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Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle May 2021

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
buck hit list

We were still in lockdown during the early part of May 2020 and whilst things were starting to start to ease south of the border, here in Scotland there was no change. We had hoped that we might be able to recommence training and taking some clients out by mid-May but it was not to be. This was particularly frustrating as there were good bucks appearing all over the place, so I needed to redress the balance and I had had guys booked to come for more than a year. However, the enforced downtime did allow me get the scope on the Haenel Jagersport in 6.5 Creedmoor fitted, set up and zeroed in. Regular readers will know I am a fan of the 6.5x55 ‘Swedish’, as it is commonly referred to, and…

2 min
bailout fund for scottish fieldsports

If you have a news story, email ollie.harvey@futurenet.com Fieldsports businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have benefited from a £1million Scottish Country Sports Tourism Restart Fund. The fund, which was jointly developed by the Scottish government, VisitScotland, BASC and the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG), was set up to assist country-sports tourism businesses, including sporting agencies, land-based sporting businesses, sporting guides and fishing charter operators, which have been hit hard by Covid restrictions and shutdowns. ShootingUK spoke to Charlie Brownlow, who specialises in running shooting, fishing and stalking trips to Scotland. He said: “It is a great relief that this fund has been made available to businesses like mine and all credit to BASC, SCSTG, VisitScotland and the Scottish government for putting this together to support rural business. “It has been frustrating that…

10 min
hunting with the haenel

Some time ago, I reviewed the Haenel Jaeger in .243 Win. I enjoyed the rifle and was keen to try to take it on a hunting outing. Unfortunately, time curtailed those efforts and I didn’t get the chance to take any deer using that Haenel. However, I managed to secure a Jaeger Pro Varmint .308 Win for an extended period, giving me plenty of chances to get this rifle properly into the field. I have some Lapua 150gn Mega ammunition, and the rifle is topped with a Meopta MeoStar 2.5-15x56 illuminated. Up front, a Brügger & Thomet moderator tames the noise and a little of the recoil. After booking on to my stalking lands north of the border for the weekend, I had a few days to get the rifle zeroed to…

2 min

Each month, the best letter wins a bottle of King’s Ginger – the ideal drink to enjoy after a cold stalk. For more details, visit: thekingsginger.com STAR LETTER HELP THEM HELP US Dear Sporting Rifle, As someone who is involved in a small way with fundraising for the GWCT in Scotland, I was interested to read Alasdair Mitchell’s comments about the charity needing funds (in Shooting Times). I am always amazed by two things: first, how generous some people are; and, secondly, how little people understand about the importance of GWCT work. I suppose, too, I am sad at how many people who are involved in our sport, who know what is involved in the conservation of the environment and the management of the countryside, and know what it takes to produce both wild and…

5 min
forgotten work?

If I remember correctly, there were hardly any tracking dogs in the UK a dozen years ago. There were perhaps some present, the typical varieties like Hanoverian and Bavarian tracking dogs. But the way to work with them was little understood, and thus they were a rare sight in the hunting world. Thanks to the efforts of some people, who have been committed to the work for many years, it became clear that there was a need for clear, accurate information concerning working with a tracking dog. Subsequent training courses were a success and have been repeated because of that. Even now, after all these years, you can search YouTube and find ‘tracking work’ that barely qualifies as tracking. But there are some groups that make every effort to introduce the fundamentals…

5 min
hound decisions

Up to about 15 years ago, the thought of using a tracking dog for deer, let alone having an organisation concerned with such things, was unthinkable in the UK. A possible reason for this was strict import rules for dogs. They had to remain in quarantine for a long time – and let’s not mention the accompanying paperwork – which could have put prospective deer dog owners off acquiring a suitable breed. Today, it is different. It seems that more and more people are at it. I’ve browsed shooting forums to find all sorts of intense and even out-of-control conversations arising on the subject of deer tracking, many of which peter out into nothing after a while. Meanwhile, groups or associations are formed, all of which devise their own philosophy or strategy…