The December issue of Sporting Rifle is out now!

Winter is coming, and some may be dreading it – but not us sporting rifle shooters, who enjoy some of our best and most varied sport at this time of year. And we’re here to help you survive and thrive this winter with the December 2018 issue of Sporting Rifle.

Narrow escape for shooting in bill debate

The Public Bill committee has thrown out amendments to the Offensive Weapons Bill that would have banned young people from shooting airguns in their own garden, and made it compulsory to have a firearms certificate to buy shotgun cartridges.

Great British Shooting Awards: Shortlists revealed and voting begins

The shortlists are out for the Great British Shooting Awards, which aim to give recognition to the products, organisations and people that lead the way in the shooting industry.


Merkel Helix Speedster review

The Merkel Helix Speedster appears to be an innovative solution to the problem of a thumbhole-stocked straight-pull rifle, but does the reality match up? Stuart Wilson finds out

CZ 455 Varmint Thumbhole .22LR review

Mike Powell tests something a little different: a CZ 455 Varmint Thumbhole .22LR with a striking yellow stock. But will the unusual looks grow on him?

Haenel Jaeger 10 Varmint Sporter review

Stuart Wilson has bagged a Haenel Jaeger 10 Varmint Sporter .308 Win on long-term test, which means plenty of opportunity to take it out after roe deer…


Ask the experts: Pushing your scope to its limit

Can I use my scope dialled all the way to its maximum adjustment limit without adverse effects?

Stalking differences

As the Chinese water deer season looms once again, Paul Childerley reflects on two stalks for two almost totally different CWD bucks

A game of chance

On a driven hunt in Bulgaria, Thomas Nissen finds that wild boar hunting is like the lottery. You’re most likely to draw a blank, but maybe, just maybe, you’ll hit the jackpot

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