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Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle September 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

6 min
the tip of the horn

More than half an hour had passed since the shot. The strike had been good; there was no doubt about that. Yet, still we followed on, tracing the spoor through the dry, dusty earth of the Namibian bush. How far could it have possibly gone? We had likely covered more than a kilometre, and with both ground tracking and support via a drone scouring the landscape, we didn’t seem any closer. It is easy to become fixated on the ground when tracking, focused almost entirely on each progressive print from one to the next, looking with a tunnel vision at the singular task at hand. This, however, can be a mistake, especially if you find yourself in dangerous game country. A lack of attention to your surroundings could put you in…

1 min
get the most from your rigby

John Rigby & Co. has launched a service to help its users get the best possible performance from a rifle and diagnose and remedy any issues they may be having with accuracy. As part of the service, the rifle will be tested at a range to identify whether there are any problems, and Rigby will check everything from scope mounts, ensuring the barrel is free-floating and what ammunition works best for the rifle in question. Rigby can even develop custom ammunition for you. Marc Newton, managing director of Rigby, said: “We hear all too often that clients are not getting the performance they want from a rifle – but few know how to remedy this and after spending an hour zeroing at the range, many people don’t know what to do next.…

5 min
atn abroad

Working at ATN over the past few years has provided me with some life-changing opportunities. One of the best was a trip organised by Real World Hunting International to South Africa in April of this year, which I took with several of the ATN team: Terence Garlick, Christopher Melling, Marno Müller as well as Koen Herman of JVD, a long-standing customer of ATN. After a 12-hour flight from Heathrow, I arrived at Port Elizabeth, where I was met by Graeme Donald. the owner of Olivewoods Game Farm. Olivewoods is located an hour north-east of Port Elizabeth and consists of 36,000 acres of stunning hills, plateaus and bush land with more than 20 species of quarry. Graeme has a lot of contacts locally and has access to a further 80,000 acres of…

7 min
safari surprises

It had been a long stalk, the dust of the bushveld coating my Courteney boots and a thousand thorns puncturing their solid leather soles. Solid leather soles are essential when hunting Africa because they offer the quietest tread – silent footsteps in the dirt and grit. Soles with air pockets impregnated in the rubber for comfort amplify any crunching sound and telegraph your approach. However, it was a moot point; the waterbuck bull had the uncanny ability to hear the unheard and see the unseen, and it vanished like a slick card trick. For three days that waterbuck, my PH Hennie, and I had danced among the thorns in a game of cat and mouse that was becoming tedious. “These big bulls, Sir Crimpy,” Hennie addressed me respectfully, “are super cunning –…

6 min
target news

BARNETT BECOMES QUEEN’S HATTRICK HERO Glyn Barnett was chaired off Stickledown Range as the Queen’s Prize winner on 27 July, crowning the 150th Imperial Meeting with his third personal Queen’s victory. Dr Barnett had won back-to-back Queen’s Prizes in 2002 and 2003, and ended his 16-year wait to complete the hattrick on a breezy final day at Bisley. Coming into the third stage, Barnett was not one of the favourites to take Target Rifle’s top individual honour – he was not one of the five who had gone ‘clean’ through stage two. Richards (taking the silver medal some six v-bulls ahead of the others), Hakim, Haley, Southall and Cannings were the five standing on 150 after the 300, 500 and 600-yard stages, with Barnett one of a 31-strong crowd on 149. The quality of…

6 min
red alert

September can be a mixed bag for us. The roebucks are usually starting to move again after the rut and we are anticipating the red rut starting, and therefore find we have clients booked in for both species. We monitor our ground throughout the year and can assess how the forecast cull plans match up to the actual cull achievement. We will therefore know where we can shoot some of the more mature beasts to allow potentially better quality bucks or stags to develop. It was against this backdrop that Bill and his wife booked to stay with us on their tour of the UK from Idaho. Bill is a seasoned hunter and an active member of the Idaho wild sheep foundation, and it was fascinating to chat to him over…