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Semi-auto shotguns – best buys for clays, pigeons and duck

Like irregulars in a war film there are gangs of different shooters who rely on semi-automatic shotguns. Wildfowlers love them, pigeon and crow shooters need them, some clayshooters swear by them (and occasionally at them). Semi-autos tend not to be the first choice for pheasant and grouse shooters in the

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Thermal Imaging: the Ultimate Guide

from Fieldsports Channel’s Fieldtester in association with Scott Country It’s been said before, but thermal technology really has transformed stalking and pest control, day or night. Whether you’re looking for foxes in the dark, spotting squirrels in the trees or counting deer, a thermal gives you a massive edge, saving

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Pulsar Krypton FXG50 thermal imaging attachment – review

youtu.be/5CoRrGEKIwg The Pulsar Krypton FXG50 thermal imaging attachment attaches to the front of your scope and gives you useable thermal vision out to 200 metres/yards. In this video, Dartmoor foxshooter Tom Davies recommends it and says why.  Click here for more about the Pulsar Krypton FXG50    The thermal scope

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Batch testing ammo – how it works

youtu.be/5JSzxN3FpBY How do ammunition companies make sure their cartridges pass the quality control test? James Marchington joins RUAG ammo at Bisley for a day of batch testing. For more from RWS in the UK, go to RUAG.co.uk For the NSRA, visit NSRA.co.uk This item appears in Fieldtester, episode 12 Fcha.nl/fieldtester12

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Stalker reviews the Emberleaf knife

youtu.be/4PNAEAqe3Lw Nathan Whitehead has used many different knives in his work as a stalker and deer manager, but he has no intention of changing now he has an Emberleaf knife. “It was gifted to me by two good friends,” he explains. “This one must have done getting on for 150

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Foxshooter explains why he prefers Norma V-Max ammo

youtu.be/bgJKA9BbggY Foxshooter Doug Pocklington uses Norma V-Max 58 grain factory ammo in his .243 Tikka rifle. He likes it because it’s accurate and effective, and the bullet breaks up instantly when it hits anything. That eliminates any problems with ricochets, even on some of the stony fields where he operates.

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Why foxshooter Doug shoots a Tikka T3X Lite

youtu.be/WMyNejO_u-c Foxshooter Doug Pocklington loves his .243 Tikka T3X Lite rifle. “They’re a good all-rounder,” he says. “They’re reasonably priced, accurate and reliable.” Doug says he depends on the Tikka’s accuracy for 200-300 rounds, until he decides it could do with a good clean. “It’s scary accurate, but if I

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New Bergara BMR Steel rimfire rifle – review

RUAG have introduced two new rimfire models to the UK – the Bergara BMR. This one is the steel action model; there’s also a Carbon model. The price is very competitive, with the Steel version selling for £560. It comes in three calibres: .22LR, .17HMR and .22WMR. This one is

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New Bergara BMR Carbon rimfire rifle – review

youtu.be/k7m2W2ugfi4 RUAG have introduced two new rimfire models to the UK – the Bergara BMR. This one is the Carbon model; there’s also a Steel model. This rifle is very lightweight, at just 5 lbs with the 18-inch barrel. It’s competitively priced too, at £640 retail. It comes in three

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Jack Pyke wellington boots – review

youtu.be/kp4qoquznBM Wellies are essential in the countryside, but you want different types of welly boot for different situations. Fieldsports Channel’s Jason Doyle runs through the Jack Pyke range of wellies and explains what’s what. “For a formal occasion like a driven shoot, the Ashcombe Zipped Wellington is ideal,” he says.

