Good RFDs you can recommend

ugly

LE
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#1
List them here, those who have everything you ever wanted in stock or have moved mountains to get it for you!
I like Norman Clake of Rugby to name 1. Builds good custom rifles and has great customer service. Not cheap, his motto seems to be; anything can be done for the right price!
Not deriding Biped, he is always there when I run out of stock for our shop and when my variations land I will be investing locally! :D
 
#2
My favourite RFD by far is Reloading Solutions, I just wish they sold everything rather than just reloading bits! Whenever I've visited they have, without fail, been helpful, courteous and knowledgeable.

Chris Potter guns in Tunbridge Wells stock a good range of stuff and the staff are, as a collective, knowledgeable on all aspects of shooting, you just need to make sure you ask the right person. They are a bit thin on rifles, but the saffa who works their knows his stuff. (Although he keeps trying to convince me a 470NE is just what I need) However, they are eye-wateringly expensive. :(

Minsterely have a good shop, good cafe, and a good range. I've bought and sold guns through them and have no complaints. The staff seem knowledgeable and are generally helpful. Their stock of reloading gear and accessories seems to have gone downhill a bit, and got dustier....hard times maybe?

Lloyds of Lampeter are pretty good, at least if you get Lloyd! Pricey though, but then they really are out in the sticks so its understandable!

N J Guns in Builth are ok, but you need to know your onions buying there.

http://www.gunrunner.cc/ is run by a very helpful bloke. He works from home and doesn't operate a shop as such, but he knows his way around the trade and, aside from his speciality of import/export, he is helpful and knowledgeable if you need something unusual. He also offers stalking and custom loads ammo for those who can't be arse to do it themselves! :D
 
#3
Now I know this wont go down well in some quarters but I have had excellent service in Fultons at Bisley!

Yes I know their reputation on Arrse has not been good but if you get to see Colin and want some work done on an Enfield he will do you a brilliant job.

Here we go, tin hat on and batten down! :D




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ugly

LE
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#4
Brave old henry!
I too like RS and Chris Potters, if you want some 150 gn Norma .303 factory ammo in soft point, they might be sold out but the old saffa will find you a couple of boxes at last years prices.
Aftab at RS and his sister have done really well from mail order above the curry house in Oxford. He used to ship 8 pound tins of IMR for about £80.
I saw RS at the CLA but didnt have time and he was really busy, he also organises big safaris.
Norman Clake is very good and Biped isnt too bad!
 
#5
Ugly, have you seen RS's new premises? They've got an industrial unit near Oxford and had it done out as a shop downstairs. Its very nice.:)
 
#6
Canterbury has Greenfields.
They concentrate more on shotguns than anything else but hold a few .17 and .22 rifles for pest control.
My main rifle will be for deer so I'm off to Biped for a 7.62
 

ugly

LE
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#7
303SMLE said:
Ugly, have you seen RS's new premises? They've got an industrial unit near Oxford and had it done out as a shop downstairs. Its very nice.:)
I had thought about collecting some powder in bulk but without dragging my tame RFD along it may be problematical. If they are at The Midland this year I may make a big order up for collection. I will need my varied FAC back as I'll need bullets by then. :oops:
 

Biped

LE
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#8
Thanks Ugly you disloyal tart! :D

Well, I have to recommend The Outdoorsman don't I!?!?!?

We don't have huge stocks of new rifles or shotguns, but we do stock ammunition, loads of components and shooting products, and we can order in any one of 45,000 different lines from over 200 manufacturers and suppliers for you. The shop itself is very small, hence we only satock around 3000 lines, but we can get stuff ordered in that most shops have never even heard of.

We can supply just about any secondhand OR new rifle, air rifle or shotgun, and we do try and match or beat anyone elses prices.

Apart from on weapons or ammunition, we DO offer a 'Forces' or 'ARRSER' discounts of 10% on gear.

Have a squizz at the site, or give us a call 0n 01424 429343.
 

ugly

LE
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#9
Biped said:
Thanks Ugly you disloyal tart! :D

Well, I have to recommend The Outdoorsman don't I!?!?!?

