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toxo

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About toxo

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    Gillingham, Kent
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    Shooting, fishing, boats, talking, listening.
  1. Reposting this as it appears no-one knew it was tagged on the end of the last post. Either that or my posts are just shite. My buddy and I went back to the pumpkin field last night. We haven't got around to sorting a speaker for our fox caller so it's fairly weak but the lowly tenterfield came good again. To be honest the first one took us by surprise. Should've had him but I had a feeling there was nothing left in the mag. Turned out to be the case so just as well plus I had alerted my pal and didn't know if he was lined up on him. Of course all this took but seconds and charlie was off. The second one came up with the wind to the side of us. He was careful to stay behind the sparse hedge in the cobnut field next door. All we got was fleeting glimpses until he was alongside of us where he caught our scent, he gave a dismissive look our way and went away. We concentrated on the bunnies for a while before moving lower down the farm to where the Pheasant pens are. Things were pretty dead down there and we were on the verge of moving. I said "last scan" and blow me a fox came in from the left at about 130yds. He went down to the 17 hornet. One down. We then went back to the pumpkin field and worked out a plan. What wind there was had changed slightly so we gutted and chopped heads and legs of the nine rabbits and left them where the foxes had scented us earlier. Then we left the caller in the same place and stationed ourselves about 100yds further downwind so no chance of him scenting us. I then went mad with the tenterfield for a few minutes and then left him with his 17 hornet with a thermal scope whilst I went further across just in case he came in from the other side of the field. Not ten minutes had gone by when I got a message on the walkie talkie, "fox down". On checking the fox it was a good strong healthy fox and I'm pretty sure it was the same one that showed first earlier in the night. We called it a night after that. No doubt the farmer will be pleased, especially after a fox recently got into one of the pens and killed fifty birds. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together!
  2. Rabbit skin

    Hi guys. Just looking for an easy way to preserve a rabbit skin. Nothing fancy, just want to make a couple of decoys and a couple of stuffed ones to see if I can train my little Westie to find em. Thanks.
  3. Missed fox.

    My buddy and I went back to the pumpkin field last night. We haven't got around to sorting a speaker for our fox caller so it's fairly weak but the lowly tenterfield came good again. To be honest the first one took us by surprise. Should've had him but I had a feeling there was nothing left in the mag. Turned out to be the case so just as well plus I had alerted my pal and didn't know if he was lined up on him. Of course all this took but seconds and charlie was off. The second one came up with the wind to the side of us. He was careful to stay behind the sparse hedge in the cobnut field next door. All we got was fleeting glimpses until he was alongside of us where he caught our scent, he gave a dismissive look our way and went away. We concentrated on the bunnies for a while before moving lower down the farm to where the Pheasant pens are. Things were pretty dead down there and we were on the verge of moving. I said "last scan" and blow me a fox came in from the left at about 130yds. He went down to the 17 hornet. One down. We then went back to the pumpkin field and worked out a plan. What wind there was had changed slightly so we gutted and chopped heads and legs of the nine rabbits and left them where the foxes had scented us earlier. Then we left the caller in the same place and stationed ourselves about 100yds further downwind so no chance of him scenting us. I then went mad with the tenterfield for a few minutes and then left him with his 17 hornet with a thermal scope whilst I went further across just in case he came in from the other side of the field. Not ten minutes had gone by when I got a message on the walkie talkie, "fox down". On checking the fox it was a good strong healthy fox and I'm pretty sure it was the same one that showed first earlier in the night. We called it a night after that. No doubt the farmer will be pleased, especially after a fox recently got into one of the pens and killed fifty birds. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together!
  4. Crow shooting red letter day

    Great job Ollie. I need a loooot more practice.
  5. Rifle day.

