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
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?
The Savage Mk II BTVS test model made an immediate impression when it arrived – in .22LR, a pleasing stainless barrel and action fitted into a nicely finished brown laminate thumbhole stock.
Considering the shooting of moving game on the continent, Mark Brackstone recalls the training necessary for running quarry and his unforeseen reward for years of practice in the field
Tim Pilbeam puts the Savage Model 12BTCSS Varminter Thumbhole through its paces at increasingly long ranges