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    A Squirrel Foray

    In fact your the dude that writes for a magazine. Ive seen your rifle in one of them... never forget a rapid in that condition, looking that good, with a Nikon like that running along side. Thanks - and yes I do write for many of the shooting and fishing titles.
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    Please Support This

    Any more news on when this is going to court?
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    Don't Belive This

    Forget BOTH, the Mamba (absolute garbage if you compare it to many others of the same price) The Falcon can be bettered by the Lightstream 4.5-14 x 44. Better optically, nice clean reticle and MUCH better lenses. Front adjustment though. Set at 30 yards and forget it up to 10x mag for general use. Higher mag, you can then use the selective focus.
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    Rapid 7 Mk 2

    Any of the Rapid models are superb, provided they haven't been butchered by a Neanderthal. Mine is 1991 and it is still my favourite rifle.
  5. Craig - get a picture of the red berries and post it up. If the leaves are double rows of pointed leaves (like a spear point shape) I would guess they are rowan (Mountain Ash). The birds will eat them, but normally when the weather gets harsher - a fall back larder if you like. Got any elder berries left? In Majorca the other week we saw woodies congregating on a spiky thorn tree covered in small red/black berries - obviously the black ones were ripe. So your red berries could well be a crop they will go for- keep your eyes on them! Your pigeon with an empty crop - what time of day did you shoot it?
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    Bison Bushcraft Shirt

    If it isn't your cup of tea, you don't have to sip from the cup. It has saved me from buying another Swandri - I had no idea they weren't of the same quality as my od one. It has given me mmore information togo shopping with - and hopefully anyone else who has read all the input. Gortworz - WHEN you remember who those two girls are...I am interested!
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    A Squirrel Foray

    Aye it was just like a article in the Countrymans weekly
  8. ACORNS - and your beloved pheasants too (unless they are stuffed full of raisins of course ) Beech nuts are another popular feed for pigeons. Beech mast it is called, little triangular (pyramidal) nuts. Watch for flight lines - pigeons flying will often home in on tohers feeding on the ground, so when you see a flying pigeon suddenly change course and drop down, investigate further! A pair of binoculars are worth their weight in gold - but only reasonably good ones. POOR quality (cheap) are WORSE THAN NONE AT ALL, and not worth wasting money on. You can get some FANTASTIC binos of the auction site - I got my Zeiss 8x30B (with red T* lenses - the latest and best version) in their hard case, unmarked and perfect. £110 posted. The equivalent today are £1000+ Nikon Monarch 8x36 are a fabulous air of modern binos - reasonably compact, bright and excellent quality, about £250 NEW, pick up a used pair much cheaper. There are so many opportunities to get REALLY GOOD binos I wouldn't bother looking at Bushnell, Burris and all the other cheapos. You can cover a massive amount of ground with bins - and see things lurking that you would otherwise have missed - the red wattle of a pheasant peering out from in th ebrambles, that you would otherwise have walked over and flushed. Instead, you can get in position and watch for an opportunity. The same with pigeons in cover of trees, the binos will pick out tiny details that you cannot see with your eyes.
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    Bison Bushcraft Shirt

    Spread that over 20 years? - as with anything, good quality ALWAYS works out better value. Have a look at the Bush Shirt at £245 - I am seriously considering one. It will see me out and be an heirloom!
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    Bison Bushcraft Shirt

    Good job I still have my original one then! It weighs about 10lbs - just a throw over bush shirt, in blue/black check with grey interior. I wore it almost daily when I was out there and right through the 80s - it has worked hard.
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    A Squirrel Foray

