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    Its finally here!...

    Thanks to the friendly people at Northumbria firearms licensing and mr Postman my FAC and SGC finally dropped through my letterbox yesterday morning.

    All 3 calibres I asked for (.22lr .243 and .308/7.62), and as expected a 'closed' cert, but no other conditions such as mentor or DSC1 which is good.

    A couple of small points which I am going to raise are that fox is not listed as quarry for the .243 which was requested (not sure if this was an oversight or for a reason) and only 100 rounds to buy for the .308 (apparently reduced in line with the ACPO guidelines). I'll be using the .308 on the range a fair bit, so just going to make sure I get all rounds purchased entered onto the FAC (along with the ones I buy at the range) and hoefully this will let them see the need for more and increase the number next time it goes in. I also plan to (eventually) start reloading once I'm used to the rifle and so being allowed to possess more rounds would be preferable.

    It took a long time to get here - 7 and a bit weeks since the FLO visit (and that was about 4 or 5 weeks after application) but I know that they have had a backlog and I can't blame them for doing their job thoroughly.

    I picked up my first rifle yesterday - A Steyr Pro Hunter MKII in .308 with a S&B 8x56 and T8 mod. After a thorough clean, I took her down the range this morning sighted her in and shot a 1" group at 100m (1 1/2 inches high) which I thought was pretty perfect (especially given my abilities)... until I discovered a loose rear scope mount, which after tightening threw the zero out, so only got half way through the process again before we ran out of time.

    I had been warned off the pro hunter because of issues with the flexibility of the stock, but after speaking to quite a few current and previous owners and a couple of gunshops, I decided that worst case scenario I can get the action bedded and stock stiffened at the same time which shouldn't set me back too much, but will leave me with a beautiful looking and feeling gun.

    I may end up eating my words, but having looked at a LOT of other rifles before settling back on the Steyr, I'm couldn't be happier with it so far.

    Gez (Who has looked like this -> all weekend... except a bit more sunburned!)

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    No stopping you now then Gez.
    I have a Steyr Pro Hunter Mk 2 in 243, i`m well chuffed with it.
    basil.

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    Blimy Gez, all my ammo is buy, 500 and hold 600

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    Quote Originally Posted by basil
    No stopping you now then Gez.
    I have a Steyr Pro Hunter Mk 2 in 243, i`m well chuffed with it.
    basil.
    Ah yes, I remember looking on extremely enviously when you posted pictures of you're new set-up... now all I need is the Z6i to stick on top of it!

    EMcC - They gave me buy 500 hold 600 for the other 2, but reduced the number of .308

    Gez

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    Hello Gez

    Congratulations you are all set up now.

    Give it about 6 months then ask them to increase your round purchase restriction.

    Good luck

    Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMcC
    Blimy Gez, all my ammo is buy, 500 and hold 600
    Mine is buy 40 hold 60. They wouldn't budge on it.

    Dave

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    my ammo is 6.5x55 hold 220 buy 200
    30-06 hold 120 buy 100
    .22 lr hold 1000 buy 800
    .32 hold 150 buy 100

    they told me i could have what i liked , but i do shoot alot of deer !

    rgds

    lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballibeg
    Quote Originally Posted by EMcC
    Blimy Gez, all my ammo is buy, 500 and hold 600
    Mine is buy 40 hold 60. They wouldn't budge on it.

    Dave
    Yep! Same here!

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    Tickets

    Good work Gez & good luck, the old PH2 will be fine I had one for years, just dont press the quick release button on the bolt in the dark like I did one morning-its not a good idea!

    I think can hold:

    200rds 30/06
    200rds 243
    200rds 270 wsm
    500 .22lr
    100 .32

    Over all I only get low from time to time on the 243 which is the daily workhorse.

    I think they let me purchase 100 of any at one time, but to be honest once the licensing office get to know you better I am sure they would increase the allowance.

    Best of luck

    Lee

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    Mine is buy 40 hold 60. They wouldn't budge on it.
    Dave[/quote]
    Yep! Same here![/quote]

    Blimey that is unthinkable.
    How do you get on when you want different bullet weights for different quarry or if you want to stick to a certain batch that suits your rifle or if you reload - ah that may be the difference, the bullets come in boxes of 100 so it only needs a couple of different bullet weights and that would bump the numbers up.
    But 40 to buy and hold 60! what are they keeping you short in case of a civil disturbance

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