 stands again, which I think they really want to make 11 or 12 now. I really missed a few easy ones by being too careful and a few on last pair which 5 pairs doesn’t help, but managed a 91. That won’t win it for sure though as you suggest. I was very pleased to see my mates young daughter hit a PB of 83 as she has really got her act together and smoothed it all out after me nagging her for two years. Another happy round for a chap I coached last Monday who has been stuck in low 50s of late. Bad start but managed 67. Nice start to the weekend.
    5 points
  22. 92 at Owls Lodge yesterday, good course again with a few sim-pairs (5 I think) and 88 at Willoughby Hedge this morning. That was a more awkward shoot with clays on the first four stands being a bit of an eyesight test; some I hit and didn't even know. I shot 50 straight stands 5-9 though. Both scores enough for class wins but both days I missed 3 on each stand, something I need to deal better with mentally, I think I'm going in knowing that I'm on a good score and just being way too careful.
    5 points
  23. Part of the issue with weight for beginners is the amount of time they take mounting the gun and getting comfortable before calling pull. If I held the gun up that long I'd probably struggle. However, as you get more confident that time reduces and holding up an 8lb gun for a round of 100 clays isn't an issue. My upper body strength is crap, but I have no problem managing my Parcours. If you go for the shorter barrels now, be aware that if she gets into it and starts taking comps seriously that you might end up having to change it in the future.
    5 points
  24. I can only imagine that the OP found this site on google, probably because he put in Mk70. Oh dear, not quite right. But it’s not as bad as when I wanted to upgrade my headphones and googled “gel muff inserts”. Quite shocking.
    5 points
  25. Fair play to the CPSA - only about 5/10 years late.... but... live scores, and a dashboard.
    5 points
  26. Surprising how many people feel the time to shoot FITASC appears to take so long. Yet I know shooters who will sit in a car for 2.5 hours to travel to a 100 bird ESP Registered. FITASC is my second discipline which I do enjoy, but you do need to wipe the day out. I have been shooting the ESP registered circuit for many years now and have become friends with many of the disciples of that discipline. Shooting FITASC for the last 3 years also, I have met so many new people who shoot only FITASC. They are a very relaxed and welcoming bunch, who get the maximum out of the day, with both shooting and the social interaction. If you have not tried it ever. Give it a go just once. Some of the targets are very challenging, and the discipline does actually show you how much time you actually have to acquire the target. At least you can say you've tried it.
    5 points
  27. Firstly no I did not shoot this event, secondly Im C Class and this shoot was the first England Team Selection Shoot, and the West Midlands Area English Sporting Championship, add then its at Westfield and in April too boot, all the ingredients (perfect storm?) for it being, as MrLovatt described this very morn as being "a tad too hard" Now the shooters all competing for an England place will have expected nowt else (if it was the last selection shoot then things would have been different Im sure), those for the WM Area much the same, but for the vast majority of As, the Bs and Cs that booked in you must have expected a very very tough day? Me, as mentioned Im jobbing along C class, so the England bit is pie in sky as is the WM Area Champs, I don't possess the all round skill set for such, nor is one likely to, so no I won't be flogging myself to "improve" as is a common retort. It must be though a devils job getting any shoot right for the 100+ differing opinions, this shoot being described as "too hard" some, due to a shot or two having a blinding day as being "too soft", course setting is not a job Id want nor do I have the rhino hard skin for.
    5 points
  28. Easy for you to say Rich. I went for my 2nd Covid jab yesterday. Looking at the state of most of the other folks of my age queuing at the health centre I feel really lucky to be able to shoot a 100 bird course without needing medical intervention. 😲
    5 points
  29. Well the basic one is Beretta SP money, £1500, then a bit more for adjustable, a bit more for grade 4 wood and, a bit more for grade 5 which is special order, mine was £1900. So they aren't 'budget', but certainly are value for money. Won A class with mine yesterday 😁
    5 points
  30. For most people living in South Wales if we shoot at Westfield,gunsite,Barbury,4 counties it means a round trip of 250 miles, Churchill’s is more like 300 plus. Any shooter from up north also have to travel similar distance to shoot at those I’ve mentioned. If I shoot the open it will be on a “let’s make a mini holiday “ out of it basis, so ladies and gents stop moaning about it being up north this time.
    5 points
  31. I haven't tried a 694 but I have tried every other Beretta. Basically, there's very little difference between 6xx family Berettas, especially the later ones. They all have near enough the same barrels and actions. With the higher end models you're really getting more decoration and bragging points rather than a "better" gun. For me personally, once I'd discovered CGs all interest in Berettas evaporated. I shoot a Challenger which is really a Summit with a wood and engraving upgrade and as @SIMON-Bsays, the shooting characteristics and features are superb and IMO unmatched by any other mid range gun. The Breda might be a decent gun but it's very new into a tough and crowded market. Time will tell if it's any good. At 694 money you could also consider the Blaser F16 or the Browning XS Pro.