    Good write up once again U. I must confess that after watching a family of Stoats for quite a while I can't bring myself to shoot them. They were truly mesmerising.
  6. Last week my buddy and I had some fun with the shotties to no avail (both learners), then we went on to the rabbits when it got dark. He was trying out his new thermal (ATN Mars) which proved to be very effective. Both using 17 Hornets. He wanted to try calling a fox. His manual caller sounded good but was weak. He laughed when I dug in the bottom of the bag for a tenterfield but it brought in two foxes. One we didn't have a shot at but the second circled us trying to catch our scent. He presented a clear shot at around 80yds and my buddy said "Do you want to take him?". I told him to take him knowing how excited he gets when shooting fox. I had the fox as clear as day in my scope when I heard the dreaded click. I waited for him to stick one in the breech but by then he was gone. Oh well, we'll get him next time.
  7. Morning Stroll

    Well done belly. A few more trips like that and he won't want to know about video games.
  8. A full day...

    What a great hunting companion. I have a young Westie just like that. She was always climbing over the fence to next doors garden so I built a 2ft trellis. She still managed to get past it. I had to watch to find out how she was doing it. She launched herself up the 4ft bit and then hanging on with her claws she managed to get through one of the diamonds in the trellis. She always comes back when called and after getting a smacked arse she goes away wagging her tail saying "didn't hurt"
  9. 17 Hornet

    http://www.airgunbbs.com/forum/general/rimfire-centrefire-shotguns-fac-air/732385-17-hornet-owners https://thefiringline.com/forums/search.php?searchid=10023139 http://forums.accuratereloading.com/eve/forums?a=search&reqWords=17+hornet&use_forum_scope=on&forum_scope=2511043 http://www.saubier.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=8 https://www.handloadersbench.com/
  10. 17 Hornet

    I'ved acquired a few cases now. Mostly Hornady and PPU with a few Wins and a few CBE? Hornady defo the worst with primers taking little effort to seat sometimes. The only other pressure signs are slightly flattened primers but not often. I've even given up on marking once fired, twice fired etc although I do examine every fired case. Some I formed from 22 Hornet using a small length of the same studding that dies are made from. I drilled the appropriate hole and chamfered the entrance and it worked a treat, going from 22 hornet - tween die - to full length 17 Hornet resizer. Not had one split case as long as I anneal before fireforming. If I can use full loads great but there are times when I would like a quiet load, doesn't have to be subsonic but obviously must be accurate and consistent for when I'm around horses or sheep etc. We had to stop zeroing on Saturday because the owners of the land next to our favourite zeroing place decided to put horses in there and asked us to stop because it was frightening the horses. Take a look on ABBS also.
  11. Drunken Bunnies?

    This is a big field with many rabbits on it. All were healthy and a normal mix of young and old, big and small. "Symptoms of VHD include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, spasms, and sudden death, although some rabbits may die without showing any symptoms. Up to 90% of affected rabbits may die from the disease which progresses rapidly (death occurs approximately 1-3 days after infection)."
  12. Had a good night on one of the pumpkin fields last night. Haven't shot this field for a while and got the distinct impression that the bunnies might have been a bit under the influence. Using 17 Hornets that aren't exactly quiet, they weren't running off when their near neighbours were getting bumped off. On a couple of occasions we walked past rabbits that were a couple of yards away. I should add that there's no sign of Myxy on this farm at the moment. I can't see that giving em a couple of months off would have this effect. The pumpkins have long since been harvested and of those that are left some were completely rotten and black inside. I know it's a stretch but could they be mildly intoxicated? I've heard of animals getting drunk on old windfall apples in orchards.
  13. 17 Hornet

    I forgot to say re; those Henry Krank bullets. They are labelling them as soft point but they are 17 grain boat tailed Vmax.
  14. 17 Hornet

    I found the forming quite easy. I bought a three foot length of the same studding the dies are made of. After cutting a lump off I drilled one hole, then made the entrance conical and polished it. I was quite amazed when after just one pass I was able to trim to length and go straight to the full length sizing die. I found I could load the result just the same as a normal case for fireforming and hunt with it.
  15. 17 Hornet

    If still interested in a 17hornet airborne there was one on airgun bbs.
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