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.

Ruger rifle out in the field

To many people, a .22 rimfire is a necessity to control the rabbits or vermin around their farms or for a bit of informal target shooting. A good, honest, well-built…

In field with rifle

Hands up — I am a big Schultz & Larsen fan. After the S&L Legacy rifle test I was so impressed 
I bought one of its rifles — and I…

Ruger No 1

A single-shot rifle may not be for everyone, but if you are a little more discerning and value the true essence of hunting, then the Ruger No.1 is 
a beautifully…

Chapuis Armes Rols Elegance

In general, French manufacturer Chapuis Armes is associated more often with quality double rifles and shotguns than modern straight-pull rifles, but the Chapuis Armes Rols Elegance rifle is a refreshingly…

Merkel K3 Extreme .308

Merkel, one of the oldest gunmakers in the Suhl district of Germany, is renowned for its fine shotguns, rifles and double- or triple-barrelled guns. The Merkel K3 Extreme .308 harks back…

sound moderator fit

Sound moderators are ever popular for sporting use these days, but ill treatment or neglect can cause corroded threads, misalignment or they can become permanently attached to the barrel.

Sauer 100 Pantera .308 stalking rifle

Designed as a compact, longer-range, fast-handling rifle, the Pantera — from Sauer’s Model 100 series — is equally good in the field. The manufacturer’s Model 100 rifles range from walnut-stocked…

Swarovski Z8i 2.3-18x56 P

Q: When I travel to my stalking grounds in a warm car my scope’s lenses fog up in the cold weather. What, if anything, can 
I do to stop this?…

Franchi Horizon stalking rifle

With the short days you have a only small window of opportunity before the fallow feeding on the fields disappear into the woods. Get there early, stumble to the field…

Bergara B-14 Ridge

Bergara, whose rifles are manufactured in Spain and distributed in the UK by RUAG Ammotec, has made fantastic inroads into the British shooting market. Bergara’s barrels have long been revered…

Barrett Fieldcraft Sporter rifle

When you are young, keen and eager, the overall weight of a new rifle, scope and moderator is not your primary concern. Often you think you need a heavy or…

Steyr Zephyr II 17 HMR rimfire

The original Steyr Zephyr was a .22 LR, produced in 1966 by Steyr Mannlicher, and it was unlike any other rimfire available at the time. It had that everlasting and…

Remington AWR stalking rifle

I decided to try out the Remington American Wilderness Rifle (AWR) while roe stalking in Scotland, and in Argyll at this time of year you can usually count on one…

CZ 455 American STS .22LR

Think of .22 rimfires and instantly you think of the 
CZ .22 LR bolt-action rifle. This rimfire has been offered in many guises over the years to satisfy shooters who…

Heym SR21 rifle

Heym manages to blend seamlessly the art of rifle-smithing and modern manufacture, presenting its guns with an enviable degree of finish. The SR21 rifle has undergone a few modifications from…