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Jack Pyke Hybrid Jacket – review

youtu.be/ACGvk1SRLhc The Jack Pyke Hybrid Jacket is a lightweight quilted jacket that’s ideal for general use outdoors, either as part of a layering system or as an outer jacket in milder weather. Instagrammer Dan Thor finds it very versatile. “Sometimes I’ll pop it on when I go feeding the birds

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Jack Pyke Hunter’s Boots – review

youtu.be/UCmqafPmj1Y Farmer and pigeonshooter Andy Crow loves his Jack Pyke boots. “I wear them every day of the year,” he says. “They’re so comfortable, I’d rather wear these than a pair of trainers. You don’t even know you’ve got them on. It’s the soft leather.” Andy wears the shorter Fieldsman

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Jack Pyke Rifle Rucksack – review

youtu.be/ku-u6kY9YOQ The Jack Pyke Rifle Rucksack is purpose-designed for the stalker who wants a simple, practical way to carry everything you need for a day’s stalking. It’s day-bag sized, at 22 litres capacity, and provides a covered compartment for a scoped rifle as well, so there’s no need to carry

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Jack Pyke new Digicam camouflage clothing – review

youtu.be/iRBD3XuvqE0 Jack Pyke are continually researching and developing new products and designs, and their English Oak camouflage pattern, designed specifically for the British countryside, has proved popular with UK shooters and effective in the field. Their latest camo pattern is Digicam, a computer-generated, pixellated blend of earth tones that helps

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Jack Pyke Ashcombe Technical Fleece Jacket – review

youtu.be/dfGCxjFeEBY The Jack Pyke Ashcombe Technical Fleece Jacket is a very versatile garment. It’s thin enough to wear under a jacket or smock, but it’s also an ideal top layer when the weather allows. Fieldsports Channel’s Jason Doyle says “It’s smart enough for casual wear, but it’s also excellent as

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Jack Pyke Pro-Lite Hunters Jacket – review

youtu.be/zVsdRUvpOvs When you’re outdoors all day, you need a jacket that won’t let you down, whatever the weather. Fieldsports Channel’s Jason Doyle is a big fan of the Jack Pyke Pro-Lite Hunters Jacket. “This is Jack Pyke’s most technical and lightweight jacket. I use it every day.” “It’s a super

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Jack Pyke Weardale knitted jacket – review

youtu.be/t22LlR84VJQ Jack Pyke’s Weardale is a stylish knitted jacket that’s ideal for casual wear or in the field. The combination of softshell contrast panels and finely knitted fleece gives the jacket a smart look and a comfortable feel. It features a full-length front zip, two lower zipped pockets and a

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Jack Pyke LLCS Concealment Suit – review

When you need to remain totally unseen, you need 3D camouflage – just look at the intricate ghillie suits used by police and military snipers. This LLCS Concealment Suit from Jack Pyke uses the same principle. It’s covered with cut-out leaf shapes, in Jack Pyke’s English Oak Evolution pattern to

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Jack Pyke Countryman fleece gilet – review

youtu.be/2Q-U8pO9C3Y The fleece gilet has become a country classic – it’s a versatile piece of clothing that’s at home in the field, out shopping or at the pub. “It’s pretty much the standard uniform for going to the Game Fair,” says Fieldsports Channel’s Jason Doyle. “It’s so versatile and practical,

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The Roesafe – review

www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4blYkHd_5U The £79.99 Roesafe is a handy pop-up tent for carcases. You can hang it from a tree, and it will protect your deer from flies and vermin. Shoot one animal, pop it in the Roesafe, then go on and shoot another. Geoff Wickett from Chiltern Venison reckons it’s a

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Leupold VX-5HD 3-15×56 riflescope reviewed by Jason Doyle

Jason Doyle has been using this Leupold VX-5 scope for two years, so he’s had plenty of time to give it a really thorough test – and he loves it. “Every now and then something comes along that suits you down to the ground. The VX-5 does everything I want

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CZ 600 new bolt-action centrefire rifles

CZ has launched a new generation of bolt-action centrefire rifles, the CZ 600 range, with a unique modular design that offers improved reliability, durability, ergonomics, safety and accuracy. The new CZ 600 models replace the previous centrefire rifles in the company’s range. The new guns were well received by shooting

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Zeiss launches latest generation V8 rifle scopes

Zeiss has launched its latest generation of V8 rifle scopes, with outstanding optical performance and featuring the world’s finest illuminated red dot which covers less than 3.5mm on a target at 100m. They are scheduled to reach UK dealers at the beginning of December 2021. There are four new models

