How to avoid getting a bruised face when shooting

Q: I am emailing out of frustration and wondered if there was any advice you could give me. I have been a competitor in trap shooting, on and off throughout my life, but now find it most uncomfortable to shoot any more than 50 targets due to a very sore…

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A £60 scope – is it any good?

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 but the cheap scopes of 10 years ago have improved to the point that they are often all you need.…

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How to clean and maintain your rifle scope

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: People tend to put a scope on 
a rifle, then forget about it and never consider cleaning it until something…

Zeiss Conquest V6 scope

The new ZEISS Conquest V6 scope on test

Low light conditions sort out the men from the boys when it comes to optics. Budget scopes – while offering reasonable image quality in good light conditions – often become useless when the light starts to fade. The mid-range new ZEISS Conquest V6 2 – 12 x 50 scope boasts…

Scopes

We review the best scopes for under £350 – which was the winner?

The 3-12x56mm scope, with its good range of magnification settings and 56mm objective lens size allowing plenty of light to enter the scope for low-light situations, 
is ideal for a wide range of hunting and target situations, whether that be vermin control, foxing or deer management. Three of the four…

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Should a scope be sitting tight in the scope mount?

A reader asked this question about tight scope mounts: I have fitted a new scope to my .243 stalking rifle and it is very tight in the scope mount. Is this right? I don’t want to over-tighten and damage the scope’s body. Shooting Times’ rifle reviewer and stalker, Bruce Potts had…

best rifle scopes

Five of the best rifle scopes

Bruce Potts rounds up the five best rifle scopes on the market at the moment ranging from a budget friendly £549.99 to a more high end price at £2,740. Kahles Helia 5 2.4-12x56mm Kahles, established in 1898, is the oldest scope manufacturer in the world. Its new range carries the…

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Focus, aimpoint, shoot

Optics on the market today are complex both in construction and use. One sight, however, is proud of its simplicity on both fronts: Aimpoint. These small, robust optics are an increasingly common sight on our gunshop shelves. The company is still family owned, and the original Aimpoint sight was invented in 1975…

Rifle Scopes

Five rifle scopes for under £600

Every month there seems to be a new addition to the long line of optics available to the rifle shooter. Be it vermin, foxes, or deer, every aspect, style, model and technological gizmo for rifle scopes has made its way into gunshops to entice shooters. I love scopes — well, anything optical really, but…

deer stalking rifle

What sort of deer stalking rifle should I buy?

Our expert at Sporting Gun advises: A: Well, your budget is decent. That’s good news because a suitable rifle with quality optics is usually about £1,500 for each piece of kit to ensure you get a sound combination. So with this budget you’ve got some money left over to spend…

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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…

Bore sighting

Rifle technique: bore-sighting and zeroing

Bore-sighting To capitalise on your rifle technique, you’ll want the rifle to be as steady as possible, so this is best done from the prone position or from a bench. Use rests or rice bags to adjust the rifle’s position so that there is as little movement as possible —…

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What you need to know about focal planes

One aspect of rifle scopes that is frequently misunderstood is the difference between a first and second focal plane scope. In the simplest terms, the difference between the two is where the reticule is positioned within the scope — which affects the image you see at differing magnifications. First focal…

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Are spare parts still available for my BSA Standard air rifle?

I own an old BSA Standard air rifle in .22 calibre which has been in fairly regular use since the 1950s. I need to fit new springs and washers and I was thinking of fitting a telescopic sight because I find it not to be as accurate as it once