rifle bullets

A change of primer

A: It’s amazing what does and what does not influence the combustion and propulsion of a bullet on pulling the trigger. Sometimes, even the smallest tweak can make a big difference, but other times you can change a load significantly and it will show very little alteration. That’s why it’s important…

Shooting advice

Shooting advice: Help your friends shoot accurately

Seeing the shot is one of the most important parts of any shooting instructor’s armoury when giving shooting advice. If you can’t see the shot then I believe it’s very difficult to teach properly. The good news is you can teach people to see the shot, but sadly this often…

Have you booked your Shooting UK Event?

Shooting UK has now launched three exciting new events for the readers of Sporting Gun, Shooting Times, Shooting Gazette and The Field – and of course, visitors to the Shooting UK website. Whether you want to find out what jobs a gamekeeper has to do throughout the year, how you have a…

Practice clay shooting

Why is it important to practise clay shooting in summer?

Edward Watson: Once the driven game shooting season closes, it’s very easy for even the most passionate of sportsmen or women to clean their shotgun and then place it carefully in the cabinet until just before their first day of the following season. I think everyone reading this will know…

What weight trigger pull should i get?

Originally published June 2007 MIKE GEORGE says: Most shotgun triggers are set to fire with a pull of about 4lb, and on a well set up Browning that should give a nice, crisp pull consistent with safety. You can go a bit lighter than that, but anything below 3lb isn’t…

Pigeon shooting: Missing the easy ones

A: I can guarantee you’re not the only one who suffers from this annoying phenomenon. I’ve seen top Shots miss what seems to be a straightforward bird coming in to decoys, and I can’t tell you how many pigeon I’ve missed out of trees. It is so infuriating when it…

When game shooting, which birds will be best for eating?

Liam Bell If your birds are retrieved by a soft-mouthed dog, cooled as soon as possible after being shot, and handled with care, there will be few which will not be suitable for the kitchen. The only exceptions are those that hit trees or came into contact with something hard…