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Gun cabinets to suit all budgets and needs

6 of the best: shotgun cabinets

If you’ve got a shotgun you will, by law, need a gun cabinet to store it in. We’ve compiled a list of gun cabinets to suit all budgets and needs.

Ensure you manage your firearms properly and avoid breaking the law

Sporting Shooter’s Guide to Gun Storage

Whether you’re new to the sport or you just want to brush up on your gun storage knowledge, follow our essential guide to ensure you manage your firearms properly and avoid breaking the law.

Seven of the best clay ground cartridges

Vic’s picks of the top loads for the club shooter

Kit tests

Savage Model 42

It’s a rifle, it’s a shotgun... no, it’s the Savage Model 42!

The Model 42 is the perfect pest control tool and is also great for youngsters

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Gun test: Yildiz Sporter

It might not win any beauty contests, but Mike Yardley finds the Yildiz 12-bore instinctive and forgiving to use

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Shooting quality comes top of the list for Mike as he dislikes overly decorated guns

Expert’s choice: Mike’s guns and why he rates them

Ever wondered what our esteemed gun tester looks for when choosing guns for his own use? Mike tells us about his own shotguns and why he likes them

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GUN TEST BERETTA 690

Gun test: Beretta 690 Grade III Sporter

Can the new Beretta 690 really help you shoot better? With its low felt recoil and seemingly intuitive qualities, Mike Yardley certainly thinks so

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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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Win with Winster! Enter Seeland’s Family Clay Challenge

Seeland has launched a national family clay challenge, as part of its promotion of the new multi-disciplined Winster Family – a practical clothing range that bridges the gap between clay and game shooting.

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The redwing was one of 19 red-listed species spotted by farmers during the Big Farmland Bird Count. (Picture: Peter Thompson)

Birds flock to farmland this winter in a million acre count

The GWCT’s second Big Farmland Bird Count records the blackbird as the most common bird seen on farms, and adds 11 species to the list compiled last year.

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Shoot Benchmarking survey now open

Smiths Gore and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust have launched their annual Shoot Benchmarking survey, offering shoots the opportunity to gain a better understanding of their financial performance for free

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RSPB case thrown out of court

The RSPB should hang its head in shame, says NGO, after court rules that the bird charity provided unlawfully obtained evidence to support the prosecution of a gamekeeper

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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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Ask the experts

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Right way, wrong way?

Is there a correct and an incorrect way to carry your gun when in its slip? Someone told me I was doing it wrong the other day, but I thought it was just a question of what is most comfortable for you?

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Might we have mink?

We might have mink on the river that runs near our pheasant pen. What telltale signs would mink leave and what can we do about them?

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Now's the time to deal with rats on your shoot

How to deal with a rat problem

We have a lot of rats around our feed hoppers and cover crops this winter. Can you suggest ways of controlling them?

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Pick a quality cartridge from a good manufacturer and once you find one that works for you stick to it

More bang for less buck?

A friend of mine won’t buy cheap cartridges as he says they kick too much. Is that true?

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Setting up bangers elsewhere can help move pigeons where you want them

What’s a ‘banger’?

You refer to setting up ‘bangers’ to move the birds off another field in the last feature. What do you mean and where can I get them?

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