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Thermal / night vision event: Pulsar Digex C50 + Leica Calonox

youtu.be/zr3IxByMZuI Leica and Pulsar head to Braces of Bristol’s rifle range to talk about their new night vision and thermal scopes and spotters. Mark Karn from Leica shows off his new Calonox spotter and scope attachment, and Tom Gosbell from Thomas Jacks talks through the new Digex C50 scope. Click

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Härkila Heat thermal waistcoat

The Heat waistcoat from Härkila is like carrying your own personal woodburning stove, says Simon Esnouf from Härkila’s UK distributors. “It’s very welcome when you’re out in freezing temperatures hunting, fishing or watching a game of rugby.” He explains “It’s a nice quilted waistcoat that will keep you warm anyway,

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Rizzini Venus Sporting ladies’ competition shotgun

youtu.be/Ri24ThwPbDo The Rizzini Venus Sporting is a gun designed specifically for the female shooter. All too often ladies start shooting with a borrowed gun that was made for a male shooter. It probably doesn’t fit them properly, so it’s uncomfortable and hinders their shooting. “There’s no reason why a lady

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Rizzini BR460 EL Sporter

youtu.be/VkPLBvGxBgY The BR460 EL Sporter is a serious claybusting gun, but also exquisitely made, with woodwork and engraving that lifts it above the run-of-the-mill competition shotguns. The EL in the name stands for Extra Lusso, which translates as ‘extra luxury’. “It has a beautiful piece of wood and very nice

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Lucky youngster’s Jack Pyke pigeon hide kit

youtu.be/1TG4EQXtLm0 It’s a lucky day for pigeonshooter Andy Crow’s grandson, Regan. He’s mad keen on going shooting with Andy – and the lovely guys at Jack Pyke have sent him his own pigeon hide kit, including a swivelling bucket seat, a set of hide poles and a camo net. Now

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Swarovski launches 2-in-1 thermal spotter and scope add-on

Swarovski has moved into the thermal market. Its new TM35 is an add-on that mounts on the front of your scope, and doubles up as a standalone spotter. Swarovski calls it a two-in-one device, offering both observation and shooting. The TM35 will be available from spring 2022 at a retail

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Swarovski EL Range TA binoculars with rangefinder and Tracking Assistant

youtu.be/uNAEaoDemjQ These are the latest, most technically advanced hunting binoculars from Swarovski, allowing you not only to range your quarry but also to ‘pin’ its location, working together with the Swarovski app on your mobile phone via Bluetooth. That can be a game changer for planning a stalk in difficult,

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Eyeskey Eaglet HD 10×42 binoculars – review

youtu.be/32MnRgOaTec Can budget Chinese 10×42 binoculars be any good? James Marchington was sceptical – but he was surprised when he tried the Eaglet HD binos from Eyeskey. “These binoculars sell for under £70 so I wasn’t expecting much, but I’ve been very impressed,” he says. “It’s a fraction of what

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Eyeskey Seeker Pro 10×42 monocular – review

youtu.be/dxfviIBRueI If you want the power of binoculars but don’t want the bulk and weight, a monocular could be the answer. It’s basically a small telescope you can slip in your pocket – half a pair of binoculars if you like. James Marchington has been looking at the Seeker Pro

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Eyeskey Lightning Mini 10×25 pocket binoculars – review

youtu.be/KE9ZREPiRFk Have you ever decided to leave your binoculars behind, and then wished you hadn’t because you spotted something that really deserved a closer look? That’s why James Marchington likes to slip a small pair of binos in his pocket at all times. “They weight very little and don’t take

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Harkila Retrieve jacket and trousers

youtu.be/oZwDbBSEvrM Professional gundog trainer Jason Mayhew is out in all weathers, so his number one requirement for clothing is it has to be waterproof. He’s been trialling the Härkila Retrieve jacket and trousers for the past year, and he’s impressed. It’s kept him dry in all types of weather. “I

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Tweed – which is best, traditional or modern?

youtu.be/3y13naVIZIw Tweed has been the traditional choice for generations of stalkers and game shooters, and it still works as well as ever. It’s smart, warm and comfortable, and remarkably good at keeping out the wet although it will become heavy when waterlogged. There’s a modern alternative however – the lightweight,

