Thursday, 31 January 2008

Well i did say it couldnt get any worse didnt I?

Just how wrong can you be?


A trip in the wifes truck to Hampshire with a great friend and 6 dogs for a days beating.


On arrival asked if we are willing to shoot, rain holds off and breakfast is eaten. It all goes down hill very quickly after that;


1. The heavens opened.


2. I reversed the truck into a tree which shattered the rear window. OOPS


I am in the doghouse big time!







Still at least a new guest broke his duck so to speak and took the only cock bird of the day!




Thats one happy camper, only shot clays before well done sir! Nice to see clay shooters can hit birds that arent slowing down!

After the noon drive over the rifle range we decided to call it a day, it was chucking stair rods down at us.
On the way back we drove through some interesting weather!







I am glad to be inside and warm and dry, a few beers with tonights bowling before taking the truck to the dealers tomorrow for the estimate! Oh and a trip into town for a job interview in an attempt to pay next months extortionate mortgage payment.

TTFN

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

A little armed ramble

Since we have been plagued by dog walkers in a wood with no public access or footpaths we have been concerned that they have been pushing our birds out!




Richard fitted a stealth trail cam and a few new faces have shown up. They always appear at the same time so I set out today to see if they were creatures of habit.


No such luck but I took 5 spaniels and pushed them around the wood looking for pheasants and pigeons.


The dogs enjoyed themselves and so did I. I can certainly recommend these trail cams for those of you with predator or trespasser problems.




I have enclosed a few images below;







Chris and I on the last "Formal day"!








Charley the fox puts in an appearance every night.

We really should do something about him!




Now this person needs to stop by for a chat about why she is trespassing and how she wont be walking through our wood in future, cheeky bint, get your own wood!

despite all the technical problems I have had recently

I thought this may cheer some of you up!

Saturday, 26 January 2008

It really couldnt have got much worse could it?

I was awake at 0500 with the dogs having slept in the house last night so we didnt disturb the neighbours and I waited till 0700 and got no answer from Chris who was supposed to be driving down to the shoot in Hampshire!
I rang the shoot captain and apologised, 2 other beaters cried off last night but having no dogs makes it a damn difficult shoot.
I eventually caught up with Chris this afternoon, his car has died, same problem as mine and his phone also!
We piled into the car and along with 2 extra dogs went up to squirrel woods again!
We let them off and they had a great time, 11 spaniels tearing around, might keep the cocks on the move.

Anyway I will be having a go at the last day of the season in Hampshire unless I am in an interview, the same applies to Monday and some afternoon deerstalking.

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Sausages

A quick update; after 3 days chilling in a very cold fridge I decided to freeze the remainder. To do this I find that vaccum packing is very effective, as I dont own a vaccum packing machine I thought I'd share this tip.


I buy resealable bags, the sort with zip locks and use a straw:






I then use this to suck the air out of the bag, the trick is to have it locked shut bar just enough for the straw which you then squeeze closed as you withdraw the straw.


You end up with very good shrink wrap effect looking freezer packs of snorkers. Remember to write on them what the contents are and the date.


Lets face it its nice to be able to describe what went into each one exactly without having to open and sniff test each one!



After all of this you can pop them in the freezer for ages, I keep game sausages for usually about 6 months for the summer BBQs and then I find some keep well enough for next new years eve!


After all we cant let food preparation get in the way of natures best harvest now can we? At least this year I used decent labels hence the mug of tea as I didnt have to sniff and taste test!

After all the years of making gallons of Sloe Gin, Rum, Vodka and any clear spirit I have lots left so this year we only did 4 jars. As usual I kept half the stones but lacking any cheap port to pour over I decided to use that annoying bottle of Stones Ginger wine and see how 4 months on the sloes does?

