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  • Buying a first shotgun – how to get the best for you from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 7 hours, 29 minutes ago

    Are you thinking about putting your finger on the trigger of your own gun for the first time? Dr Malcolm Plant tells you want you need to know buying a first shotgun

    Any busy shooting coach will see a continuous stream of newcomers to clayshooting or gameshooting coming through his ground. Having enjoyed their encounters with moving targets, they’re now thinking of…

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  • Top techniques for different clays from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 day, 8 hours ago

    Graham Brown shows his student Giacomo the four main techniques that can be employed when facing different claystechniques for different claysInterception technique
    The first method that Graham looked at was the interception technique, which is a simple method. Graham took Giacomo to a simple slow teal target. 
 Graham says, “Interception here is working on one plane, tak…

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  • Night-time ratting from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 4 days, 13 hours ago

    A night-time’s ratting is the best way of controlling a large rat population quickly, says Andrew Walker night-time rattingAn unchecked rat population can become a major issue – this is where our pest control services come into their own. I employ a wide range of different techniques but on a job of this scale, shooting is a good way of making a significant dent i…

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  • What is the best big rifle for shooting foxes? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 4 days, 13 hours ago

    In your opinion, what is the best rifle for foxes, bearing in mind the cost of the ammunition? What is the cheapest price I could buy one for? RIFLE FOR SHOOTING FOXESGeorge Wallace advises: 
    You might as well ask how long is a piece of string. You don’t specify whether you intend to shoot foxes on foot, from an ATR or a 4×4, so I will have to generalise.
    Single-shot…

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  • Trigger freeze – or the ‘flinch effect’. Here’s how to cure it from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 6 days, 16 hours ago

    Sometimes it causes sufferers to even give up shooting … trigger freezeTrigger freeze – also known as ‘flinching’ is an affliction that is becoming increasingly common.
    For some Guns it only happens rarely, for others it increases over time. In extreme cases, trigger freeze can become constant, making the sufferer give up shooting altogether.

    What is trigger…

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  • What does the law say about carrying a shotgun in public? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 week ago

    A reader asks what the legal position is on carrying a shotgun in public. Is it lawful? Peter Glenser offers some adviceQ: How should I carry my shotgun in public? My gun is always in its slip and over my shoulder but nevertheless I still get some rather interesting looks when I walk around my local shopping centre. 
    If I am walking or cycling to…

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  • Which clay pigeon shooting discipline is easiest? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 week ago

    Which is the best to take up first, asks a readerStarting clay pigeon shootingA trap gun Q: A gun club near my home does Down The Line (DTL) and Automatic Ball Trap (ABT) shooting. I’m in the process of buying my first gun and would like to know which of these games would be easiest to take up.
    A: Before spending any money on a first gun you need to do a bit more homework on…

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  • 7 legal things about gun cabinets you need to know from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 week ago

    We get plenty of queries about gun cabinets from our readers. Who should have the keys? What happens if you go away for a few months? Can you keep a gun in a static caravan? Here are the answers to some of the most popular. gun cabinetsGun cabinet Should you have a heated gun cabinet?
    1.  Do you need to heat your gun cabinets in winter? If the temperature is plummeting…

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  • What exactly is eye dominance and why is it so important? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 week, 1 day ago

    Someone learning to shoot needs to understand the implications of eye dominance, says David Turner. master eyeAre your barrels pointing where you think they are?Eye dominance, sometimes referred to as “master eye”, is the tendency to subconsciously prefer visual input from one eye to the other while maintaining the value of binocular vision.
    First, let…

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  • 20 reasons to visit The Game Fair 2018 from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 week, 1 day ago

    It’s one of THE annual events for fieldsports lovers. Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to this yearGame Fair 2018The Gundog Pavilion and Sporting Arena are always favourites with visiting children
    This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Game Fair which will be marked in an official opening with a 60 gun salute.
    60 gun salute at The Game Fair 2018 A 60-gun salute will open this year’s…

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  • 177 or .22, .25 or above… which should you pick and why? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 week, 3 days ago

