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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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GPO Rangeguide 2800 10×50 rangefinding binoculars – review

Every deerstalker needs a good pair of binoculars, but until you’ve tried rangefinding binoculars you might not know just how useful they can be. It’s not just about measuring the range before taking a shot; rangefinders can help you plan your stalk, as Richard Ryan from GPO’s UK distributor Raytrade

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Kahles Helia 3.5-18x50i – review

youtu.be/X3Bz3wsUMdg If you’re looking for a top quality scope without paying for all the bells and whistles, Fieldtester’s Tim Pilbeam reckons you should look at the Kahles Helia 3.5-18x50i. When it comes to optics, Kahles know their stuff. They’re one of the oldest manufacturers of scopes in the world, going

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Nikko Stirling Diamond FFP First Focal Plane rifle scope review

youtu.be/oMN9Zkgf_XYRyan Charlton of distributor Highland Outdoors has used the 4-16×44 scope he sells with half mil-dot reticle on his own rimfire. He says he has had hits out to 300 yards using a combination of dialling in holdover and using the reticle as his aim point. There are plenty of precision

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Will a cheap riflescope work?

youtu.be/3H9ZYG1fxbY Just because a riflescope is expensive, does it work better? Dan Pool from Braces of Bristol says he can’t see a difference in optics over a certain price level. He says you pay more for a scope for its resale value and for its reliability and after-sales service. For

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Leica Amplus 6 riflescope – review

youtu.be/R98moTyIQKU Leica has a new entry-level riflescope. Of course, entry level to a top-end name such as Leica does not mean it is under £1,000. However, Tim Pilbeam says that for the money – £1,400 – you get all the Leica quality most of us could want. Tim tried out

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Swarovski updates its dS riflescope to gen II

by Charlie Jacoby The Swarovski dS scope is growing up. The technical marvel that is the gen II dS has a slimmer look, though the same 40mm tube, a choice of six reticles, and more customisable features such as the ability to switch off the wind bars. It comes with an

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Swarovski updates its CL pocket binos range

by Charlie Jacoby All the expensive optics manufacturers have the same problem: should they launch cheaper models? If they do, it opens them to the charge of going downmarket. Also, they may have to cut costs in the manufacturing process, which could bring with it a quality issue. All of

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Zeiss DTI 3/35 thermal spotter – review

Thermal imaging has become an essential tool for gamekeepers, pest controllers and deer managers. From almost none a couple of years ago, there are now a huge variety of products to choose from. The old man of traditional optics, Zeiss, planned a grand launch for its first entry into the

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Leupold BX4 Pro Guide HD binoculars – review

Out of 3,500 responses to our 2020 kit survey, 600 Fieldsports Channel viewers got back to us about binos. It is clear from the results that Leupold is a well-loved brand, if not widely purchased. Only 3% of viewers own Leupold binos.   In Fieldsports Channel’s research, Leupold binos score

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Leupold Gold Ring 12-40×60 Spotting Scope – review

  A good spotting scope is a vital tool of the trade for Mike Robinson, professional deer manager and game chef. “I’m selecting wild deer which I harvest and put through my Owl Barn larder, and which then goes to my award-winning restaurants” – (yes, he says “award-winning”) – “as

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Why pay more than necessary for a riflescope?

  You can spend a large sum of money on a high-end scope, but will it actually put more meat in the freezer? Of course a top-end scope may give you a few more minutes’ shooting at dawn and dusk, but Dan Pool of Braces of Bristol thinks there’s a

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Meopta Optika6 1-6×24 RD SFP riflescope – review

  If you shoot driven boar or practical rifle competitions, you need the right scope for the job, something designed for fast, reflex shooting. James Fowler at distributors RUAG knows his stuff, so what does he recommend? “The Meopta Optika6 1-6×24 is ideal,” he says. “It’s a nice compact scope

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Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II – review

  If you want to know what scope a competitive shooter uses to hit targets accurately, ask Ben Mcilwaine. He’ll tell you it’s the Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II. Bushnell says it’s the scope “that’s been to the podium at the King of 2 Miles” and countless precision rifle matches

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Best night vision rifle scope for under £1,000

  Robbie Sheddon of Cluny Country Guns takes us through a selection of night vision and thermal scopes for less than a grand. They are: Yukon Photon RT, £599 Yukon Sightline N450, £759 Yukon Sightline N470, £819 Pulsar Axion Key XM22, £869 Starting off with the Yukon Photon RT: “This

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Thermal spotter vs hunting binoculars

  Tim Pilbeam is deerstalking with a difference: he’s fieldtesting for us. What are the best binoculars for hunting? And what should you look for when buying binoculars for hunting? Are thermal binoculars any good? As well as the chance to shoot a doe, he wants to work out when

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Bushnell Nitro 1800 Laser Rangefinder – review

