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  1. samphire

    What Quad?

    Agree there were some quite nasty Chinese quads around in the early days of Chinese imports brought in by small firms just bought as cheap as possible and these were a bad advert for the cheap Chinese bikes, i have to say these were not that common most seem fine and for what they cost they can be a good buy, taking feed out to pheasant feeders checking livestock how tough does it need to be if you are not towing weight or using it over rough terrain, woodland rides drain bankings and grassing areas are not always rough and even small 90 100 125 size quads can serve a purpose i think if you match your quad to your needs more than buy something 4x4 Japanese and expensive when a basic 2wd Chinese import will do all you need.
  2. samphire

    Long Range Pigeon

    Super accurate round overshadowed in popularity these days by the 223 but not on performance.
  3. samphire

    What Shell??

    we will just be useing semi autos 70mm standard.and as far as I know we are only shooting over decoys inland.cheers for the replyThe winchester canard ammo in32gram 4s Or RC hyperfast are good choices for close shots like you will be doing. What you need to do is test several boxes of different cartridges in your auto and get together with your mates or encourage them to test their ammo too, pattern them at 40 yards should be suitable for your trip decoying, you could try different chokes in your gun if multi choke if not just test for pattern pick the most even tight pattern most pelets in 30inch looking for patterns that have a dense inner ten inch with no big voids in the outer ring if there are any voids as big as a cd you need to look again, spending time here is never wasted and with 50% in the inner 10 inch load is good for further than 40yards but more important you have the reassurance you can kill clean if you do your part well enough. Dont be hung up on 4s either you could go for 3s 2s whatever looking at decent pattern is what is important. If its holding a good pattern with 3s go with them it is laborious but can be the difference between a good trip or a disappointment, and you owe it to the geese to make doubly sure what you are using is as good as you can get it. I would like to say fair play to you as you asked the question in the first place which showed you all were being responsible straight out of the starting gate, this is the right attitude to have regardless of what you are hunting. cheers for that Il deffenetly look into it and see what's best.i don't know why some people where getting worked up about me asking,It's a very straight question.thanks again No one knows everything and asking questions is how to find out, and what the primary use of a good forum Sharing information. And no matter how long you have done a thing or how experienced all have lots and lots to learn, it is developing your knowledge and therefore improving your capabilities which drives true sportsman. I hope you all enjoy your adventure in to shooting geese i am sure even if you put just a little time into patterning you will undoubtedly reap the rewards in your results. That sense of achievement of a job well done is all worth wile..
  4. You most probably want a sling a little more conventional. but i do have one of these i like using its handy piece of equiptment i have found and durable. http://www.cabelas.ca/product/4951/safari-rifle-sling
  5. samphire

    What Shell??

    we will just be useing semi autos 70mm standard.and as far as I know we are only shooting over decoys inland.cheers for the reply The winchester canard ammo in32gram 4s Or RC hyperfast are good choices for close shots like you will be doing. What you need to do is test several boxes of different cartridges in your auto and get together with your mates or encourage them to test their ammo too, pattern them at 40 yards should be suitable for your trip decoying, you could try different chokes in your gun if multi choke if not just test for pattern pick the most even tight pattern most pelets in 30inch looking for patterns that have a dense inner ten inch with no big voids in the outer ring if there are any voids as big as a cd you need to look again, spending time here is never wasted and with 50% in the inner 10 inch load is good for further than 40yards but more important you have the reassurance you can kill clean if you do your part well enough. Dont be hung up on 4s either you could go for 3s 2s whatever looking at decent pattern is what is important. If its holding a good pattern with 3s go with them it is laborious but can be the difference between a good trip or a disappointment, and you owe it to the geese to make doubly sure what you are using is as good as you can get it. I would like to say fair play to you as you asked the question in the first place which showed you all were being responsible straight out of the starting gate, this is the right attitude to have regardless of what you are hunting.
  6. samphire

    Ppu's Or Hornday

    Sorry i was talking about loose bullets for reloading Kranks list them looked cheap never used them myself i load Sierras Barnes and some times Hornadays.
  7. samphire