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Gerber hatchets and axes

youtu.be/btJSKcM4IRM Gamekeeper and deer manager Paul Childerley finds a small axe or hatchet invaluable for everyday tasks like chopping kindling, felling small trees and even knocking in pegs and staples. Today, he’s demonstrating three from Gerber: the Back Paxe II, the Freescape Hatchet, and the Gator Combo II Axe &

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Gun-Lok shotgun security lock

youtu.be/-aVyy8LYXZw Gun-Lok is a pair of 12-bore sized security locks that fit into the chambers of your gun like snap-caps. A unique key allows you to lock them in place, making it impossible for a thief to use the gun. They don’t replace a security cabinet, but they’re a valuable

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Gerber Randy Newberg knife and Suspension NXT Multi-Tool

youtu.be/sSefVSTrOX8 Paul Childerley explains why pocket knives and multi-tools have become an important part of is gamekeeping kit. He looks at the Randy Newberg knife and the Gerber Suspension NXT Multi-Tool, with stainless steel handles. For the Randy Newberg knife at £55, go to Bit.ly/gerberrandy For the Suspension NXT Multi-Tool

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Härkila’s new range of shooting and stalking boots

youtu.be/WMtD1h5CZdc If you think you know Härkila boots, think again. In 2021 they’ve come out with a brand new range that’s even better than before. “We’ve been making boots for seven or eight years now, and we’ve learned a lot in that time,” says Härkila’s Simon Esnouf. “The new boots

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Seeland Avail stalking suit – review

youtu.be/KA0l49Rb-FA Gamekeeper and deer manager David Whitby has been trialling the new Avail stalking suit from Seeland – and he’s impressed.“It’s incredibly quiet to stalk in,” he says. “It’s fully waterproof, and a nice shade of green.” David adds that the suit is very versatile, “Perfect for stalking winter and

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Pulsar Accolade 2 LRF XP50 Pro thermal binoculars – review

youtu.be/3dWnkVfBIUU For the ultimate in thermal spotting, you can’t do better than the top of the Pulsar range, the Accolade 2 LRF XP50 Pro. With a 640×480 17µm <25mK NETD thermal sensor, fast 50mm f/1.2 lens, 640×480 AMOLED display and 50Hz frame rate, it gives a wonderfully clear, smooth picture

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Pulsar Trail 2 LRF XP50 thermal riflescope – review

youtu.be/uB_KqqJfhvk If you want to fit the very best thermal riflescope, look no further than the Pulsar Trail 2 LRF XP50. This is the top of the Pulsar range – it’s not cheap, with little change from £5k, but absolutely the best performance out there bar none. This scope will

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Pulsar Axion thermal imagers – range overview

youtu.be/8TQzY7cJXOg Pulsar Axion thermal monoculars have become the go-to tool for pest controllers, deer managers, and anyone else who needs a quality hand-held thermal spotter to make their job easier. They’re small, light and incredibly powerful, allowing you to scan an area quickly for any heat source that might reveal

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Pulsar Krypton FXG50 thermal scope attachment – review

youtu.be/AuOEMgAoj-s The Krypton FXG50 is Pulsar’s flagship thermal add-on which will fit virtually any day scope. “It means you don’t have to tie up a dedicated rifle for night shooting,” explains Tom from distributors Thomas Jacks. “If you’re a stalker and you do a bit of foxing, then a thermal

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Pulsar Proton FXQ30 thermal scope attachment – review

youtu.be/Lh0j3ykBtYo A front-mounted thermal add-on unit makes a lot of sense if you’re mainly shooting during the day, but want to have the option of going out after dark when the need arises. A good example might be a deerstalker who sometimes needs to do a bit of fox control.

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Pulsar Digisight Ultra LRF N450 night vision riflescope – review

youtu.be/kRV4zSiG3oY Judging range at night can be a real challenge, even if you know your ground well. Tom from distributors Thomas Jacks is a fan of the Pulsar Digisight Ultra LRF N450 night vision riflescope for that very reason – it has a built-in laser rangefinder that will measure ranges

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