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A guide to shotgun choke

What is a shotgun choke and what does it do? A shotgun choke narrows or constricts the barrel muzzles. This reduces the width of the shot charge or pattern, so that bullets are expelled more densely to give a more effective result. The more open chokes are, the larger the…

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How to deal with Guns who are after bag quantity, not quality

Be discreet, says Steve Nutall of Border Fieldsports Why are some Guns still after shooting big bags? I’m not just talking driven pheasants and partridge, here. Even some so-called wildfowlers and rough shooters seem to play the numbers game these days. If you see plenty of wild geese on a…

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Deactivated guns – just how has the law changed?

Q: I have a number of deactivated guns that I am told that I will now have to register. Does this mean I need to get a firearm or shotgun certificate? The latest deactivated guns law A: No, but the new rules, which came into force on 12 December 2019…

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Our guide to the bird species on general licences in England

The changes to general licences in the last year resulted in a lot of confusion. To make matters simpler, we thought we would provide a visual reference to bird species on general licences in England that can be culled. Remember that the law is different in Wales. Mike Swan, Head of…

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12 New Year resolutions for shooters

Have a shooting lesson. In fact, why not book a few. If you feel your shooting has been below par this season then it might be time to go back to basics, book some sessions with an instructor and see what is going wrong. It’s simple to slip into bad…

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What you need to do to get a clear view along your gun

In this article we take a closer look at the importance of comb height. In particular, how to assess a newcomer’s requirements and understand the relevance of the combination of correct comb height and stock length. Both will 
help a Gun shoot to a higher standard. What is comb height?…

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My shotgun certificate renewal has been refused!

The police have refused to renew my shotgun certificate on the grounds that I pose a threat to public safety or the peace, citing my domestic circumstances, and the fact that I had a shotgun in the boot of my car when the FEO visited - I was about to…

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What women Guns really, really want for Christmas

Need to get a Christmas gift for a female Gun? We asked some women who shoot what they’d love to receive. The ultimate Christmas gifts for female Guns “Even though the season has just finished – I would love a pair of Vision chest waders for Christmas. Mine are shared…

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Maximising shoot returns

It is all very well saying that shooting is about the day and the size of the bag is almost an irrelevance. I agree that the number of birds in the bag is rarely related directly to how much pleasure we get from being out with our friends. But at…