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Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle July 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

8 min
a sight for (no) sore eyes

Fox numbers in my area seem to have been high. There are various reasons for that, one of which is the fact the local free range poultry farm has become a real ‘fox magnet’ over the last 12 months. As I have mentioned before there are a considerable number of foxes living on cliff land near me which is owned by the RSPB, so no shooting is allowed. These foxes, with the rabbits all but gone, are clearly looking for alternative food sources and a free-range chicken farm must seem a good place to start. As the farm is only a few hundred yards from my home this suits me fine! I can park the truck behind a low hedge from where I can see across most of the farm;…

2 min
sound advice

Dear Sporting Rifle, With the stringent controls on gun ownership in Australia, the mere mention to a licensing official that Australia should loosen its regulations on moderators is apt to cause (as happened to me) an immediate inspection from the local constabulary to check my security arrangements. However, whenever I read your magazine, I see articles on, and certainly advertisements for, moderators. The UK seems to have quite a grown-up attitude to the issue. In the meantime, the rabbits and (few) wild dogs on my place appreciate the fact that all they need to suffer is one shot from me – after which they have gone to cover for the rest of the day. I was interested to know how difficult it is for a non-UK resident to obtain a firearms licence in…

5 min
rimfire winner!

Hawke’s Frontier Mil-Pro riflescope is due on sale this summer and has a huge amount to offer rifle shooters across a broad range of calibres. I used the scope on a rimfire, where I specifically find it hard to find decent quality riflescopes within sensible budget with characteristics useful to rimfire shooters, especially on a .22 where likely engagement ranges are below 100 metres, sometimes even 50 metres, where many top optics are limited at higher magnification without extensive adjustable parallax range. This Frontier is similar to its 30mm-tubed Frontier 30 big brother but here shows a 1in tube and 5x (instead of 6) zoom ratio. The one-piece aluminium maintube is sleekly burnished and anodised matt black without the tendency to strip skin dust from your hands, and offers 47/46mm front…

1 min
government backs trophy hunting – for now

Michael Gove has moved to assure shooters that the UK government has no plans to ban imports from trophy hunting. Speaking in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the environment secretary described the decision as a “delicate political balancing act”. Following discussions with wildlife charities, Mr Gove called for a cautious approach to outlawing trophy imports. Trophy hunting is often subject to campaigns from anti-shooters who want to ban it, but hunts are responsible for injecting funds into local communities and conservation projects. Trophy importation is subject to permits and government controls, as is the hunting itself. However, since 2015 a number of countries – including Australia, France and the Netherlands – have implemented bans on the import of lion trophies, leading some MPs to pile pressure on the UK government to…

1 min
sporting rifle presents… shoot in scotland 2019

BOOK REVIEWS: Joy of texts Shoot In Scotland is your annual guide to the mystery and magic of shotgun and rifle sport north of the border, and it’s back for 2019 with an all-new collection of knowledge, kit and tales from the field. Start planning your trip today with our detailed guide of shooting-friendly places to stay and sporting providers, from the Borders to the Isles, plus travel and legal tips. And get geared up with a round-up of affordable rifles and a guide to what to look for when buying a new shotgun. Then, get inspired as Byron Pace tries out wildfowling for the first time, the Shooting Show’s camera team gets a sample of shotgun sport that won’t break the bank, and Chris Dalton guides a newcomer after a first Scottish…

6 min
roebuck reflections

In the faint morning twilight I climb the high seat. At the top, I silently slide a cartridge into the chamber, close the bolt, switch the safety on, and put the rifle in a corner. Then I open the backpack, and take out the binoculars, the pillow and the thermos bottle. When everything is in a safe place, I take the binoculars and scout a circle. Fragments of morning mist make it all a bit blurry, and for the time being there is nothing exciting to see. In the distance, at the edge of the forest there are some eye-catching bushes, but nowhere anything moves. In the second round I finish at the bushes again. Suddenly one of them does move! Then the fog disappears a bit, and in the binoculars…