The Game Fair Blenheim Palace

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The Game Fair Blenheim Palace

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I intend to be there. Looks like I need a short action lightweight left hand 223.
Does it exist?
If previous Game Fairs are anything to go by, the selection of rifles on offer will be very very limited. There'll be thousands of shotguns, but only a handful of rifles. The event doesn't really cater for shooters who's main interests are stalking or foxing.
 
If previous Game Fairs are anything to go by, the selection of rifles on offer will be very very limited. There'll be thousands of shotguns, but only a handful of rifles. The event doesn't really cater for shooters who's main interests are stalking or foxing.
A thought that about Harrogate show !
Good show was looking for an annie 1771 in 17 hornet 🐝 nowt there still enjoyed it
Last game fair was hare wood house
When cla were in charge no the best
Don’t think the new set up likes to travel much north of Watford 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️
 
A thought that about Harrogate show !
Good show was looking for an annie 1771 in 17 hornet 🐝 nowt there still enjoyed it
Last game fair was hare wood house
When cla were in charge no the best
Don’t think the new set up likes to travel much north of Watford 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️
First time I went to the Game Fair a few years ago I had an empty slot on my FAC and money in my pocket to fill it. I found just one 2nd hand rifle of the right calibre, and it was knackered. Kept my money in my pocket. None of the traders even wanted to talk about rifles. If I'd wanted a shotgun they'd have been all over me like a rash.
 
If previous Game Fairs are anything to go by, the selection of rifles on offer will be very very limited. There'll be thousands of shotguns, but only a handful of rifles. The event doesn't really cater for shooters who's main interests are stalking or foxing.
You only have to look at the statistics as to how many hold FAC or SGC
3 times more people have a shotgun licence. Out of the number that have a FAC, what % do stalking/vermin control rather than target shoot?
 
You only have to look at the statistics as to how many hold FAC or SGC
3 times more people have a shotgun licence. Out of the number that have a FAC, what % do stalking/vermin control rather than target shoot?
Sure. But that doesn't get away from the fact that FAC holders are very poorly catered for at that event, with regard to the availability of firearms to purchase.
 
I depends when your first game fair was, I remember watching the Holland and Holland gunsmiths working on the .700 doubles they were making things of beauty but not much use in the UK, very deep pockets required also.
I think the days when rifles were there when there was a gunmakers row and there were quite a few gun shops but the choice was small in brands and calibres because there weren't the amount of rifle shooters there are now, stalking and foxing.
 
Retailers bring shotguns and airguns because they can be bought on impulse. The decision to buy a rifle is far more constrained: you basically get 1 chance to make the right choice, and that means finding the right model in the right calibre at the right price. That's too many variables for it to be a good bet for a retailer to fill a space on a on their stand with a rifle instead of a shotgun. I'm surprised there are any rifles for sale at shows. Much of what is there is S/H part-ex stock that there's a slightly better chance of shifting off the stand than out of the shop.
For a short-action L/H .223, the obvious choice is a S/H CZ527 American. I had one a few years back (new) and made the mistake of selling it, assuming I'd always be able to get another if I wanted one...
 
It looks like I game fair may have lost out. I have just agreed to purchase one today. Best get my variation in today. Hoping to be somewhat luckier with this than the last 2 rifles I have bought. Cough. lol.
But I am going to go to the game fair for a nice day out. I do need some waterproof boots as I found out tonight.
 
I depends when your first game fair was,
Mine was 1968, Stirling! Had recently passed my driving test. I think it took about 20 hours to get there, perhaps more. No motorway south of Tewkesbury. No motorway through Brum. Coming back, there was someting like 30 miles of nose-to-tail traffic heading north around the Shap Fell area and through Kendal.
 
The first game fair that I remember attending was just north of the M4 somewhere near Malmsbury back around 1978. I think it was called something like the WAGBI Safari back then. There was a very attractive long haired girl in her twenties shooting and she was also working two black Labradors. She was a pretty fair shot and had very good control of her dogs too. I fell in love with country sports that day. :love:
 
My first was in the sixties at The Duke of Devonshires at Chatsworth, it was the most fantastic show I had ever been to at that time
 
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