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    What is the best UK hunting/shooting magazine?

    Hi all,

    I would like to subscribe to a UK hunting/shooting magazine and was wondering which one you would recommend?

    Cheers
    Jonathan

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    I have lost all faith in any UK magazine that is available currently. Sporting Rifle started off quite promising but then went into a combination of the Peter Carr self promotional magazine (and still is and I have stopped buying it for that very reason) and has also gone a bit "story time" for my taste aswell.

    Do yourself a favour subscribe to one of the American mags. They are super cheap and have far better technical articles in them. The other option and this will save you money and is the best UK mag by far for rifle shooting is Target Shooter online. Brilliant pieces written by inteligent impartial experienced writers and it is free.

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    Cheers jon2,

    I wasn't aware of the Target Shooter online I'll check it out!


    Quote Originally Posted by jon2
    I have lost all faith in any UK magazine that is available currently. Sporting Rifle started off quite promising but then went into a combination of the Peter Carr self promotional magazine (and still is and I have stopped buying it for that very reason) and has also gone a bit "story time" for my taste aswell.

    Do yourself a favour subscribe to one of the American mags. They are super cheap and have far better technical articles in them. The other option and this will save you money and is the best UK mag by far for rifle shooting is Target Shooter online. Brilliant pieces written by inteligent impartial experienced writers and it is free.

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    Jon2 is right. Try some of the US mags.

    You can take an online subscription at Wolfe Publishing which gets you three mags which you can view on-line or download and print off yourself as PDF files. It is really cheap.

    This might also be worth the $8 for a years sub:

    http://www.riflesandrecipes.com./

    Sporting Rifle seemed to start out as a decent effort.

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    Shooting Times still produces good stuff. I've had a subscription for years now and wouldn't be without it. Its got a broader appeal than many of the more specialist magazines. I'd have no hesitation in reccomending it.


    Frankly I think this test is a good one; Would you let someone who knew nothing about shooting read (insert appropriate title) to form their opinions?

    I would be ashamed to leave Sporting Rifle in a dentists waiting room but would have no problem with Shooting Times or the Field.

    Sporting Rifle rapidly descended into a self promotional vehicle. A poorly written and edited one at that.

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    Sporting Rifle is utter cack. I cancelled my subscription, having got very bored with Peter Carr's reign.

    I continue subscribing to Shooting Times and The Field, as I feel they are the most current and/or objective. And the standard of writing in ST and The Field is significantly higher than that of any other magazine, particularly any rag connected with the illiterate Pete Moore.

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    Yes I forgot about the Pete Moore one.

    That in my opinion is like reading a comic - it is utter garbage.

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    I subscribe to Shooting Times and The Field, though I do sometimes ask myself why I take the latter.

    The one I really miss is Guns Review; this was truly a general shooting magazine, with a combination of news, product reviews, scholarly articles and robust political commentary the like of which seems no longer to be available. I still enjoy reading the old ones, though.

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    With practically all the mags, it's the same old dross year in- year out. The articles are practically the same - just dusted off every 12 months - shooting times included.

    I did unfortunately re-new my subscription to Sporting Rifle 4 months ago and i'm now regretting it. Why not just re-name it Peter Carr's Fan Club and have done with it?

    What US mags would you recommend?

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    I used to get Field And Stream from the U.S which I liked,although it is more of a general sporting magazine.

    I got hold of most of the back issues of stalking magazine recently (remember it?) I always meant to subscribe when it was on the go, but for some reason didnt get round to it so I'm delighted. I now have bundles of them placed strategically all over the house(kitchen,loo,bedside table,etc).For some strange reason my wife just does'nt get it!

    I was quite excited about sporting rifle, and still get it, but reading about shooting sheep inside a fence doesnt really float my boat.

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