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Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle June 2019

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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

5 min
favoured ground

I had three high seats on Colin’s farm. The one at Dirty Gate was not a proper high seat at all. It comprised a ladder that gave me uneasy access to the branches of an oak tree. Care was needed up there as a misplaced step could have caused a nasty fall. It was a useful seat as the pasture behind it drew roebucks from the big wood to the west. I perched in this tree on many occasions and was often rewarded by having a deer appear in front of me. Colin only owned four fields that could be stalked and one of these behind his house and farmyard had a small, rectangular spinney through which went a ditch. It was rare that a deer ventured into the farmyard end…

1 min
coming soon in sporting rifle

GET READY FOR THE RUT How and when to call, PLUS stalking stories from the pros DOWN UNDER Hunting hog deer in Australia DOUBLE VISION! Out at night with the Pulsar Accolade biocular ON TEST Rifles from Steyr, Blaser and Howa PLUS… • The best places to hunt abroad • Hone your precision shooting technique • Rimfire rabbit control • The Game Fair • News, views, competitions and offers 4K VIEWING Testing the ATN X Sight 4K day-night scope SUBSCRIBE NOW Never miss a copy of your favourite shooting monthly again – subscribe to Sporting Rifle and save money every month, as well as getting the mag delivered to your door. With a quarterly subscription starting at £12, it’s more affordable than ever to subscribe. Get signed up today and rest easy knowing you’ll never miss a single page again. Call 0344 848 2852 or visit www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk to…

3 min
gifford pinchot 1895-1946

The following is extracted primarily from the history presented by the Forest History Society. Gifford Pinchot was born on 11 August, 1865 in Simsbury, Connecticut. His family were well-to-do upper-class merchants, politicians, and land owners. Pinchot, as a young boy, took advantage of several opportunities to visit foreign countries, as well as gain a good education at some of the best eastern schools. When he entered Yale in 1885, his father asked a question “How would you like to be a forester?” When asked, not a single American had made forestry a profession. Pinchot stated, “I had no more conception of what it meant to be a forester than the man on the moon… But at least a forester worked in the woods and with the woods – and I loved…

1 min
basc backs amateur stalkers

A new report submitted to Scottish Natural Heritage has called for greater obligations to be placed on local authorities to manage deer on their land. The report, produced by the Lowland Deer Panel, also says cull data on the numbers of deer shot in Scotland’s lowlands to be improved. BASC responded to the report by saying it broadly welcomed the recommendations, and urged policy makers to stick with – and even expand – the current system of amateur stalkers providing the bulk of the country’s deer shooting force. Jake Swindells, BASC’s country officer for Scotland, said: “The highest proportion of qualified deer managers in the UK is in Scotland’s central belt. This resource is available and willing to help deal with the impacts that deer can have on forestry, the wider environment and…

1 min
fac costs could go up – again

The government is considering raising the price of a firearms licence, just five years after the last increase. The Home Office has announced that a review of fees will take place next year, after police chiefs claimed they were subsidising the firearms licensing system. The Countryside Alliance said the timing of the review couldn’t be worse, when “the current licensing process lies in tatters and the shooting community receive a sub-par service.” An article in The Times quoted that David Jamieson, police and crime commissioner for West Midlands, as saying forces in England and Wales will face a £10 million shortfall this year. BASC was quick to highlight that forces might not be losing money if they were operating as efficiently as expected. “We have chaos in medical testing, poor efficiency in many forces…

4 min
rifles & scopes

RIMFIRE Steyr Mannlicher Zephyr Steyr Mannlicher haven’t offered rimfires for years – but the Zephyr .22LR is a welcome return to that market. Also new is the biathlon-style Scout. Sportsman Gun Centre 01392 354854 www.sportsmanguncentre.com Price: £744 CZ 457 rimfire The successor to the 455 series is out, with a modular design, 30-degree bolt throw and interchangeable barrels. Edgar Brothers 01625 613177 www.edgarbrothers.com Price: From £535 Tikka T1X The long-awaited T1X has arrived – Tikka’s very first rimfire rifle. We can’t wait to get testing it. GMK 01489 579999 gmk.co.uk Price: £575 A2R semi-auto Hailing from American firearms brand 2A Armaments, this tactical-looking .22 is set to find favour among target shooters on the range. Edgar Brothers 01625 613177 www.edgarbrothers.com Price: £1,759 CENTREFIRE Christensen Arms Ridgeline Christensen Arms’ best-selling firearm, the Ridgeline sports a carbon fibre-wrapped barrel, spiral-fluted bolt, scalloped bolt knob, match trigger and spot-bedded carbon fibre composite…