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Thread: Interesting day at Minsterley Ranges

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    Interesting day at Minsterley Ranges

    Met a man with 'no name' today, a genuine stalker, and had a very interesting few hours banter about all and sundry while I was using a CZ 452 in .22lr on 100m for practice.

    It was such an interesting and varied chat about deer stalking that it has completely renewed my interest in getting involved in this area of shooting, in fact I can't believe how much I have learned today, in such a small space of time, and yet I know there's so much more I need to learn that today was just the tip of the iceberg.

    I'm still just a gun club member in Shropshire, albeit two of them at present, since last December, having picked up an air rifle 12 months ago and started plinking in the garden, after twenty years away from shooting within the Territorial Army, with SLR and SA80, and the realisation that I had missed it really kicked in.

    My biggest problem is I'm disabled and on crutches after an accident in 1996, so you can see how perhaps I felt stalking might not really be on the agenda. Even so, with my social links I'd already been offered free Muntjac stalking on a friends land in Cambridgeshire, land that also contains Fallow, and I entertained the idea for a while. I have to admit that I joined here on finding the site, made an introduction, and then sort of lost my mojo after reading the number of people who had had a poor experience with new stalkers, in terms of loosing permissions, or the process of training and the value of a DSC. I also felt that it was probably too much to ask for anyone to take on a disabled stalker in such circumstances, due to my mobility problems; for example I really can't shoot prone, or crawl about these days.

    So, back to the man with 'no name', a really genuine bloke, born and bred in the country, and not put off with a novice, disabled towny wishing to experience and train in stalking. He's given me a few names to pursue, the title of a book that seems a really good read, and more confidence that perhaps this really is something I can take up as a sport.

    He was zeroing a Tikka M595 in 6.5 x 55 today, not a calibre I had immediately considered to be honest, something he was going to use this weekend for a cull in Scotland under a DEFRA Licence, so he gave me a few details and his phone number, and I finished off practice with the CZ, had lunch, and booked out a Remington 700 in .223, a rifle I am considering as a first purchase after applying for an FAC, which I plan to do in December, after 12 months with the gun club.

    Just before I started, he returned to the 100m range and asked whether I'd like to put a few rounds down the range with his Tikka, well I didn't say no. What a nice deer rifle, which he told me had a worn barrel he was going to change, since he was getting sub 1 inch groups at 100m, and had previously had single hole groups when it was new. First round in a new rifle caught me a little unawares, but I was still within 2 inches of the bull, and then a total of five rounds in similar groups to what he had described, and this was worn! Completely won me over as a calibre, and has made me consider Tikka and or Sako as a contender to the Remington (which was equally accurate in .223 I found later).

    So, all the practice with air rifles on a 35 metre range in my garden, and shooting .22lr with target rifles every week, such as the Winchester 52, and Anshultz 54, for the last 12 months under instruction seems to be paying off in accuracy, so maybe deer stalking really is for me?

    I'll be trying to find someone in the BDS in Shropshire to talk me through doing a DSC1 locally in the New Year, and may end up at Eskdalemuir, Scotland, at some point, looking for expert instruction later on, but in the meantime I've got a book to buy and read from cover to cover, and a wife to prepare for some purchases, ha.

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    wireless I wish you all the best good post and a good read regards pete .

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    If you can drive and can sit in a doe box (note not highseat) you should have no problem shooting a deer. Conventional stalking might be a problem, depending on mobility, but having seen the ability and determination of some quite disabled people during the Olympics, there's always a way.
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    Welcome aboard the forum
    Now thats what I call a great introduction good luck with your future stalking.

    Too Old Soon Too Late Smart

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    You certainly have a lot going for you. Eskdalemuir has a lot of flat land as went as hilly so should suit you up here

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    What a great read, I wish you much luck with your new endeavour


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    A good read and welcome to the site.

    There is a chap not far from you that does the DSC1. I did mine with him.
    Send me a PM and I will give you his name and number.

    All the best for the future venture, by the way you won't go wrong with a Tikka or Sako. (Biased I know as I have 2 T3's a .243 and a 30-06)


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    Good on you do it mate, dont be put off, as said where theres a will theres a way, damn good read an I wish you all the best bud.

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    Wireless, a really well written post. Like others,I wish you the best of luck finding what you seek. I just wish I could offer you some suitable stalking.
    Regards, Pete.
    Last edited by downwind; 28-09-2012 at 23:27.

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    Nice intro. See if you can try find away of shooting off your crutches as if woodland stalking you're not likely to need to be prone or crawling about on the floor. Maybe some sort of rifle support could be fabricated to make use of crutch. I'm sure you would find a decent guide would carry the rifle till in position if you are looking at doing much walking. To start you off I'd suggest getting in a hide/doe box.
    Good luck and don't give up.

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