best air rifles under £500

Six popular air rifles for under £500

One of the greatest appeals of airgun shooting is its affordability. For a few hundred pounds — and sometimes significantly less — you can pick up an air rifle that should give years of reliable service. With Christmas looming large 
on the horizon, it is likely more than a few…

Hawke Sidewinder FFP

Hawke Sidewinder FFP

It wasn’t very long ago that first focal plane (FFP) scopes were regarded as something of a niche product. There 
has been a shift over the years as more shooters cotton on to the advantages these optics offer. Hawke is never slow when it comes 
to offering customers exactly what…

Bergara B-14 Ridge

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 for their accuracy and are often used for custom rifle builds. These precision-made barrels also feature on the manufacturer’s hunting…

Heym SR21 rifle

Heym SR21 rifle and scope combo

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 traditional Sporter to classic English styling and lightweight Concorde version, but still has the feel of a fine handmade gun.…

Savage Model 11 TH XP synthetic .308 rifle

Savage Model 11 TH XP synthetic .308 rifle

The Savage brand, imported by Edgar Brothers, offers a great range of rifles and calibres for all forms of shooting, be it vermin, fox, deer or plains game, at decent prices. A good example is the Savage Model 11 TH XP synthetic .308 rifle, a basic sporting rifle that is…

Ruger American Ranch rifle

Ruger American Ranch rifle

I have the highest respect for Ruger rifles. I have owned and tested many over the years, with the Ruger No.1 being my all-time favourite factory rifle. The manufacturer continue to surprise and innovate in the rifle world and, with the shift to markets producing cheaper or more cost-effective models,…

Weatherby Vanguard Range Certified .243

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 rifle from Japan that has been rebadged. There is nothing wrong with this, as I remember having the same Howa…

stalking with a scope

Do we rely on scopes too much?

I once went out on the hill with an old stalker who bemoaned the use of bipods. This struck me as odd, because I would have thought using bipods meant fewer missed shots and, more importantly, fewer wounded beasts. But according to him, in using a bipod, 
his guests tended…

Remington Model 783

Remington Model 783 reviewed by Shooting Times

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 those made by Tikka, Sako and Ruger. However, Remington is back, with its rifles and shotguns 
now distributed by Raytrade,…

What’s a good second-hand rifle for deer stalking?

Q:  I want my son to come out stalking with me; he is keen and a good shot. Can you recommend 
a good-value second-hand rifle? Will any brand be OK providing the rifle meets the right specifications, and 
if so what specifications should I be looking for? A: It is…

How to choose a stalking rifle

£1,200 for a new rifle. What should I buy?

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, all around that price level. Any one of these rifles will be a good and reliable choice. You need to…

.17 WSM

Savage B.Mag Target .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 accepted gun in Britain today. This is largely due to the efforts of importer Edgar Brothers, which offers the Savage…

Rigby Highland rifle

Rigby Highland Stalker

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 components made by Mauser. This partnership was formed in the early 1900s and it works just as well today. Three…

Haenel Jaeger 10

Haenel Jaeger 10 synthetic Sporter

Haenel is one of those gunmakers that have never really been a familiar name 
in Britain, despite its 1840 pedigree. Add to this the heritage from 
the Suhl gunmaking region of its origin and you have yourself a well-respected manufacturer of sporting firearms. I have tested the Pro version in…

Mossberg MVP Scout combo

Mossberg MVP Scout combo – rifle review

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 was promoted by the late Colonel Jeff Cooper, who pioneered the principle of a short, fast-handling rifle that had a multipurpose scope mounting system.…