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Rifles

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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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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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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FORM rifle stock – review

Many people have turned their hand to making rifle stocks over the years, but few have got it right, and been able to produce them in sufficient quantity. Peter McGregor, the owner of FORM Stocks, is one of those few. “I first met Peter several years ago, and he was

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Remington 700 Sporter rifle – review

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoaywkd6hvA The Remington Model 700 rifle is legendary. First produced in 1962, nearly 60 years later it’s still in production, with an unparalleled reputation for dependability and out-of-the-box accuracy, relied on by elite military units and law enforcement around the world. Richard Ryan, of Remington’s UK distributors Raytrade UK, is

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Bergara Premier Ridgeback rifle – review

youtu.be/6ZyTpZLMLaEWhen you’re serious about your shooting, you need a special kind of rifle – and that’s what you get with the Bergara Premier Ridgeback, says James Fowler from the importer RUAG, who is also a competition target shooter. It aims to provide near custom performance from an off-the-shelf rifle at an

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How night vision has changed the rules for rifle fit

Gun fit is a big issue in shotgun shooting, but people forget it’s important for rifle shooting too. Your cheek needs to be resting nicely on the comb, so your head is always in the same place in relation to the scope for the best accuracy and consistent groups. That’s

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What’s the best rimfire rifle package for £500-£700?

So: you’ve got your Firearms Certificate, you’ve got permission to shoot rabbits on a local farm, and you’re itching to go shooting. There’s just one hurdle left: you need a rifle and scope  that are up to the job. So what’s the best rimfire rifle package for a reasonable price,

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Savage B17 rimfire – review

Why buy a Savage B17? Half of the Fieldsports Channel audience (who own a rimfire) own the Czech-made CZ/Brno rimfires – check out our rimfire research. However, drill down those numbers and you find that the Czech rifles are getting elderly in the hands of our viewers (the average age

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Do you need a cheek piece for your rifle?

Purists look at foxshooting doyen Robert Bucknell’s set-up and are appalled. Until recently, he had a CAM rifle, which is in ‘practical rifle’ territory and not the usual foxshooter’s choice of heavy barrel with bipod. And, to make it a more comfortable fit, he built up the cheek pad with

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Bergara B14-R .22LR rimfire training rifle – review

  Why would you want a .22 rimfire version of a centrefire Hunter Match Rifle? The obvious answer is running costs. With the price of centrefire ammo, a .22 rimfire allows you to practise to your heart’s content without worrying about the cost. But it’s also a lovely little rifle

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Bergara BA13 TD take-down rifle – review

  How about a rifle that you can take down like a shotgun and pack into a rucksack? That’s the Bergara BA13 TD take-down rifle. “It’s a little single shot, break action rifle and it’s incredible,” says James Fowler of distributors RUAG. “It gets called the keeper’s gun because it’s

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Bergara B14 HMR rifle – review

  What rifle do you choose when you work for the importer and could take your pick? For James Fowler of RUAG there was no hesitation – he tried the Bergara B14 and fell in love straight away. “It’s a versatile rifle that you can use for hunting or match

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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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Savage 110 High Country rifle – review

  The Savage Model 110 is the oldest continuously-manufactured bolt-action rifle in the USA. Call something a ‘High Country’ and it means this is a the version that breaks new borders, that’s used by pioneers and true outdoorsmen. North Carolinans have a western part of their state they call the

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Savage 110 Precision Elite rifle – review

  The 110 Precision Elite from Savage Arms is “built from the bottom up for competition use”, says Ben Mcilwaine, a competition rifle shooter sponsored by Edgar Brothers, which imports Savage rifles into the UK. The rifle has an MDT ACC titanium nitride chassis, allowing complete customisation of weight and

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Savage B22 – review

  The Savage B22 Precision is the affordable match rimfire rifle for .22LR competitions. It will perform on the range, you can use it for plinking and it’s even an accurate choice for rabbits and other vermin. Its MDT chassis is built from a single piece of aluminium, to make

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What is the Nite Stalker package?

  The Nite Stalker package includes any Howa rifle (we show the 20in Varmint rifle with Lightning II stock in our film). It also comes with an ATN 4K day/night scope, Aimsport Triton 50 moderator, bipod and five-shot magazine. Ryan Charlton from distributor Highland Outdoors calls the Howa Nite Stalker

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Best hunting rifles for 2021

What do you shoot? Among Fieldsports Channel viewers, deerstalking is the big one with 38% of you out after deer, followed by 31% of you foxshooters, 15% of you are target shooters, 11% of you shoot wild boar and 5% hunt other overseas big game. There is plenty of overlap

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Best rimfires and rimfire ammunition 2020

Here are Fieldsports Channel viewers’ top five favourite rifles CZ 455 CZ 452 Ruger 10-22 Sako Quad Browning T-Bolt   When it comes to manufacturers, there are two big boys in the rimfire rifle market, and one massive boy. As you know, we sent out surveys into what kit you

