Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle February 2021

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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.

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in with the new

The old adage ‘never wish your life away’ makes a lot of sense but I have to say – as I’m sure most of you guys will agree – I will be happy to see the back of 2020. I’m confident we will be through the worst of this pandemic by Easter 2021 and that will be something to look forward to. Everyone across the globe will have had their lives affected by this terrible virus and 95 per cent negatively – there will be some who have profited for sure. Thankfully the countryside has mostly survived the restrictions, but the rural economy would be hard pressed to stand another drought. But enough of the doom and gloom; 2021 will be the year the world won over a vicious virus spread by…

1 Min.
trophy ban to impact british stalking?

The political argument against trophy imports anexports is ‘probably lost’ and could do ‘economic damage’ according to Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the head of the all-party parliamentary group on shooting and conservation. Speaking exclusively to Sporting Rifle’s sister title, Gun Trade News, Sir Geoffrey remarked: “Nobody wants trophy hunting on red list or endangered species. But the deer – where they are plentiful and need culling anyway – I think it is a bit of a shame to ban those trophies coming to this country. “I also think there’s a bit of a worry if we ban trophies being taken out of this country. A lot of [tourists] come and pay a great deal of money to shoot these animals – which again need culling anyway – and some of them like to…

1 Min.
scottish government to introduce grouse licences

In what many will see as another blow to live quarry hunting in the UK, the Scottish government has announced that it will start work immediately on introducing a licensing scheme to control shooting on grouse moors. Licences could come into effect from February 2021. The proposition would require a licence to operate a driven grouse moor business and that, if there were strong evidence of unlawful activity or serious breaches of codes of practice by that business, its licence could be withdrawn. Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, picked out hare culling, muirburn, medicated grit and in particular, persecution of raptors as areas of concern when it came to licencing breaches. Andrew Gilruth of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust commented: “Those publicly claiming that licensing is an…

1 Min.
rigby launch .300 win mag stalking rifle

Established gunmaker John Rigby & Co has added to their range of Highland Stalker rifles, with their first ever model available in .300 Winchester Magnum. Built on a traditional Mauser 98 action, the new Highland Stalker Magnum Model has been designed as a long-distance scoped rifle, suited to open plains or rugged mountain terrain. It features a 14½-inch grade five walnut stock, fitted with rubber recoil pad, whilst the 25-inch heavy sporter barrel is an impressive three inches longer than the standard Highland Stalker. Marc Newton, managing director of Rigby, commented: “For years we have been asked by our customers if we could create a rifle in .300 Win Mag, but until now it had only been possible for us to create this as a London Best model. By utilising the Highland…

1 Min.
lead amendment shot down

A proposed amendment to an Environment Bill calling for a two-year phase out of all lead shot has been voted out by Defra. Defra minister Rebecca Pow said that the amendment was unnecessary, due to the positive action already taken by shooting organisations to move away from lead shot in the forthcoming five years. The minister said: “The new clause falls short of what shooting organisations are calling for. Organisations such as BASC, the Moorland Association and various other countryside organisations … are calling for an end within five years to both lead and single-use plastics. They are talking about it seriously.” “It is critical government takes the right level of action through measures that are underpinned by evidence, as always, and informed by further conversations with stakeholders.”…

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news: the latest issues

2021 SHOWS CANCELLED The organisers of shooting industry trade show IWA have decided to cancel the 2021 show in the light of coronavirus. The IWA OutdoorClassics 2022 will now take place in Nuremberg from 3-6 March 2022. The news followed the announcement that SHOT Show 2021, due to be held in Las Vegas in January will also be cancelled. Organisers said that the NSSF “simply could not move forward at this point with so many unknowns and variables.” GUNMAKER SHUTS UP SHOP London gunmakers Williams & Sons have been forced to close their doors for the final time. With rumours circulating of a £20 million black hole in their accounts, it appears sad but inevitable that the gunmakers would go out of business. RAISING THE STEAKS The Scottish Venison Association has announced that it is…