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Sporting Gun September 2017

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
Fréquence:
Monthly
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1 min.
welcome

Many years ago, a reader at a game fair boasted about shooting rabbits with a sub-12ft/lb air rifle out to 80 yards. At that range the risk of wounding the rabbit was far too high. All that said about him was that his stalking skills were poor. It turned out that it was his range estimation that needed work. I tested this by getting him to point out an object he thought was 80 metres away, I then used a rangefinder to see it was 35 metres away, not 80. The young man was a bit disgruntled. Trying to save his feelings I said:“You are poor at range estimation, but better at stalking than I thought.” Far too often long shots are thought to represent shooting prowess, but as Peter Theobald says…

5 min.
snapshots

Robin’s say The salmon scene is changing, and not for the better Robin Scott, Editor-at-large Like many Sporting Gun readers, I love salmon fishing and shooting in equal measure. But if I had to pick and stick to one, which would it be? The thought had never crossed my mind until recently when a pal put the impossible question over lunch in the fishing hut. He had me stumped. “Come on,” he pressed, “make a choice.” I couldn’t. So I tossed the ball back at him by asking which he’d choose if push came to shove – his wife or his mistress? To me it was the same thing. Clean bowled. The banter went back in a flash to fishing flies. Yet I’ve been thinking things over since, very carefully weighed up the pros and cons…

1 min.
number crunching

£10,000 The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has received a cheque for £9,843 from the Hampshire Hunt and Hursley Hambledon Hunt who teamed up for The Great Hampshire Cake Sale. 5 The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has pledged to support the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) for the next five years. £13,000Around £13,000 has been raised in a new fund in honour of Dr Dick Potts, the former director-general of the Game Conservancy Trust, which later became the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. 12 Twelve top agricultural photographers have donated pictures to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution to help raise funds for farmers facing financial hardship. The images have been put into a calendar to be sold and fundraising events throughout the summer. £57,000Nottinghamshire members of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust have…

2 min.
celebrating 40 years of sporting gun

When I was younger and had more time on my hands, I used to keep a shooting diary. It was inspired partially by the Victorian sporting books I read and by a family friend who had been a bomber pilot during the war. He let me see his flying logbook, which recorded each flight with details about weather, the mission, casualties etc. This got me thinking that I could keep a logbook/ diary of my shooting adventures. In it I logged what I shot, where, the weather and the type of gun and ammunition used. I hoped to use this intelligence to help me understand where the quarry hot spots were, what time of day was most productive and if the weather played a part in success. I also imagined sitting…

1 min.
new kit on the block

Schöffel Ptarmigan Tweed Coat The classic coat is now available in two new tweeds; Windor and Sandringham. The jacket boasts a highly durable Gore-Tex lining behind the tweed, as well as being 100 per cent waterproof, windproof and highly breathable. The coat is available now and in sizes from 36in to 54in chest. Price: RRP £599.95 Visit: www.schoffel.co.uk Leica Magnus riflescopes Leica has launched three non-illuminated versions of its highly successful range of Magnus riflescopes: Magnus 1.5–10x42, Magnus 1.8–12x50, and Magnus 2.4–16x56. This new line is priced at a lower entry point than the illuminated version, making it one of the best value premium riflescopes on the market. Prices: Leica Magnus 1.5–10 x 42 non-illuminated: From £1,600 Leica Magnus 1.8–12 x 50 non-illuminated: From £1,750 Leica Magnus 2.4–16 x 56 non-illuminated: From £1,950…

2 min.
letter of the month

My husband Jeff, a lifelong shooter of wildfowl and clays, bought your magazine every month. Before reading it, the first thing he would turn to was the Countryside Quiz, trying to win the cartridge bag for our grandson. I use past tense, because he passed away in March. Guns had been his life. He had old guns and new guns. He could repair guns, blue them, take out dints and make screws. And he was honest: when asked if a gun was worth repairing, he would sometimes say “Best thing tha’ can do is cut six inches off barrels, then put it int’ dustbin.” I did not have a shotgun certificate, and to avoid the police taking my husband’s guns for safe-keeping, our local gun dealer Lawrence Jones, of Bamfords Guns, Eccleston,…