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On Test: Sako S20

Paul Childerley has been using the Sako S20 for a month and has shot more than 80 deer with it. It’s time for him to give his views on how it shoots and whether he likes it. ▶ To go stalking with Paul, email paul@childerleysporting.co.uk ▶ For the new Sako

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On Test: Savage Arms 110 Lightweight Storm

  Jason Doyle puts the Savage Arms 110 Lightweight Storm through its paces. He takes this rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor up into the Wicklow Hills in stormy conditions to try to take a sika hind. Find out how he gets on. For Savage Arms, visit SavageArms.com For more about Hornady’s

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New launch: Merkel K5 break-barrel rifle

by Charlie Jacoby Generally, I like the sleek, new single-shot break-barrel rifle from Merkel. The company lent it to me for a week of red hind stalking in Argyllshire (my film is at the bottom of this review). It is designed as a ‘mountain’ rifle: lightweight and with the break-barrel

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On Test: seven different carbon-stock rifles

Gun reviewer Tim Pilbeam has more than £50,000-worth of rifles to test. He looks at the latest carbon rifles from manufacturers including Blaser, Mauser, Sauer, Sako, Browning, Christensen Arms and Dane & Co – and a Canyon bike. ▶ Blaser R8 Carbon Success ▶ Browning Bolt Pro Carbon ▶ Christensen

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On Test: Sako 85 Black Wolf

Paul Childerley talks through the pros and cons of the Sako 85 Black Wolf, which he is taking on a chamois hunt in Slovenia. ▶ For more about the Sako 85 Black Wolf, visit Sako.fi/rifles/sako-85/85-black-wolf ▶ To go stalking with Paul, email paul@childerleysporting.co.uk ▶ Click here for all our films

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On Test: Sako 85 Carbon Wolf

Professional wildlife manager Paul Childerley puts the Sako 85 Carbon Wolf in 6.5 Creedmoor through its paces on kudu in South Africa. He is hunting with PH Nico Els in the Eastern Cape. ▶ For more information about Sako rifles and bullets including the Sako 85 Carbon Wolf, go to

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On Test: Franchi Horizon rifle

Tim Pilbeam and Karl Waktare are trying out the new Franchi Horizon rifle on chamois in the Alps. There’s no problem with the rifle – it’s the mountains they have trouble mastering. Find out if this is the sport for you… This film was first shown in Fieldsports Britain episode

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On Test: best rifle under £500

On Test: best rifle under £500

We review three rifles that sell in the UK for under £500: the Remington Model 783 in .243, the Savage Axis XP in .243, and the Winchester XPR in .270. Tim Pilbeam brings together a professional gamekeeper, Roy Foster, who wants a classic yet workaday rifle, and long-range specialist Mark

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On Test: Mauser M18

Tim Pilbeam puts on a German hat and climbs into a German car to discuss the merits of this new rifle by German gunmaker Mauser. The M18 is rugged and, well, boring – but does it do the job? For more about the Mauser M18, visit UK distributor www.blaser-sporting.com This

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On Test: Mauser M12

The Mauser M12 has rapidly become one of the most popular sporting rifles in the UK. We take two versions of it out after roe deer. Byron Pace accompanies journalist Louise Gray who is using his Mauser M12 Impact for a buck in Scotland (back in the summer). Top stalker

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On Test: Sauer Keeper Package

With foxes on the prowl for pheasant poults, it’s time for keepers to get out the rifles and start shooting. To coincide with this, Sauer has brought out a ‘Keeper Package’. It is the latest in a trend of rifle packages from several of the manufacturers. Tim Pilbeam reviews it.

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First Look: Sauer 404

First Look: Sauer 404

We go up to a long-distance range in West Wales to look at the new Sauer 404. Sporting Shooter editor Dom Holtam and Chris Chapman from Swillington Shooting Supplies give it the once over. For more about Sauer go to Sauer.de Thanks to Minox, Garlands, and WMS Firearms Training for

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Pimp my rifle stock: the GRS factory in Norway

Pimp my rifle stock: the GRS factory in Norway

Max Hunt is in Norway to learn long-distance shooting with the experts from the GRS rifle stocks factory. GRS makes some of the most extraordinary and technical rifle stocks in the world. This item appears in Fieldsports Britain, episode 239. To watch the whole show go to Fcha.nl/fieldsportsbritain239 For more

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Budget foxing rifle review

Budget foxing rifle review

Sporting Rifle magazine rifle reviewer Tim Pilbeam looks at three rifle kits designed for the fox shooter who wants something accurate, reliable and has less than a £1,000 to spend. The cheapest is around the £600 mark. They are: The new Ruger American recently launched into the UK in .243

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On Test: Browning BL-22 – cowboy underlever

On Test: Browning BL-22 – cowboy underlever

Is this the reason Cowboys just ate beans? Dom Holtan puts the Browning BL-22 underlever through its paces on the rabbits. It might not be as accurate as an Anschuetz but it’s a fun son of a gun! This item first appeared in Fieldsports Britain, episode 124. To watch the

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