ZINIO logo
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.

Read More
United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

6 min
small antelope, big challenge

“He’s an absolute monster,” said Pete matter-of-factly, “and he lives on this big plateau.” ‘Big’ was an understatement. Even ‘huge’ didn’t cut it. The landscape in Eastern Cape is steroid-induced expansive, and Pete’s ‘plateau’ was the size of Switzerland. The ‘he’ Pete was referring to was a steenbok and, paradoxically, the ‘monster’ was a bit bigger than a hare but smaller than a large puppy. One of South Africa’s ‘tiny ten’ antelope, it is a very fascinating animal and extremely challenging to hunt – unless you are a long-range shooter, and I am not. Ironically, hunting these miniature species never appealed before coming to Africa, but they grew on me, crawled under my skin like microscopic parasites and itched. The steenbok, in particular, had won my heart, but I was averse…

5 min
where to shoot guide

ENGLAND CHILDERLEY SPORTING Chinese water deer and muntjac specialist. We manage over 30,000 acres of land in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We can offer 1:1 guided stalking to all capabilities and training for beginners. We have a zeroing range up to 250 metres along with our simulated stalking area. Contact: Paul Childerley 07715 638934 paul@childerleysporting.co.uk www.childerleysporting.co.uk MARK BOULTON Driven boar hunting throughout Europe and night shooting in Sussex. Groups or individuals. Various packages offered from day trips to France to six-day all-inclusive trips to Hungary. Contact: Mark Boulton 07854 985006 markthedeerstalker@hotmail.co.uk SHOOTING SH A long-established syndicate of 15 years with 19 varied blocks. Red, roe, muntjac and fallow deer with 10 walked-up days as added value plus rough shooting in your annual fee of £750 first year, dropping to £600 by year three (loyalty discount). We will prepare…

5 min
january blanks

In sport, a drawn game provides little satisfaction to players and spectators. A no score draw is worse. This general truth has me wondering whether a blank deer-stalking outing is ever worth retelling. It’s in January that I most frequently have to address this issue because stalking this month is more often than not difficult. Browsing my diary entries over the years, I find plenty of blanks. In the first week of January 2016 I marked a solitary outing with the legend ‘nil shot’. The next day Jim and I stalked morning and evening and I noted our ‘four outings, no shot’ for that day. I didn’t stalk all day on the Thursday but had an outing with two associates after a day’s game shooting. The game shoot gave us…

3 min
the calibre hunter

Hunters will be well-versed with the 6.5mm projectile group. It is widely regarded as one of the most versatile calibres around, and has been used to great success for decades. Probably the most famous of these cartridges is the 6.5mm Swedish, which indeed is a calibre I have owned for some years and continue to use today. More recently, the 6.5 Creedmoor has made waves, and is now often seen as the go-to choice for a soft recoiling, versatile all-rounder. However, before the Creedmoor, there was another 6.5mm cartridge that arrived on the scene. The 6.5 Grendel was designed specifically as a result of concerns about the effectiveness of the .223 Remington in its military form of the 5.56 NATO. The Grendel was born out of a desire to create a…

7 min
good things come in threes

Anyone who shoots foxes will tell you that things don’t always go to plan. Try as you might, you can’t kill every fox stone dead in its tracks – so it pays to have put in the practice with your rifle so you can put things right as quickly as possible. One fox I shot recently was a good example of that. My first shot wasn’t perfect, but by staying calm I was able to swiftly put things right. I was running round in the truck one evening and headed down one of the tracks on the old airfield. I spotted a likely suspect well over 500 yards away in an adjoining field, so I immediately changed course and drove round to a spot downwind where I could check with the…

1 min
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…