    With the clocks going back I took advantage of the early morning to get out and had every intention to be back for breakfast. I loaded the dogs into the car and set off for the woods, only 5 miles away. I got my bits together and then let the dogs out to sort themselves out. I always take them out across the stubble first, it gives them a chance to burn off their frustrations, race about a bit and get into 'mode'. Tigs was ahead and he suddenly turned and started sniffing intently into the thin copse beside the field...I urged him in, hoping for a squirrel out in the early morning light gathering nuts and acorns. There was a small oak beside us. He dived in and roused a fallow buck from his bed amongst the holly! He took off through the wood in hot pursuit, the deer crossed into the next wood, he came out into the stubble and made up ground rapidly, diving back in to the trees 100 yards later, cutting the fallow off from it's intended route. Poor old Fly knows when she is beat - she gave up, she is getting too old to chase across fields, but is still earns her corn poking through the bushes or scouting squirrels and pigeons. We regrouped and stood beside a tree, in the shadows, and I scanned the trees with the binos, looking for squirrels, the focus of my foray. It was pretty windy, so I concentrated on the trees with food on them - sweet chestnuts abound in this wood, plus beech and oak in addition to all the usual smaller trees. As I disected the tree boughs, one by one, using the differential focus the binos allow to pick out any noses and eyes that might be peering round the corner of a branch. Sure enough, there was the head of a squirrel between the fork of two boughs, sat motionless. I slipped the binos inside my jacket and lifted the rifle onto aim. It was about 35 yards to the tree, so I aimed dead on, and squeezed the shot away. There was a loud smack as the pellet hit home and the dogs shot forward as they saw the squirrel falling. "Fetch it Tigs", I whispered and he brought the fallen squirrel back, having made sure it was well and truely dead. He has been nipped a couple of times by squirrels he has caught, now he takes no chances! I parked the squirrel in a tree, to collect on the way back to the car. We gathered ourselves together and gently made our way further down the wood, scanning the trees for any more squirrels. There were pigeons roosting, but they were very restless witht he tops of the trees swaying and vibrating in the stiff breeze. I didn't bother trying for one, we had enough meat for the freezer so instead concentrated on looking for squirrels. We saw one that ran up the tree only yards ahead, but it didn't stop or offer a shot. We continued to stalk slowly from tree to tree, stopping to use the trunk as cover and scanning around the trees for any signs of movement or grey fur. Eventually, I spotted one, hunched up in the lee of a big chestnut, sat on a side branch in the classical characteristic pose of a squirrel, with its tail curled over it's back. There were a couple of twigs coming off the point of his branch, so I had to gently move slightly to find a clear path through to him. A carefully placed shot hit home right at the base of the squirrels ear and it just fell out of the tree without so much as a flinch. Tigs was sent forward for it and again, he made sure it was well and truely dead before fetching it back to me. A brace, the bag was building and other than the wind it was a lovely morning. As I stood with my back to another big chestnut, some fallen branches in front of me, Tigs got wind or heard something in the rhodies about 15 yards away. He shot in and I could hear him crashing through. Moments later not one, but two, squirrels bounded out, one ran up the fallen branch on my left and jumped onto my shoulder on it's way up the tree! The other one went up the other branch and used my hat as a stepping stone...unbelivable! Tigs came crashing out in hot pursuit and was trying to climb the tree after the squirrels. They had disappeared into the thick of the branches and we didn't see them again - until one came back down the tree and started barking at Tigs. The cheeky little chappy got a pellet in the chest from about 10 yards, I had to aim over at the range and it was out of focus, but I could see the outline. At that range I wasn't going to try anything clever and from offhand with an instinctive shot, the boiler house is as good as any. The smack knocked it off the tree and Tigs pounced on it, he squealed as the squirrel gave him a last gasp nip, just under his eye it turned out. He brought it back and we decided, with a trio in the bag, it was breakfast time. Working our way through the trees back to the car we disturbed a sparrowhawk eating a pigeon fledgling. It didn't fly off far, so we backed up and hid in the fronds of a yew tree. Within a minute or so the bird of prey came back and lifted its meal up into the branches and finished it off. I was able to watch through the binos. What a fabulous treat for the eyes. We went to collect that first squirrel, only to find the bloody crows had had it, it was an empty skin! The buggers. We had only been gone an hour or so. That was it for the morning, but it worked up an appetite for breakfast.
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    Bison Bushcraft Shirt

    I think the original Swan Dri are the ones to get - mine is 1977 vintage. I bought it for when I was shooting deer in NZ on the eradication scheme. It is still good for another 30 years!
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    Lampin,or Tecno.

    Those strap on TV cameras are not conducive to good shooting technique - just like using a screen on a camera promotes poor camera technique. Holding a camera out at half arms length and wobbling it about.....yes you can get some good pictures but to get REGULAR good pictures you will find people using a proper viewfinder. Shooting is very similar - head off the stock wobbling the cross around, like some Nintendo game control, is not my idea of good shooting technique, regardless of what results you get. You won't get the satisfaction of swinging on to a running rat and nailing it as it nips across the yard. I am in the "proper scope type" camp:
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    Dome Heads Vs Hollow Points

    FAC - you still don't want to go beyond 975 fps, not in the real world, the noise and air used to go faster becomes exponentially greater. A friend managed to get a Crossman Prem to 1485fps about a month ago - just for fun. It was a case of "how fast can I get one to go?" He likes tinkering in his shed and has one rifle (a Rapid) that he uses purely as an experimental test bed....changes the barrel length, makes new valves and hammers, and plays around with porting and valves and stuf - clever so and so on a lathe etc. But for accuracy and economy of air,and reasonable sound levels, 950 seems about right. The noise from that supersonic pellet was deafening - louder than a rimfire fired soon afterwards for comparison.
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    Best Pcp For A Junior?

    If you get an S200, you can always get a small stock for it. Have a word with Ady or Mandy at A&M Custom Gunsmiths - they do them for club members and have a few that do the rounds, because as one child grows they hand that stock back and get the next size up. Ady modifies the stocks to fit. That way, you don't have to change the rifle as he grows, just the stock to fit. A very economic way of gettiing him going with a very good rifle.