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  1. ianm

    Sako85

    Sausage i don't normally disagree with you but this time i will, just out of my own preferences though. I have had two mates that owned Sauer rifles. One in .243 that would not group from day one no matter who shot it or what ammunition was used. It eventually went back to the importer as "not fit for purpose". The other one was a 308 and had a known problem with the dovetail mounts. When fitted with a scope, the screws holding the mounts on used to pull on the holes. Eventually they stripped the threads and in my mates case the scope fell off whilst shooting in Africa. No i will stick with the Finns for my rifles. I would buy neither a car nor a rifle from a country that lost two world wars.
  2. ianm

    Sako85

    A friend of mine went on a tour of the Tikka/Sako factories a few years ago and found out that the barrels for both are from the same production line. The Sako 75 was a good rifle and most would say better than the 85. The T3 is a good accurate workmanlike rifle straight out of the box. The Sako is a little better finished. What i don't like about Sako's is the dovetail mounts. They are Sako specific, therefore reducing your choice, that and the fact that it isn't easy to fit n/v without using a dovetail to picatinny adapter rail which raises the scope even higher.
  3. After binning Sky and BT sports off because they are far to expensive i spent most of yesterday afternoon sorting out a TV package through a firestick. Eventually i succeeded just after tea time, Mrs M likes to watch various things on the box so all was well again. I watched a film with her till eleven after which she said she was off to bed to watch something or other and i said i will go out for an hour or two. I decided to go down the road from me partly because it only takes two minutes but also because i thought they would have cut the grass. After getting my gear together and jumping into the Jimny i drove straight to the little layby in front of the first field. This field is six hundred yards long and four hundred and twenty yards wide. It had been cut and the grass was gone but there was nothing on it bar a lone hare. To the left of the field ( where i had stopped ) there isn't a hedge between this and the next field but there is a gutter that runs in from the marsh two fields away. I scanned that field aswell but apart from cattle, sheep and several hares nothing else of interest to me. The field gate was open so i thought i may aswell drive to the other end of this field and have a look in the last field before the marsh starts. I drove down parallel to the gutter and reached the gate at the far end of the field.which was also open. I drove into this field through a gap in the old flood bank and saw that the field had been cut and was in the process of drying out to make haylage. I parked up just through the old flood bank with a view to calling for an hour or so although the wind at seven miles an hour was not in an ideal direction. It was an east north east wind which blew over my left shoulder at an angle of forty five degrees, meaning it would blow towards the marsh halfway along the new flood bank which runs around this field. After readying the rifle i set the caller off on rat distress. Ten minutes passed and i thought the sound may not be penetrating enough in the breeze so changed it to pheasant distress. This call is louder and a higher pitch so reaches further. About seven or so minutes later i saw a fox in the next field bto me on the left but it was making away from me across the cut grass. It reached a sheep wire fence and went under it taking up a position behind the long grass either side of the wire. I could see it with the thermal and just it's eyes through the scope. I wondered if it had got a whiff of my scent as it must have entered the field via the new flood bank from the marsh. Either way it was hanging around interested but too hesitant to commit to coming in. I couldn't kill it where it was which happened to be three hundred yards although that wasn't the problem. The problem was i could only see a small portion of it and that was behind a grass curtain and wire so no shot. No i would have to try to bring it to my side of the fenceline by calling. I switched to adult rat distress again and saw it twitching about but still staying put. Next i tried the field mouse distress always a good one to shift a wary customer but to no avail. Right i will try a fox call next and so i changed to fox rally. Quite a bit of movement now but still the other side of the fence. Last ditch i tried fox squall, that did it we're off! Under the fence it came and ran back across the field on my left making for the bridge over the gutter. I lost sight of it momentarily as crossed the bridge as the bottom of it is solid. A few seconds later it was in the field i was in and following the fence round to my right. If it went much further it would wind me for sure and would surely bolt through the wire and back over the flood bank back to the marsh. I was just getting ready to shout to stop it when it suddenly halted in it's tracks and started eating something it had obviously smelled on the cut grass. I was on it quickly and touched off a shot into the bib. I heard a pop of sorts but not like i normally hear although i thought i saw it go down. I took a mark as to where i had seen it, wrapped everything up and headed off in the Jimny to find it. I parked up where i thought it was and got out with the thermal. I looked all around the motor and saw nothing. I got on the back shooting step of the truck to gain a bit of height and scanned all over but saw nothing. I walked fifty yards in front of the motor scanning as i went but saw nothing. I went fifty yards the other side of the truck scanning again but saw nothing. I was beginning to think i had missed but climbed on the back of the truck for another look around. As i scanned downwards to my right i could see the unmistakable heat source that could only be a fox at a distance of twelve yards from where i had parked. How i had missed it before i dont't know but i was relieved to have found it. It turned out to be a dog and i had killed him with a shot to the bib at two hundred and twenty seven yards. .
  4. ianm