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Plodding along

If 1/2 a million stop the war and 407 000 countryside protesters were ignored what hope for these jokers?
Still I'm glad to see that Arrsse has its priorities right:
Smart as carrots said:
The Police Federation called on its members to march in support of their pay claim.
They received a recorded message telling them that the Police were only available to march between 9am and 5pm, except at weekends.
A week later, a civilian Support Officer called them back with a March Report Number and invited them to complete a survey on how well their request for marchers had been handled.
No Policeman were able to attend the actual march, owing to the prioritising of limited resources to checking the road fund licence of a burger van outside Crewe.
A single PCSO was sent to attend, but as they did not have the legal power to march, they could only bimble instead.
Cheers carrots, perhaps no crimes were commited today and no leave was cancelled!
Will I be arrested for hate or race or even homophobic crimes for pointing out that those baseball hats looked queer?

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Oh go on cheer up!

Thanks to Nigel for this one:
A duck hunter was out enjoying a nice morning on the marsh when he decided to take a leak....
He walked over to a tree and propped up his gun.
Just then a gust of wind blew, the gun fell over, and discharged...
shooting him in the genitals.
Several hours later, lying in a hospital bed he was approached by his doctor.
"Well sir, I have some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that you are going to be OK.
The damage was local to your groin, there was very little internal damage, and we were able to remove all of the buckshot."
"What's the bad news?" asked the hunter.
"The bad news is that there was some pretty extensive buckshot damage done to your penis. I'm going to have to refer you to my brother."
"Oh, well I guess that isn't too bad," the hunter replied.
"Is your brother a plastic surgeon?"
"Not exactly." answered the doctor.
"He's a flute player in the local symphony and he's going to teach you where to put your fingers so you don't piss in your eye."

And this one:
A man escapes from a prison where he's been locked up for 15 years.
He breaks into a house to look for money and guns. Inside, he finds a young couple in bed.
He orders the guy out of bed and ties him to a chair.
While tying the homeowner's wife to the bed, the convict gets on top of her, kisses her neck, then gets up and goes into the bathroom.
While he's in there, the husband whispers over to his wife: 'Listen, this guy is an escaped convict. Look at his clothes!
He's probably spent a lot of time in jail and hasn't seen a woman in years.
I saw how he kissed your neck.' If he wants sex, don't resist, don't complain... do whatever he tells you.
Satisfy him no matter how much he nauseates you.
This guy is obviously very dangerous.
If he gets angry, he'll kill us both. Be strong, honey. I love you!'
His wife responds:
'He wasn't kissing my neck.
He was whispering in my ear.'
'He told me that he's gay, thinks you're cute, and asked if we had any Vaseline.
I told him it was in the bathroom.
Be strong honey. I love you.

Something from the weekend!

Truly sickened

Truly not the sort of thing I want to see on my tv at tea time. Now what we want to know is what right these murdering scum have to be granted anonymity due to their age. I think they should be locked up for ever and that is the simple end of it!

Saturday, 19 January 2008

The last day of the season in Squirrel wood

It's not called squirrel wood but we have shot more of the heathen american imports than pheasants in this wood. That is until today!



We started with a few pork and apple bangers from tescos and my venison snorkers from last nights efforts!




We lit up later than usual, Nigel was looking after his Dad who had only just had his pacemaker fitted! That left us minus a pair of great beaters, William and Charles but they have many years left ahead of them yet!




Richard and I troughed heavily on the bangers until Elmer Fudd our part time keeper arrived! We left just enough for him!





The rain recently has filled the old pond shown on the 1820 map behind our pen, I may deal with the trees this year and start feeding the pond in a gentle manner to encourage ducks in. I will trim a few of the low trees around the splash and look at geting some ducklings into the nearby pen!





Oh please ignore the date and time on the pictures, I dropped the camera at my sisters wedding last August (whilst sober I may add) and am unable to use the view finder or change any settings.




So Richard got first blood but we eventually found who or what was leaving the Muntjac sized droppings and the fur on every bramble or barbed wire!


I think we can call him Shaun! Any way off we go anddecide to cut a circular route around the northern end of our wood, double back and drop in at the top of the oval track and push the Woodcock back over the others, Richard and Chris.


