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    View New Posts

    I don't know about anyone else, but the first thing I do whenever I come here is click on the View New Posts link near the top of the page. Sometimes, there are no new posts to look at - which is fine, except that I am presented with an error message, that directs me to the help files. Almost as an afterthought, it suggests that it's possible that there are no matches to show. Now, call me picky if you will (and I'm sure that someone will - I've been called much worse in my time), but I think finding no new posts is a perfectly valid result of a search, and shouldn't be reported as an error.
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    Prone Stand

    I would think that small camera tripods will not be designed to carry that sort of weight. Also, the "classic" tripod leg arrangement gets in the way for prone shooting. Stands specifically designed for shooting (Freeland, Tucker, etc.) solve this but are not cheap. Most of them provide the standard tripod screw mount for attaching the scope horizontally rather than vertically as is normal with cameras. For this reason, and to get the angle of the eyepiece correct, it is best to have a scope that allows the mounting bush to be rotated around the barrel of the scope and fixed in the desired position. The weight of scopes means that the ball-and-socket panhead devices are just not strong enough to be stable. Your best bet (after asking here, which you have done!) is probably to keep an eye on ebay. Alternatively, Chris Fordham of Bedford Target Supplies sells a small and basic stand for about £50-ish. This is not a recommendation, just information!
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    Time Adjustment

    Should be automatic, shouldn't it? Mine seemed to change itself OK
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    S/h Rifle Websites

    Well, the obvious one is the NSRA, although you might have to phone them to find out what they have in stock. It might be worth while trying Fultons as well.
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    .22lr Anschutz Rifle

    Don't forget the NSRA shop and Fultons (both based at Bisley in Surrey) sell second-hand rifles, but I would echo Rob's advice - get some advice from your club (instructor or experienced shooters) about the sort of rifle that you should go for. There are different models available to suit different types of shooting and different types of people. If you leave it to a trader to advise you, you might end up with what they want to sell you, rather than a gun that is right for you.
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    Forum Hacked ???

    Well I don't think anything would have been lost - it was a really, really quiet weekend on here - all the chatterboxes must have been otherwise engaged at Bisley!
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    New Post Markers

    I think the problem is something like this... The appearance of the new post markers is controlled by the timestamp of each post, and the "last visited" date, which as others have noticed, isn't getting set correctly. However, when you log out, and log in again, the last visited date IS set. So the problem seems to be when you leave the forum without logging out - i.e. when the server times you out. I'm thinking that this is probably a bug in the IPB software, and while we wait for a fix, the work-around might be to log out when you have finished a session on the forum, and therefore having to log in again the next time you visit. A bit of a pain, I know, but it might just make life easier!
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    New Post Markers

    Does seem a little strange. Posts I've read are marked as unread and posts I haven't read are supposedly marked as read? That and everything since 18th October is a new post?! As a bit of a techie I've been racking me brains a bit, but I have to admit I'm slightly clueless. Have cleared all cookies, authenticated sessions, history, everything else and still the problem prevails wherever I access the forum. Must be something to do with the database? Any ideas Neil? At first I wondered if it could be a problem with the clock on the server... but it looks like most date and time-related stuff is working OK, so that is unlikely. But I wonder if it could be the database serve that has got its clock wrong. In any event, it looks like things started to go wrong on the 18th, so what was changed then? Neil?
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    New Post Markers

    Phew! I'm glad its not just me!
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    Ip Board Pro Skin

    And they let you play with guns ????????
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    Upgrading The Forum

    Clive Take a look at the later version of the firefox browser, it has a spelling checker built in to it. Works for most things including this board www.firefox.com J Julian, I discovered IeSpell some time ago, and as Neil has said there is now an integrated link in the forum post editor. It all seems to work well, once you have given permission for the active-x control to run.
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    New Skins

    Yup, I would vote for the blue "as is". Only you didn't give us a voting option for that, Neil! Would this be a forum-wide change, or would individuals be able to choose the new or the old?
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    Reasonably Priced Cabinet W/top Safe For Ammo

    Robin, Don't forget your other projects, like the recovery of the smallbore.info wiki...
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    T'internet Connection

    Some years ago, I was working at a large phamacutical company with a multiple pipes to the internet, dedicated lines to the states and other parts of the world, etc. But internet browsing during peak hours was so slow that once I had time to get my laptop out, plug in the dial-up modem, connect to my ISP and browse to a web page in the time the desktop PC connected to the company network took to browse to the same page!
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    Dicounted Fuel!!

    Its not the nearest school, which we would not have wanted him to go to anyway. The council will only help when the nearest school is more than 3 miles away. I think their help is financial, and I would guess only for the child. Since he is only 6, he needs to be accompanied. My point was how much longer the journey would take using public transport. As I need to take him, I need to get back again as well. That would take an extra 2 1/2 hours out of my day (morning and afternoon), time that I just cannot afford.
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    Dicounted Fuel!!

    Its not just simply about cost, either. To take my son to school in the morning takes about 20 to 25 minutes each way. To do the journey by public transport would involve:- - a 20 minute walk to the bus stop - wait for a bus (5-10 minutes? not sure) - 15 minute bus trip to the underground station - 5-10 minute wait for a train - 6 minute train journey - 20 minute walk to the school Thats about 1hr 15 mins, or about 3 times as long as it takes in the car! And then there's getting back again... When it comes to transport, the usual rules of supply and demand elasticity don't apply. Most of the journeys that people take by private car are because they have to. Certainly in and around London, you only use the car if public transport is not suitable for your journey. That is why, despite what Mr. Livingstone says, the congestion charge has made very little impact on the number of vehicles inside the zone. Like speed cameras, it is first and foremost a revenue generating scheme.
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    Wanted: Walther Off Set Sights

    I've put some photos of his modifications here.As you can see, the sights are mounted on their side, so the elevation screw adjusts windage, and the windage screw adjusts elevation. He has 3 blocks for the foresight of different heights for 25 yards, 50 m and 100 yards. It certainly works for him, he got a possible on a league card tonight!
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    Wanted: Walther Off Set Sights

    Yes, and WATCH THAT CANT! The Secretary of my club made himself a set of offset blocks so that he can use the normal sights and the other eye. His job involves precision metalworking, so he had the necessary skills, which I admit many people (me included) wouldn't.
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    Upgrading The Forum

    Yeah. But its a pain. What I've done a couple of times is post, copy & past into word, and edit the post with corrections!
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    Upgrading The Forum

    Neil, Do any of the options have any facility for a spelling checker (either on-line or hooks to one already on the PC, e.g. Word)? It would help me (and I guess others as well) not only because I can't spell, but also because of poor typing and the very annoying trait of my keyboard to miss out the occasional keypress!
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    Upgrading The Forum

    Neil, Why did you decide to switch from phpBB? I think it must have been before I joined. If there was a good reason for dropping it then, is that still valid now?
  22. Perhaps I should add that it came 2nd in the Earl Roberts in 1989 (the year Malcolm Cooper won... I shot next to him in all 3 stages. I think something must have rubbed off!)
  23. I've got an 1813 action & barrel, surplus to requirements since I got a new one just over a year ago. Last time it went to Eley (April 02), the average group size with the best batch available was 14.7 mm. If it helps you date it, the serial number is 189777. I have no idea what it might be worth - PM me with an offer and I'll consider it!!