Bruce Potts

Weatherby Vanguard Range Certified .243

The Vanguard series of rifles from Weatherby offers shooters the chance of owning the Weatherby name in a good-quality but less expensive rifle. The Vanguard is basically a Howa barrelled-action…

Remington Model 597 HB

Having tested the Remington Model 783 stalking rifle, a new version of the ubiquitous Model 597 semi-automatic rimfire landed at my door. With few choices in rimfire semi-autos available to…

Remington Model 783

Remington has languished in the shadows for 
a number of years, which is a shame because in the past the company’s models were the mainstream hunting rifles in Britain alongside…

roe deer

Q: I have bought a new .243 Tikka T3X rifle for deer stalking and 
I would like some advice on the best ammunition to shoot in it. You’ve made a…

Browning X-Bolt SF

Browning has always had that knack of producing understated but practical and well-made rifles that are reliable, accurate and offer good handling straight from the box. The gunmaker’s reasonable prices…

checking a scope

I have always been an advocate of buying the best scope you can afford, as its reliability and performance will repay you in the long run. This still holds true…

second focal plane

Q: With all this rain of late, 
do you have any tips for cleaning my rifle scope and keeping it safe? Bruce Potts, our resident expert gives his advice A:…

Tikka T3X Lite rifle

I tested the stainless steel .243 version of this new model of the iconic Tikka last year when it was launched but I wanted to test the entry-level version, too,…

How to choose a stalking rifle

A: That is a good budget for 
a decent rifle, with the Tikka T3, Schultz & Larsen, Steyr Mannlicher CL2, Strasser RS Solo or Browning X-Bolt, to name a few,…

.17 WSM

I have tested many a Savage over the years and have seen them transform from a budget-priced yet reliable and accurate rifle from the US to a more respected and…

Rigby Highland rifle

Classic Rigbys these days go for large sums of money, combining the charm of yesteryear and the very best in English quality styling, fit and finish with the precision-engineering metal…

Browning B525

In 2003 Browning brought out the B525 and at the time it represented the latest phase in the development of the company’s Miroku-built models. The gun had some subtle yet…

Mossberg MVP Scout combo

I tested the Mossberg Predator a few years ago and was impressed with the price and performance of the rifle, so now it is the turn of the Scout model. The Scout rifle ethos…

Winchester XPR .243

Winchester has always been the symbol of American rifle-making but, as with Browning, manufacture transferred to Japan under the Browning, Winchester, Miroku banner. This particular gun is actually made in Portugal and is another one of the…

BSA Mercury

In the 1970s, when I was a teenager and mad keen on air rifles, there were two camps you fell into. You were either a British BSA or Webley shooter or a German…