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This fast-paced discipline is highly entertaining for both participants and spectators

A beginner’s guide to Helice (or ZZ)

Will Edwards is thrown in at the deep end as he tries out this most exciting of clay disciplines

Pruning saws are ideal for coppicing

10 tips to choosing the right saw for the job

Jonny Crockett’s guide to saw selection

James Longthorne Stewart smoking-in the barrels

Tube talk: 10 little known facts about barrel making

Longthorne Gunmakers kicks off its new series with an insight into making barrels

Kit tests

Gun test: Browning Maxus Premium Grade III

Browning’s premium grade Maxus with speed-loading system is a quick, clever gun that offers soft shooting and a whole host of special features that make it a good buy, says Mike

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Seeland Boot Dryer

Six of the best hand and foot warmers

Keeping your extremities toasty when it’s cold out can be tricky. Here’s our pick of gloves, socks and gadgets to warm your digits

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Zeiss Conquest HD

German conquest: Zeiss Conquest HD binoculars

We are already big fans of the Conquest HD range from Zeiss, and this latest addition to the family is more than welcome.

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The ATA surprised with its shooting qualities

Gun test: ATA SP over-and-under

The latest budget gun to emerge from Turkey takes inspiration from the popular Beretta brand, offering no-nonsense styling and surprisingly good shooting qualities

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Gun test: Browning 725 – what a corker!

Mike struggles to find fault with Browning’s new 32” 725 UK Game Gun, with its elegant lower profile and supreme pointability

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A Taste of Game recipe will accompany the oven-ready pheasant

Try a Taste of Game at Aldi

Taste of Game has teamed up with DB Foods and supermarket Aldi to stock oven-ready pheasants under the Brookfield Game brand

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The BASC membership distribution map shows that there is no rural/urban divide

Shooting has no rural/urban divide, says BASC

A distribution map of BASC’s membership of more than 140,000 shows people who take part in shooting sports live in city, town, coast and countryside and dispels any myth about shooting being solely a rural issue.

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The Schools Challenge Winners 2014

TSC 10th anniversary special

The 10th anniversary of The Schools Challenge will see the biggest prize in clay shooting being awarded to one talented young shot

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BASC is calling for the resignation of the councillor who made 'sick comments' about the suicide of Allan Ellis

Councillor who mocked suicide must go, says BASC

BASC is calling for the resignation of a local councillor and animal rights extremist who posted ‘sick comments’ about man’s suicide on Facebook

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The 'glorious twelve' benefits of grouse shooting    Picture: BASC/Moorland Association

Value of grouse shooting highlighted to MPs

As the grouse season draws to a close, BASC and the Moorland Association highlight key grouse shooting facts to MPs

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Make sure you have your say about licensing fees

Have your say on increased licensing fees

Shooters are being urged to take part in a four-week consultation process on plans to increase the cost of firearms licensing fees

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Ask the experts

In Africa Diggory can shoot pigeon at 50 yards with virtually no choke at all

Not enough choke?

I have been offered a very nice looking hammer gun by John Rigby. It has lovely damascus barrels and a pretty action. I’m very tempted but the seller told me it has True Cylinder in both barrels. I want to shoot game and I’m worried I need more choke. Should I wait for a gun with more choke to turn up or will this be okay?

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Fires built on peat-based soil can burn sideways away from the fire itself

Life in the old fire yet...

I’ve been told that fires lit in forestry blocks can burst back into life long after they’ve been put out. Is this true and what can be done to prevent it?

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A 20-bore requires greater accuracy than a 12-bore

Can I use a 20-bore for clay shooting?

It’s very rare that I ever see a 20-bore being used by anyone other than a junior or lady when I go clay shooting. Are they not suitable for target shooting?

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Using a shotgun in gardens is likely to cause alarm

Too close for comfort?

May I shoot my 12-bore shotgun in a friend’s back garden that is plagued with rabbits, which are threatening his tennis court? The property in question has a garden over 50m long and 30m wide. The rabbits are at the bottom of the garden which backs onto farmland with no public walkways or any buildings whatsoever, just acres of arable fields.

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Beating and picking-up is extremely hard work on a moor, especially for your dogs

Grouse expectations

I regularly go picking-up on lowland pheasant and partridge shoots throughout the season, but through a friend I’ve just been offered the opportunity to pick-up on a grouse moor in North Yorkshire next season. Please can you tell me what I might have to expect and what things I should consider taking with me?

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