Hi, my name is Peter Wilson and how I have missed this forum until now seems strange given my love of shooting and stalking. I came across it through a Google search on some equipment and thought it well worth joining.
I have been shooting for a lot of years now. Started at school doing target pistol and practical pistol and rifle shooting at South West Lanc's Pistol and Rifle Club when I was 14 and am now 48. I worked with a Gamekeeper during my school hols from 15 and have been enjoying stalking and foxing ever since.
I am now involved mainly in F Class rifle shooting on a competitive level and Deer Stalking locally for "the pot". I have done a fair bit of Stalking and Game Shooting elsewhere though over the years. I help some local farmers out with foxing and vermin control if asked and they in turn let me bag a few rabbits and hares and Deer in return. I hold a DSC1 and ought to have done my DSC2 a long time ago ... a bit lax on the witnessed stalks on my part but maybe being on here can change that.
Rifles I use for Stalking are many and various as I usually put my rifles down for Stalking as well as Target Shooting when I do a variation on my FAC certificate/ European Firearms Pass.
My main Stalking Rifle is a Sauer 202 Takedown for which I have a 6.5 x 55 barrel threaded for a moderator and also have an interchangeable barrel and bolt in .375 H&H for Africa and for Boar (either here or in Europe). The back up Stalking Rifle is a Tikka Lite in 300 WSM or a McMillan TAC308 which I have re-barrelled for 6.5 x 47. This last one is also my McQueens/Tactical comp rifle and has a heavier barrel profile than a stalking rifle so tends to be used more as a "static" or "vehicle" rifle. All are threaded for moderators.
For those not familiar with F Class rifle shooting we use long heavy profile barrels ( usually 30 or 32 inches ) on single feed benchrest actions. These can be dropped out of a benchrest stock and put into a tactical stock and are ideal for long range hunting/vermin control. My rifles for F Class are mainly in 7mm although I have barrels in .243AI and 6ppc which I can change for shorter range shooting. F Class is usually shot at 1000 yards but distances can vary from 800-1200 yards. The 6ppc is a handy choice for foxing and so is the .243 AI. I have 7 of these rifles in various guises.
Basically that's it for me ... although I have trained dogs for Game Shooting and Deer Stalking but don't own one now ... after the last one passed away I decided it was fairer on the dog to avoid getting another as I live on my own and when shooting abroad all my dogs have found my being away difficult.