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Härkila Orton Packable waterproof jacket and trousers

youtu.be/r-OPsRdP1ic In the UK we have to cope with some pretty unpredictable weather. You can set off in glorious sunshine for a day on the moors, or shooting partridges on stubbles – and a few hours later it could be tipping it down with rain. That’s where the Härkila Orton

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Seeland Woodcock Advanced jacket & trousers

youtu.be/SL2d2d0E8a8 Keepers need clothing that’s versatile says David Whitby. “We’re usually in the beating line, or behind the guns picking up – but we also want something that’s smart enough if we’re lucky enough to be standing on a peg,” he says. The Seeland Woodcock Advanced jacket and trousers tick

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Seeland Buckthorn – waterproof, rugged legwear

youtu.be/dn-33ULbbvs Tough, rugged, waterproof protection for your legs is essential for beaters, stalkers, keepers and others working in the countryside. And if there’s one thing about Seeland’s Buckthorn range, it’s tough, says gamekeeper and deer manager David Whitby. “We expect our beaters to go through cover, whatever that might be

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Seeland Hawker Advance jacket & trousers – review

youtu.be/R8wnnc8dgTc Any gamekeeper or stalker demands a lot from his everyday clothing. It needs to be hardwearing, and keep you warm and dry, but still be comfortable when you’re walking uphill or filling pheasant feeders. Gamekeeper and deer manager David Whitby is a big fan of the Seeland Hawker jacket

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The magic of membranes – how Härkila clothes keep you dry

youtu.be/rCybKrQBARA Härkila is highly regarded by hunters who rely on the clothing to keep them dry and comfortable in the toughest conditions – and as Härkila’s Simon Esnouf explains, the magic is in the membranes that they use. “We use a mixture,” he says. “Some of our garments use Gore-Tex,

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Choke Demon – shotgun choke removal tools

youtu.be/MFFT9F3OchE If you ever struggle getting your shotgun chokes out or your worried about over tightening then Richard Pinch has the product for you. For the full range of ChokeDemon products go to ChokeDemon.co.uk Use as part of your routine maintenance or for extracting stubborn or difficult to remove chokes.

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Steel shot vs clay pigeon – how far does it break them?

youtu.be/Nl1DLfzOzk8 While we were filming our steel vs barrels challenge at Orston Shooting Ground we asked professional clay coach and top competitor Nick Hendrick if he could see how far he could smash a CCI eco-clay with an Eley Eco Wad Cartridge. Let’s just say we started at 100 metres…

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Eco-Clay pigeons – Evolution and performance

youtu.be/MHToJcQx9nw CCI has produced a toxin free clay pigeon that performs as well as the pitch and coal tar traditional clays we all know and shoot. After spending lots of £££s, Johnny Goodhart’s company has created the perfect recipe of chalk and resin and a secret ingredient. But does it

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Gateway 1 Pheasant Game wellies

Sergio Couto gives his boots a hard time. As a professional stalking guide, he’s out day after day in all weathers – and he’s very impressed with the Gateway 1 Pheasant Game wellies, a Danish brand that’s made in China. “They’re tough, really tough,” he says, “Comfortable too.” He explains

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iRay E3 & E6 thermal spotters – review

youtu.be/7190vX1FS-M A good thermal spotter is pretty much essential for any gamekeeper or pest controller nowadays. The iRay E3 and E6 series covers most requirements, with four models in the range, all offering excellent performance in a convenient shape that fits neatly in the palm of your hand. The basic

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iRay FH25R range finding thermal spotter

youtu.be/iC8P-UXEWCM The iRay FH25R could be the perfect tool for deer stalkers, fox shooters, and anyone else who needs to spot quarry and measure the range – all in one pocket-sized, robust, hand-held monocular. The FH25R fits neatly in the palm of your hand and offers tremendous performance from a

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Merkel K3 and K5 single-shot rifles – review

youtu.be/5cPDDghFbt0 The Merkel K series isn’t the gun for everyone; it’s a top-lever break-barrel single-shot rifle that you wouldn’t choose for a big deer culling job or pest control. But the K3 and now the K5 have a loyal following among hunting purists who are all about the one perfect

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Ruger Hawkeye Hunter 6.5 x 55 special edition

youtu.be/Djt9MrQ1dqM This Ruger Hawkeye Hunter is an intriguing mixture of traditional and modern – a hunting rifle with the time-tested Mauser style bolt-action and walnut stock, combined with Cerakote coated stainless steel and a 22 inch barrel threaded for a moderator. It’s available in the UK in a limited edition

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iRay Clip CH50 thermal clip-on for your rifle scope – review

youtu.be/LfHUuOj9f1w The iRay Clip CH50 is a thermal device you can clip on the front of a regular daytime rifle scope to turn it into a thermal scope – ideal for switching from daytime hunting to night-time pest control, without the need to change scopes and re-zero. As well as

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iRay Rico RH50 thermal riflescope

youtu.be/Bx8E3eUZCzg When you’re serious about pest control, only the best will do – and iRay’s flagship Rico RH50 riflescope offers outstanding quality. “I’ve used just about every unit that’s available, and this is the best image I’ve seen on a thermal riflescope so far,” says Ryan Charlton from distributors Highland

