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What's the story behind that 1866 Purdey on your site? I have a Purdey hammergun from 1866 and it looks a lot different - a lot.

Mine has pinfire-style hammers and looks like this 1866 Purdey gun (except mine has a Jones underlever):

http://gun-vault.com/purdey1stthumb.htm


Here's another Purdey with a Jones underlever and island locks:

http://gun-vault.com/singh.htm

This one is from 1871 and it also looks a lot different from yours.


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We checked that with Purdey - it was built as a centre-fire, granted it is an early one.

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that is not that expensive, but with the concorde out of action it's a major pain in the ass to get to that shoot. quite frankly there are so many things to sample and see that when i take time to go there shooting a gun is pretty low on my want to do list. i would much prefer to shoot driven BIG GAME across the la manche.

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The feedback has been most interesting and one suggestion has been that instead of 18-guns shooting 100 birds as a walk-and-stand day, the number of Guns be be reduced to nine and the day be entirely driven. This would give a cost per gun of around £320.

Both formats are eminently possible and I will discuss days available with the Shoot Captain tomorrow (when I'm shooting there).

With sufficient notice, I see no reason it could not be made to work around teh auction dates in November and December (though there are no January auctions).

The aim would be to build the syndicate around vintage gun enthusiasts and give the days a real flavour of sportsmanship and tradition to pass on as new members join.

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Here in England we can cater for whatever the guns want.
If you look at the DGJ Autumn edition you will see what we get up to.
We often shoot 8 muzzle loaders and 8 breech loaders, two on a peg enabling us to address a flush if necessary. These days are all full driven days with a meal and drink all inclusive for £150 or upto £220 per gun for a hundred birds.Bird price and quality range from £22 to £34 per bird.The emphasis is on Sport and gentlemanly conduct.

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I've shot driven pheasants and driven ducks both, I found the pheasnts to be far tougher targets. Ducks I can handle, I'm a duck hunter, when when those pheasants set their wings in those long high glides they're tough to make contact with. I didn't kill a bird on the first two drives, finally got with the program on the third and scratched a couple out, then really got my eye in and killed them steady the rest of the day. It's fun, you boys will enjoy it, and it's well worth what SB is going to charge.


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Am also interested, but would want to bring my own shotgun(s).

Have had a UK Visitors Temporary Shotgun License at one point that, as I recall, you'd have to organize with the local Constabulary. It wasn't a problem to get, but is a matter of paperwork and bureaucracy 'tho not as burdensome as BATF...

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Small Bore,

Your idea sounds pretty interesting. You say 6 days of shooting. How are the six days arranged as far as the calendar? Shoot one day in one week and then another day several weeks later? Shoot several days in a week? That would make a big difference so far as paying to fly across the pond, expenses, etc.

I have shot in Scotland and really loved it, so I am interested.

My better half got me your book, "Vintage Guns" for Christmas and I found it very interesting and a fun read.

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Sounds Great Dig!
Let us know what you come up with.


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obsessed-with-doubles and anyone else who fancies visiting a driven shoot and watching the dog work, do a bit of beating and generally join in the fun, just drop me a PM and I can fix it for you at no cost at all. If you elect to beat you'll even go home with a few quid in your pocket.

Location will be mid Wales and you can stay in our cottage for a night free of charge (but you'll be buying us a good dinner in the village pub!)

I can also arrange for you to shoot on a 125 bird day as an individual member of a party of 7-8 Guns on a very pretty high bird shoot for about £500. (I have no commercial interest.)

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