    5 points
  32. First of all, thank you :). You might have spotted that I write for Clay Shooting magazine from time to time, but that I don't write gun reviews. There is a reason for that. No gun manufacturers advertise on my channel so I can say what I want, magazines are paid for by advertising. I think that Vic Harker and Mike Yardley are irrelevant nowadays but they can be relied upon to pump out 3000 words that wont offend anyone in print so that's what you get. Jonny and I suffer no such restriction, although we might fall out with the marketing department at the distributor from time to time in my experience they know the power of youtube, and generally are happy to let the guns stand on their merit. The mags charge a fortune for ad space which gives the manufacturers a lever. I will always get hold of guns eventually used whether the disty sends me a press gun or not and my reviews will always be honest.
    5 points
  33. The B725s review is a wonderful piece of the old & the new of the browning design resulting in a gun that is not standing still but is traditional, its 100 years old but it's a new design, etc, etc. By the way it has chokes - mentioned in three separate paragraphs, and Vic is pleased the palm swell has returned - not sure if it is small, or medium or large but its returned. There is no comparison to any other gun, no mention of how it fits in the browning lineup, and I am clueless as to how the new B725s differs from the old one - I think Vic is too as the "s" is dropped part way through the article. And don't get me started on straight barrels - a gimmick if you ask me. A fad, a fashion, a bloody waste of time & money. Anyone upgrading their gun for straight barrels is just a stupid muppet led on by the manufacturers and their newfangled ideas. My favourite bit is, "At the North Oxfordshire Shooting School, the B725 looked and felt impressive and certainly fulfilled my expectations. It was very much a back to the future moment when I lifted and shouldered the B725." I was hoping the next sentence was, "Later the same day whilst having a double cheeseburger at my local McDonalds in Grimsby the B725 looked a little dull, poorly dressed, with mismatching socks and a kipper tie. I felt like I was in the 1950's until I saw the new logo and felt the chokes"
    5 points
  34. In my humble opinion it goes something like this ... Shooting Scribe , “ The Ohmygoshi 900 32” ProAm Sporter is a completely woeful piece of sh*te . Too many gimmicks , and at £ 2000 above the perfectly useable grade 1 you’d be a total retard to waste your hard earned . Editor , But Ohmygoshi have taken out a £10,000 double page ad this month ... Shooting Scribe , How about , “ This gun changes the game .. years of R&D have resulted in the most useable sporting shotgun ever made “ ....
    5 points
  35. Out yesterday for a sneeky midweek registered. First visit to Barby (cadman) sporting for a very long time. Some big improvements have been made with some more in the pipeline. Nice looking cafe which I didn't partake in. I hope they get the planning as it will catapult this ground into one of the premier facilities anywhere in the country. Really friendly place , everyone happy to have a chat. Really nice airgun range too if that's your thing. So the sporting is shot mainly from within bunding and covered stands . Squaded and it ran really well . It was a pretty breezy day and red hot too. I didn't fare well on what looks to be a pretty tough shoot. But it was a very enjoyable day with some good targets. So if you are able to get out midweek I'd give this a go. 50 bird open sportrap comp Saturday and wednsday. Also open for practice on claymate. Check with them for days/times. Recommended. Jasper.
    4 points
  36. Was good to see you too Sian. I had a shocker. Started pretty well and was in reasonable shape to hit my average after the first 7 stands. The sim pair on Stand 8 destroyed me - hit 3 from 10. It then got into my head that I needed to not miss many more and resulted in some horrendous hanging on an gun slowing. Missed the first two pairs on 10, just from being overly careful, started moving the gun freely and destroyed the last two pairs. Same on 11, hit two of the 70mm targets but missed two measuring the lead and even one of the easier bird I missed behind. By that stage I was so bad I even started trigger flinching on 12. Started the week really well with an 86 at Churchills on Thursday and turned that completely on it's head with a 68 on Sunday. Bad enough that it will drop off the bottom of my averages. I really need to stop score watching and just shoot the bloody targets!
    4 points
  37. https://www.bictsf.com/news/2021/08/09/39th-universal-trench-world-championships/393/
    4 points
  38. I've had bit of a weekend of it. Had a great session at Grimsthorpe on Friday with Ed, shame that it rained all day but still got some good shooting in. As grounds go it's one of the best I've ever shot at, lovely terrain with a game/tower arena that feels like you are standing on a game shoot. Stayed over and shot at College Farm on the way back yesterday. It was a lot tougher than the last shoot there so was happy to walk off with 88, missed some daft stuff though including complete pairs on 7 & 8, but straighted 12 then after Kevin let me have a go at it even further back, good crossing target but something that you had time to connect and move with. Went to Meadowcroft this morning and dodged the rain until the last couple of stands which was a bonus, shot 91 which was pleasing, few bigger targets on which I managed to connect with.