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iRay E3n thermal spotter

youtu.be/x0EJjq02hOU iRay UK offer a range of thermal spotters and scopes – their E3n featured here is an entry level spotter, priced at £1,169.95. It’s pocket sized with a compact and handy design, and offers serious performance with a typical battery life of around seven hours. “This model has a

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iRay TL35 thermal rifle scope

youtu.be/YE7ZtKUx3Dk The iRay TL35 might look and handle like a regular daylight rifle scope – but inside is cutting edge thermal technology, allowing you to shoot day or night even in bad weather conditions such as heavy fog and rain. “It’s super simple, lightweight and easy handling,” says Ryan Charlton

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Mossberg MVP Light Chassis rifle

youtu.be/yhSUwgxHjV8 The Mossberg MVP LC is a great little compact rifle that would be ideal for a gamekeeper working out of a pick-up truck. A bolt-action, it borrows some of the features of a tactical AR type rifle, such as the extending stock which can be shortened in an instant

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Mossberg Patriot – the gamekeeper’s rifle

youtu.be/MPNcd9Rk1DU The Mossberg Patriot is a good honest rifle built to get the job done. “It’s what I’d class as a gamekeeper’s gun,” says Andy Norris from distributors Viking Arms. “It does what it says on the tin, and for a terrific price of under £600.” This is the Patriot

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Ruger American Ranch Rifle

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAiOyY–OzM If you’re after a basic, working rifle with no frills, the Ruger American Ranch could be exactly what you’re looking for. “It’s a Ruger – so it’s rugged, it’s reliable, and it does what it’s supposed to do,” says Andy Norris of distributors Viking Arms. “It’s a great little

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Ruger Precision Rimfire

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjs69fmY5A8 Following on from the huge success of Ruger’s Precision Centrefire rifle, the gunmaker has produced a Rimfire version – and that’s gone down a storm too. The Ruger Precision Rimfire is a faithfully downsized version of the centrefire rifle, and comes in .22LR, .22WMR and .17HMR. Conceived as a

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Breda Zenith L – a game o/u with a difference

youtu.be/NqZ1DH6Ymi8 Italian gunmaker Breda has made some cracking semi-autos over the past 100 years or so. More recently they’ve turned their skills to making over-and-unders – and the Zenith is going down well with clay and game shooters alike. This one is the game model, the Zenith L. It’s steel

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Trans K9 drawer – secure gun storage in your vehicle

youtu.be/Cc-bV_-f4h4 Jason Gibson of Vario Hearables travels many miles to shoots up and down the country, so he needs to keep his guns and cartridges secure in his vehicle. He’s fitted a TransK9 Translock storage drawer in his BMW X5. “I absolutely love it,” he says, “and it gets a

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Becky McKenzie’s essential kit checklist for clay shooting

youtu.be/bmfc7LrYynA Becky McKenzie is one of Britain’s top lady Sporting shots, and a clay shooting coach – so who better to run through the essential kit you should carry in your bag when you go to a competition? Skeet vest – “Mine’s by Clayclo, it’s a fairly new clothing company

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Mossberg 500 pump-action .410

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQAZzp1AjiM The Mossberg Model 500 pump-action .410 needs little introduction, at least to British gamekeepers and pest controllers. For them it’s an invaluable working tool, especially when fitted with the Hushpower moderator, which cuts the sound of the little .410 cartridge down to a mere pop. “This gun is just

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Robert Bucknell’s fox shooting rifle and scope

youtu.be/hocd42pb8t4 Legendary fox shooter Robert Bucknell has spent years refining his go-to foxing rifle set-up – and he reckons he’s got it just about perfect. He’s been using his current rifle for a couple of years – it’s based around a CAM action set in a carbon fibre stock. “It’s

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Pulsar Accolade 2 vs Helion – review

Tom Davies from Dartmoor Deer Services compares the Pulsar Accolade 2 LRF XP50 with his trusty old Pulsar Helion XQ50, and says what the differences are. For more, visit ThomasJacks.co.uk

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Leupold Alumina flip back rifle scope caps – review

Scope caps are a small thing, but they can make all the difference to a day’s deer stalking, as professional deer manager Mike Robinson explains. “I spent ten hours on the hill in Scotland, in driving rain all day long. At the end of the day, when I finally came

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Breda 930i semi auto competition shotgun – review

One glance at the Breda 930i will tell you it’s a top of the range semi-automatic shotgun made for competition clay shooting. Its distinctive looks set it apart from other guns on the market, with its stylish Italian lines, polished receiver and blue or red anodised parts including the trigger

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Ian Hodge: Best shotguns under £5,000

So you’ve got £5,000 to spend on a new shotgun – lucky you! What are you going to choose? Obviously you’ll want your new gun to be future proofed, so it’ll need to be proofed for steel shot. An over-and-under is the most popular choice, for good reason. But that

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Biggest-selling semi-auto shotguns

Semi-auto shotguns have a lot going for them. They offer great value, along with smooth shooting and minimal recoil. A semi-auto is great for wildfowling or in a pigeon hide, but they’re also popular with rough shooters and gamekeepers – and they’re favoured by a good few clay shooters too.

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