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    Target shooting in all forms; military stuff; wristwatches; fountain pens.

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  1. Shuggy

    GRS berserk pillar bedding

    I could be wrong, but isn’t this one of those ‘I wouldn’t start from here’ situations? Wouldn’t you be better off with selling your plastic stock and buying one made from laminate, GRP, carbon fibre or aluminium?
  2. Sadly, I can see that leading to 999 calls from timorous members of the public (‘I’ve seen a gun!’). It might sell better in a country where handguns haven’t been prohibited for over 20 years.
  3. I seem to recall that they supplied an extended hardened steel pin to replace the old roll pin. The feet do indeed fix onto this bayonet style, but they are not designed to be quick detachable. It looks like the company may now have gone out of business. However there are now numerous suppliers who sell similar feet for the Atlas or Harris bipods. They are a bit ungainly, but their advantage is that they will work on absolutely any type of terrain. But you might want to keep the rubber feet for the bonnet of the 4x4!
  4. I have used ‘Pod Claws’. They work great, but you do have to be a bit careful not to catch them on stuff. I bought them direct from the manufacturer, but that was some years ago, before the blanket application of ITAR.
  5. Shuggy

    Does this scope exist???

    How about the Leupold Mark 6, 3-18x44? Weight: 669 g, dialable turrets and both Tremor 2 and 3 reticles.
  6. Shuggy

    Behind the license revocation

    First, second, third... please read a little more carefully before responding.
  7. Shuggy

    Behind the license revocation

    I think that the RSPB’s views on Grouse and other game shoots are a matter of public record. They are an interesting conservation organisation, as they apparently spend more on fundraising than on their own nature reserves. The Scottish Government introduced licensing for airguns in 2015 and have a stated policy position of preventing licenses for young people, without any evidence of harm, which I think speaks for itself. Naive and biased - those are reasonable challenges. You are quite right that we should all be prepared to consider alternative viewpoints. But genuine scientific consensus is achieved through proper peer reviewed research; that is not a naive concept at all. I accept that most on this forum will not have the scientific expertise to properly evaluate these papers. But I think that we should all be skeptical when they are published by an organisation that is clearly run as a lobby group.
  8. Shuggy

    Behind the license revocation

    Hmm, nice try, but the first and third paper are written by the RSPB, one of the most vehemently anti-shooting lobby groups in the UK. The second paper is written by the Hutton Institute, who conduct research for the Scottish Government, the most consistently anti-gun administration in the UK. Let’s see some references from genuinely independent academic sources please.
  9. Shuggy

    Behind the license revocation

    I quite agree. But an idealogical animal rights manifesto should not be represented as based on ‘good science’ when it quite patently has not been.
  10. Shuggy

    Behind the license revocation

    Well, I did read it all. ‘...based on good science.’ If that is so, why was there not one single reference to the authoritative source of the statistics quoted? And not one reference to a proper peer-reviewed paper from a reputable scientific journal? For the record, I do not participate in any live game shooting. However, policy proposals that do not appear to be based on any sort of evidence-based analysis is one of my pet peeves.
  11. Shuggy

    Bolt lube

    Hmm - I never dry off the oil. I just leave a film on the lugs, cam and bolt body. How could that lead to galling? The ‘attract grit’ thing is one of those gun urban legends.. Back when the L85A2 was introduced, the Marines were reporting relaibility issues in Afghanistan, when no-one else was. After investigation, it was discovered that they were running the guns dry, to ‘stop oily grit gumming up the action’. H&K soon scotched that myth. Yes, they said, oil will attract dust and grit; but if you use the right amount of oil, it will form a slurry, that will still lubricate the weapon just fine. Once the Marines started lubricating the weapons properly, all the ‘reliability’ issues magically disappeared.
  12. Shuggy

    Bolt lube

    Well, the British military uses OX24, which is a plain old mineral or synthetic lubricating oil, with added corrosion and oxidation inhibitors. This is also used for bolt actions such as the L115A3. No grease.
  13. Shuggy

    Bolt lube

    I’ve tried just about everything mentioned in this thread: TW25, Tetra, moly and lithium greases and I now just use plain old Ballistol mineral oil. Works just as well and far less messy.
  14. @brown dog What he meant by ‘con job’ was the use of BC as a marketing ploy by the bullet companies, in that you are buying a bullet based on how well it approximates to a ‘standard projectile’ fired by Bashforth across the Woolwich marshes over 100 years ago. I’m sure that those systems that you mention did indeed use best fit modelling, but aren’t they now considered a bit ‘old school’? 😉 Yes, BC originally had a military origin, but his point was that it is now thoroughly obsolete for modern military applications, now that we have doppler radars. Personally, I thought that he was missing the point a bit, as the modern shooter apps are ‘good enough for civilian work’ as they will reliably get you on to the paper at most sensible ranges.
  15. Matt, you are too kind. I once asked a very experienced ballistic scientist about this and he laughed. Yes, he said, spin drift and Coriolis force are real things, but for Small Arms, they pale into insignificance compared to Ballistic Coefficient, which he called ‘the biggest con job in the history of the shooting sports’. He said that no military application ever used BC, which was a ‘crude approximation’ of true drag. All military applications use true, calculated drag curves, calculated using actual velocity decay, measured with a doppler radar.

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