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    Looking for shooting ground around Washington area

    Hi everyone I am new here and looking to start clay shooting as a Hoby and something to hopefully start my son doing when he grows up, I live at Washington beetween Sunderland and Newcastle and looking for a good place to start and get some coaching lessons , heard there was one at springwel but cannot find any information also don't want loads of ppl watching when learning the ropes so want a nice decent place were other people are shooting at same time

    Also looking at the times inn at houghton

    Any reviews or help would be great, and this may be a silly question but why do most only seem to be on Sunday mornings

    Thanks dean

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    Hi deano3 not sure if you have found anywhere as yet. I use a clay ground just outside of Spennymoor about 20 mins from you they shoot on a Wednesday night (floodlit in winter) and a Sunday morning they also have a coach onsite should you want a few lessons.

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    Had a look to Hardwick on Sunday.
    http://www.hardwickclays.co.uk/ Prices are now 13 for 50 sporting (unsure of cartridge prices as we took our own)

    Haven't been there for a few years and...............
    The same pleasant husband/wife team run the shoot.
    They now have mostly electric traps and a few manual ones.
    The trappers looked freezing
    Turn out wasn't huge so you could always find a stand vacant or with just 2 or 3 people shooting.
    Small friendly shoot in the NE (Co.Durham)

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    had a look to Spennymoor this morning (it's no where near Spenny btw )
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    http://www.spennymoor-ctc.co.uk/
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    50 sporting for a tenner supplied our own "crackers"
    They now have 10 stands running so you can choose the 5 you want to have a go on.
    I assume it's 20 if you want to shoot them all.
    again I haven't been to this shoot for a few years and found the other shooters to be friendly.

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    went to Marne (Catterick barracks) yesterday for the first time in years.
    chap taking the money remembered us
    "are the lads still juniors?" I had to say no as their both taller than me now
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    Paid and went to get the guns out of the car and Forgot the score cards (still in the boot)
    Chap who runs the shoot told us off TWICE.
    1st. taking too many clays on 1 stand (we each did 5 pair)
    2nd not taking the clays as he had intended. (shooting as a pair and not on report)
    he had it set up as a league shoot 3 or 4 pair/stand (we didn't have the score cards which indicated this)
    He insuniated because we were doing 10 birds/stand we were going to shoot un paid for clays due to the extra stands to make the 50 up.
    We took 50 crackers each and a spare 1 or 2 for "no birds" so once the cartridridges had gone we knew we'd done the 50 paid for.
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    Was Tony being serious or joking?

    If I pay for 50 clays and choose to shoot them on 1 stand (providing i'm not causing a queue) what's the harm?

    Marne (Catterick N Yorkshire) has gone down in my expectations.
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    Ok it was my fault for leaving the cards (we never score anyway as it a bit of fun and have the ability to count to 10)
    Stands weren't numbered (there were a couple of "novice stands thrown in" which you couldn't shoot.
    so

    stand
    1,2,novice,3,4,5,novice ect.(my psycic abilities left me many years ago)
    I was questioned as to what I was shooting.
    "sub sonics" (they were factory loaded #7.5 mainly)
    The "ugly #4's actually performed well on both close and mid range.
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    Would I recomed Marne now?
    Probibaly not due to the "off the cuff comments" by the chap running it.
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    In closing.
    The road when entiring the shoot needs several tonnes of dolomite .
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    chap taking the money is spot on
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    I don't like being branded a clay target thief

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