Good morning everyone.
Following from the success of my FAC application thread (http://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.u...ication-thread!), it was only logical to start a thread on my first rifle. So two weeks ago, I ordered a Steyr-Mannlicher Classic fullstock in 7mm-08 from the Sportsman's Gun Centre. It comes as part of an unbeatable combo deal with a Zeiss Duralyt 3-12x50 and mounts. Now I had rather hoped that Father Christmas would wrap it and place under the Christmas tree for me. However the SGC have just heard back from Steyr and it won't be delivered until the end of January. The gunmaking elves at Steyr all go off to help in the toy factories or something for three weeks in December. It's a shame, because I always think that nothing says "Peace and goodwill to all men" like new firearms.
Still, that means I should have it a fortnight or so before I go back to SikaMalc's, so I should be able to squeeze in a monster session at the BSRC in Bisley to test as many factory loads as I can lay my hands on and to generally acquaint myself with my rifle. So for the next couple of months, I can amuse myself by playing "find 7mm08 ammunition in London gunshops". I suppose there's a sort of pleasant narrative symmetry to the fact that I'll be going stalking with my new rifle exactly one year after taking my DSC1. But I would happily swap the narrative for an earlier delivery!