    Paul Austin explains why size isn’t everything

    best calibre air rifleI shoot pretty much everything from sub 12 air rifle up to fairly hefty centerfires. Trust me calibre isn’t everything. It’s all about picking the right tool for the job and for 12flbs shooting you need to think long and hard before straying away from .177.
    The problem is ‘boys will be boys’…

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  • Air rifle ballistics – what works, what doesn’t and why from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 week, 4 days ago

    Paul Austin debunks some myths Night shot with air rifleRange estimation at night is particularly tricky and that’s when a flatter shooting round can save the dayThe airgun industry, like any business has to reinvent itself on a regular basis. Styles come and go, upgrades are introduced and so called ‘game changing’ enhancements announce. Recently all it’s been about b…

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  • Manual or automatic clay pigeon trap. Which should you choose? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 week, 5 days ago

    You’re planning on buying a trap to use on your own land. But which should you choose? Charles Holland weights up the options. gun mountRemember hats, ear defenders and eye protection are a must when shooting clays So you’ve got a piece of land and you’re wanting to break some clays. You’ve got a sensible budget. You’re not going completely wild but you…

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  • Dog theft is on the rise – here’s how to prevent it happening to you from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 week, 5 days ago

    Mike Jackson, rural crime officer for Wiltshire Police, explains how owners can deter potential thieves and keep their dogs secure.dog theft preventionUse alarmed padlocks on dog crates Dog theft is a problem for owners of all breeds; however, it is recognised that gundogs are biddable, well trained and often pedigree, so are at particular risk. The most commonly…

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  • Take a look inside the new-look Sporting Gun, on sale now from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 week, 6 days ago

    The all-new Sporting Gun is on sale now. It has been redesigned to reflect the kind of shooting you want to read about.
    new look Sporting GunBritain’s number one shooting magazine has had a massive makeover. 
    With a bright and modern new look, we have new articles that will help you get more from your sport, plus a whole section devoted to instruction, which will he…

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  • Looking at a 28-bore shotgun and cartridges from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 1 week, 6 days ago

    Charles Bull performs an experiment … Man taking aim with a 28-bore shotgunTaking aim with a 28-bore Cogswell & Harrison shotgun
    A good shot and friend of mine has been invited to shoot stupidly high birds on a commercial pheasant shoot where the headkeeper is a little sniffy about any cartridge that doesn’t carry at least 1.1/4oz (36gms) of big lead pellets in a plastic wad.
    Even…

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  • Will coated cartridges make you a better Shot? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Coated cartridges are said to reduce pellet deformation and increase pattern density, resulting in clean kills. But will they improve your success rate? Ampleforth College ShootHigh birds at Ampleforth College It is the latest trend in cartridge production for both clay and game shooting. Coated cartridges — or, to be more accurate, lead shotgun pellets that have been c…

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  • Is a deadly rabbit virus affecting fox numbers? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    There seem to be fewer rabbits around than previously … so are foxes suffering? Tony Buckwell gives his view … Fox Control
    Foxes can spread the infection by eating infected rabbit carcasesQ: Four years or so ago the local rabbit population crashed. We have had myxomatosis previously but the population always seemed to recover to some extent — this time i…

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  • How about a hammer gun for the coming season? from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    From flintlock 50-bore pocket pistols, to 20-bore hammer guns perfect for this coming season, Holt’s auctioneers presents a treasure trove of lotsLots from Holt's auctioneersFancy something new for the coming season? A sealed bid auction ending this Thursday 5th July provides a unique platform for buyers to pick up a wide variety of sporting guns, rifles, antiques and a…

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  • How to hit the rabbit clay target from Shooting UK in the page Page logo of Shooting GazetteShooting Gazette 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    It’s the one that many shooters fear most, says Tony Bracci rabbit clay targetPrepare yourself mentally for a bouncing rabbit If there was ever a target that makes a clayshooter moan and groan it’s the rabbit. As soon as they realize the next target is going to roll along the floor the excuses start and you have talked yourself into missing.
     

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