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Shiny Polished Stock???

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by MossyNW, Jun 7, 2014.

  1. MossyNW

    MossyNW Well-Known Member

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    I was tought from age 14 that to have a shiny (and therefore reflective) stock was a disadvantage when hunting! I read that so many air gunners, I include hunters, polish :eek: their stock. I never did this for fear of spooking the quarry (a magpie has already magical powers of observation without giving it a sunny reflective message off your stock)
    I suppose for Target HFT etc it's fine.
    My new HW100 .177 has a v nice solid stock that's just perfect (same as my HW100 .22) not "dull" but not reflective :) I love them both:cool:
  2. nick2

    nick2 Keyboard Hero

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    My Ultra's stock is laquered, its shiny but a fantastic hunting & HFT set up. If I need to cover it up, I just wrap a camo scrim scarf around it.
  3. 177

    177 Donator

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    Berwick upon Tweed
    Movement and noise are your biggest 'tells' when hunting.

    In America high vis hunting jackets are worn for deer hunting which directly contrasts to the efforts UK deer stalkers put into remaining 'invisible'.

    Many sporting full bore rifles feature lacquered 'shiny' stocks.

    Honestly, I think there are much easier ways to spook game than having a shiny stock. Unless you plan on hunting in broad sunlight and waiving the gun a round a lot any risks are minimised to begin with.

    Most people hunt early or late, either before the sun is up or as and after it is going down for the day.

    Depending on conditions I would say that a large scope front lens could present a much greater risk of reflection than a shiny stock.

    During the summer I often hunt in shorts and a t-shirt in the kind of colours normally seen on the beach. I also often wear a Seiko Black Monster watch on a stainless Oyster bracelet - it's one of my beater watches:

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    I still bring rabbits and pigeons home...

    I'm not saying there is no risk, just that movement and noise are going to spook your quarry far more than the most garish colours out there.

    I reckon Joseph in his technicoloured dream coat could stalk a rabbit as long as he went about it quietly :)
  4. Patrick

    Patrick Donator

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    Yep,movement,noise and scent(smell) to a certain degree are the things that alert your quarry the most so one should always remember to stay down wind of your quarry.
  5. DUNKS

    DUNKS Big Poster

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    A magpie will recognise a gun as a gun, shiny or matt. Most corvids can tell the difference between a stick and a gun.

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