Write Ups

Write ups of your recent trips and event reports.
Some of you may have seen a couple of posts I made recently about my BSA Martini Cadet. Some of you were even kind enough to offer advice on load development. Quirky load for 32 Win Spl and shared my story of trying to determine the groove diameter of the barrel How to ruin barrels in your old rifles... I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about the history of my rifle. I know very broadly about the history of the Australian Cadet rifles – but I don’t know enough about the serial numbers to know what year mine was made. Of the numbers on the rifle I assume that the 77036 on the action body and the barrel mean that is the SN, and the single 29522 underneath COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA VIC is a rack number from a school or cadet unit in...
Managed to pick up a truck deer hoist at the end of last season to fit on my truck tub slide. How to make a truck tub bed slide. While it was solid, it was simply 40mm box section into 50mm box so didn’t turn to get a carcass easily into a tray on the tail gate. Only one person to call @Tim.243 and a plan was hatched. It coincided with me needing to get some ammo at Eastern Sporting so the invite was greatly received. I arrive, quick hellos and the mast is off, measured and chopped. The 40mm pipe is cut and drilled ready for a plug. Mated up with an internal support bar inserted, the holes plugged, the join welded and buffed up with a grinder and he is done… The boom now swivels perfectly. 👍 Couple of blocks of wood to...
It was the first warm sunny day of my German friends trip over towards the end of April. I had picked him up around 5pm and we had a quick drive around the shoot before deciding where to get out and stalk from. We passed down a narrow track and saw a group of Fallow led down out in the long grass which was only a few days away from being harvested for silage. The group consisted of around 30 deer, mostly does and young with a few of them being young bucks, there were also a couple of prickets there too. They had already made us and an approach would have been pointless but whilst looking we did spot a couple of Roe led down in the grass. I decided we should drive up out of sight and creep back down the field on the opposite side of...
I will start at the airport. This trip should have happened in 2020 but we all know what happened there. This would be my first ever bow hunt so very excited added to that my fear of missing flights we arrived 4 hours before the flight. My thinking was to check bags etc. and as I was not taking a rifle no hassle to process said rifles. I was also traveling with 6 friends 5 of whom had firearms to check in. We were traveling with Ethiopian as sporting equipment goes free if it is your second piece of baggage and I was hopping to check in get through security and enjoy a couple of pints and have a mixed grill as I dont like the food on planes. However my bow sent the staff into a tailspin as they insisted it be treated as a firearm and...
Prelude Replying to an advert on the Stalking Directory is always a step into the unknown. In blind faith I had signed up four guns for a 450-mile round trip that would take three days from each of our weeks and had sent a £150 deposit to a person I had never met. Committing the other three to part with their hard-earned cash and time puts some pressure on; but whilst I have experienced varied success on SD trips, even in failure the camaraderie and good company of our expeditions makes them memorable experiences. The group consisted of a semi-professional deer stalker, a seasoned fox-shooter, me, and a lady that had never shot a deer before. Journey We all bunked off early from work, a perk of being self-employed, to meet at 1400hrs...
The problem I've been having with the weather over the last few months or so,when I'm out it can be clear one minute then a cloud burst the next minute. I'm sick of having to put my kit in and out of the truck. So I've come up with this to go onto my shooting rest , should keep me dry I'll try it out tonight. If all goes well I'll put some camo tape on and market them for £150 as a shooting accessory 😆
This story began a little more than 30 years ago. On a hot summer day two school boys sat on a shed roof under a cool Beech tree armed with an air rifle and a bottle of cheap whiskey purchased from a corner shop which didn't practise age related discrimination. That was me and my mate Jez back in the days when we were just at the very beginning of learning about most of the things worth knowing. The aim of that afternoon was to get Jez a first squirrel. Maybe it was the whiskey, maybe it was just that we didn't know a lot about shooting but the squirrel proved quite hard to get. When it was finally dead, we made the mistake of trying to cook the squirrel on a camp fire. Squirrel can be delicious but we hadn't yet learned how to make...
A local block which this side never really switches on for a decent bag, lot of foxes also a few muntjac but the other side is better, however the linseed has got away on the other block so as there were a few flitting around and the weather/wind was good off we went. Toby has not long become a Dad for the second time with 5 fat pups at my friends who has the mother. A better video I sent the Watts App group as the beep machine would have died lol. Gave Chip the afternoon off! 15 for 20 shots so my usual %
Just wanted to extend my thanks to everyone on here that made the DSC1 course for a lucky few members possible and to the BDS staff that ran the course. I was one of the few lucky ones that got to go on the course. It was a fantastic learning opportunity and a great chance to meet some fellow SD members too. I feel like I am fairly confident that I’ve passed but I’ll have to wait a few weeks to see if I receive the good news in the post!
