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Nice video, Mike. Beautiful countryside.

Some excerpts from "A Shooting Man's Creed" by Sir Joseph Nickerson, published in 1989.

p. 31 "For the last few seasons I have used nothing but trios of Purdey 28 bores, beautiful 5 1/2-pound over-and-under guns which suit me very well".

p. 32 "If you have been using a 12 bore all your life, switching to a lighter gun is quite an exercise but worth the effort in the satisfaction it provides. The advantages of a lighter gun when one is older are quite pronounced, permitting a faster swing. I am now down to 28 bore guns for all types of shooting and am killing birds as difficult and as far away as I ever did with a 12 bore, as many friends can testify. Over the last four seasons, at grouse, wild Spanish partridges and English pheasants, the average number of cartridges expended per bird has worked out at 1.8, using a pair of guns and taking on all shootable birds, not just the easy ones."

p. 93 "Most of the books about Big Shots and Great Shoots refer, in nostalgic wonderment, to the bags achieved by Lord Ripon, who is said to have shot 97,503 grouse in his long lifetime. That was at a time when grouse moors were at their best with plenty of keepers and no other expense spared, yet my records show that in the last fifteen years I have shot more grouse that Lord Ripon did in his last fifteen - and he continued until his death which occurred on a grouse moor. My best-ever year was as recent as 1988 when I shot 3390, while I had accounted for over 3000 in the previous season, as I also had in 1982. Lord Ripon killed 3435 grouse to his own guns in his best season, using 12 bores, while I used 28 bores."


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Stan, you can see the Trio of Purdeys listed on GI


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Stanton,
I have to say that your numbers amaze me!! Not that I doubt them at all. I am just curious as to the locations you used to account for all the birds killed. Surely not in Jawja!?!? I would really like for you to expand your discussion above on the numbers, the kinds of hunts/drive, etc.


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Some excerpts from "A Shooting Man's Creed" by Sir Joseph Nickerson, published in 1989.


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Oh! Perry, they're not my numbers but those of Sir Joseph Nickerson, who wrote the book from which I gleaned those excerpts. The only big numbers I've ever tallied were for doves in Argentina, and it wasn't with a trio of Purdeys. I couldn't afford one, much less a matched trio!!


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Damn!! Eyesight!! Wish I had it. When I saw the post from builder I knew I had missed something big!! Oh well, at least you got a chuckle out of my oversight!!!


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You can’t beat a 28 gauge! Been saying this for several years. For some unknown reason, I seem to be more consistent with a 28 gauge verses my 12s. An that’s in hits as well as misses

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He seems to shoot well for someone who has a massive flinch.

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Flinches don't always hurt that much if you have a good follow through. Don't ask me how I know.


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