Dear T I am quite aware of UK laws that's why I live in NZ ! The laws ARE Govt bumph No doubt about it .Re Historic togs yes I did some trips /hunts of a week or so duration with just a 60"x 4&1/2 half yards ' Fielimore' & the period shirt serving as attire & blanket (Plus the Dog ) In fact I was married in it at Fort Ticonderoga slept in it on the glacis the night before . In the bush I had a small pack, gun was flint50 cal English mid 18th my make but I've carried a Scots 45 cal Snaphance & a Swiss early flint After Felix Werder . Shoes or Plimsoles sometimes no 'Brogs' but close .We have such vast tracts of Crown Forests /National Parks of Native timber & deer are assessed as ' Noxious animals ' (Bit like left wing politiions ) No close seasons or fee .Go over my pics posted that what its like .Rairley if ever met other people being mostly with out tracks. Whats called 'bush bashing ' I was a fair bushman been over 17 years on search & Rescue if now Ime Knackered but still raise funds & write humerous accounts for our Newsletters .Rudyard, you and I, and anybody else who lives in the UK, knows that walking around the woods and using a rifle to hunt deer - over here it's called stalking - is a perfectly acceptable and legal way of burning powder and getting game. But ONLY where the land has been deemed shootable, and then only if it is a registered 'permission'. Getting togged up in 18th or early 19th C equipment and meandering around, even with a bunch of other folks of similar mind, shooting at 'marks', just any old where, as they seem to do in the USA, is something I'd like to see, but never will.
It's not a matter of it being government 'bumf' it is the law that prevents it from ever happening.
As a matter of some interest, whilst out 'going historic' were you wearing clothing and equipment contemporary with the firearm you were shooting?