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About A1WOC

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  1. Decoys I bought didn’t work for me, I’ve had some results from propping up a magpie carcase on my lawn but my best results come from taking one out from a group and then the others come to see what’s happened and get taken out too. Over the years I have thinned down the local magpie population and now they rarely venture into my garden, when they do I am ready with my HW100. The local resident songbirds are now thriving and a joy to watch, lots of unwanted pigeons around but they don’t prey on the other bird chicks so I leave well alone.
  2. Hi Rez The main difference is the Connect SL has a 24mm objective lens set into a 30mm parallel body, whereas the 32mm lens of the original Connect has bell housing. I have both models but I prefer the SL for HFT because I can use custom made ultra low mounts... thus keeping my aim points closer together. For instance... 1.4 mildot hold over @ 8yd, .3 mildot hold under @20yd and 1 mildot HO @45yd all at 10x magnification with 31yd prime zero. A very slight improvement on the depth of field is also claimed by MTC; in reality I can’t tell the difference. Regards, Steve
  3. As I looked through my open bedroom window this morning, I caught a glimpse of a magpie flying into my neighbours oak tree to perch. This is a regular occurrence and I keep my Daystate Air Wolf close to hand for such an event... magpies are in abundance in my semi-rural neighbourhood, and I do my bit to keep them in check to allow a balance with the local songbird population. Upon retrieving my Daystate from the top of the wardrobe, I settled down by the window to survey the oak tree through the rifle scope, hopefully to spot the magpie that had originally caught my attention. Moving leaves gave its position away and I was soon able to bring it into full view; to my surprise it wasn’t a magpie, it was a Jay! Jays too are members of the corvids family and exhibit similar characteristics as that of the magpies, which explaining my original mistaken identification. Despite their beautiful plumage, they are just as voracious as a magpie when it comes to robbing nests and killing fledgling birds. With the jay nicely framed in my scope, I watched it swoop down from the tree onto my wife’s freshly tilled vegetable plot. As it foraged through the rough turned soil for insects and worms my finger hovered over the trigger... do I, Don’t I was going through my mind. Had it been one of the many magpies that plague the area I wouldn’t have hesitated. Many pro-culling and anti-culling thoughts went through my mind as I followed the jay through my scope for a good five minutes. My attention was drawn away from the jay by a pair of magpies; they had dropped down onto my lawn to feed off the worms this morning’s rain had bought to the surface. Thinking the magpies would be a more worthy recipient for a .177 lead breakfast, I slowly moved position and took aim at the nearest bird. Raising the reticle to one mildot holdover for the 45 yard distance, I steadied it over the bird’s breast for a heart & lung shot...BANG! All three birds flew away. The unusually loud report from the breech indicated to me I had not engaged the bolt and probe to chamber the pellet from the single shot magazine. The choice was made for me by my own incompetent actions. Regards, Steve.
  4. You already have one of the finest PCP rifles available for around £800. Buy a quality spring powered rifle, learn to shoot it properly and it will give you far more satisfaction and pleasure than another PCP. Regards, Steve.
  5. Those who know me also know I live in a rural area of a large town. Most mornings as I sit up in bed watching the news on the TV; as I do, I occasionally divert my eyes to scan around the trees and open fields visible through the open window. I have a pair of binoculars close to hand and frequently enjoy watching the local wildlife in a beautiful natural setting. Over the years I have kept the local magpie population in check to give the songbirds a better chance of survival. This year there’s been an excessive number of magpies, perhaps due to the long warm summer we’re currently enjoying; and although its nature, I’ve witnessed an increase in nest robbing and fierce competition for territory by the abundance of young magpies; perhaps as a result of the long warm summer we are currently enjoying. This morning as I sat up in bed watching TV, I commented to my wife that I hadn’t seen any magpies for a few days. Lo and behold! One settled in a neighbour’s tree. Although I have my neighbour’s permission to shoot on her property I thought I would leave the bird in peace. A few moments later my eyes were diverted to witness four young magpies mobbing a brown owl decoy I have positioned on top of my shed roof, the solitary magpie swooped down from the tree to join in the ruckus. The owl decoy has sat there for years and this is only the second occasion I have seen it mobbed. This is too good an opportunity to pass by unchallenged, I retrieved my HW100 from its last safe keeping place, inserted the magazine and rested in readiness on the window ledge. The magpies were too frenzied to see one of their lot slump dead from a heart and lung shot taken at 55yards. A second one took flight with some excess baggage, namely a .177 AA Field... before dropping from the sky twenty or so yards into the farmer’s field. Whilst I kept an eye on the free-faller to make sure it was extinct of life, the other magpies dispersed. The fox and its cubs will have a feast again tonight. On a sadder note, the adjacent open fields to me have been sold to meet the housing needs of the government’s core strategy. Local people are up in arms about it; we even have the backing of our local MP. If the development does go ahead, I will be relegated to watching homosapien in a concrete jungle from my bedroom window. All the local and diverse wildlife will disappear forever; that’s progress! Regards, Steve.