Chris brought out his lates acquisition, a collie cross lurcher called dillie, thankfully his cocker called millie seems to be dislexic!

So on the way back north along the river bed I flushed a nice cock bird, well at least my dogs did!

This one the dogs put up and I hit in the tail with the first cartridge: 21 grams.

The bird almost stood still so I whacked it with the second barrel and down it went. Misty my darling found him!









The four English Springers worked really hard today, I havent seen so many torn snouts and ragged tails for a long time!

After coffee we wandered back around to hit the same patch but from North to south along the same river bed! This time I poached a bird in front of Richard, I suspect it was the other cock bird I missed earlier!


I then picked up the bird that should really have been Richards, however all was not simple, a feeder had shed its nozzle calling for emergency work. Never mind, it all worked out and we hit the ale at the village pub straight after!


But not before I got to pose with my boys:

Friday, 18 January 2008

How crappy can your weekend be?

First my lovely little Suzuki dies in Hampshire on saturday, then the people turn up for the Frontera sold on E bay on the Sunday. Then Monday afternoon the governor calls me in and lays me off!
It was the head gasket, today Richard towed me back the 33 miles from the dealers, it was like being a bass spinner trolling behind a power boat. Greyer hair and sacred witless!

Ah well at least the HBSA Lecture was good, The 7mm in British Service. I also bought last years book from the Author and a great read it is!


Now I thought I may help those who have been asking about Bambi Bangers recipes!

This week I have been mainly making Sausages from Sika Stag.

No1. first mince your chopped or diced part frozen shoulder:


I always use a little pork fat usually belly from my mates free range pigs, that is all apart from spices that I add, no filler or rusk just meat. The fat means that you can grill or fry without them splitting! I store the mince overnight in the freezer, sometimes spiced and sometimes not!




I prefer the hand mincer as I have spent a hundred quid or so on electric mincers and none of them are as good as old fashioned hand power!


Next I drop the lot into a 20lb capacity paddle mixer, again hand powered, another advantage of hand power is that very little heat is ever transferred to the meat unlike the electric machines.



At this point I add the spices, I drop them in a little at a time through a little slot in the lid. This stops you dropping the lot in one hit and means it spreads a lot better making for a better mix.










Then you turn and turn and turn, about a minute a pound!



At some point the mixture will thicken, professional butcher add about 1/4 the total weight in water (it helps the stuffing process) but I put a tiny amount in if and only if necessary. Tonight I added about 1/2 a pint.

I then transfer the mix back into a large bowl and clean the paddle cleaner, cleaning as you go saves time for beer later!

Now the skins I use are hogs runners, salted so they need rinsing with cold water. I stand them for an hour whilst preparing the sauasage stuffer.


The stuffer is a basic food grade plastic horizontal jobby, I feed the runners on the nozzle, stand it up and spoon in the mix.

















Tie off the skins first!

Assemble and start pumping the skins through slowly, feed the mix in and ensure that they dont tangle or burst from air bubbles.





Keep topping up, feeding through and checking the skins!









You will end up with a few nice runs of sausage, tie off the ends and bunch your snorkers ready for hanging.






This is the tricky bit and I'm not really sure how I do it so I'm not going to bother with tales of the dark art of the Butcher, normally Elmer Fudd ties mine off for me!

Then you need to hang these somewhere cool and fly free to drain off any excess moisture overnight. I will take a pound with me to our final shoot day tomorrow!

















The secret spice ingredient? Well its usually black pepper, no salt ever and some bits and bobs, tonight i used a proprietary milan salami spice mix that was left over from some salami experiments that didnt work as well as hoped.

Post script; The sad loss of George MacDonald Fraser this last week was nicely treated in Private Eye's recent issue, he will be missed.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Retirement advice

It is important for men to remember that, as women grow older, it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as when they were younger.

When you notice this, try not to yell at them. Some are oversensitive, and there is nothing worse than an oversensitive woman.