    Last nights effort.

    Yep the .204.
  5. ianm

    It’s only a matter of time

    Grandparents and Grandkids always get on because they have a common enemy.
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    It’s only a matter of time

    Whenever i have tried using poults as bait where there are a lot of pheasants it has been a failure. They don't seem interested in dead ones. But replace them with pigeon or rabbit and they will take them straight away.
  7. ianm

    It’s only a matter of time

    .Cattle are a nightmarel controlling foxes, they wreck you're motor and interfere with the caller. If they laid eggs to procreate i would smash every last one i found. My keeper mate came from down south and started leaving a car radio playing connected to a car battery and speaker next to the pens. He said it kept foxes away where he last worked and i told him it wouldn't here. One day we found two poults eaten within fifteen yards of the speaker, i told him he may aswell leave lit candles for them to enjoy their meals with music and candlelight.
  8. ianm

    It’s only a matter of time

    I have done a bit of that "waiting at the pen caper" for a keeper mate of mine. Quite often they don't turn up till the early hours . If he has had one coming every night i have often bit the bullet and stayed till it has made an appearance to minimise the damage they do. He had one last season that turned up and would kill twenty or so that where outside the pen and leavethem in piles of four or five on the field. I killed that after two nights.
  9. ianm

    Last nights effort.

    Awesome film!
  10. A few nights ago i was asked by a mate to go and wait over a cut grass field with him on one of his farms. We arrived at about nine thirty and decided where we would both go. I was to get tucked under some overhanging trees on the left side of the field, he would go to the other side against a hedge. Both of us would be looking towards a long wood at the end of the field approximately two hundred yards away. This is a cracking farm for foxes and always has been. It is a long wood with a river running along it's length at the other side of it. Foxes follow the river along and when they find the territory vacant ( because someone has shot the previous occupants ) they stay on the ground. There are lots of earths in the wood and three badger setts that have been there since God was a lad. This farm is set up for sheep and sheep being sheep there is always something dead knocking about for foxes to scoff. Any how it didn't take long to set up the rifle on the roof of the Jimny and i put the foxpro out in front of me at about fifty yards. I had pre set it to field mouse distress. The field was cut and rowed up ready for the grass being lifted the next day. As time passed i watched a bewildered rabbit mooching about probably wondering what had happened to all the long grass. Next to arrive on the scene was a hedgehog working along the rows for tasty titbits that the mower had supplied. Then a mouse appeared and didn't seem to know where it wanted to be. As i was scanning the wood edgeline with the Pulsar XQ50 thermal i saw what could only be a fox appear from within the wood at perhaps two hundred and fifty yards. Instinctively i switched the Drone on but not the laser i/r as it was still light enough not to need it. It didn't take long to pick it up in the scope at which point i turned the foxpro on. The fox immediately looked over towards the caller and began to trot in. Time to push the T3s safety forward and set the trigger. It was now just a matter of tracking Charlie in the scope in readiness for the shot. At eighty yards he stopped and stared intently towards where the enticing mouse sqeaks where coming from. That was what i had been waiting for and with the reticule settled on his boiler room i touched the trigger. I saw the bullet strike and he collapsed instantly. The time was eight minutes past ten so plenty of time for more to make an appearance. Despite calling on and off for the next two hours nothing else turned up which was a surprise. After phoning my mate and deciding to call it a night i went to retrieve the fox. Well it was a dog and a really long one, not very fat but he weighed eighteen pounds all the same. Foxes around there are usually shorter and thicker set than this fellow so quite where he has turned up from is anyones guess.
  11. ianm

    A long un!