    Scarborough Pigeon Club

    Not much help but i remember you had to live in Scarbourgh area was around £60 £70 a year but no phone number or anything not living local had no chance of getting in so lost interest. Good luck they had good acreages apparently this must be 8 or so years ago now though.
  8. samphire

    Ballistic Apps/equipment

    The free strelock works ok, free from apps store give it a try.
  9. samphire

    Stalking Dog Question

    Some good info in the posts above the comets on silent communication between the hunter and dog ring very true to me, far from a dog expert of any standard 40 years of usually three often four working dogs at any one time, i have gained some experience but still got a hell of a lot more to learn. Dog for deer way i look at it come in debatable two types companion dogs these work at trail you work together tight dog may notice something you have not you being aware of the dog observing it all the time can feed you back valuable info time spent with the dog among deer hunting or not is never wasted time you will learn together soon spot any reactions the dog has to locating deer being in tune with the dog is all part of bonding and from a pup more you have them with you the better use a lead if you have to early days its annoying but pays off and never rush anything getting the dog rock steady obedient is essential if you want to make an efficient team. companion dog prime use is location finding shot deer in woodland and scrub, breed type is quite open to personal preference for this i use Labradors because i have them usually at least one and time as shown me they do ok at this task but Springers cockers other breeds could do just as well if they prove suitable. The second type of deer dog a hunter locator as i call it has a more prominent proactive role than the other. as i see it they works with you but in cover of woodland works just a few yards in front i take the info he feeds back to me and act on it springers in my experience allthough they like to lead i myself have never gotten one to interact with me and instill the confidence all i have had have had too much drive too much lets crak on in their make up to make me use them for the task, could be if you get a steady rock steady springer you could do fine with it, i mentioned this to an old stalker in the Borders who agreed with my observations and said he once saw a Clumber spaniel that was incredible on deer , i have never seen a clumber myself but thought i would mention it here. Breed i have found works as a hunter vlocator is German short haired pointers but wire hairs or other HPRs will be just as good if not better. The way these breeds air scent i feel is an advantage use as convinced me of this and the GSPs at least are very simple to control i find in these situations with lots of inbuilt natural ability that shows up in the field. Watching the dog as it moves in front you can soon learn to spot changes in his attitude reactions to things i have on more than one occasion been in a situation where i get to witness his reaction yet because my line of sight is not obstructed by cover i can see the deer that is making him react some distance away,, this for me all adds to the hunt and i get a huge ammount of enjoyment from working a dog like this , i am on GSP 4 now this one is 4 years old and although not the easiest one i have trained he has more drive and is steadily improving all the time, we as a team never stop learning and having a dog experienced at hunting locating and pointing deer is satisfying for both of us. Finaly it must be clear from my text i do not want to promote one breed more than another regardless of my experiences, i am sure there are many other breeds that will suffice even excel at being deer dogs i just mentioned what i use thats all. Whatever your dog is i think these are a few choice words . Bond control steady to game observe get out together. Regularly . look and learn. and my favourate TRUST he got to trust you you trust him if it seems totaly wrong but he is adamant its in there go look you could just LEARN something and get a result. remember you reap what you sow in any relationship.
  10. samphire

    .223 40Gr Vmax With N130

    As cheap or expensive as you want it to be, you can start with one of these an inexpensive inline die you can stay with one move on to others or go to conventional press and die set up, with any detail changes like hind presses in between. The Lee loader is in the .223 and its a way to produce accurate ammo on a tight budget. i wild add good scales RCBS or Lyman Hornaday and similar and case trimming set up case mouth de burr tool and a suitable screwdriver to clean primmer pockets that and primers cases powder and bullet heads you are loading about £50 max for tools. Available in .223.https://leeprecision.com/lee-loader-223-rem.html
  11. samphire

    Ppu's Or Hornday

    £12a hundred for PPus in 50 grain is cheap and if they group well with your set up and the bullets work on target the saving is considerable, and could be a factor if you are shooting big numbers of round wiping out vermin and jobs like that. you have to decide if you shoot enough rounds in the field to make cost a concern, look at the advantages on accuracy you get if any on the two pick the best is my advice accuracy first cost second by honest with yourself giving up accuracy even though the savings are considerable is about weighing up the difference and will any difference impact your performance in the field. To answer your question i do not like swapping anything when it works this eliminates adjustments saves time and expense even wear and tear. Stick to the most accurate one.
  12. samphire

    What Quad?

