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    Target shooting in all forms; hunting for the odd pigeon or bunny; wristwatches; fountain pens.

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  1. Velo Dog pistols were churned out in the 1000s by loads of Belgium manufacturers in the late 1800s. I’d guess that value is probably £100-200 tops. Legality wise, it’s perfectly OK to hold this as a ‘curiosity or ornament’ under Section 58(2). Calibre is probably the 5.5mm Velo Dog, which I believe was made by Fiocchi up until a few years ago. Having any ammo though would be decidedly dodgy and would put you at some risk of falling into Section 5. Unless of course you were going to hold it as a ‘heritage pistol’ under Section 7(1) or 7(3).
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    Advice on vintage watch

    A little research would show you several modern mechanical watch brands that are not in the least bit cheap and cheerful. Some have been mentioned already, e.g. Seiko, Orient, Seagull, Timefactors, Steinhart. There’s nothing wrong at all with a vintage watch, but you really have to factor in the cost of a service.
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    OCD rant!

    The ones that make me really grit my teeth on US YouTube gun channels are ‘chassiss’ and ‘ambidextreeous’.
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    Amazing group!

    That reminds me of the US golfer Jerry Barber, who was once told that he was really lucky. His response: “The harder I practice, the luckier I get.”
  5. Have a look at Longrange blog on YouTube (THLR.NO and ‘Roe’ on here). He has been shooting a Blaser in 300 NM. Lots of relevant info, starting from video 204. I reckon almost everyone on here would enjoy Thomas’ channel!
  6. By ‘practical rifle’, do you mean something like CSR? If so, you might need a greater magazine capacity. But with the Tikkas this is easily taken care of by getting a gunsmith to install an aftermarket bottom metal for AICS mags. Or there are the 10 round Tikka magazines sold by Riflemags.
  7. Here’s what AI has in their instruction manual. It doesn’t take too long. I reckon that they must know a thing or two about barrel accuracy..
  8. AI, OLC, Oceania and Lawrence Precision; all on the AI tactical brake.
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    Get yourself a beautiful alligator or ostrich strap for £200 or so!
  10. Most are sized to fit 0.22 target barrels, so about 22mm diameter by 150mm long? 200mm long might be OK size wise.
  11. You might want to try a 'bloop tube'. Your open ended SAK was the right approach, but probably too short. Most commercial bloop tubes are at least 6 inches long. For your application, I would try the longest tube that is still practical in length.
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    Semi auto wanted 12 gauge

    I have an old Remington Model 11, FAC 4+1. This is a US copy of a Browning Auto-5, made the old fashioned way, with all parts solid steel. £150 + RFD fees.
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    To misquote Col Jeff Cooper, that combination looks like a roof rack on a Ferrari! Personally I'd say that watch is crying out for a nice black leather strap, maybe a croc? If you must have a bracelet, I would dig deep and pay for a Rolex original.
  14. No experience of OnTarget, but I suspect that ''print screen', followed by pasting into PowerPoint, then right click - save as, would do the trick.
  15. I guess that there are 3 basic options: (1) Buy an off the shelf heavy barrel varmint or tactical rifle and a Japanese scope (e.g. Sightron) and upgrade this as you get more experienced. There's loads of choice these days, but personally I would choose Tikka. If you reload, pick 6.5 Creedmoor or 0.260 Remington. If you dont, pick 0.308 and use GGG or HPS reloads, but accept the longer range limitations of 0.308 from a shorter barrel. Eventualy spend a lot of money to change to what you really want! (2) Buy a custom rifle secondhand from the 'for sale' section. There are really some outstanding bargains on here. The danger is that these will tend to be tailored to a specific discipline or sporting use. (3) Shoot just the club guns until you decide what discipline you really like, then save up and buy the right rifle. There's loads of great custom smiths, but I see loads of people choosing 'custom off the shelf', e.g. Dolphin Gun Company, or 'high end off the shelf', e.g. AI. Most people choose option (1), but (2) and (3) are far more rational choices! Hope this helps.

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