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Shooting crows 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

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Cartridges and calibres for pest control

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 can’t have a single calibre for them all. So instead I am going to take a look at the various…

CZ 457 Royal .17 HMR

CZ 457 Royal .17 HMR

The CZ range of rimfire and centrefire rifles has served the UK sporting fraternity very well for decades now, and still provides exceptionally reassuring quality at a fair price. The original Model 1 .22 LR rimfire rifle has been modified over the years and reached its zenith with the 455.…

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Why the CZ 452.17 HMR is still the best for bagging bunnies

I spend a lot of time with my rifles to complement my ferreting and trapping — especially at this time of year. Not all rabbit problems are the same so I have to be adaptable, which is why my gun cabinet contains a wide variety of firearms. I certainly couldn’t operate…

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Ten of the best .17HMR moderators

Silence is golden where pest control is concerned, so after testing full-bore and .22 rimfire moderators Bruce Potts turns his attention to the increasingly popular .17HMR calibre

Anschutz 1517 .17 HMR rifle review

Gun reviews: Anschutz 1517 .17 HMR rifle: Bruce Potts acclaims the accuracy of this rifle and gives its thumbhole the thumbs up.

Sako Finnfire 2 in .17 HMR

Sako Finnfire 2 in .17 HMR

The Finnfire 2, as the name suggests, is a reincarnation of the famed Sako Finnfire rimfire from the 1990s. The Sako Quad, with its removable barrel system, replaced it, but many people felt there was nothing wrong with the older Finnfire model. Sako has made a retro Finnfire, but with some different features that blend both the…

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Which are the best cartridges for vermin?

When it comes to vermin cartridges, there is little doubt that the .22LR is at the top of the list. It can be used on all small species and has good accuracy, low noise and recoil, with enough energy to get the job done. The .22LR was later upgraded to…

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Rabbit shooting with classic rifles

An early morning start, with a light breeze, is an idyllic start to any day’s stalk. But on this occasion it was not an eligible roebuck that I had in mind; it was a humble rabbit. I love rabbit shooting. It was the way I learned to shoot on my uncle’s…

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Which is the best.17 HMR bolt-action rifle?

This review pits the Sako Quad Synthetic, CZ Synthetic Silhouette, Browing T-Bolt Synthetic and Anschutz 1517 Thumbhole against each other to find the best .17 HRM bolt-action rifle

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CZ 527 .17 Hornet

With rifles there always seems to be a better idea just around the corner, but in this case it’s more a marriage of an old rifle to a new calibre. The CZ 527 is the old bit, though not that old. CZ, or Ceska Zbrojovka, has evolved from what was…

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.17 HMR bolt-action rifles

Flat shooting and fast expanding, the .17 HMR round is a popular vermin control cartridge. This guide rounds up the best of the rifles on the market

.17 Hornet calibre review

.17 Hornet calibre review: Rifle expert George Wallace investigates a baby centrefire that’s been a long time in development - the .17 Hornet.

.17HMR calibre sound moderators review

.17HMR calibre sound moderators: .17HMR sound moderators are increasingly popular due to the proliferation of this calibre. Here we take a look at several of the best on the market.

Weihrauch HW60J .17HMR rifle

Weihrauch HW60J .17HMR rifle review

Weihrauch HW60J .17HMR rifle: In the Weihrauch HW60J Bruce Potts finds a traditional, well-made .17HMR with excellent accuracy and the handling characteristics of a full-bore rifle

Testing the .17 calibre Fireball round

Testing the .17 calibre Fireball round: Certain smaller calibre rounds have their roots in the swinging Sixties, but, says Bruce Potts, it took many decades and Remington’s blessing for them to join the Establishment.

Savage 93R17 BTVS .17 HMR rifle review

Savage 93R17 BTVS .17 HMR rifle review: This trim and handy HMR rifle ticks all the boxes. It's a reliable and accurate sporting gun with a sound pedigree and fine new features.