Cawdor and AFBC

JockStalk

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Folks - I know there are members of both Cawdor and Aberdeen Full Bore on here.

Just interested in a bit of background - are there many at these clubs with an interest in stalking & sharpening up shooting skills for stalking rather than solely paper punching?

My idea of joining a club would be to sharpen up my shooting skills for stalking. I wouldnt want an expectation to commit to attending a club every week for example, or compete and then let folks down by not meeting that expectation. Many moons ago my sport was archery and was very active at club and national level. Occasional shooters were not encouraged and there was a lot of focus on putting teams into competitions and league performance etc. Was fine for me then, not so much now!

Any insights on either club would be useful.

Cheers
JS
 

Outback

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Answering as a long time member at Cawdor, I would say there are a small amount of members with a cross section of requirements , if you want to compete its your choice , if you cant make it to range days for life related reasons it ok , the only thing I would emphersise is if you have target shooting on your ticket you need to attend a reasonable amount of time's for that condition .
In saying that I try and attend long range days , so study the calender and pick weekends , work and travelling time so not worth it in the weeknights , So really you can use the club to gain your experience , due to rules target comps and F class you might not have the right calibre to compete , but go and enjoy yourself and train at your preferred distances with your gear.
 

topscots1

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I am a member at cawdor. I try to attend whenever I am in Inverness. Not devoted to any discipline of target shooting I just like the day at the range. Unfortunateley work means I get there 2 or 3 times a year.
 

Malxwal

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I've asked about AFBC here previously and had very decent folk reply and was put in touch with the club secretary. Good folks, I just couldn't find the time to attend, and I've probably missed out on meeting some good and knowledgeable people.
 

Briar

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You have pm mate.
Am a member of AFBGC, but I too can only manage too few days a year. As a new member you would be on "probation" for a wee while and have a "sponsor" until you gained full membership. It's up to you whether or not you want to compete. At the other extreme I believe some folk only use it for checking their rifles zero prior to stalking and may only have the minimal required attendance per annum. I have found all members very helpful and a fountain of knowledge.
Atb
Briar
 

Yorric

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Outback -- I shoot Cawdor range with BDS & Strathpeffer club & thoroughly enjoy it there with them, but I could do with some better load development range time opportunities - Is the Cawdor Club calendar set up so that some days are set asside for this?

Ian
 

JockStalk

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Thanks guys - I was a bit nervous about the 'club' side of things as every club has its own expectations of members. Happy to support and do non-shoot work to keep things going, but don't want to overcommit either.
Both sound good and realistic, so will make enquiries.
Cheers
Jim
 

Outback

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Yorric , This years calendar is up , but I don't think there are days set aside for what your after, the club is very much if you have an idea as you have , it would be up to you to promote the idea .
As you know its very much run towards the target shooter person and comp's , I do my reloading and then develop on our syndicate land .
I have shot with your club at Cawdor and Fort George , its a pity you don't have a longer range at Stath .



Regards
 

Blitzking

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There's also speyside full bore gun club who have access to the landmark military range at Kingston, near Fochabers. I would guess that there is an even split of target shooters and stalkers that attend their monthly range days.
 

JockStalk

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There's also speyside full bore gun club who have access to the landmark military range at Kingston, near Fochabers. I would guess that there is an even split of target shooters and stalkers that attend their monthly range days.
Thankyou - had not come across this club.
JS
 

Virbius

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I was a member of AFBGC until my move back to Norfolk. I cannot speak highly enough about the club. I joined when I first moved to Aberdeenshire and got my FAC and first rifle - my main aim was to get to know my rifle, practice and zero. The club has its own 100m and 50m range with turning targets, and also has use of another 100m range and the Black Dog military range which shoot up to 600m. There were regular weekly folk and those who attended every now and then to check reloads, zero or practice. You can get as involved (or not) as you wish, and I found that I got sucked into the target shooting side as well - there is a lot of knowledge and experience in the club and some regular national champions. Yes, there are many deer stalkers in the club. As with any Home Office approved club, you will need to go through a probation even if you already have an FAC.
Great club and I miss it and the people very much.
 

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