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  1. I have a pair of the 10x42 and have compared them side by side with a pair of Swarovski 10x42. In the limit, at very first or last light, the Swarovskis are better, but during normal daylight the differences are minimal. I wouldn't pay double the price for the Swaros for 5 minutes more visibility. The Kahles are great value for money , but I'd have to agree about the lens covers - just a bit too much knee slapping lederhosen vibe about them!!!
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    17 Hornet. HW66 J-M

    Have a look at Richard Uttings scope reviews on you tube. He thought the Athlons were good, but seriously overshadowed by the delta optical scopes Cheers Bruce
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    Foxes. What do you do with them?

    I responded to this article by telling them the RSPB are probably responsible for more fox control than any other single organisation in the UK. Virtually every RSPB nature reserve has one or more people contracted by the RSPB to shoot foxes in order to protect ground nesting birds. Cheers Bruce
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    Wet tumbling on a budget?

    I've been using this tumbler with a few of the stainless steel balls https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UK-3KG-Rotary-Tumbler-Jewelry-Polisher-Finisher-Machine-Polishing-Bead-220V/122488320874?epid=28009037944&hash=item1c84df736a:g:UKsAAOSwLs9aVDUU But most of the cleaning media are these stainless steel pins https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304-Stainless-Steel-Polishing-0-5X5-mm-Pins-Magnetic-Tumbler-shot-polishers-/182709306192?hash=item2a8a52c350 You'll need a couple of bags, each 250g The tumbler has a timer, variable speed and a reversing option. Turn the timer off, and the reversing option on so that the drum runs one way and then the other at the fastest speed which still makes the cases tumble around inside the drum rather than sticking to the outside of the drum. I use warm tap water, a couple of drops of washing up liquid a level teaspoon of citric acid crystals. You can buy citric acid crystals by the Kg on E bay. It's the citric acid that gives the cases their shine, so if that doesn't bother you, then just use water and detergent Depending on how dirty you brass is, tumble for 3-4 hours and then examine for cleanliness. I normally open the drum and let warm water run into it so that the dirty water is flushed out. I keep the water running while I remove and check each case With a case still in the drum, turn it neck down and shake it up and down to remove any pins from inside the case. Use a torch to check inside the case to make sure all the pins are out and that the case is cleaned to your satisfaction Check each primer pocket for pins jamming across it. I've been using this method for about 6 months now and have cleaned a total of around 500 cases of 22 hornet, 22-250 and 243. The results have been excellent - far better than I ever achieved with a dry media tumbler or an ultrasonic cleaner. Cheers bruce
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    OCD rant!

    Clearly a manager with a rather red neck. Cheers Bruce
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    OCD rant!

    Just to be pendantic Phoenix, you shouldn't have an apostrophe in "it's" above. Its is an exception to the possessive apostrophe. The only time "it's" is correct is when it's an abbreviation of "it is". Not that many people care about punctuation or spelling these days, the Americans being experts in the butchery of both.. Quote You are quite correct, please accept my humble apologies­čśü Cheers Bruce
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    OCD rant!

    Got to agree with you on the reticle/reticule thing, and I was disappointed when I found out that reticule was also an alternate spelling. Short words are always better than long words. my personal disgust reaches it's apex when our american friends - and more and more people on this side of the atlantic insist on using the word "expiration", when the perfectly good word "expiry" is shorter and has been around for much longer. This sort of stuff happens when people who know little of what they speak simply make stuff up I used to work with a guy who just made words up because he didn't know the correct word already existed. Best example of that was when he described the fence around a work area as the "perimetric" fence rather than the simpler and better "perimeter" fence Sorry, rant over Cheers Bruce
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    New Tikka rimfire

    I spoke to GMK about deliveries of the Tikka rimfire a few weeks ago and they told me then that the 17HMR would be first - around July and the 22 later - around August/September Cheers Bruce
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    bes thermal handheld spotter

    The Ward WT37 uses a 25 micron sensor and a 37mm lens so it's going to have lower magnification, wider field of view and less detection range than an XQ38. By all accounts the WT37 is built like a brick outhouse and I have not heard of any reliability issues. When it first became available it was up against the original Pulsar Apex HD38 - and it performed as well as the HD38 and it had on board recording However, times move on, and the Pulsar Apex HD 38 was replaced by the Apex XD38 and then by the Apex XQ38 and now by the Helion XQ38. So, I'd have to say that the Helion XQ38 is the one to go for. You can also get 10% off the Helion if you ask around (try Blackwood Outdoors) Cheers Bruce
  10. Another vote for the Harkila Pro Hunter - not cheap, but worth every penny Cheers Bruce
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    Thermal Imaging - Whats any good please

    According to the specs I've seen, it has a 320x256 12 micron core and a 9mm focal length lens. That gives it a magnification of x1 and a wide field of view of 24 x 19 degrees Refresh rate is either 30Hz or 60Hz That makes it's performance roughly equivalent to the now discontinued Pulsar XQ19 The price for the FLIR is £2325 (which is significantly more than you'll pay for a Helion XQ38) Th FLIR does appear to be a small, neat unit with a low magnification and wide field of view which could make it suitable for woodland stalking. Not much good for detecting foxes at long range though. Detection range for a roe deer size target would be around 460 metres. Oh, and battery life is only 90 minutes (single CR123a) Cheers Bruce
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    Thermal Imaging - Whats any good please

    Well done! Glad you managed to sort things out. Cheers Bruce
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    bes thermal handheld spotter

    The XQ range uses a 384x288 pixel sensor while the XP range uses a 640x480 pixel sensor. Since the pixels in both sensors are the same size (17 micron), it follows that the 640x480 sensor is physically larger than the 384x288 sensor. The difference in the sensor pixel count and size has the following consequences: a. Because it has many more sensor pixels, the XP is much more expensive than the XQ (about £1200) b. Because it's sensor is physically larger, the XP models have lower magnification, but wider field of view than XQ models with the same lens size c. Because detection range depends on lens focal length and pixel size (not the number of pixels) there is no difference in detection range between XQ and XP models with the same lens size. d. The larger number of pixels in the XP models are generally regarded as producing a smoother, less grainy image than the XQ models Cheers Bruce
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    Thermal Imaging - Whats any good please

    Since you're in Kent, and Clive's business is in Ashford, why don't you drop in to his place and speak to him about over a cup of coffee? I know that some of the guys on the UKNV forum regularly do that. Cheers Bruce

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