choosing rifles for pest control

Rifles for pest control

I have been spending money this
 month and invested in two rifles for pest control. 
A gamekeeper’s work is never done and in the constant battle against pests and predators, I need all the tools that I can muster. New guns To this end, I managed to pick up a…

Tikka T3X Cerakote

Tikka T3X Cerakote

The Tikka T3X has to be one of the most widely accepted stalking rifles in Britain today. It comes from the old firm of Tikkakoski, Finnish for ‘woodpecker’, hence the two back-to-back stylised woodpeckers in its logo, and this version has a super-tough and practical Cerakote finish. Rather than the…

Sako M591

Sako M591

Sako was formally established during the 1930s and in 1983 it merged with Tikkakoski, another Finnish manufacturer, owners of the Tikka brand. Things changed again rather more quickly when it was bought in 2000 by Beretta, the doyen of Italian firearms manufacturing. New market Although the company was initially set…

rifle velocity

Does cold weather affect rifle velocity?

If I use a variable magnification scope zeroed on the highest setting and in good light, would the point of impact change when the scope is turned down for a poor light situation? This is assuming both targets are at the same distance.

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.…

lead-free bullets

Can you tell me more about lead-free bullets?

Q: I see CCI now makes lead-free .22LR ammunition. Can you tell me more? A: The debate about the eco-friendliness of non-toxic ammunition continues. Lead-free .22LR ammo makes a lot of sense because a vast quantity of lead ammo is shot every year. The trouble is the alternatives to lead…

testing rifle ammunition

How to match ammunition to your rifle using a chronograph

Every one of us wants to be able to produce nice tight groupings when we shoot. However, even if you invest in a top-of-the-line rifle and couple it with the best optics you can find, your money will have been wasted if the ammo you’re using doesn’t suit the gun.…

rifles for deer stalking

14 popular rifles for deerstalking

Our experts have reviewed 14 rifles for deer stalking that have proven popular and ranked highly with our reviewers. 1. Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter Our reviewer notes that you don’t see many of these on the shelves of second-hand gun dealers. Is that because it’s an unpopular model or because owners…

laminate gun stock

What are the benefits of a laminate gun stock?

What does ‘wood-to-metal fit’ mean? How, for instance, can I judge if a gun is good or bad in this respect? Most of those I see have the wood standing proud of the metal – is this correct or should it finish flush? Is there a reason why so many…

airgun pellets in different shapes

Air rifle pellets or slugs?

Q) Can you explain the difference between air rifle pellets and airgun slugs? Both of these were stocked by hardware and sports shops more than 60 years ago, but now I can only seem to find the waisted or diabolo type pellets. Are slug type pellets still available? J. HUDSON…

Ruger rifle out in the field

Ruger American Target .22 LR laminate

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 rimfire does not have to be expensive but at the same time it does not have to be cheap and…

Anschutz 1761

Is a wooden or synthetic rifle stock best?

I am considering changing the old .22 Hornet rifle I use for fox control with a modern .22/250, but am undecided as to whether to go for a wood stock or one made from a synthetic material. What do you think?

Tikka T3

Thinking of buying a second-hand Tikka T3 Lite?

When the Tikka T3 Lite first appeared it took the market by storm. Finnish gunmaking company Sako had intended to produce a budget-priced rifle that shot well straight out of the box to meet the exacting demands of an increasingly sophisticated body of hunters. They succeeded where others had failed…

In field with rifle

Schultz & Larsen Classic Synthetic

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 couldn’t wait to try this new model Shultz & Larsen Classic Synthetic Sporter with its highly practical synthetic stock. I…

Savage Arms Model 110

Savage Arms Model 110

By the early 1950s it was becoming clear that Savage Arms, once one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the world, was in trouble. An over-reliance of underlever rifles as the company’s mainstay had caused it to lose a significant share of the market at a time when the bolt…

Chapuis Armes Rols Elegance

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 new and innovative take on the straight-pull operating system. I tested the Elegance model, as I had seen it at…