Bruce Potts

Bruce Potts

Shooting Times rifle reviewer and stalker

The Leica CRF 2000B

Q: Could you recommend 
a laser range finder to help me accurately judge distances? 
I shoot over large fields and hills, so knowing the correct range would be useful. A:…

Mauser M12 Impact

Mauser knows what real shooters want from a rifle. The Impact is not only a premium sporting arm at a great price but its overall design of stainless-steel metalwork and…

.308 Win cartridge

Deer stalking: I plan to get involved in deer stalking on my father’s farm and two neighbouring Estates where there are Roe, Fallow and a few Sika. Can you recommend…

Savage Model 11 TH XP synthetic .308 rifle

The Savage brand, imported by Edgar Brothers, offers a great range of rifles and calibres for all forms of shooting, be it vermin, fox, deer or plains game, at decent…

checking a scope

As the bullet is the last thing to have contact with the barrel as it leaves and is the first thing that hits your quarry, the uniformity of the projectile…

Any Sharp knife sharpener

Q: Can you recommend a knife sharpener please? I cannot 
find a decent one for my rabbiting and stalking knives. A: I get asked this a lot and it is…

Ruger American Ranch rifle

I have the highest respect for Ruger rifles. I have owned and tested many over the years, with the Ruger No.1 being my all-time favourite factory rifle. The manufacturer continue…

Weatherby Vanguard Range Certified .243

The Vanguard series of rifles from Weatherby offers shooters the chance of owning the Weatherby name in a good-quality but less expensive rifle. The Vanguard is basically a Howa barrelled-action…

Remington Model 597 HB

Having tested the Remington Model 783 stalking rifle, a new version of the ubiquitous Model 597 semi-automatic rimfire landed at my door. With few choices in rimfire semi-autos available to…

Remington Model 783

Remington has languished in the shadows for 
a number of years, which is a shame because in the past the company’s models were the mainstream hunting rifles in Britain alongside…

roe deer

Q: I have bought a new .243 Tikka T3X rifle for deer stalking and 
I would like some advice on the best ammunition to shoot in it. You’ve made a…

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…

checking a scope

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…