My name is Dave. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife, Rose.
When I took "early retirement" last year, it became necessary for Rose to get a part-time job along with her full-time job, both for extra income and for the health benefits that we needed. Shortly after she started working, I noticed she was beginning to show her age.
I usually get home from the golf course about the same time she gets home from work.
Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts dinner.
I don't yell at her.
Instead, I tell her to take her time and just wake me when she gets dinner on the table.
I generally have lunch in the Men's Grill at the club so eating out is not reasonable.
I'm ready for some home cooked grub when I hit that door.
She used to do the dishes as soon as we finished eating.
But now it's not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after dinner.
I do what I can by diplomatically reminding her several times each evening that they won't clean themselves...I know she really appreciates this, as it does seem to motivate her to get them done before she goes to bed.
Another symptom of aging is complaining, I think.
For example she will say that it is difficult for her to find time to pay the monthly bills during her lunch hour.
But, boys, we take 'em for better or worse, so I just smile and offer encouragement.
I tell her to stretch it out over two or even three days.
That way she won't have to rush so much.
I also remind her that missing lunch completely now and then wouldn't hurt her any (if you know what I mean).
I like to think tact is one of my strong points. When doing simple jobs, she seems to think she needs more rest periods.
She had to take a break when she was only half finished mowing the yard.
I try not to make a scene. I'm a fair man.
I tell her to fix herself a nice, big, cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade and just sit for a while. And, as long as she is making one for herself, she may as well make one for me too. I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Rose.
I'm not saying that showing this much consideration is easy.
Many men will find it difficult. Some will find it impossible!
Nobody knows better than I do how frustrating women get as they get older.
However, guys, even if you just use a little more tact and less criticism of your aging wife because of this article, I will consider that writing it was well worthwhile.
After all, we are put on this earth to help each other..... Signed, Dave
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave died suddenly on May 27th. The police report say that he was found with a Calloway extra long 50-inch Big Bertha Driver II golf club rammed up his back side, with only 2 inches of grip showing.
His wife Rose was arrested and charged with murder; however, the all-woman jury found her Not Guilty, accepting her defense that he accidentally sat down on it...

Thanks Jonathon




I must thank Jonathon who has recently returned from South Africa and spent saturday accompanying me on the beating line.

So nice to hear his tales of 250 kilo Kudu and even more amazed and gratefull that he took photo's.


In this picture you can see how the cape is being prepared and his reply when asked about mounting as a trophy was: It has 50 inch horns and we did a full shoulder mount. We struggled to get the trophy in the back of his mate 110 Landy.

I asked for some photos and the trophy wall appeared; I would like to host as many of these as I can and I am happy to see hunting carried on and enjoyed by as many as possible.



Try and spot as many species as you can in these pictures:

















Now these are good so keep them coming please!

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Saturday and a good day at the shoot








Well I thought that you might like a laugh first!


Anyway the dogs worked hard and the frosty ground held the ducks well but the Pheasant moved a little quicker.

Misty decided to grab a Roe Doe which thankfully got away!


Sampson looking good as his Suzie despite her being the most timid I have ever met!





The gang together at the end of the drive, the bag wasnt big but the company was great!

Thursday, 10 January 2008

More drivel from a dope smoking home secretary

NOTHING FROM THESE CAREER CRIMINALS SHOULD SURPRISE ME!
However the alleged Home Secretary has outdone herself on the dickhead useless legislation front.
At least David Davies had the nerve to ask what was going to be done about the other 99% of firearms used in armed crime in this sceptic isle nowadays.
Let me see, the last decent Home Secretary was Leon Brittain. He actually stopped the ACPO from pushing for unnecessary legislationm in the 70's.
pray tell me anyone what legislation has ever stopped criminals breaking the law. The more police on the street act or the death penalty! Either one of those was a deterrent unlike the W A N K E R S that run our system here. I have already pointed out that this Govt unable to obey its own political funding laws declared that new legislation was needed. DUHH what was needed was locking up you bunch of fecking crooks and perhaps the other idiots might obey the laws.
The same should have happened with Hungerford and Dunblane, neither would have happened if the guardians of law and order had done their jobs. Useless the lot of them!
Rant over, yes I am frustrated but I am stuck indoors thanks to the rain being so heavy that I cant take my clients stalking in the morning. They wouldnt thank me for 3 hours in the woods getting wet and not seeing any deer!