    I used a Pulsar n750 for three years and shot a lot of foxes with it but being only four and a bit mag i struggled on a lot of them and couldn't shoot at some due to distance. It was 100% reliable though. Another thing i had to cater for with it was it would white out if a fox ran in much closer than i had set up for. I soon learned that a half turn on the up/down screw on the adjustable mount with my fingertips was enough to lift the beam above the fox but was more than enough light to shoot with. Then the drones came out and i decided to invest in one because of all the shooting i do i like my foxing the best. To be honest the drone was a massive improvement on the Pulsar not least because it is ten magnification which makes a huge difference. The picture is crystal clear and the sensor , camera and near eye eye display of a far better quality. It will handle all the i/r you can throw at it never whiting out. Scott country will have told you they are difficult to get hold of because they are not the importers. They are infact easy to get hold of, Ray Cliff of optical solutions imports them under the name of black env 10 he also has the black env 15s. They aren't cheap at i think £2,140 but anything worth having these days isn't cheap. I reckon the ultimate combination is thermal spotter, drone and a 500mw laser i/r, i use a solaris srx but there are others. These new lasers don't give off the red glow anywhere near like the led i/rs do and as a consequence are far more covert, foxes don't know you are there if you have done everything else right.
  12. ianm

    A long un!

    Good luck! how are you finding the pulsar?
  13. Could well be, Howas have to go to the proof house in this country who don't clean them after being shot. They are then boxed back up and put on the shelf at the importers for who knows how long. Before being sold to gunshops/retailers who have them on shelves for who knows how long. First job should be a thorough clean but as i stated earlier i wouldn't buy one without seeing the bore, infact i wouldn't buy one at all.
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    Young Vixen.

    Well done! What weight are the hornadys in wmr?
  15. Yes the 40grn federals grouped nicely but where expensive at £29 a box and that was seven years ago. My Tikka .243 grouped really well with 58grn Norma untill i went on homeloaded 55grn vmax.
  16. If you are intent on buying a Howa, when you go to pick it up get them to bore scope it and show you the inside of the barrel before you pay or put it on your ticket. Especially if it is a blued barrel but stainless ones aren't exempt from the red/brown stuff either. I know the bloke who ceracotes all the Howas and some are a right state to begin with.
  17. Funnily enough when i had a 223 (Tikka T3) these where terrible in it, they used to keyhole. I stopped using them and went on to 40grn federal premium which where much better.
  18. ianm

    243 twist rate

    sausagedog is correct in saying a faster twist rate is to stabilise heavier/longer bullets. From what you say your limiting factor is not wanting to dial in so you need something point and shoot. The Tikka T3 supervarmint i had in .243 was about the same trajectory as my .204 if i used 55grn bullets in it. So basically the 204 is zeroed at 230 yds which happens to be one inch high at 100yds and still on the body of a fox at 300yds. When i say on the body i mean if i shoot level with it's back i will hit it just above half way up it's chest. The 243 was very similar, infact i used it to shoot rabbits at 300yds fairly regularily.
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    243 twist rate

    If i was looking for a custom rifle i would speak to Mike Norris at Brock and Norris. I have been to his place with a 243 of my mates that wouldn't shoot right. He sorted it whilst we where there. His knowledge of rifles is excellent as is his workmanship. Having said all that a standard 243 twist is 1-10" and all mine have shot 55grn and 58grn bullets really well. How far do you want to shoot?
  20. ianm

    To shoot or not to shoot

    And i am sure you have too, all part of lifes rich and colourfull tapestry.
  21. ianm

    To shoot or not to shoot

    Deker, just for balance, i have met many,many idiots WITH facs aswell.
  22. i use avon skin so soft to keep the flying/biting insects off me, i believe the sas use it aswell.
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    Magpies

    In that case i would just leave them to it.
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    Magpies

    Can you not set a larsen in the wood out of sight of the horse wallahs?
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    First fox in months.

    Well ambushed! It's good to catch up with the ones you have been after for a while.
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