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Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle May 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

3 min
forge ahead

I see so many pairs of binoculars my eyes are immediately locked onto the ergonomics long before I consider the optics. There is just no point living with great glassware if they have inaccessible, arduous or tiring controls. Fortunately, Bushnell’s new 10x42 Forge units immediately tick all the boxes and deserved a more detailed viewing. The 42mm objectives are concealed with push fit internal rubber eyecups that are locked onto the underside of the body. They are easy to lock in position when needed yet thankfully don’t self-apply accidentally against your chest. The earthen-coloured polymer body shows 5mm of extension beyond the glass, with it’s otherwise stippled surface for tactile grip and control. These are roof prism binos with twin support bridges and the next hurdle is will the neck strap…

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. 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 Ruger 6mm Creedmoor Ruger’s popular Precision rifle is available in a new calibre: the 6mm Creedmoor. It’s a flat-shooting calibre that has successfully made the transition over from target shooting to foxing at all sorts of ranges. Viking…

6 min
taking the lead

Without question, the most hotly debated topic in the last couple of weeks has been the use of lead ammunition in the UK. It has aroused much social media debate, made the Inside Science podcast with Adam Rutherford on the BBC, split a community of shooters, and left an industry reeling from the implications of the proposed phasing out. Please forgive the temporary side-track looking at lead shotgun cartridges – I need to set the scene before we pull the article back to have greater relevance for the title of this publication. Now, I chose my words carefully here, because it is not a lead ban which has been put forward in a joint statement from the major organisations, it was a recommended, and encouraged phasing out within five years. I,…

6 min
return of the buck

Many people ask what species makes for a really enjoyable hunt. There are so many that could top the list but one of the best has to be hunting roebucks in the spring and early summer. It’s the time of the year when every part of the countryside is full of life and it’s a pleasure being out there and amongst it all. The reason why relates back when I was a young lad, first heading out with my father for roebucks in the spring, and where my deer stalking passion began. Being invited back to Wiltshire with my good friend Mark Bellamy and his son, to try for the old buck that had been seen the previous year, there was no hesitation; it was roebucks and it was early May,…

4 min
ask the experts

GOT A QUESTION? Contact: ollie.harvey@futurenet.com or post your question to: Sporting Rifle, Future Publishing Ltd, Units 1-3, Sugarbrook Court, Aston Road, Bromsgrove B60 3EX. FOXING Q A couple of times recently I’ve called foxes in quite successfully only to have them leg it at the last moment. Have you ever tried to shoot them on the run? A Mark says: Unless I’m using a shotgun, no never! Unless it’s in daylight trying to shoot a fox on the run with a rifle is not only pretty nigh on impossible but is extremely dangerous. During the day, it is possible but you must exercise great care and caution.. If, as you say, you are getting foxes to come in but then they take off I would suggest your technique needs looking at. Are you moving as the…

9 min
the way of the world

I suppose it was almost inevitable! Going back about a year I lost a patch of ground I had shot over for half a century when it was sold. The new people, although extremely pleasant were, to put it kindly, not true country folk. They had sold their business up country for a small fortune and, as their children had fledged, moved to Devon in search of the “good life”. Nowadays that seems to be the norm round here. The problem is, once again putting it kindly, the vast majority of these people haven’t a clue as to what they are doing. Running a successful engineering set-up in the Midlands is no real basis for establishing a smallholding in the heart of the countryside. Anyway, my original overtures as to whether I…