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  1. Interested in the T3 varmint stock mate
  2. Luckydan

    223rem instead of 17hmr

    Don't have any bother getting 17 ammo from my local RFD but choice is a bit limited. I don't have many rabbits so I don't use it in big quantities though. I don't think they'll be much good to the game dealer even if head shot with the 223. I totally agree about the 22LR being bouncy which is why mine is hardly ever used. I use my 30ft/lb R10 for rabbits. Cheap, quiet and a lot more accurate than the rimfires I own. Obviously range and wind has to be sensible.
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    Nice dog fox

    It was pretty windy on the night in question. Both foxes came from upwind. Last time we were on that ground calling it was warm and still and 5 turned up all at once! I always think that if they're hungry or curious you'll see something. If not you can blow as much as you like and draw a blank. I'll definitely try the cartridge case idea. Think it pays to have a selection of calls so you have options. Tried to upload a photo but it was too much data, he was a big lad and in very good nick, beautiful pelt, perfect teeth, very leggy but well muscled and carrying a bit of fat ready for the winter. Regarding the Tenterfield, I've found you can blow it in a few ways. I sometimes leave my fingers off it altogether which gives a more shrill sound. Found that often works well and handy if you have stuff on your hands that you don't want to put near your mouth!
  4. Luckydan

    Nice dog fox

    Cheers Bobbo :-) Loud it is indeed! Thanks for the tip, I'll try that in future. Makes sense to call the close ones in first. I've had limited success with the steel widgeon whistle ( tastes revolting though) and not much luck with the reed type call in the past. I do like a squeaker out of a dog toy. Easily lost though as they're so small.
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    Nice dog fox

    Took a real nice dog fox on the lamp at a lasered 165 yards tonight. Called for a couple of minutes with the Best Fox Call Tenterfield whistle and had an immediate show. As usual my mate was spotting with his gen 3 on top of his air rifle to avoid too much use of the lamp. We had a pair of eyes way off and I was trying to call him closer for a shot when I noticed fox number two just over the wall only 5 yards away. Moonlight was enough! By the time my mate had faffed around getting the lamp on he was 150 yards away. Luckily he decided to turn broadside as he crossed in front of a nice backstop as he continued with his escape plan, stopped him with a squeak and dropped him cleanly off the sticks. He was a cracking young hill fox in lovely condition, one of the biggest I've seen for a good while. The farmer keeps around 400 sheep, needless to say he was delighted we'd accounted for this one. It's often the case with the Tenterfield whistle that they come in so fast they can be right next to you before you see them. More often than not they respond really well and it's proved to be a really good investment. Takes a bit of practice to get a sound out of it but when you get the knack it's like ringing the dinner bell.
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    New ratting gun :-)

    Didn't John Bowkett design the Tirans? I remember them from when I was a lad and I had a big pile of Airgun World magazines in my bedroom. First outing on the rats with the R10 last night. Conclusions:- 30 ft/lbs drops them way better than 12! New trajectory took a bit of getting used to with NV as it's hard to judge range. R10 is very accurate, at least half a dozen shots were over 40 yards and still managed head shots. With 59 rats in the bag, even though they were a bit thin on the ground compared to normal, it seems that the power increase and the improvement in accuracy over my old gun made the BSA a pretty good investment. :-)
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    New ratting gun :-)

    Dropped the butt pad down a quarter of an inch and it literally feels like it was made to fit me personally! I agree with your thoughts on airguns. They've progressed so much in recent years after standing still for so long. I guess every cloud has a silver lining :-)
  8. Luckydan

    New ratting gun :-)

    I only really use mine for ratting on my permissions, the odd pigeon in my neighbours orchard next to my garden and as many of the local corvids as I can get, but the ratting is fairly busy and the farmers expect results so decent kit is essential. The flatter trajectory, increased useable range and extra stopping power of the FAC version is worlds apart from the 11fpe I'm used to. Far more effective and better in the wind due to the shorter pellet flight time. Had a few niggles with the Mk1 R10, fill valve leaking and a pellet in the trigger mechanism but a strip and clean with a couple of new O-rings sorted it. Consistent one hole groups at 35 yards, brilliant for practice and building muscle memory without costing a fortune in ammo. It feels so good to shoot and fits so well. Most ergonomic gun I ever shot! I'm so pleased with it that I'm treating it to an X tune and a Huma regulator when Darrin at XTX can fit it in. It's due a proper service and the mk1s weren't as sorted as they should've been so I figure it's worth sorting it properly for trouble free shooting over the next couple of years.
  9. Luckydan

    New ratting gun :-)

    Sounds good! My shooting buddy uses a Daystate Air Ranger FAC with a gen 3 intensifier. He takes his ratting pretty seriously. I've also got a home made NV add on which is more than up to the job. Works a treat on the 223 as well! Got a plan for something new over the winter. Really enjoyed building and developing my current system so a more ambitious version is on the cards. Best ratting I've had are chicken, pig or dairy farms. Some of the beef farms are good too if they're feeding ad lib. Plenty of food, water and somewhere to hide seems to be all they need to proliferate.
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    New ratting gun :-)

    I'm lucky enough to have a couple of regular ratting permissions which are busy all year round. Both produce bags of 80-100 per visit once a month or so. Brilliant for practicing shooting off the sticks and often leads to rabbit and fox permissions once you've proved your worth. Glad to have the right tool for the job at last! Good thing pellets don't cost as much as centrefire ammo!
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    New ratting gun :-)

    Not sure if I'm allowed to talk about airguns on here, but I'm springing a leak with satisfaction and it's not very often that happens in my world so I'm making the most of it! Finally managed to pick up a used FAC BSA R10 for reasonable money, to replace my well used and super reliable12 fpe AA S200 mk2, which was a bit lacking in punch on longer shots. After spending a couple of hours cleaning the working parts and fettling it, I have to say I'm over the moon with it. 10 shots in the same hole at 35 yards and 40 consistent regulated shots from a fill. Looking forward to getting at the rats in a few days. At 30fpe it definitely fills the gap between a legal limit air rifle and my rimmy but I'll have to be a bit more careful what's behind. Definitely needs a pretty solid backstop. Farmer won't be happy if I it holes in his sheds. I'll definitely hang on to my old faithful S200 as I think the R10 might be too much gun for some situations.
  12. By the time I finished helping the farmer get his cows in for TB testing I only had an hour of light left so I'll give it a bash when I'm done at work the middle of next week. I'm still pretty amazed that I aimed at something so small, so far away and nailed it. I've been on a bit of a high ever since. Disappointment obviously looms hahaha
  13. 1 rabbit, 458 yards, dialled up, first round hit centre mass. Think my Strelok is pretty much on now :-) shot of my life!
  14. Yeah, that seems to make a lot of sense. I've only had my 223 for just coming up to a year. It's quite a step up from air rifles and rimfire where effective ranges are so short. I'm really enjoying having the tools to take longer shots and be very humane when shooting live quarry. V maxes certainly seem to be very effective! I tried my mate's rear bag the other day and it certainly gives an improvement. The longer the range, the more everything has to be right, anything wrong and you miss! It's seriously addictive. Have a bad day and you want to get out again and get it right, have a good day and you can't wait to do it all over again! I'm out again this evening so I'll give the 200 yard zero a try :-)
  15. 'An uphill walk'? Ah, you're obviously familiar with my permission then! Strelok seems to be pretty spot on for my mate's Tikka/ Nikon/Federal combo. I still think it's weird that it was so far off the mark for my set up but I guess some ammo and scope manufacturers are more accurate with their quoted figures. Thanks again guys, I've definitely saved time and money as a result of your help. :-)
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