Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle January 2020

The first and market-leading rifle shooting mag in the UK, Sporting Rifle covers rifle sports of all kinds, from rimfire rabbits to big game overseas and everything in between. With the very best writers on board, we cover foxing and UK deer stalking extensively in every issue, with tips and tricks as well as stories from the field to help your outings be more successful.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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CHF 47.76
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3 Min.
the fight before christmas

As I write, we are barely two weeks away from a General Election, and as this issue hits the newsstand, voters will be hitting the polls for the third time in four years as Britain’s parties battle it out once more for the opportunity to form the government. I can fully appreciate that Sporting Rifle’s readers may be getting fed up of hearing about it, as Brexit proves a monumental roadblock to even the most basic government functions (such as completing a full term in office, for example). Britain’s political parties have engaged the tactic of holding election after election until the country gives them the result they want – I’ve certainly exhausted my repertoire of jokes about the revolving door in Number 10 – and it means having to…

1 Min.
the great british shooting awardas

Time is running out for you to vote in the Great British Shooting Awards 2020. Voting is hosted online at www.greatbritishshootingawards.com and runs until 31 December. The great British shooting public decides the winner in 14 categories, which give recognition to the products, organisations and people that make our industry tick. As well as rewarding the industry’s best rifles, shotguns, airguns, optics, clothing and innovative technology, dedicated categories showcase the achievements of the people who've really had a positive effect on the industry, whether in the fields of retail, gamekeeping or conservation. Vote now at www.greatbritishshootingawards.com If you have a news story, email colin.fallon@futurenet.com…

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the shortlists

SHOOTING APPAREL • Blaser Hybrid Suit • Deerhunter Pro Gamekeeper Jacket • Harkila Heat Jacket • Laksen Woodhay Smock • ShooterKing Huntflex Jacket RIFLE AMMUNITION OF THE YEAR • Eley Subsonic Hollow • Federal Vital Shok • Geco .243 105gn soft points • Hornady GMX bullets • Rigby .416 Rigby No.2 SHOTGUN AMMUNITION OF THE YEAR • Eley Hawk VIP Steel Pro Eco Wad • Gamebore Black Gold • Hull Cartridge Comp X • Hull Cartridge Pro Fibre • William Powell Blue Lightning OPTICS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR (OVER £1,000) • Nightforce SHV 5-20x56 ILL scope • Swarovski SLC 8x42 binos • Swarovski DS 5-25x42 scope • Vortex Fury 5000 10x42 rangefinding binos • Zeiss Victory RF 10x42 binos OPTICS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR (UNDER £1,000) • Bushnell Forge 4.5-27x50 scope • Hawke Airmax SF 4-16x50 scope • Leupold VX3i 4.5-14x40 scope • Nightforce SHV 3-12x56 scope • Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 6-24x50 scope NIGHT VISION/THERMAL PRODUCT OF THE YEAR • ATN X Sight 4K…

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bss goes north to manchester

The British Shooting Show’s second event is back on – and will now take place at Event City, Manchester, on 26-27 September 2020. Under the new name of the British Shooting and Countryman Show, the event has already been confirmed for a three-year run at Event City, BSS organisers said. The announcement comes in the wake of the cancellation of the event originally planned to take place in Liverpool by the city’s council. Shortly after the loss of this event, Event City Manchester approached the BSS team, offering three exhibition halls large enough to launch the British Shooting and Countryman Show 2020. John Allison, MD of the British Shooting Show, commented: “With the continued success and support from all the manufacturers that exhibit at our long-standing Great British Shooting Show held each year…

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trophy export under threat

The government is now considering banning the export of hunting trophies from the UK to other countries. Importing certain trophies was already under threat after Zac Goldsmith brought a ban on importing certain species in the UK before parliament. Now, it appears the potential ban is much wider. DEFRA has launched a consultation on the “scale and impacts of the import and export of hunting trophies,” and asked for all parties to provide evidence. If visiting hunters were no longer allowed to take a trophy back with them, it could massively reduce the demand for stalking in the UK and have damaging effects on professional stalkers nationwide. “Whilst we recognise that some conservationists believe that trophy hunting can be an effective conservation tool, supporting local livelihoods and attracting revenues for other conservation activities, we…

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new load shows growth in practical shooting

Practical Shooting is growing in the UK. This fast-firing sport tests your accuracy, speed and athleticism, shot on a mixture of multiple targets, moving targets, targets that react when hit, penalty targets, or even partially covered targets requiring movement to reveal. The appeal of the sport lies in its diversity, and that applies to the firearms that can be used too – courses can be shot with rifles, long-barrelled pistols or semi-auto shotguns. Marking the rise in this discipline, there’s now a shotgun load designed specifically for Practical Shooting: the Alpha Elite from Eley Hawk. The load is a 28-gram 7.5-shot fibre wad 70mm case length cartridge with a 16mm brass. The PSB+3 powder ensures a low smoke output at the muzzle to ensure the best possible visibility for the shooter firing multiple…