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I was really looking forward to shooting the H&H challenge shoot but Range Rover reliability struck whilst I was on the M40 😪

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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 wi

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,

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 s

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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. 

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23 hours ago, donna said:

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. 

They are due to change the course after this one ends on 28th now I believe. You can see they are dipping a toe with competition shooting and have some lessons to learn, but I’m in favour of keeping it to constructive criticism (as Donna did) because this place can be a great resource for us comp shooters in time. 

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54 minutes ago, Will Hewland said:

They are due to change the course after this one ends on 28th now I believe. You can see they are dipping a toe with competition shooting and have some lessons to learn, but I’m in favour of keeping it to constructive criticism (as Donna did) because this place can be a great resource for us comp shooters in time. 

If they start doing a monthly reg there that would be great.  Could do with another one within a 2hr drive.

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3 hours ago, Will Hewland said:

They are due to change the course after this one ends on 28th now I believe. You can see they are dipping a toe with competition shooting and have some lessons to learn, but I’m in favour of keeping it to constructive criticism (as Donna did) because this place can be a great resource for us comp shooters in time. 

Totally agree Will, so many of us moan about not being able to see a target and unless we tell them they don’t know what to change but it’s the way you go about it.  It would be great if they did start to do regular shoots there, I thought it was lovely and enjoyed it. 

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Court Farm this afternoon. First comp this year for me, albeit not a Reg one. Defo not match fit. Straight on the first two stands, one away on 3 and then I started to wobble. Started dropping last pairs or one bird of the last couple of pairs. Then dropped 5 on a following teal that I should have been all over. Put both things down to being over cautious and aiming instead of just shooting the bloody targets. Did ok on crossing stuff, managed to rein in the overleading. Finished on 78, but it wasn't a tough round and should have been mid-80s on those targets.

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Honesberie for me today, again another really enjoyable round. I managed 85 (possibly 86, not sure on my maths 😄). Scores are up but it looks like one of my stands might have been confused with the person I shot with. Will be sorted quick I'm sure.

They have the best flowing system that I've shot. You go around as a pair and it's rare that you get to a stand and have to wait for the pair in front to finish shooting. It runs super smoothly and helps ensure there is no bunching of people.

 

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15 hours ago, Doug Pinnegar said:

Honesberie for me today, again another really enjoyable round. I managed 85 (possibly 86, not sure on my maths 😄). Scores are up but it looks like one of my stands might have been confused with the person I shot with. Will be sorted quick I'm sure.

They have the best flowing system that I've shot. You go around as a pair and it's rare that you get to a stand and have to wait for the pair in front to finish shooting. It runs super smoothly and helps ensure there is no bunching of people.

 

Yes it is certainly the quickest round I know, due to the pairs method. 
 

I enjoyed it. Maybe wants one more hard stand, but some good stuff there. A stellar entry makes it look easier than it is. I had a nightmare on stand 7, missed 5 just trying to hit the orange in the wrong place until the last attempt. Got annoyed and missed the other clay too. Really silly. Otherwise not bad. Finished on 88 which would have been 90 if I had not stopped the scorers give me two kills that were losses..

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Well, not quite in the league of most here yet, but had a great day (and first day) at West Kent last week for a practice session (thanks for the tip @donna ).

Really nice ground and well laid out. Great tower!

managed to get myself up to 58, so not applying for the GB squad yet, but it’s an improvement and a PB. Going the right way, still enjoying it, and still very much learning! 

... But great fun!

Note to self: book next coaching session!)

 

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Owls lodge today in very bright sun. A great set of testing targets, firmer than most places I’ve shot since lockdown ended. Stuart Rudling leading on 93 when I left, which tells you something. There was a definite problem this afternoon though, with vision on some distant coloured targets in the bright sun. I saw several people not even pull the trigger. Even though I saw them it was very hard to connect properly. My worst stand was not a vision problem, just didn’t stay consistent on the sim crows and dropped 3 out of last 4. 🥴 Finished on 86. 

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It feels like we might finally have spring here! the sun is out and it's not completely cold. 

Barbury on Sunday for me for the second of the England selection shoots. Also a great chance to shoot the ground before the Open in a few weeks. These shoots certainly help to keep the average in check 😂

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I went to Redricks today, near Harlow. I went to their first shoot a few months ago and the course has really developed. This was about their 5th shoot I think. I believe they have made the shoot consistently firmer. 
 

It was a very good course with only one or two fill-in stands. Lots of technical angles and variety. Really enjoyed it. I’ve found a bit of form just lately and finished on 91 after a distracting pigeon cost me a pair on the last stand. (It wasn’t that close so I didn’t feel I should have called for a distraction. Perhaps I should have..)

James Bradley Day hit a 99 which is bonkers. He is the deadliest sporting shooter in the UK at this time I reckon.

I’ll definitely be back there.

