How to buy a bargain boxlock at auction

Gun expert Diggory Hadoke from says that boxlocks are currently the best bargains at sporting gun auctions. He identifies a CH Smith 12 bore side-by-side with Damascus steel barrels in leather case in Hansons of Derby’s 25 February 2022 sale.   More on secondhand guns and sporting gun auctions:

Fieldsports Britain – Paul’s Sako Strapondeggtomy

  What’s a Strapond🥚tomy? Find out here. It’s Paul Childerley’s test for rifle recoil. Put an egg between the rifle butt and your shoulder. If it breaks, you have a kicker. That’s one of the ways he tries out his new Sako S20 rifle, plus he takes it deerstalking. He got it a month ago […]

Coronavirus and the British gun trade

As coronavirus sweeps the UK, what’s happening to the gun trade? We’ve all seen the scenes in the US of people queueing up outside gun shops, eager to get their hands on weapons, ammo or both, in some sort of “end of times” precursor. In Britain, we’re not quite there… yet. Ben O’Rourke visits gun […]

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 ▶ For the new Sako S20, visit This film […]

Legal battle over gamebird release – Fieldsports News, 18 March 2020

Here are the links: Legal battle over game-bird release – BASC website West of England Game Fair scrapped – Facebook Pandemic ends hunting early – Hunting Office website Northern Shooting Show shift – Northern Shooting Show website Owners warned about dogs attacking New Forest deer – Bournemouth Echo Culls save trees, says forestry chief – […]

Lead shot ban shock

If you are giving up lead, the three contenders for your shotshells are steel, tungsten and bismuth. All these materials have their advantages and disadvantages. If you are giving up plastic wads or ‘cups’, you can only use bismuth. Both tungsten and steel are delivered in plastic cups.  There are other disadvantages, too, including the […]


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