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  1. Absolutely Gunner. It's not a wise thing for anyone other than those who need to know that you have firearms at your property. Certainly, at the very least, attention oughtn't to be drawn to it. I've found Glos licensing team very good in this respect.
  2. At last, someone speaking sense. Point is, that armed officers turning up unannounced clearly brings unwanted attention to the FAC holder, and no-where within anything that I have read suggests that these checks must only be made by armed officers. Your FEO can make the inspection and if there's any issues, he has the power to remove firearms until such time as arrangements pass muster. As Matt suggests, unless a warrant has been issued, you have the right to refuse access and ask for written notice of a randomly chosen inspection. Random, in this instance, means that FAC holders may be randomly picked out, but turning up unannounced is likely to result in a "please come back later" response if it is inconvenient to you at that time.
  3. What are you on? Can you read? You clearly have trouble spelling. No-one has "landed me in it" as you put it and there's nothing malicious about providing HO guidelines to clarify what the guidelines are. Please keep your idle speculation to yourself. Yout post was uncalled for, overly aggressive and plain ignorant.
  4. The police can turn up unannounced but they have to explain why, there and then, and they do have to provide good reason for the unannounced check. This is what the HO guidance stipulates from October 2014 when changes to guidance on home security checks were announced in line with new police initiatives on security: “Where it is judged necessary, based on specific intelligence in light of a particular threat, or risk of harm, the police may undertake an unannounced home visit to check the security of a certificate holder’s firearms and shotguns. It is not expected that the police will undertake an unannounced home visit at an unsocial hour unless there is a justified and specific requirement to do so on the grounds of crime prevention or public safety concerns and the police judge that this action is both justified and proportionate. It is recognised that there is no new power of entry for police or police staff when conducting home visits. To mitigate any misunderstanding on the part of the certificate holder the police must provide a clear and reasoned explanation to the certificate holder at the time of the visit.” To arrive fully armed would seem to constitute disproportionate action unless they had received intelligence which suggested that a threat was posed by the certificate holder. As (hopefully!) this was not the case, it seems reasonable to both issue a complaint and to question why they turned up at your doorstep armed. If they had received intelligence that have them reasonable suspicion then they would have been well within rights to turn up like that but would also have had to explain why before going away. Did they leave a reason or did they just turn up, leave the message and leave?
  5. Only used the 190 smks but found them pretty good. Probably better than I'm capable of shooting. Just over moa from a factory .308 at 900m (10 shot group).
  6. So what are you trying to say...come on man, spit it out!? 🤣🤣🤣 You got Chris Evans round for tea then?
  7. Dear Dr Bradders Yes, I always had my suspicions about Bradford. I knew a Jessie once. He was ex navy and had just thrown someone through a pub window. When he asked me for a fag (in the days I smoked) I naturally obliged. I take it that I did the right thing and what he really meant wasn't somehow tied up with navy traditions and bell bottoms? Revert!!!!!!! I resemble that remark! I don't really know what I want to revert to. You see, my old man was from Sheffield, and I was born and brought up during the troubles in Enniskillen. When we moved (ahem...a forced move strongly advised by men in suits from the ministry of funny walks in whitehall) we went daaaaan saffff....well actually we went Safff West where strong in the arm, fik in de hed was something that southern jessies from Landan accused us of being....that and drinking fermented applejuice. My dad basically hated anyone not from Yorkshire and encouraged me not to trust anyone who didn't own a whippet and flatcap. I grew up thinking that Yorkshire was a principality and still did until this morning. Diggle sounds very much like my local rifle club so I'm sure I'd fit right in. Oh....I see what I just did there...😚
  8. World peace and dolphins A few too many taking themselves far too seriously. If you can't laugh at yourselves, then we'll laugh at you for you. I read the comments as Bradders just being his usual dry self (carry on sir ). Come on, if this is all people have to get upset about then take it from me, you lead a bloody privileged life! Back on thread....I rarely attend Bisely these days as its 3 hours there if traffic is kind and the same back. I always enjoy it if I'm there and it's great to see people out in numbers be that 100 yard plinking or 1000 yard comp. I only shoot one or two comps a year and am lucky enough to have land to shoot on, plus a local club for load dev and craic, and love shooting around the MOD ranges for longer range stuff. Personally, I get my kicks from LR shooting by competing against myself, trying to bring what I've learned in ballistics, load dev, technique, judging conditions etc. I'll never be to the standards of some on here and know I have a lot to learn yet but I enjoy it in my own humble way. Sadly, my shooting has been on hold for a few months as I've had health issues with kidney trouble and arthritis has been crippling me but I intend on getting back to it this month. I honestly feel sometimes that what's needed is to bang heads together here, get some of you lot to kiss and make up and just get on with your lives without the need to preach and quote at each other I even used an emojie so you know that I'm not being serious or making rude hand jestures at you.... Dr Bradders, I need some advice from you....I'm a Northern git living in the SouthWest....is that bad? If so, what can I do about it?
  9. Chaz, if you're saying that you have 63moa left after zeroing, then yes, you will easily stretch to 1000yds and beyond. I'm a little confused by this though as I thought that the Viper had a total elevation range of 65moa, so on a level rail I would have expect half, or less (depending on height above barrel) of that would be available and would have recommended a 30moa rail. I shoot a 139 Lap scenar bullet at 2700fps from the same rifle and that has no problem being surprisingly accurate at 1000yds.
  10. Your velocities are much greater than I am getting with the same load but using different primers. Using the same bulet, I'm getting 2700fps with a 43.9gr load (24" barrel, Lapua SRP brass, KVB-223M primers). My accuracy nodes were 43.4 & 43.9gr. It does make me wonder about batch variation...that or my chrony is under-cooking the figures! (Digital pro-chrony....all velocities measured about 2.5m in front of the muzzle).
  11. VarmLR

