Bruce Potts

Bruce Potts

Shooting Times rifle reviewer and stalker

Browning X-Bolt SF

Browning has always had that knack of producing understated but practical and well-made rifles that are reliable, accurate and offer good handling straight from the box. The gunmaker’s reasonable prices…

cheap scopes on test

I have always been an advocate of buying the best scope you can afford, as its reliability and performance will repay you in the long run. This still holds true…

second focal plane

Q: With all this rain of late, 
do you have any tips for cleaning my rifle scope and keeping it safe? Bruce Potts, our resident expert gives his advice A:…

Tikka T3X Lite rifle

I tested the stainless steel .243 version of this new model of the iconic Tikka last year when it was launched but I wanted to test the entry-level version, too,…

How to choose a stalking rifle

A: That is a good budget for 
a decent rifle, with the Tikka T3, Schultz & Larsen, Steyr Mannlicher CL2, Strasser RS Solo or Browning X-Bolt, to name a few,…

.17 WSM

I have tested many a Savage over the years and have seen them transform from a budget-priced yet reliable and accurate rifle from the US to a more respected and…

Rigby Highland rifle

Classic Rigbys these days go for large sums of money, combining the charm of yesteryear and the very best in English quality styling, fit and finish with the precision-engineering metal…

.22 rimfire sound moderators

As far as noise reduction goes, the humble 
.22 rimfire has reached its peak, yet the shooting industry continues to enhance, modify and improve methods of suppressing its signature report.…

Haenel Jaeger 10

Haenel is one of those gunmakers that have never really been a familiar name 
in Britain, despite its 1840 pedigree. Add to this the heritage from 
the Suhl gunmaking region…

Browning B525

In 2003 Browning brought out the B525 and at the time it represented the latest phase in the development of the company’s Miroku-built models. The gun had some subtle yet…

Mossberg MVP Scout combo

I tested the Mossberg Predator a few years ago and was impressed with the price and performance of the rifle, so now it is the turn of the Scout model. The Scout rifle ethos…

Winchester XPR .243

Winchester has always been the symbol of American rifle-making but, as with Browning, manufacture transferred to Japan under the Browning, Winchester, Miroku banner. This particular gun is actually made in Portugal and is another one of the…

BSA Mercury

In the 1970s, when I was a teenager and mad keen on air rifles, there were two camps you fell into. You were either a British BSA or Webley shooter or a German…

man with sound moderators

Once quite uncommon, the sound moderator is now as standard a piece of equipment as is a scope when you buy a rifle. But every shooter’s needs will be different. For a stalker who only…

Browning T-Bolt synthetic .22LR

Straight-pull rifles are not for everyone. The operation of the bolt as a straight pull directly back to you is very fast and smooth, and none more so than in the small Browning T-Bolt rimfire…

Mannlicher-Schoenauer bolt action

This rifle is one of those items in which classic charm marries with modern-day custom design. The Mannlicher-Schoenauer bolt action is indicative of a bygone era when German Imperial gunsmithing skills were afforded mythical…

man shooting .17HMR

A: Yes, this new cartridge looks to be very interesting to anyone who likes small calibres. It is a rival to the .17 HMR cartridge, which is also a rimfire, but the WSM or Winchester…