Get­ting shot of moths

Sporting Gun - - LETTERS -

> 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

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