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Anyone braved the awful weather today, it’s absolutely hammering it down and blowing a hurricane 

I staid indoors, got wet enough last Wednesday 

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16 minutes ago, wynno said:

Anyone braved the awful weather today, it’s absolutely hammering it down and blowing a hurricane 

I staid indoors, got wet enough last Wednesday 

Nah.. I’m actually getting lucky with weather timing lately. It’s bad for two days and I’ll be out at Coleys on Wednesday which looks alright. 

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19 minutes ago, wynno said:

Anyone braved the awful weather today, it’s absolutely hammering it down and blowing a hurricane 

I staid indoors, got wet enough last Wednesday 

Er, wind & rain that’s norm for you boys that are west of Severn 😊 ? see MrMyers ventured east and has had a rather good day.

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Barrow for us yesterday, an excellent course as usual, wasn’t easy but thoroughly enjoyable. Lots of angles and speeds. Only rained on us for about 15 mins so all good! Another PB so can’t complain, and the cakes are amazing!

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2 hours ago, Will Hewland said:

Nah.. I’m actually getting lucky with weather timing lately. It’s bad for two days and I’ll be out at Coleys on Wednesday which looks alright. 

See you at coleys 👍

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Well Coleys didn’t go well. I’m blaming (myself for) two things. Firstly was working out that my average since lockdown was at an all time high which messed with my head. Also a great pair of new headphones actually felt weird and distracted me. Both pathetic factors but I’m a sensitive soul. 😆 I missed about 6 in the first 10 stands that I really feel I would have hit on a decent day 

It was a good course, tricky in a good way on most stands. Stand 11 was unnecessarily tough in my opinion though and with my head a bit down by the time I got there it was never going to go well, truly wrecking the card. Oh well. Down to earth. Probably will assist me for next shoot. 

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Doug Pinnegar

Coleys today and somehow managed to dodge the biblical weather until the last stand!

I was 9 away over the first 10 stands, then stand 11 and the hail storm happened. I ended on 82 😂

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Coleys also for me, stands 5 and 11 put paid to a half decent card. Stand 11 was particularly brutal.

Interesting weather, I haven’t shot in a hailstorm for a while and it was very unpleasant, roll on summer.

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Unwisely went to Coley's as I have a half healed sprained right wrist. Wasn't my day by and large, still struggling for consistency, then I messed up a couple of the early stands in the hailstorm.

I was first up on stand 11 and my old brain went to sleep on the orange 1st bird. Kept doing the same thing instead of thinking clearly so I missed 3 of those. The battue was okay for those familiar with Longridge where there's always at least one long crosser or bat. I should have hit all 4 of them but underlead the last one. I don't think anyone else in the squad scored more than me on 11.

I did enjoy the shoot though, there was a good mix of targets and I'll look forward to going again. Hope they keep up the standard.

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After a couple of practice sessions at Sporting Targets and Grimsthorpe I returned to the registered scene today.

Steady enough course at Gunsite and a steady enough 89 with no real disasters (couple of stands I was worried about the 2nd bird and was a bit cautious on the first missing one or two), nice to be out competing again though.

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I did the Royal Berkshire Handicap Challenge today. 

Anyway it’s changed a touch now as their high tower was damaged by a falling tree and has been removed from the competition, so it’s now out of 92 targets. All previous scores are adjusted and the scoreboard is correct out of 92 now  

We started on 4 pairs on a practice stand, added since the tower was removed. Turns out my 15 year old Hull Sovereigns I brought still worked. 😂

I missed a rabbit on first real stand, then battled to 14/20 on the firm compak layout. I was doing well on the grouse only missing one, until the covey of battues at the end. 4 clays in the air at once and I missed them all. Kicked myself. They were much nearer than previous years and I just shot in front. Twit. 
 

A notable stand about 3 from the end had a mean sim pair. My whole squad struggled. I was lucky to be last up, so had hugely rehearsed hold points and visual pick up points, managing 9/10, which propped my card up a bit. Finished on 87/100 or actually 79/92 for the scoreboard. I think it will be enough to make the final looking at other scores, so fingers crossed.

I recommend having a go, it was very enjoyable.

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Well it's all gone very quiet in this sub forum. Has everyone but Will and a couple others quit shooting sporting or are we just keeping quiet till the pre lockdown form returns?

Me? I'm a comparatively low volume shooter and half of that is at places like Meadowcroft or Somerset which would be pretty meaningless to most on here.

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32 minutes ago, Westward said:

Well it's all gone very quiet in this sub forum. Has everyone but Will and a couple others quit shooting sporting or are we just keeping quiet till the pre lockdown form returns?

Me? I'm a comparatively low volume shooter and half of that is at places like Meadowcroft or Somerset which would be pretty meaningless to most on here.

Yes, I do feel I’m talking to myself a bit with one or two folk reading. 😆

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