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comanche last won the day on November 30 2010

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    At present all my spare time is taken-up making a full sized mole suit using real moleskins. When finished I shall wear it to mole fetish clubs and on my nights off simply wear it while chilling out to my collection of old Velvet Underground albums.

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  1. comanche

    Putange mole trapping

    Thanks for that Nicepix It may well've been your video that put me straight.
  2. comanche

    Pig headed

    From what I 've read yhe roast hog's heads that grace the table in all the best medieval films are not simply roast pig's heads. What they are is actually a hollow pig mask cut from the skull and stuffed with various other cuts of meat from the pig's body ,vegetables and seasonings. The whole lot is then roasted and when it's role as a table decoration is finished it is carved in such a way that everyone gets a slice pork encased in crunchy,pig-face crackling. I have a couple of boned-out pig masks in the freezer but perhaps it's as well I don't have enough friends to host a medieval banquet.
  3. comanche

    Old 16 bore

    Being laid up after a minor operation I've finally got round to tackling an old 16 bore I was given a couple of years ago. What I thought was going to be a couple of hours relaying the top rib and refixing the fore end catch turned into something a bit more in depth once I realised that under the surface rust the gun seems to be in quite good nick. I don't think from looking at the hammer faces it has been used much considering it is probably 100 years old and apart from light pitting near the muzzle the barrels are surprisingly clean. The locks only needed a brush-up and lubing but what intrigues me is the mark stamped inside each side-plate. The gun is nothing special; just something turned out by, or at least sold via, a Cumbrian iron works. While it is possible they made the barrels I suspect the actions and locks were bought-in and the stamped mark indicates a commercial supplier of gun locks. Unfortunatly I can't read the marks with any clarity but it would be interesting to hear from anyone with more knowledge.
  4. Most 410s have tight chokes;which is fine if you can shoot straight . But lot of the cheaper 410s have tight chokes that don't always shoot where they point. An old Spanish folder I had shot 6 inches low so I cut the choke off thinking that at least the extra spread would compensate to a degree. The effect was magical ;I was getting decent patterns and the thing shot where it was aimed. for normal bolted rabbit ranges it was perfect and I cold take low pheasants without guilt if I was a walking gun on the Shoot. I always used 2 1/2 cartridges which in my experience give more even patterns than 3inchers through narrow 410 barrels that were only originally designed for 2 inch cartridges anyway.
  5. Mole-catching is a testosterone-fuelled and very serious business. You have to be tough to tackle a mole(a big male can reach seven inches and tear a worm apart in seconds!),and defend your methods,trap selection and territory. I've heard that those mole-catcher's Guild-type meetings involve illegal betting on slug races and inevitably degenerate into spiteful brawls involving trowels and earth-probes that make biker gang turf wars look like a ball-pit full of Haribo-hyped toddlers.
  6. Back in October I promised a customer I would ferret her garden,when I had the time. Well I finally had the time today but thinking I would be dealing with half a dozen holes in her compost heap that she had shown me I didn't turn-up until midday. Luckily rather than the pocketful of nets and single ferret I had planned on taking a little voice in my head urged me to go overgunned so I took along a pair of ferrets ,two of short long-nets and a couple of dozen purse nets. A bit more exploration of her rather immaculate and spacious garden revealed a hedge backing onto a pony paddock. I reckoned the voice in my head had been a sign from the rabbiting Gods as it was obviously the epicentre of bunny evil rather than the compost heap she'd made all the fuss about. I risked waving to a couple of stable girls who not only waved back but gave me permission not only net to their side of the hedge but to come back another day and go round some of their other fields. I started with the compost heap though. I was glad I was ferreting single-handed and there was nobody around to observe two rabbits sneaking away unscathed. The only concellation was that they made their way with the dog in futile pursuit towards the field hedge and ducked into holes I had earmarked for later attention. Dogs are brilliant ferreting companions they never make snide comments about bad netting and missed holes,though mine does give me disgusted looks sometimes. I didn't quite have enough purse nets to cover all the holes in the hedge bottom but gambled that between the long nets and dog and with the back-netting Joker on my side I might not lose too many rabbits. The main problem was that while the garden side of the hedge was tailored like a National Garden display,the field side was abit of a tangle. And to reach it meant avoiding not only brambles but a two strand mains-powered electric fence. With nets in place I took to the rough side to guard one of the long nets leaving the dog in the garden to cover the purse nets and hopefully have half a chance to intercept anything that found a clear pop-hole. Amazingly this mixed-method ferreting payed-off better than I had hoped.I don't think anything escaped:the long nets caught, the purse nets caught and the dog caught a few runners and pinned netters. This was lucky because with rabbits popping out on both sides of the fence I spent quite a lot of time flailing ineffectually about in the hedge itself and doing ungaily rolls under the electric fence rather than pouncing on netted bunnies myself. By the time the burrows were clear there was snow in the air and ice forming on the nets so what had started as amateur showtime with the compost heap debacle had finished with perfect timing and ten bunnies in the bag.
  7. comanche