Well, it's that time of year again, and I am required to head North, to Blair Atholl for a wee competition shoot. Not really a target shooter, but having bought a decent rifle, it seemed a shame not to 'stretch' it, and see what it can do: and so I periodically, have a go at lobbing lead, at small targets a very long way away. The days of doing these trips in one hit, are much like this year's Easter Egg. Long gone. Consequently, I tend to stop over in Cumbria - a beautiful part of the world. So a gentle two days driving, and I find myself back on one of the most scenic (if unforgiving) ranges in the UK. More than once, we are 'buzzed' by pairs of these, screaming up the Glen... I smile inwardly, as I recognise that I...
Inspired by Nimrod1960’s valiant efforts to protect some nesting swallows swifts, I decided today to get out with my son for a look round with the .22lr and see if there were any pesky magpies making a nuisance of themselves….and guess what? We just settled into a hedge to do a bit of reconnaissance near the nesting area of some Slavonian Grebes and Balearic Shearwaters when a conventicle of magpies arrived on the scene hell bent on the destruction of these RED LIST bird’s eggs and nest. First we shouted at them. Then we threatened them with the CD’s on sticks. Then we waved flags and banged a drum, set up a gas gun, fired off some rockets, erected a scarecrow and finally, just as I was typing a threatening email to their leader, I...
The new Caping knife , has been in action for a while now . Working through the species list . Capes done but no capes kept its not my thing personally ( and i haven't got the wall space for that ). But i am very happy how it handles those thick skinned muntjac and it is actually proving itself to be a very good Roe Knife .
Out last evening in the forest and pastures of the Vosage region in France. Potential for boar or roe bucks. Headed to the edges of a meadow surrounded by forest and started the wait - 15 minutes in and caught sight of a roe doe. Check every where for a buck but no sign. Watched her for close to an hour then she settled down for a rest. I moved a bit to see other angles - still nothing coming. Eventually she got up and I thought I would see how she reacted to the Butollo - 3 squeaks and she headed towards me like a train. Came within 10 metres and then saw me and ran into the forest behind me. Thought I would try again to see if she would come out but no dice. Then realised another doe had entered the meadows about 200m away - she...
My son has just turned 15 and is struggling a bit with normal life and school. He has been diagnosed with M.E / chronic fatigue syndrome. He / we are all learning to live with it and manage some sort of normal existence. The level of maturity he is showing and the way he is coping with this is commendable. A couple of weeks ago he become the proud owner of one of stuart Mitchell Portland 90 knives. He was so excited to receive this, he was desperate to get out in the field and try it. Unfortunately life was against us and his M.E / CFS chucked us a curve ball and his sleeping pattern turned him nocturnal ( great for him when he wants to come out foxing ). Saturday evening about 830pm he wakes up and starts his day!!. I have a chat...
On Friday night we were travelling down the unlight duel carriage way between farms and the only other vehicle was some sort of delivery van in front of us. Out of the tree lined embankment ran a roe and just clipped the rear of the van,he didn't stop probably didn't even know he had hit it. I pulled over to it,she was stone dead,a broken neck on further examination. Now I thought it my civil duty to tidy up the body ( so as not to cause any distress to any passers by)😆so in the truck it went. One of the farm's we were going was only 5 minutes away.we drove onto the field and set up for foxing.while ant was checking with the thermal for foxes I strung the doe up on a wire fence to field grallock.my trusty opinal did the job but I had no...
After 3 very good days doing the DSC1 course over the weekend, but going a bit "deer fact blind" by the end, I thought I should do some practical! Out at 5.30am for a leisurely start at home, flattish pasture with small fields and big hedges, and was looking for a super Muntjac back I saw a couple of weeks ago. 100 yards out of the door there were a doe and a 5 point buck I have watched for a while in a very shootable spot but a bit far away, by the time I tucked into the hedge, moved closer and came out again they had gone. Then headed to where I had seen the muntjac watched by a roe doe from no more than 75 yards and she let me walk past. No sign of MJ, 2 fields on spotted another roe doe that saw me and bounded off. Next field had...
Out early morning deer stalking- spot this buck bedded down in long grass at 190 yards, can just see his antlers - After a 10 minutes I completely loose sight of him so change direction and move in closer and from another angle to investigate. I get within 60 yds and can see him again in the long grass . The buck has spotted me by now too. The buck stands up and makes a break running about 40 yds before turning for one last look- cross hairs on the shoulder and I can hear it is a good strike, but I can see him disappearing back into the long grass. I give him 5 minutes and make my way forward. The strike shot was easy to find and a good blood trail was present so I was confident he was not going far- I put the long tracking lead on...
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