Sako shooter from the UK introducing hmself.

Discussion in 'New members, please introduce yourselves here!' started by maximus otter, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. maximus otter

    maximus otter Member

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    Hello to everyone from the flat agricultural lands of eastern England.

    I'm a retired UK police constable and keen shooter/reloader. I've held a UK Firearm Certificate since 1972, and I hold the Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1 (DSC.1).

    I currently own three Sako rifles:


    1. A Finnfire Varmint (.22LR, obviously).

    2. An 85 Finnlight in 6.5 x 55m which is my primary deer stalking rifle.

    3. My latest toy: a 75 Varmint in .223 Rem. I'm currently at Stage 1 of working up a load for this, having only owned it for about a week.

    I hope to learn a lot, and possibly share some information or dispel some myths about UK shooting.

    maximus otter
     

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    Branxhunter Well-Known Member

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    Welcome maximum from SE Australia. Sounds like a nice collection, please keep us posted on how your load development goes.

    Marcus
     
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    It'll involve Vihtavuori N133 powder, BR4 primers and either a 40 grain V-Max or BlitzKing. At the moment.

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    Those components sound like excellent medicine for popping varmints. If you wanted to step up to a 55 grain bullet your new .223 would make a fine Roe gun (if legal in the U.K.)
     
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    Oddly enough .223 is legal for roe in Scotland, but not in England or Wales. Apparently we breed them tougher down South! (The law in Scotland requires a minimum of 50 grain bullet, 2450fps and 1,000 foot-pounds of muzzle energy).

    My plan is to develop a 40 grain handload for quarry up to and including fox, then find a heavier-bullet load (either factory- or reloaded) which shoots to the same POI for opportunistic shots at muntjac or Chinese water deer.

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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Now the whole Scottish independence movement seems to make more sense.:p
     
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    Don't encourage the Haggistanis!

    ;)

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    Hello Maximus,

    I live and was born in England UK and I too have the Deer Stalking Level 1 certificate, and I too have had a FAC since 1972! Very nice to have a Scott on board. My son Silas collects flags and every Saint Andrews Day 30th November we fly the Saltire. Also on that day we feast on Haggis and drink a fine Single Malt! The law does need to be changed in England so that we too can legally shoot Roe Deer with .222 Rem., .222 Rem. Magnum., .223 Rem., .22 - 250 Rem., and .220 Swift. rifles!

    Blackjack
     
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