    New to firearms, have a question.

    A few things raised on this thread have concerned me, namely 1) that the op, when dealing with his FEO was advised of the apparent "need" for mentoring. This is not, nor ever has been a legal requirement. Nor has there been a requirement for "previous experience" when applying for a first FAC in order to grant .223 CF. I know of plenty of shooters who have been granted CF in calibres ranging from .223, .243 and up to .308 on first application as their FEOs were satisfied that the applicant understood the risks, clearly knew how to manage them and that the land was cleared for calibre. These people all had previous experience with shotguns and air rifles but not with RF or CFs. To be fair, a few of those were applying after completing DSC1 and having already been out on things like overseas managed safaris. Some forces like to see some form of training but that is not a requirement either. I guess that it's for each applicant to make a good case and provide sufficient supporting evidence to convince the certifying authority that you would be a safe bet if let loose on your land with a specific CF calibre. This, ultimately, is what it boils down to. You provide that supporting evidence, then your application cannot be unreasonably withheld. Personally, I'd be pushing for an explanation as to why the application was refused as the law requires only that you have good reason, are a suitable person and also states that no application can be unreasonably refused. I guess each force has their own interpretation of what "reasonable refusal" means and are willing to justify such in court. As to calibre, having owned .17hmr, 22LR, 22WMR and .223CF, my own opinion is to avoid the 17hmr but I do see that you've now got one so fingers crossed for you that you don't experience some of the issues it's known for (ammo issues and accuracy in anything other than light breezes make it frustrating for anything but close range work). Had mine 5 years and grew to consider it as a waste of time so sold it, but others have had very different experiences. I'd sooner have a good cheap used 22wmr. They're more than capable of taking a fox cleanly to 100 yds with a well placed shot but most like to be in a little closer, typically 40 to 80 yds. If going much beyond 100 yds, best to avoid RF and push for a .223. It's an extremely versatile calibre for vermin control especially when home loaded for. 22 Hornet would also do as a close/medium range foxing calibre if you were granted it. Good on crow too. As Bob says, give it a year and re-try for your .223!
  12. VarmLR


    I'm another who adhere's to that way of doing things Bob. I won't shoot hares now and haven't done for years, nor will I shoot every fox spotted because it's a fox. If there's evidence of lambs being taken and the fox population needs controlling, that's different. The only thing I'd take on sight are Muntjac. Locally, evidence points towards their spread coinciding with increased decimation of some of our bluebells and other wild flowers and orchids. They'll eventually find a natural level commensurate with the environment that sustains them but in doing so will change that environment and not for the better. Squirrels....ditto. I'd shoot every grey I had the opportunity to.
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    Mea Culpa 😰 Mink coat anyone? It'll look laaaavley with the fox fur scarf, rabbit waistcoat and squirrel tail key-ring....
  14. Large primer brass? Not sure on QL predictions for the 260...but sounds like they could be fairly hot loads given the velocities.
  15. VarmLR

    Lee seating die (6.5CM) and Sierra 142gr MK

    Have you had a chance to measure run-out Mike? Looks like a reasonable outcome. Scenars are my favourite (inexpensive) bullet for the 6.5.

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