Getting shot of moths
> I read Robin Scott’s “Parting Shots” in November’s issue with great interest.
I would love to be in the position to afford even one
100 bird day, however, I can sympathise with your battle with moths. My grandparents always placed moth balls in the wardrobe and linen drawers, however, there is another more pleasant method, which not only defeats the moth family, but is a great means for deterring fleas, wet dog odours and removing grass stains on clothes. What is this wonder of wonders? Apple vinegar (white), it even cleans the stubborn fouling from shotgun barrels, but don’t forget to oil well afterwards.
On a slightly different note, you may be interested to learn The Royal Armouries hold what may be the smallest cased shotgun manufactured by Purdey.
It was ordered by the Late King George V who developed the sport of moth potting. After dinner, when the ladies retired, he would order the gun to be brought to table where he would have it loaded and by means of toothpicks discharge it at those unfortunate moths flying around the table. Raymond W Black
Via email Ed – Thanks for the tip about the vinegar, Raymond. I’ll be giving that a try. I was also interested to read about the moth gun. I like a bit of vermin control, but this takes it to new levels!
This tiny Purdey was ordered by King George V, for the sport of moth potting