    What type of locator is it

    It may be atrick of the light but the lower collar in the picture looks as if it is made of black plastic rather than grey.That means it's probably a Mk2. If it ticks faster than the grey collar it definately is. It may use-up batteries a bit quicker . One thing to watch with the black collars is that the plastic is a bit more brittle and the loop the collar goes through is therefore more prone to snapping.
  8. comanche

    Anyone successfully bred ferret hybrid

    Polecats have been known occasionally to mate in the wild with European mink and the cross has been deliberatly bred in Russian fur farms. Crossing a ferret with a mink is obviously possible ,but it would have to be a European mink not an American mink.
  9. comanche

    Smith and Wesson 15-22

    Never fired one but handled one in a local gun dealers. If anyone is old enough to rememember the old Tv cop show Hill Street blues;well I felt like the mad SWAT team leader who popped up every few episodes. I think if you were looking for something to hunt with, pulling one out of the gunslip would raise a few worried eyebrows from the farmer and get you reported to a real SWAT squad if a passing dog-walker spotted you in the bushes. The local gun-dealer actually specialised in their import and customisation though I think it was getting near impossible to source them at the time I was talking to him. They have loads of custom add-ons available and seem to have almost cult status for the tactical -target disciples but too scary by far to be seen in a field with one in my opinion. I think the one I saw was around 700 quid and that would buy you a couple of good second-hand reliable CZs or a very fancy more conventional new .22 rimfire indeed! In fact I remember seeing an aftermarket kit that transforms a CZinto and AR15 lookalike. Still too scary-looking for me but proven reliability.
  10. comanche

    Lab x grey

    Only a guess but I reckon anyone looking to breed from a good lab would be more inclined to use it to produce saleable pure-bred puppies than lurchers with a limited market and lower price. This would leave leave lurcher production to less formal liaisons and as not that many people keep "entire" greyhounds as pets the chances of accidental lab x greyhound litters are small. Lab x whippet puppies turn up more often.(Tyla;Gill dog-sits a whippet x lab from time to time,reckons it a nicer dog than its pure labrador house-mate)
  11. comanche

    Gatwick Closed

    I don't think the drone was the problem. If there was one at all it probably came and went before anyone could react. The concern was that it may have offloaded something. Gatwick Airport covers a big area and apart from the commercial areas there are a couple of high security "establishments" on site. I expect everywhere on the outfield and beyond had to be searched. As for blasting it to atoms with a shotgun; probably everyone's first thought. On second thoughts;suppose it was carrying a bomb or anthrax spores,or some horrible poison? There could well be a couple of teenagers cowering under their beds waiting for a knock on the door,or maybye Putin decided to flex his muscles and create a stir(checking out our anti-drone procedures at the same time) in retaliation for us daring to have a spy ship in the Ukraine. ..Could be a hoax of course . All I know ,as someone who lives nearby,is that it's been lovely and quiet
  12. comanche

    soft plastics

    It was Tyla that introduced me to little rubber lures. I've been a fan of big shads for pike for years ;mainly because before rubber-hauling became trendy I bought a bagful of 7 inch rubber fish for a pittance from my local fishing shop and made my own lead keels and traces for them. First time out with one I dangled my DIY rigged contraption in the current under my feet just to see what it looked like and a jack pike barely twice the size of the lure grabbed-it. Bit of a confidence boost! As I mentioned it was an evening with Tyla that had me interested in using little lures though. I was float fishing and had plenty of small fish of various species but he was catching some interesting perch on his jig-heads so I gave it a go. Here's a surprise catch from my local river.
  13. comanche

    Old TV fishing programme

    I've found it. The presenter's name was Jonathan Webb; the programme was Casting Around. Seven episodes 1970. Clearly a forgettable series.