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Browning X-Bolt Review

One of the most successful rifles I have owned was a Browning A-Bolt. It was reliable and superbly accurate, especially when shooting lighter ammunition. My local gamekeeper still uses it. I was hoping the newer Browning model, the X-Bolt, would be able to rekindle fond memories.

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Weatherby Vanguard Review

Weatherby as a company is best known for producing some of the most powerful hunting cartridges in the world, chambered, of course, in its famous Weatherby Mk V rifles.

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Merkel 161 Review

Merkel, based in the city of Suhl, Germany, has been making high-quality sporting guns since the 17th century. The company has a worldwide reputation for its unique engravings, along with a training school for engravers and a gun-making ‘technical school’.

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Marlin X7 Review

Marlin is probably best known for its underlever actions and rimfires in the USA, rather than for hunting rifles. I have been told they are good value for money, and more importantly, that their accuracy is ‘just darn good’! With an RRP of £715, the X7 is an entry-level model, maybe for the first-time buyer of a centrefire – but does it punch above its weight?

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Kimber Montana Review

Whereas a year or two back, the name Kimber would have drawn blank expressions from most hunters, the brand’s reputation has grown in the UK and it is now a top contender.

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Steyr Männlicher Classic Review

My introduction to Mannlicher rifles set the standard for how I would judge all rifles from that moment on. The Mannlicher Schönauer was a legendary piece of engineering with a magnificent history and hunting pedigree. This rifle, in the hands of ‘Karamojo’ Bell, reputedly accounted for 1,011 elephants during the era of the great ivory trade.

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Heym SR21 Review

When I got a call from Garlands asking if I would like to test the Heym SR21 in 7×57, my reflex answer was “yes”. A rifle I had long had my eye on, it was also in one of my favourite calibres.

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Tikka T3 Review

Although it is not one of the most expensive rifles out there, the phrase that probably sums it up is, in fact: ‘More than fit for purpose’.

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Remington 700 Review

The importer of the Remington brand asked me which rifle I wanted to review. Well, which should I choose?

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CZ 527 Review

Many years ago I, along with quite a few others, thought the CZ rifles, although quite accurate, were a bit, shall we say, agricultural. This is certainly not the case today. A shooting friend of mine purchased a CZ rimfire recently, and I was impressed with the out-of-the-box build, accuracy and finish.

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