I am an Aussie but been in Aberdeen(+shire) for 10 years now (just don't mention the Rugby going on last weekends efforts...). Waited until I knew I was going to be here a long time and got my passport etc, then thought I may as well get set up over here with some firearms. Applied for my FAC in January... paperwork coming through now. Aberdeenshire is crazy busy for FAC's at the moment! Had my SGC for 2 years already.
Past experience? Guess it started when I was about 7 or 8 and shooting rabbits with the old man using a single shot .410 or a single shot WW1 .22lr training rifle. Then progressed to a 243 and a 12ga and went out after feral goats and pigs, donkeys, foxes etc. Had a period off from the age of 17-30ish but now back into it. Recently been shooting a lot every time I go home as the old man has some new toys.... tricked up remmie 700 in 22-250 for the foxes and a T3 lite stainless in 308 for the bigger beasts.
In the UK I've been stalking with the local estate for the past 12 months using the estate rifle and got a few Roe, and also been a member of the local rifle club for the last 2 years or so.
About to purchase a sako 85 in 6.5x55 for combined foxing/deer set-up and also a 10/22 for the club and bunnies and probably a HMR at some stage as well.
Just need to break into the "inner circle" with the local stalking community but it all takes time... until then I'll keep buying days off the estate when I have the time to go out.