    4 points
  39. Brilliant comment “just to waste lead” it was an extreme target, yet it was proved that it could be broken. Martin is a phenomenal shooter and a very nice guy, congratulations are in order 👏👏👏
    4 points
  40. Well, my first bit of advice is if your sat nav wants to take you down the M40/A40 DONT LISTEN! We stupidly did and it was a nightmare, the A40 was full of roadworks, single lanes, roundabouts and traffic lights and lots of traffic! We had planned to get to the ground at least an hour before shooting and pulled up in the car park with 5 minutes to spare. I was driving but wasn’t to blame honestly! The shoot itself was good, never shot there before and there was something for all, if I had one complaint it was that some of the stands were very close to each other and you could hear other shooters calling pull. Didn’t shoot particularly well, it was hot, muggy and towards the end I actually felt a bit faint and had blurred vision, I’d had plenty of fluids all the way round and can only put it down to being tired and a bit stressed! A good variety of targets and shot some stands really well but some not so good! Was pleased to hit very well the targets I’d been practicing on so something went right. Would go again but would stay over next time! Didn’t see the scores so can’t report on them but I’m sure they’ll appear somewhere. We had the Cheddite on Sunday, long drive, 120 targets, it was approx a 2.5 mile course, long drive home, then yesterday another long drive for a 3 hour lesson, full of concentration between Phil and myself and another long drive home, then today we left home at 7.30am and didn’t arrive home until gone 6 for another 120 target shoot. Note to myself, don’t over do it! Enjoy everyone else shooting it. PS the burger was nice!
    4 points
  41. Cheddite for us which Ben from Barrow puts on each year and what a shoot. Mainly in wooded area so it was lovely to walk round and not get too hot, the targets were excellent I thought, a right mixture and something for everyone. As you start on stand 1 it’s a sim pair, not particularly hard but straight away everyone was “oh sh*t, it’s a sim” and we saw a few people come away a few down. As I said, targets were great, atmosphere was great, not one miserable ref in sight and afterwards the food was great as usual, scores on the computer up to date, and a portable bar if you fancied a drink with some music. It’s worth ringing if anyone fancies it and not booked in as yesterday he had a few people ring on day to cancel.
    4 points
  42. HMS for me today, first time there, and was pleasantly surprised. Good targets some long that were wind affected, some quick and deceiving. I must stop rushing, lost two first pairs after throwing the gun at them and being miles in front, slowed down on the next pairs and dusted them. One big gripe is that the squad following us ignored all the signs saying about social distance, and we’re right there with us. Eventually I lost it and told them to piss off and move back. I know, I know mild mannered me lost my rag 😡😡😡
    4 points
  43. As the title suggests. Live scores as they happen from the ESP, English Open from Barbury. English Sporting at Barbury Shooting School - 19/05/2021 - CPSA
    4 points
  44. And to anyone following this topic, get the jabs when they are offered, the side effects are minor compared to the full blown illness 🦠🦠
    4 points
  45. Well, I emailed H&H, not to have a moan but just to say if they’re going to be putting in regular shoots this would have to be addressed, it has to be fair for all. I had a lovely phone call from them today offering me a complementary round. I explained I didn’t email them for that but appreciated the gesture all the same. I cannot do the challenge as targets cannot be changed now but was very impressed with the way it was dealt with. Good service.
    4 points
  46. I hated squadded shoots but have come to see the benefits, a more structured day and no silly concentration haemorrhaging queues. However you do get in the odd silly squad with some who do more talking than shooting, people insisting on having a full blown conversation at the side of the cage whilst I’m shooting really spoil my day. Also if it becomes the norm I think it would pretty much convince me to lay up over winter as I don’t like letting people down but on the other hand wouldn’t want to commit to having to drive a 150+ mile round trip to shoot in the driving rain in the middle of November either. Pros and cons to both formats I guess.
    4 points
  47. One of the reasons why I practically gave up doing Sunday fixtures was I could not justify to family spending 4hrs plus crawling round a shoot. One broken trap and before you knew it you were in a queue 25 deep. Apart form the aggravation of having to wait I would loose all concentration. I am a great fan of squaded shoots. On average at Owls and Churchill’s you are finished in less than two hours, plus no long queues. Means you can plan your day and less ear ache from the Mrs. I appreciate it requires a bit more commitment from the shooter having to book in advance but this again helps ground owners plan for shoots. Long may they continue.
    4 points
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