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Now thats not just cricket

Cricket, now there’s a game to be watched pie eyed on the village green with pints of foaming ale in hand waiting to be called for last bat or at least to cheer your more inebriated friend who will swing his now 3 foot wide bat at the 6 foot wide ball for six every time.
Now it seems that not only are overpaid so called sportsman kicking off but an entire country can get an umpire sacked for daring to censure a player for his alleged Racist comments resulting in a 3 match ban.
Well India if that’s how you feel about it I suggest you go home and play others who care less for your lack of sportsmanship.
I fear its the same across the colonies now!

Thanks again to Jeremy for this one

All the digs at him about how busy he must be havent sunk in yet, thankfully!

If that doesnt amuse you then try this:

Irish medic!

A doctor in Dublin wanted to get off work and go fishing, so he approached his assistant.
"Murphy, I am going hunting tomorrow and don't want to close the clinic. I want you to take care of the clinic and take care of all me patients".


"Yes, sir!" answers Murphy.


The doctor goes fishing and returns the following day and asks: "So, Murphy, how was your day?"


Murphy told him that he took care of three patients. "The first one had a headache so he did, so I gave him Paracetomol."


"Bravo Murphy lad, and the second one?" asks the doctor.

"The second one had indigestion and I gave him Gaviscon, so I did sir" says Murphy.


"Bravo, bravo! You're good at this and what about the third one?" asks the doctor.


"Sir, I was sitting here and suddenly the door flies open and a young gorgeous woman bursts in so she does. Like a bolt outta the blue, she tears off her clothes, taking off everyting including her bra and her panties and lies down on the table, spreading her legs and shouts: 'HELP ME for the love of St Patrick! For five years I have not seen any man!'"


Tunderin' lard Jesus Murphy, what did you do?" asks the doctor.

"I put drops in her eyes."

For those of you watching the other side of the pond for the fun and japery that is the election circus I have this:

Thanks to Kim for this one:

The Real Positions
Kim du ToitJanuary 7, 20087:00 AM
I watched the so-called “Republican forum” last night on Fox, and let me tell you that and the end of it all, I wouldn’t vote for any of those mealy-mouthed fools. All of them spoke like they had won the nomination, and were appealing to the so-called “center”.
What bollocks.
In case any of the candidates’ campaign people ever bother to read this, allow me to give you a closing speech that will win you the Republican nomination, and probably the Presidency as well.
My fellow Americans:
I know that after the Iowa polls, everyone was talking about ‘change’ as though this was some kind of magic word which, at a single stroke, will cure us as a nation of all our ills.
Well, let me outline the specific areas where I would like to see this ‘change’ , and let me tell you how I’ll make those changes happen.
1. Low taxes. There seems to be a vague drifting of sentiment towards allowing a tax increase to happen. When I am elected President, I will push for lower, and still lower taxes for the hard-working Americans on whose backs this bloated government rests. I should point out that had any of the Founding Fathers foreseen a tax system which confiscates nearly one third of a man’s hard-earned wages, they might have given up at the start. So let me take that one step further: not only will I push for lower taxes, but I will veto each and every bill which comes my desk which contains even the slightest hint of a tax increase. That is my solemn promise to you.
2. Health care. Everyone, Republicans included, believes that we are entitled to health care in this country. What they really mean is that everyone should be able to afford health care insurance—and we should. Perhaps if the government took less money away from people in the first place, people would be able to pay for health insurance. We all know that a nationalized health care system is doomed to fail, because that’s happening in every country which has created it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s called a National Health Service or a single-payer system, or universal health care; what it really is, is Government giving out medical treatment—and, in case anyone hasn’t been reading the news from overseas, when Government finds out that it can no longer afford to give out medical treatment to everyone who asks for it, Government then turns around and says, “You can have it, but you’ll have to wait in line” or even worse, “You can’t have it at all, because you belong to a group which we have decided is not worthy to get it.” This has happened, I repeat, in every country where socialized medicine is practiced, and it would be an act of supreme folly to imagine that it would turn out any differently in our country. And speaking of people unworthy to get free medical treatment, let me move to my next point.
3. Illegal immigration. I will work to reduce federal funding to any state which offers free health care, or free education, to illegal immigrants and their children. I am sick of people crying about the children of illegal immigrants. Let me make myself perfectly clear about this: if a couple gets arrested for robbing a convenience store to feed their family, we do not let them off a prison sentence because their children will lose their parents. It’s a crying shame that children should have to suffer as a result of their parents’ actions, but it is ultimately their parents who caused their woes, by breaking the law. One last thing: A lot of people have talked about how it would be impossible to deport twelve million illegal immigrants. That’s a red herring, because we don’t have to deport twelve million immigrants. What we can do is deport a million a year—and we can certainly do that— while at the same time shoring up our immigration- and border controls to ensure that having been deported, these criminals find it increasingly more difficult to re-cross the border and break the law again. Once illegal immigrants realize that we are serious about expelling them from this country, their desire to try will again be reduced. This has happened in the past, and I will work to make sure that it happens again.
4. The size of government. The federal government of this country has become too large, too powerful, and too big for its own britches. It has been able to get this way because it collects too much of our money in taxes, and because people have become accustomed to rely on the government to provide for their comfort. Well, as we look around the world today and over the past fifty or so years, the biggest lesson we can learn is that the bigger the government and the more intrusive it is on the business of its citizens, the less successful the country will be, and the more unhappy its citizens. I spoke earlier of my desire to lower our taxes; well, let me spell it out for you. My goal will be to lower the top income tax rate to 20%—that’s right, twenty percent. There are people who will say that the government cannot survive by taking only one out of every five dollars we earn. Allow me to say two things about that. The first is that every single American knows how to balance what we want, with what we can afford. We would like to buy jewelery, but we know we can’t afford it. Do we therefore buy the diamond necklace anyway, and stop buying groceries for our children? No, we do not: we make do with less—but that’s not the way the federal government works. Perhaps it’s time for the Federal government to start making the same difficult choices that ordinary Americans are forced to make every day—in no small part because the government takes away too much of our money to begin with. The second thing I have to say is that if some government departments find themselves short of money and have to stop working because of no funding, that is one of my goals, too. Which leads me to my fifth point.
5. Constitutional principles. When our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, they were extremely careful to limit the power of the Federal government by saying that the government could only do a few specific activities, and no more. Somehow, those few specific activities have grown to encompass government programs that the Founders would never have imagined, in their wildest and most imprudent dreams. So I will work first to curb and then end those expensive and unsustainable programs, to the fullest power with which the Constitution grants the President. It has been said that one of the reasons that the Constitution was so well written was because the authors had the glowering presence of George Washington looking over their shoulders. Let me tell you, I feel that same presence today—and every President should feel that same presence, and govern accordingly.
6. National security. I spoke earlier of government departments running out of money to function, and of things the Federal government may or may not do. Let me remind everyone of one thing: one of the primary functions of the federal government, not only specified but directed by the Constitution, is to provide for the security of our nation. So do not think that I will allow our Armed Forces to be denied the proper funding to function. Far from it. Our opponents talk about our overwhelming military strength in the world as though it is a bad thing. When they say that, what they are saying is that we, the American people, cannot be trusted to manage that responsibility. Allow me to differ. When a tsunami strikes Southeast Asia, the most welcome sight is not a United Nations fact-finding mission, it is a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter. When one tribe is busy slaughtering another in some forgotten part of the world, the tribesmen would prefer to see American soldiers, rather than Bob Geldof. We are not a totalitarian country; we are not Hitler or Stalin, trying to conquer the world. We are Americans, trying to ensure that this fragile flame of freedom does not flicker and go out. And let me remind everyone that our enemies, especially the Islamic terrorists and the governments which support them, are blowing as hard as they can. My promise to you is that they will never succeed, even slightly, under my watch. We are going to listen to their phone calls and read their emails as they plan to blow up our cities or kill our soldiers; we are going to interrupt their flow of funding, no matter what the source may be. And we are going to pursue them to the ends of the Earth and kill them for the murderers and tyrants that they are, just as we have pursued and punished Nazi killers, and still do to this day.
In closing, let me say this to you all: our Founding Fathers were rightfully afraid of tyrannical governments, both those from outside our borders and those which may spring from our own population. This is why they limited the power of government, and provided for Americans to change matters when they wanted to, whether through the soap box, the mail box, the ballot box, and, in the final extreme and with extreme reluctance, the cartridge box, just as those few brave souls did at Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts.
Well, I speak to you now as a candidate for change—the best change, the change which our Constitution demands, and a change back to our Constitution’s original intent: less government in your lives and affairs; lower taxes; the freedom to bear arms, and all the other freedoms as enumerated in our Bill of Rights, which is still the greatest social and political document ever written.
I will work tirelessly towards that end, because if I do not, I will have betrayed the trust which our Founding Fathers and you, the American people, will have bestowed upon me.
Thank you, and good night.

