Hi all, I'm kernel gadaffi (the nutter) from County Durham and have just joined, I've been shooting for 40 years having fired my first air rifle aged 7 years old, had a Weihrauch HW35 to start with and then bought "The Beast" an HW80. Obtained my SGC in 1989 and started a clay shooting club with some pals which is still going very strong and got my FAC 7 years ago which consisted of 2X.22rf and mods, after four years I was asked by a few of my permissions to try to use something with less ricochet due to live stock, so I got a variation for a .17HMR and mod so now I have the option and a bit more land to shoot on due to a bit of networking and being known in the area all my life.
I was lucky two years ago when I was given the chance by a friend of almost 30 years to go stalking in NW Scotland and he persuaded me to apply for a bigger calibre, he suggested a .243 or 6.5 with moderators, my FAC was up for renewal so I applied for both and got them and am the proud owner of a CZ 550 American in .243 with a DM80 mod and an S & B 8X56 German on top which claimed its and my first blood last year, a handsome 6 point red stag.
I also have as stated .17 and .22, both CZ Americans, the .22 has a PH mod and a Hawke 3-12X50 IR on top zeroed for 80 yards, the .17 has a DM80 mod and is topped with a Simmons WTC 6.5-20X50 zeroed at 36 yards for the optimal allowance of bullet drop at 130 yards, this thing is a tack driver, I also have a Classic Doubles Sporter for clays and the odd bit of game shooting.
The down side for me however is I lost half my right leg in a motorcycle accident in March 86 so my mobility is limited and then in February this year I had a fall at work resulting in me damaging the knee on my good leg and my back, so I've been off work since then and apart from only getting SSP and am having to watch the pennies, I am about £1000+ down on my rabbit sales and may have to miss out on any more trips to Bonnie Scotland until I'm sorted and my doctor tells me I may be in for the "long haul".
But I'm still here and am looking to "receiving the wisdom" from fellow shooters and to adding my own sometimes bizarre "happenings".