We don't have huge stocks of new rifles or shotguns, but we do stock ammunition, loads of components and shooting products, and we can order in any one of 45,000 different lines from over 200 manufacturers and suppliers for you. The shop itself is very small, hence we only satock around 3000 lines, but we can get stuff ordered in that most shops have never even heard of.

We can supply just about any secondhand OR new rifle, air rifle or shotgun, and we do try and match or beat anyone elses prices.

Apart from on weapons or ammunition, we DO offer a 'Forces' or 'ARRSER' discounts of 10% on gear.

Have a squizz at the site, or give us a call 0n 01424 429343.
:D
 
#10
Further to 303SMLE's post, Minsterley Ranges have been great on the few times I've bought kit there.

I'd also give a mention to Gwynedd Firearms in Bangor.
 
#11
Peter Hathaway-Jones of Low Mills Shooting Range at Keekle near Whitehaven has always been helpful, small but worthy of a mention
 
#12
ugly said:
List them here, those who have everything you ever wanted in stock or have moved mountains to get it for you!

Not deriding Biped, he is always there when I run out of stock for our shop and when my variations land I will be investing locally! :D
Invested a few notes with him today and am happy to recommend him.

Good bloke, knows his stuff and has the contacts.

Thanks for everything Biped and glad they were queuing out the door this afternoon.
 

ugly

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#13
I can also recommend Brighton and Hove gunrooms, great for repairs and restorations, a link will follow. I am in a mess today as I should be at a trade fair with Biped yet spent last night getting one of my dogs Dicks sewn back on after meeting Mr Barbed wire fence!
 

ugly

LE
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#14
Spartacus the dog is better despite having most of his dick sewn back on and here is the link to DFJ at Brighton and Hove, I cant afford to visit at the moment until the vets bill is settled!
 
#15
For black powder shooters I can recommend Peter Starley in Warwickshire:

http://www.black-powder.co.uk/

I have always found him very helpful and his shop is well stocked with goodies galore. A good second-hand range of black powder rifles and pistols as well as loads of accessories. Whitworth Rifle shooters will meet another fan of those rifles here! :D He also stocks a good number of service cartridge rifles as well as modern stuff. I understand that fans of the 'black rifle' can build up their own AR-15 models from the specialist parts he stocks.

I would like to be able to recommend Adenbourne gunshop in Witney - but can't.
 
#16
Ron Wharton near Horsham is very good. He used to build John Rigby rifles until they made most of their staff redundant in the early '80s. Since then he has built top of the range rifles under his own name. IMHO they are as good as H&H, Purdey etc at a fraction of the cost.

Graham MacKinlay (Glasgow Gunmaker) is also very good with a very good selection of guns and top rate workmanship on repairs etc.
 

ugly

LE
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#17
royalmile said:
Ron Wharton near Horsham is very good. He used to build John Rigby rifles until they made most of their staff redundant in the early '80s. Since then he has built top of the range rifles under his own name. IMHO they are as good as H&H, Purdey etc at a fraction of the cost.

Graham MacKinlay (Glasgow Gunmaker) is also very good with a very good selection of guns and top rate workmanship on repairs etc.
Any chance of a link to his shop if he has one? Are we talking Rigby prices or does he do budget work too?
 
#18
ugly said:
royalmile said:
Ron Wharton near Horsham is very good. He used to build John Rigby rifles until they made most of their staff redundant in the early '80s. Since then he has built top of the range rifles under his own name. IMHO they are as good as H&H, Purdey etc at a fraction of the cost.

Graham MacKinlay (Glasgow Gunmaker) is also very good with a very good selection of guns and top rate workmanship on repairs etc.
Any chance of a link to his shop if he has one? Are we talking Rigby prices or does he do budget work too?
Links as follows:

http://www.bunduki.co.uk/index.html

http://www.bunduki.co.uk/rifles.html

http://www.glasgowgunmakers.co.uk/

Prices not London! See below for those:
http://www.hollandandholland.com/gunrooms/london/new_stock_weapons/
 
#19
Trent Firearms are good. Lots of reloading components and equipment. Geared somewhat towards Benchrest but we can all benefit from some of those techniques. Carries scopes and ammunition too. Usual sundries. Not sure what firearms stock he carries but is worth a visit. On the outskirts of Stoke on Trent.

Nothing on the website so just phone with requirements:

http://www.trentfirearms.co.uk/
 

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