Sunday, 6 January 2008

A day in the woods zeroing the stalking rifles.


Well I drove to the woods knowing that Richard had already arrived to find a nice trio of dead grey squirrels ready for use as fox bait.









Richard was ready for a zero session to check the factory ammo he had bought against the handloads I had made for him.

We knew the factory ammo was printing slightly left and fired a group with the handloads to confirm.




The ammo printed pretty much where we expected it to at 100 yards shot from the bonnet of the Vitara:






I adjusted an inch to the right and he fired another group, this was too far and we clicked back two clicks left which can be seen here showing the two groups, right hand as the first and left hand as the second:








I got the shooting mat out and fired off a couple of batches of loads for my 7.62 x 39:






The target despite its size was difficult to clearly see with the bright sunlight and subsequently the group opened up. I use an illuminated reticle and so had another go but its a close range woodland rifle so I wasnt dissapointed:

















Richard is preparing to take his DSC1 so we simulated the shooting test,


we engaged a Roe sillhouette at 100 yards prone, 60 yards sitting and 40 yards standing.

I was very happy with his shooting. Now to lend him the CD so he can practise those 300 questions.













Richard firing of the bonnet of the vitara

Richard firing from the sitting position:

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Why deer have antlers


For those special spots!
We spent most of this afternoon trying to fill in the entry forms for Crufts 2008. Abysmal failure since they needed to be in for monday the 7th. We are not in the business of showing dogs but decided that we could enter the Gamekeepers category. Ok forms filled in but a check on the dat means that one bitch will have only just had a litter so we binned it in favour of planning better for next year!
I just want to hear them announce our kennel club affix.

a little bit of willy waving has taken place

adjshootist sent me these:



A very nice half stocked 6.5 Mannlicher Schoenaer





I shot a very similar one last year at the HBSA Wappenshaw


Not fitted with a scope period or otherwise


The results are and I quote:


"the group was shot by me resting at 50mthe orange marker Disk is 3ins in size i was using my own hand loads with Nosler 140grnbullets and 38.6grns of H3450 giving me 2340fps at the chrono"


very nice I think you'll agree.
Tomorrow before lunch I'll be testing some loads for mine and Richards 6.5 swedes and my 7.62 x 39.

Meanwhile this is the other MS in 6.5:

Being shot at Bisley December 06.