    Currently run Yamaha 600 grizzly had this 5 years no problems to speak of, and this replaced Big bear 350 we had 10 years were on coyote 225cc Yamaha 3 wheeler before that, so suppose we are yamaha fans. We do have a 250cc two wheel drive China quad a GEO i think it is titled by AEON, has been very reliable use it round sheep and feeding horses never had a problem i could not trace straight away and nothing that ever cost any money has snapped broken or fell off, Thing that is not good on the chinese bikes quads can be cheap electrics but simple and easy fixes and once teething troubles ironed out i think chinese are excellent workhorses and think they get an unfair review by many .
  13. samphire

    What Shell??

    Appreciate the coment, however i fear it is woefully inadequate to help very much, was the best i could muster given the trip up north info from the original post. i am sure we can come up with a little more helpfull information given gun type acctualy what they plan on doing where and how. all we have so far is Peterhead. could be anything.
  14. samphire

    What Shell??

    With a little more insight into what guns you will be taking a more accurate assessment of what ammunition you will need to take with you can be made. It is unlikely you will be reloading and shop bought cartridges are often in the more popular general steel cartridges rather than magnum loads. I suppose you will all be using 12bores so it is feasible if you all have at least 3 inch chambered guns you could buy a flat of cartridges and all make use of that helping keep things more economical. However is some of you have 3.5 inch chambered guns you may want to use 3.5 inch ammo if you are shooting any for shores or taking your shots at longer ranges. A flat of 70mm steel cartridges would be another buy you could all share and again save money. Now what Ammunition you buy will depend what you can get local or buy online if local stuff is not quite what you want, you have enough time before December to sort Ammunition out but getting it done soon could avoid last minute disappointment. Geese. If say some in your party just have 70mm chambered guns you are restricted to normal steel loads like gamebore super steel 32 gram which work ok and you can find them in no3 which will do for close range geese into decoys and the closer shots on the shores. with shop bought ammo you dont have the option to make 70mm ammo that can be more effective at longer range as re loaders do so shorter ranges and into the decoys is it for std 70mm factory steel. RC NSI Rotweil and B&P are other good names for normal 70mm steel i use RC because i can get it locally similarly with the 3 inch factory loads from RC which i find good performers incidentally. Now with 3.5 inch ammo you have to ask yourselves where are you going to be shooting them and how, it might be no one has a 3.5 inch gun but if some do the ussual suspects RC gamebore ETC do suitable ammo if you need them. Next thing is it just could be you dont need steel at peterhead dependent on the land you may be able to use lead in which case you have slightly different set of shot charges to be considering. So sorry if what i have said is so obvious but one has to start some where. A quick sumary of my own feelings on named brands and cartridge types here biassed very much on my own findings useing them all around the uk wildfowling on the shores i only ever shot geese once inland and stopped at 3, making the dessision right there and then that after years of loving every second on the foreshores the inland scene was not for me. So starting with 70mm steel my opinion best..... first. RC atomic steel 34 gram 2s fiocchi steel 32 in 3s 3 inch .. Rc hyperfasts in 34gram 1s Rattweil steel game 36 hull solway steel 36 in bb mirage steel 36 bb eley lightening 36 1s. 3.5 inch /. Winchester Blindside 46gbb Winchester Drylock 44g2s Gamebore mamoth steel 42g in 1s Mirage Steel 39g 1s If you want to explain a little more what your actually doing up there shores or inland decoying or passing shots i will try and give a more precise opinion on what you should use, guns too would be helpful. Only hope this as been of some benefit to you.
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