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Unread 11-01-2005, 08:03 AM
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Hi David,
I have visited the harem of Norman Clark and romped to the tune of several thousand pounds, he built me a benchrest gun in 2001, his palace is almost on my doorstep just 7 miles away.

I met Brit at Bisley in 1989 at the anno domini pistol meeting and we met up there every year since, even after the pistol ban, up untill 2002.
We now meet up several times a year at Ministerly (where i am a member) for a couple of days target shooting, load developement and good company.

Anyway back to the point i have visited Fultons many times, and its like going through a time warp, never bought anything there though.
You were right about my burner being a Riflecraft, which i bought from Dave Ryan.
I bought it used, it only having had 2 boxes of factory through it.
I have been getting a lot of stick about it, people saying that Riflecraft are crap, i checked it over thoroughly and could not fault the workmanship. I also had Norman check the throat which was fine.

I bought it in june but due to my muscular Illness i have
been unable to get out and shoot it ( i am walking disabled although not very well), thats why i need my car and thats where we come up to my other problem.
As well as being a gun nut i am also a petrol head and have a love affair with high performance saloon cars.
My current ride is a 2000 Mondeo ST200, a V6 saloon with 205ps @6750rpm, in excellent condition with only 55000 miles on the clock and i can honestly say that my rifles would go before my car.

Your rifle specs sound very nice and i can visualise it right now, the paralell tube is, if you dont mind saying an unusual choice, there must be a fair bit of heft there.
i thought mine was heavy at 14lbs.
In my opinion the RPA action is much better suited to the AICS stock then a remmy, it makes for a very handsome installation, but the stock that gets my heart beeting faster at the moment is the new F-class from Mcmillan.

I like the 260 and i think it is going to make serious inroads into the competition field especially in Improved form, together with a re-emergence of interest in the 284.
Its a very well balanced cartridge, possibly only being outshone by the 6.5x55.

I have got my eyes on a used 40xb in 7mmSTW, its got a shagged barrel which i want to rebarrel myself, when i am set up.
I too would be using a border barrel but i think i will try their Archer range to see how good they are.


"I meant to shoot the pike but the duck got in the way"

Simon, apologies for this hi-jack, but you know we can get a bit carried away sometimes.
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Unread 11-01-2005, 09:01 AM
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Hi Ian,

I have not heard much about Riflecraft being crap, expensive yes but not crap.

As it happens I can sympathise with you walking problems, I am now trussed up like a turkey with a neoprene wrap after a keyhole job on my right knee. I will be on sticks for another month. Had the other knee done two years ago.

I remember Pistol AD meetings. One thing about living in a former communist country... I can and do still have pistols and semi-auto rifles. Another thing apart from a few mobile speed detectors no speed cameras - but the yocals drive like idiots.

The 260 barrel is a tad heavy but the AICS carries it well. The idea was to create a sub 1/2moa gun with bugger all load development.....the idea worked. Drop me your email addy in a pm if you would like a few pics.

Also strange you mention Minsterley, I phoned them a month ago about RPA`s they were selling at trade prices, I did not buy one but they had a 2.0 AICS in that I got at a very good price.

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Unread 11-01-2005, 11:43 AM
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I'm very jealous pistols AND semi-auto's what fun.
I tried a pm but it was disabelled, my Email address is under my profile and i would really like to see some pics of your stick.
I will send you one of mine as soon as i get round to taking it, my gun cabinet is barricaded by a wall of christmas presents for the children (only 4 actually)and i cant be bothered to move them all at the moment.

Dave Ryan at Minsterly used to be an agent for RPA but that
now exclusively belongs to Sportsmans Gun Centre, maybe that is why they were selling at trade.
After the fiasco of Radnor ranges Dave needs to re-coup some funds, his fight against bureaucracy nearly cost him his business.

I have been told that Riflecraft dont do the work that you pay for, especially when it comes to accurizing, i could see when i inspected the inside of the action that work had been carried out. I smeared micrometer blue on the recoil lugs and upon examination about 85% had been wiped away.

I hear that czechoslovakian people are very passionate, i bet you get some gesturing on the roads.
Are you in the Czech Republic or Slovakia? Hunting is supposed to be top notch down there, is'nt that where Herman Goering had his private hunting reserve?


"I meant to shoot the pike but the duck got in the way"
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Unread 11-03-2005, 03:27 AM
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Hi Guys, so the threads been hijacked what the hell its more interesting now anyway. The hunting down here in RSA is good and still relatively well priced by European and US standards. This year we shot springbuck, Fallow deer and Black Wildebeest. We hunted in the Karoo which is a semi-desert area very much like Arizona in the States. We are going through a tough time at present with the ANC government having brought in new Firearms Legislation. The legislation itself is not too bad however the police are not set up to actually implement it effectively so there are long waiting periods etc.

Let me know if any of you want info on hunting out here, my e-mail address is
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Unread 11-03-2005, 06:45 AM
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Hi Simon,
Again, sorry for the hi-jack. I am glad you found the content interesting.


"I meant to shoot the pike but the duck got in the way"
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Unread 11-04-2005, 08:56 AM
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I hear the Check chicks are very passionate !! and lookers too, judging by those we saw at the IWA..

lug contact, no comment.
Occupying the British Zone.
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Unread 11-04-2005, 10:36 AM
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Hi Pete,
My mate goes Enduro riding in Romania each year.
They tow their bikes down there in a trailer, he tells me that the street girls over there make our top page 3 girls look like badgers.
What do you mean by "no comment" on lug contact, i would like your opinion.


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