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Sporting Gun November 2015

Sporting Gun is the leading monthly magazine for clay, game and rough shooters. With editorial offices in the Lincolnshire countryside, it can justifiably claim to be at the heart of the shooting community. Monthly features range from gundog training to pigeon shooting, game shooting to wildfowling – along with sound, practical, advice on equipment and techniques to help the beginner, intermediate or experienced shot get more enjoyment from their sport. Sporting Gun is a must for anyone who invests time in and money on their shooting.

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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Future Publishing Ltd
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2 min.
time for new guidance?

It’s been a busy month in terms of news. There’s a suggestion of 10-year licences (see pg74), which BASC believes will bring down costs for Firearms Licensing departments, as well as helping to avoid the delays that many ticket holders experience by eliminating the five-year peaks and troughs in renewals. Then a letter on the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) website that contained “a summary” of the report the LAG filed with DEFRA (see pg71). The summary contained numerous “facts” supporting a ban on lead, offered up with no explanation, proof or context, and was worded in a singularly inflammatory manner. This summary comes from a Lead Ammunition Group that has seen half its 10 members resign in the past year, citing a lack of confidence in the process and John Swift’s…

7 min.
double-gunning

For the past four years, I am lucky enough to have been invited to my friend Freddie Honnor’s farm shoot day, in the South Lincolnshire Fenlands. I wrote about Fred’s amazing efforts towards grey partridge conservation in the August issue. Although not usually a large day number-wise, it’s the friendliest and most fun family day you could ever wish for. Fred’s wife, Maria, and daughters, Inca and Talia are as much a part of the day as the shooting. Each season, for the one day that the farm is shot over, there is always a theme, last year being double gunning with a twist: nine Guns shooting in pairs and alternating between drives, very much for fun rather than necessity, as the bag is usually around 50 birds. Previous years have…

5 min.
post harvest stubble blues

Come November, most of the big bags made on post harvest stubble will be a distant memory, and, but for a few days on late drillings, we shall only have oilseed rape to keep us going until spring. But more of this crop later. So how has it been for us? Bearing in mind that the pigeons virtually vanished from the south east of England for nearly six weeks, it was some relief that they reappeared, as if by magic, in time for the laid barley and rape harvest, though they were still in quite poor condition. This probably explains why we saw very few young birds until the middle of August, as the adults were not fit enough to breed. Frustratingly, several rape stubbles, which we had high hopes of…

6 min.
calling all foxes

At its most basic, calling in foxes involves nothing more than the mouth and the back of the hand. In specific circumstances this can work well – if you can see the animal in question and you want to get it a bit closer, pursing the lips on to the side of the palm below the forefinger and sucking it vigorously can generate a tempting squeal. There are a number of problems with this though. First, if you’re shooting on your own you quickly run out of hands, and second, you’re inviting the fox to look directly at you, which is never a good thing. The next step up is a mouth caller. In the right place this has its uses, if nothing else, it can free up a limb. Such…

1 min.
dr hook’s top fox control tips

I like to customise my callers – as a result, together with a considerable amount of use, they end up looking somewhat battered! The modifications include: A small piece of reflective tape attached to the aerial – this not only helps avoid getting your expensive toy shot, but can also be of great assistance when trying to find it in long grass. I tape over anything that’s the slightest bit reflective, as well as any LED bulbs. The last thing you want is for a fox to realise that it’s been suckered in before you can shoot it. Foxes have extremely sensitive noses, so I make it a policy to never handle the caller with bare hands for at least six hours before using it. Over the years, I’ve had countless foxes run…

5 min.
a novel approach

First impressions of the Benelli 828U – it’s design for design’s sake. Surely Benelli would be better off sticking to what they do best, semi-auto shotguns? That may prove to be true, but I hope I am wrong, I have been wrong before! The gun seems to be aimed at the US market for hunting guns – lightweight guns used for walked-up shooting. For the UK, 30in barrels would be a given. No doubt they will come, but the 828 is only available with either 26 or 28in barrels. On the face of it, it looks an ugly duckling, but a great deal of innovation has gone into this gun. Benelli has never made an O/U before, to my knowledge it has never made anything other than semi-autos, and it is pretty…