  6. FSB Carbine with full length cylinder would fit the bill. It would also fit into the standard stock.
  7. I have no criticism to make about either rifles, although my Air Wolf is by far is the more contemporary rifle. It’s a shame Daystate didn’t live up to my expectations when it went in for service a month or two ago, it took five long weeks turnaround. Regards, Steve.
  8. I awoke this morning to a congregation of magpies creating a din in my garden, with a lone magpie perched on my garden shed roof overlooking the commotion at distance. Living in a semi rural area I always have an air rifle close to hand for just such an event; and on this occasion the magpies where too excited to notice me open the slightly ajar window a little wider allowing me the opportunity to take aim with my MTC Connect mounted on the Air Wolf. Knowing the distance to the shed was 55yd from my bedroom window and with no time to re-focus the scope; I sighted the bird’s head up with two mildot holdover and let fly with a .177 JSB. The magpie rolled off the shed roof, hit the ground, took a few hopping steps before keeling over dead. The other magpies took flight and within a few seconds created a commotion around the dead one, a little later a couple of crows joined in for good measure. For the next couple of minutes the birds where too unsettled for me to take a second shot. As soon as they calmed down and started to dissipate, again one settled onto my shed, I could just see its head poking over the ridge of the shed roof, again with two mildot holdover I squeezed the trigger and saw the head disappear. Again this started a commotion from swooping magpies that descended from nearby trees. The birds soon left the scene and I was unable to take any further shots. With my Saturday morning lie-in disturbed, I put on my dressing gown and ventured downstairs into the kitchen to make a cuppa. While the kettle was heating up, I went into the garden and wandered up to the shed in search of the magpie carcases. The first one I had shot lay by the side of the shed; I had to search for the other one, but eventually found it several yards into the farmer’s field. I picked the first one up and threw it into the field to join its dead mate. They will make a nice meal for the fox that patrols the area. Regards, Steve
  9. This same question was asked a few days ago. http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/topic/323774-changing-a-22-to-a-177/ Regards, Steve
  10. After five long weeks, the last three involving numerous phone calls and email messages, I have finally got my Air Wolf back from servicing. When I delivered it in person to Daystate; I was told to expect a two week turnaround. In my opinion, half truths and vague promises seem to be a forte of Daystate, and customer liaison is none existent. The two hundred pounds plus for service was expected, in return it would have been nice to be treated as a valued customer and kept informed on progress when delays where imminent. Settling into the new factory and service personnel on holiday was the excuse, an obligatory sorry for the delay was uttered as I left the premises after collecting my Air Wolf. I cherish my air rifles and I’m fascinated with the different makers and models; guess what manufacturer I will be avoiding in the future? Regards, Steve.
  11. Yes it’s possible, worth the trouble though? When I changed my TX200 barrel from .22 to .177, I encountered several problems. The hardest part by far was removing the barrel; I then had to add preload washers to bring the power up. In the end it was spot on but took lots of trial and error. Take a look at the post I made on here after completion. http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/topic/292537-reworked-tx200hc/ Regards, Steve.
  12. It’s a great shame it clashes with the UKAHFT National Series at MAD; otherwise I would have been there to join good friends and meet new ones from THL Forum. Historically it’s a great event organised by Davy, Si and friends. Anyone from the forum contemplating attending ought to book the event before all the places go. I’m just sorry I pre booked a hotel and the National series at Mad before I knew about it. Regards, Steve
  13. It is probably a slight forward movement of the silencer causing the problem. To cure, open the underlever and you should see an allen type grub screw towards the rear underside of the silencer, slacken off the grub screw, tap the end of the silencer with a wooden mallet or similar to knock back into position, tighten the grub screw back up to complete the fix. Regards, Steve.
  14. I must agree, the sporter stock is the better of the two options; thumb up is more stable and I would love to get my hands on one to give it the works. Unfortunately whenever I have seen one for sale or bid for one on eBay they fetch high prices. If anyone has one for sale at a reasonable price I would be interested? Regards, Steve
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