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.

Tikka T1x UPR .22LR

Since its introduction three years ago, the rimfire version of Tikka’s centrefire T3x, the T1x, has been a huge success. This is partly due to the price point but more…

Howa Contractor rifle

The Howa Contractor SP rifle combo A growing number of manufacturers are enticing us with deals that combine rifle, scope and sound moderator in one package. These include essential items…

Haenel Jaeger 10 Synthetic Sporter

Bruce Potts tested the Haenel Jaeger 10 synthetic Sporter back in 2017. In April 2021 Charles Smith Jones revisited the gun for Sporting Gun magazine. He described it as: “a…

ZEISS V8 range

The Zeiss V8 range sports four models that utilise, as the name suggests, a power range of eight magnification, that is to say, 1.1-8x30mm, 1.8-14x50mm, 2.8-20x56mm or on test is their…

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…

Savage A22 Pro Varmint

Our Verdict The Savage A22 Pro Varmint semi-automatic rimfire rifle is Savage Arms’ answer to the Ruger 10/22, which has long dominated this area of the market. The A22 is…

Steyr Mannlicher Carbon CL II

Steyr Mannlicher has been producing rifles in Austria for more than 150 years and its latest is the Steyr Mannlicher Carbon CL II. As the name suggests, it features a…

small calibre cartridges

Q: Do you have any information on the .14 or .12 calibre cartridges? I would like to rebarrel a rifle in one of these calibres but what’s your advice on…

CZ 455 mini sniper rimfire

Don’t be put off by the name; we think ‘Mini Sniper’ is an allusion to the fact this CZ .22 LR rimfire rifle is highly accurate and precise, and perhaps…

Sauer 100 Classic XT

The Sauer 100 Classic XT synthetic is designed as a no-nonsense practical sporting arm and the XT models are the entry-level rifles — offering value but with the Sauer quality.…

Bergara B-14R .22 rimfire

I really appreciate an accurate .22 rimfire. A popular rifle for vermin control, it deserves to have a bit of thought and money spent on it. Bergara makes superb barrels…

.22 rimfire sound moderators

I have selected five .22 rimfire sound moderators of varying prices, ranging from under £40 to £150, each designed primarily for subsonic cartridge use, though some can be used for…

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…

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…