Bruce Potts

Bruce Potts

Bruce Potts has over thirty years’ experience as a shooter and wildlife photographer. He regularly writes and reviews for Shooting Times, covering subjects including air rifles, rimfire, centre-fires and reloading, to rifle and product testing and hunting features.

He has a particular interest in custom rifles, in the detailed and thorough testing of rifle ballistics, in deer stalking and in reloading. He is the author of several books on rifles.

lead-free bullets

There is a growing push towards lead-free bullets. But what are the pros and cons of lead-free bullets? These are the advantages and disadvantages as I see them and of…

lead free bullets

Lead-free ammunition is definitely making its presence felt and I am increasingly hearing from readers who have concerns about lead-free bullets and accuracy. Here’s an example of just one such…

rifle shooting

Verdict on the Savage 110 Ultralite rifle Savage always produces rifles that are aimed at real hunters who want performance over aesthetics — and that’s not me being rude, it’s…

Anschütz Model 1761 .22 rimfire

Our verdict on the Anschütz Model 1761 .22 rimfire The 1761 is designed for 
work. Its Sporter styling 
and compact credentials suggest its work is primarily vermin, but its match…

first focal plane

Many rifle shooters don’t really understand the difference between focal planes and it’s an aspect of rifle scopes that is often confusing to many. Basically, the difference between a first…

rifle shooting

Our verdict Every now and then a rifle is developed that really is something different. Judging by the huge demand for its new Sako S20 Hunter rifle, manufacturer Sako has…

Hatsan Escort 
.22LR rifle

Air rifle or a rimfire Q: I am thinking of buying an FAC-rated air rifle for pest control. Would this be better than a .22 rimfire? A: I like FAC-rated…

Sauer 404 
Synchro XT

Our Verdict The Sauer 404 Synchro XT is everything you’d expect from a brand with a reputation for elegant, highly accurate, ultra-smooth-operating bolt-action hunting rifles. The modular system on the…

Hatsan Escort 
.22LR rifle

For some years now, Hatsan has been known as a value-for-money Turkish shotgun manufacturer, but it is also starting to make its mark in the 
world of rifles. This new…

Tikka T1X

Tikka’s entry into the rimfire market a couple of years ago was both a surprise and a welcome addition. Since then, its T1X bolt action rimfire Sporter rifle has been…

crow control with rifles

Crow shooting isn't just for those who possess a shotgun. Bruce Potts investigates the relative merits of centrefires and rimfires for a safe and humane despatch

pest cartridge

Wondering what is the best calibre for foxes? Rabbits? There are so many different species of pests – you can’t band together a rabbit and a fox – that you…

Remington 700 McMillan Sporter

Remington Arms Company has been instrumental in pushing forward rifle design, not only in bolt actions but also semi-automatics, pumps and all its shotgun range. It remains one of the…