Taransay castaway

Castaway on Taransay – the hunter’s version

Taransay lies just off the Isle of Harris and is perhaps best known as the place the BBC series Castaway was filmed. After a night in a luxury lodge on Harris with other hunters and international journalists where the group enjoyed a delicious meal, the group were kitted out with…

Krieghoff K20 scrolling

Three value-for-money second-hand European shotguns

Lincoln Premier 28-bore When Sporting Gun first reviewed this gun in 2004, we gave it high praise because it was a bargain-priced gun built on a proper 28-bore action. Over the years we have seen 20-bores built on 12-bore actions, and rather more 28-bores and .410s built on 20-bore actions. As…

rookery

Is shooting rooks a crime?

When reader Ian Taylor emailed to say he was being charged with shooting corvids, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Corvids such as rooks are on the general licence and may be shot for crop protection, protecting wild birds and a number of other reasons. The licences specify the methods which…

Winchester 101 Super Grade Game

Taking a look at a secondhand Winchester 101 shotgun

The Winchester 101 shotgun was created and designed by American Winchester engineers. But in my opinion the Winchester 101 shotgun owes much to Browning, in terms of appearance and influence.  Secondhand Winchester shotguns are sought after, so here are some tips and advice if you’re in the market. Taking a…

Browning B725 Black Edition

Browning B725 Black Edition

Browning’s B725 has been with us for about three years now. Gradually, the range is expanding as we’ve seen various versions of the Hunter or game version and also a 20-bore. An addition to the Sporting range is the Black Edition. It is effectively the same as the standard Sporter,…

long-range bullets

Long-range bullets for pest control

Most of us shoot no further than 150 yards, but some pest controllers have to take longer shots. George Wallace looks at the bullets that work best at long-range

GWCT Loddington shoot

Why we need predator control

How much more evidence will they have to amass before countryside saviours GWCT are listened to by the Government? asks Editor-at-Large, Robin Scott.

How to place rotary decoys

To spin or not to spin – that is the question. Of all the questions that I get asked when I run BASCs pigeon courses, the one that crops up most frequently is: “Do rotary decoys work any more, and if so, where should I place them in the pattern?”…

What is the best roe rifle?

As the roebuck season is underway, George Wallace considers his favourite short-barelled roe rifles for off-hand woodland shooting

Fox shooting with a shotgun

My pump action has a custom paint job, which helps blend it in to the surroundings and the 3.5in chamber gives me the possibilities of a range of ammunition. The other advantage to it is the Kick’s High Flyer aftermarket choke in the end of the barrel, which produces a…

pigeon with chorizo

Pigeon with chorizo, peppers and feta cheese

If you have a freezer full of pigeon or you’ve just bagged a few in the hide, put them to good use with this delicious Mediterranean take on pigeon. Serve the pigeon with chorizo, peppers and feta for a perfect summer’s evening quick meal. What you need: 2 pigeon breasts…

boar led

Old-school, slower bullets contaminate less meat

Research has shown that though deer shot with lead-cored jacketed bullets do show increased levels of lead, even as far away as the haunches, though it is still less than is found in farmed domestic meat and less than in mussels and other seafood. But there is a way to…

Pigeon shooting on winter rape

Pigeon shooting: Late drilling means Pete has a bonanza day on rape – and he reckons the crop, for once, will produce birds right through winter.