  Bushnell’s Nitro Laser Range Finder works up to 2,000 yards (with all the upgrades) and is Bluetooth compatible, so you can link it to smartphone apps and ballistics calculators such as Kestrel. Even without upgrades it works to 800 yards. Accuracy is +/- 1 yard. It’s also got built-in

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Swarovski bets on field of view with NL Pure hunting binoculars

  Swarovski’s new binoculars have an amazing field-of view, great quality glass at an eye-watering £2,370. Tim Pilbeam tries them out as he searches for this year’s best hunting (and fishing) binoculars.   Forget light transmission, forget ease-of-use – they are last year’s optic USPs. Swarovski’s three new binocular launches

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Best airgun scopes 2020

Back in March 2020, 3,500 of you filled out our survey on what kit you use. Nearly 300 of you told us about your airgun optics, and here are the results. There’s one brand that has half the market.   In third place, it’s MTC, and the model you are

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Best riflescopes for 2021

Nearly 700 viewers took part in out centrefire riflescopes survey, out of the massive 3,500 of you who responded to our lockdown surveys in March 2020 – and you reveal that almost all of the scopes you put on your centrefire rifles come from just 16 companies. The survey also

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On Test: Aimpoint Acro + roebuck stalking

  You have a buck in your scope at 200 yards, and you call it in to 50 metres. It’s time for the Aimpoint Acro to swing into action. The new sight from Aimpoint sits on the side of your scope, ready for you to take a snap, action shot.

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Best hunting binoculars

  It’s our Fieldtester binoculars survey. We sent out the survey during coronavirus lockdown and got more than 3,500 responses. Of these, we had over 600 responses to our binoculars survey. And the results? You certainly spend money on optics. Around half of you own one of the three most

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On test: Aimpoint Acro – see more, shoot more

  Sometimes you shoot an animal at a good range and you are pleased with the result. Sometimes, the animal emerges from the bushes just in front of you. And occasionally, both can happen at the same time. Swedish gunsight manufacturer’s her Aimpoint reckons it has found the solution. We

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Swarovski Z8i

by Charlie Jacoby This is the scope offer from one of the big three optics companies. The Z8i is the scope to have if you don’t want the Zeiss V8 or the Leica Magnus. With an 8x magnification, this scope takes your target from 1.7x to 13.3x. It is aimed

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Swarovski modular ATX spotting scope

by Charlie Jacoby For the big game hunter who likes to see their distant game up close, this is the Swarovski spotting scope to choose. Zoom is from 30x to 70x. This one has the 95mm objective lens. Modular means you can take the headpiece off and replace it. As

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On Test: Zeiss’s 2019 riflescopes

We go simulated stalking and long-distance rifle shooting out to 500 metres with Paul Childerley. It’s all so Zeiss can set out its stall to UK gunshops. We are on hand to see what they think of the product line-up. ▶ Click here for more about Zeiss sports optics ▶

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On Test: Leica Fortis riflescope

Roy Lupton has his hands on the new Leica Fortis riflescope, which launched at IWA 2019. He takes it out after muntjac deer. ▶ This film is supported by Leica. Find your local Leica dealer here ▶ Click here for all of Roy’s films on Fieldsports Channel ▶ Join the

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Swarovski EL binoculars – 2021 reboot

by Charlie Jacoby You see your animal through your binos, you shoot, it drops out of sight. Now Swarovski has come up with binos that help you find the carcase. The new EL range, launched in 2021, has a ‘tracking assistant’ that not only rangefinds your animal but places it

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Zeiss Conquest V6 riflescope – review

This film was first shown in Fieldsports Britain episode 414 The revolutionary new riflescope the V6, shoots long ranges, says Zeiss. We take it to West Wales to try it out with members of the British gun trade, plus Paul Childerley and Andrew Venables. For more from Zeiss, visit Zeiss.co.uk/hunting

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Binos destruction test – a lifetime of hurt in a day

Binos destruction test – a lifetime of hurt in a day

Just how much abuse can a pair of Zeiss binoculars take? In this film we drop them, drag them, crush them, drown and finally we shoot them. They are (they were) a mint pair of Victory HT binoculars. The guys at German optics company Zeiss wanted to replicate what a

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On Test: Aimpoint Micro S1 sight for shotguns

The people who make the famous red dot sight for wild boar have a new product comnig out. Aimpoint is developing a new sight for shotguns. We go to Mamima Jakt in Sweden to test it out. This film was first shown in Fieldsports Britain episode 385.  To watch the

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Hawke Airmax EV 4-12×50 AO – review

Hawke Airmax EV 4-12×50 AO – review

Airgunner and Airgun World technical editor Phill Price needed a new scope for his new Daystate Regal. He explains why he opts for the Hawke Airmax EV 4-12×50 AO. Phill talks through the reasons why he feels it’s a wise buy for someone looking for some decent glass that’s under

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