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Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle March 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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

5 min
the joy of 6

Leica’s name is synonymous with fine European optics, so testing one of their riflescopes to pair with my long-serving HD-B binoculars was a good chance to remind myself of the brand’s ethos. The Fortis 6 is Leica’s latest 6x zoom scope range, available in 1-6x24 and 2-12x50 specification to cover the likely hunting needs you will pursue. The 2.5-15x56i model I had on test is perhaps the most likely to appeal in the UK, with the larger 56mm objective body allowing the greatest amount of light to be diverted through the 30mm tube offering a 91 per cent light transmission factor for poor light performance so commonly required in the UK. Staring at the objective, its AquaDuratreated, multi-coated glass sits 20mm within the outer aluminium body for protection against physical knocks…

7 min
lost in translation

I believe in paying it forward, especially when the beneficiary of my generosity has a father with a hunting property in Germany and a driven boar hunt is high on my bucket list. Then there is my addiction to roe stalking. Oh, and I’d like a mouflon. And a fox. But I digress. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Phillip, who came to New Zealand last year to further his schooling, my young guest arrived in January with ‘schooling’ buried in a remote compartment in his orderly German mind. He’d heard that Daniel and I hunted, and begged his parents to ask if the Crimps would be his host family. They acceded but, as he was a boy of few words, they stipulated that he needed to improve his…

4 min
the calibre hunter

As I write this it’s just a week until the SHOT show, where the world will be presented with the new launches for 2020 by the biggest manufacturers in the world. I have every expectation that some new cartridges will be announced, and I will cover them as soon as the information becomes available. This month, however, it was impossible for me not to cover a classic African cartridge, having just spent three days walking around the Dallas Safari Club convention. So here, I revisit an old favourite of mine: the 416 Rigby. The .416 Rigby has deservedly earned a fine reputation over the last 100 or so years. Introduced by John Rigby of London in 1911, the proprietary cartridge was originally designed for his Mauser-actioned rifles, and quickly gained widely…

2 min

TIME TO REFLECT Dear Sporting Rifle, As the year 2020 begins, I find myself reminiscing over so the evenings I have had out fox shooting. It has been a sport and passion of mine for many years, and now at the age of 55, it gives me great pleasure looking back over the years. From my younger days, looking for the telltale signs where Charlie had been passing through the hedgerows and fence lines on a regular basis, or walking the land with my lamp, rifle and lurcher, where we would use an old motorbike battery and a chrome car spot lamp from the local scrap-yard. I sit and chuckle away to myself many a time. Now at my age, most of my evenings out fox shooting are spent up in my…

1 min
want to win a vudu scope?

If you want to be the owner of a new EOTech Vudu Precision riflescope, don’t miss Thomas Jacks’s competition at the British Shooting Show, during which it’ll be giving away no fewer than three scopes. Each day at the show on 14-16 February, it will give away a different scope – a 3.5-18x50 FFP on Friday, a 2.5-10x44 FFP on Saturday and another 3.5-18x50 FFP on Sunday. You can enter now – just head online to http://bit.ly/VuduCompetition and fill in the entry form. A winner will then be announced at 2pm each day, and showgoers will be able to pick up their prize in person. Find out more about this range of scopes by EOTech at www.vuduoptics.com or www.thomasjacks.co.uk.…

2 min
reviewing the wraith

We have been testing a new piece of night vision equipment from Pulsar, the Wraith. First impressions have been favourable. Easily fitted to a Weaver or Picatinny rail, it has proved good for both day and night shooting. At night it has proved good out to 200 yards, which is ideal as we are not keen on shooting further than this after dark. In daylight the picture is excellent with very good colour, which isn’t always the case with digital scopes. If you are into recording your shooting exploits, the built-in video does a good job of recording on to a micro card. The quality is very good, but there is no audio function. The 50mm lens and the wide 4-32x magnification range can be useful, although high magnification, as always…