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  • Game Fair Show Stoppers - Your Preview to The Sportsmans Stand

    SGC Show Stoppers a Game Fair Preview for 2017

    Game Fair 2017, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, Stand F815 Gunmakers Row

    After a furlough year the Sportsman Gun Centre are proud to be making a return to the National Game Fair, with a lorry load of new products, new brands and old favourites!

    Not ones to rest idle the SGC have spent the last 24 months working tirelessly to improve their portfolio, with a view to making the 2017 Game Fair their biggest yet.
    Below is a list of some of the treats their customers can look forward to:

    ATA Shotguns
    With a slogan of “Aim For The Best”, ATA  are a Turkish gun company with a reputation for building affordable shotguns that equal and exceed the specifications of guns twice their price.   ATA customers can expect to find expertly built and beautifully finished over unders and semi-auto shotguns from just £474.99.

    At the SGC stand Wildfowlers and Pigeon shooters will find a variety of well-built ATA Venza Semi-Autos, equipped with GPCS and barrel moving technology.  Both innovations combine to give a perfect blend of performance and appearance.
    And for the Game/Clay shooters there is the SP range of over unders.  Built around a compact low profile action and fitted with multi choke barrels there is a gun to suit most applications.   The SP range is available in 4 different finishes, Black, Bronze, Nickel and the engraved Elegance, which benefits from scroll engraved sideplates and grade 2 walnut.
    Find out more at the SGC stand, where representatives from ATA will be on hand to answer question and assist potential customers.
    And if you are a useful shot why not try your hand down at the clay line, where ATA will be supplying the competition prizes.

    A relative new comer to the UK shooting scene, Kofs are a Turkish gun company who pride themselves on creating innovative, affordable shotguns made to a standard that far exceeds their price tag.   Not just “Another Turkish Gun Company” customers can expect lavish engravings, ejectors, 5 interchangeable chokes and quality oil finished Turkish walnut all for just £474.99 (Sceptre SXe over under).   And for the small gauge fans there are .410 and 28 gauge models both finished to exceptional standards.

    Accuracy International
    For those in-the-know; Accuracy International are a brand that need little introduction.  Possibly the “Best Sniper Rifles in the World”, this British brand has been pushing distance and accuracy standards since their launch in the late 1970s.   A staple long range weapon for Police Marksmen and Special Forces around the world, the AX and AT Rifle systems represent the finest standards of accuracy, repeatability and durability.   With a reputation that stretches across nearly 40 years - Accuracy International has found favour with many target shooters, especially the ones looking to push the boundaries of their shooting.

    In addition to full blown precision rifles, AI offers an option for those looking to upgrade their Remington 700. This product takes the form of chassis systems designed to transform the Remington 700 barrel and action into an incredible target rifle.  We advise rifle fans to visit the SGC, where they will have the opportunity to find out just how good a UK built rifle can be!

    Boyds Hardwood Gun Stocks
    Yet another addition to the Sportsmans range; Boyds are a world-famous stock maker who make gun stocks for many of the industry’s leading manufacturers.  Constructed with laminated hardwoods, Boyds American made stocks are both colourful and expertly crafted.

    The unique attention to detail seen in every Boyds stock, ensures rifle accuracy is maintained and in many cases improved.  Ergonomics are another part of the company’s mantra, with every stock designed to fit comfortably in the hand and provide a stable shooting platform for the marksman.  To summarise these stock are a great choice for any shooter looking to upgrade or customise their rifle platform, prices start at just: £195.99.

    Delta Optical
    A relative newcomer to the Sportsmans portfolio - Delta Optical, represent a revelation in optics design.  Filling an entry level - mid-range sector of the market, Delta offer high quality scopes and optics at attainable prices.  With rifle scopes ranging from smaller 1-5.8x24 through to the competition ready 5-50x56 models this Polish brand have a rifle scope for most applications. With features like, high definition ED glass, illuminated rangefinding reticles and external adjustments these optics are already building a following within the UK.

    Their binoculars are another product that are worth a look with the Forrest II starting at just £143.99!  For this price the customer gets BAK4 Prisms, High Definition phase coated optics, water/fog proofing and a 5 year warranty.  To find out more visit the Sportsman stand where a member of staff will be happy to talk you through our range.

    Spuhr Mounts
    The latest addition to the SGC catalogue are Spuhr Tactical mounts.  Amongst the finest mounts on the market, Spuhr have been added to the SGC range as an accompaniment to their precision rifles.

    Spuhrs flagship ISMS range are Mil-Spec one piece mounts, precision machined with a 45 degree split. This specific design ensures the rifle scope is always 100% secured, with zero movement.  For usability an angular design has been specified to provide a clear line of sight for scopes with external adjustments.
    To maximise the effectiveness of the rifle scope and mount combination, Spuhr have equipped every ISMS with a built in spirit level and mounting kit. And the attention to detail doesn’t end there…..

    Recognising that in-the-field, secondary sights and optical accessories are often essential  - every mount is designed to accept red dot sights and additional rails/mounts, this means the shooter never has to mount their accessories to the primary optic.  Mounts are available in numerous heights and tube diameters to fit most platforms, for the long distance shooter there are various degrees of tilt from 0Mil to 16 Mil (50 MOA).

    Once again a focal point for the Sportsman Gun Centre stand, there will be a chance to check out the SGC’s Premier optics range.  This year will see a focus on the new range of ATACR F1 rifle scopes with the flagship 7-35x56 F1 given top billing.  This extraordinary new scope combines an incredible field of view, with a large magnification range and the industries finest internal mechanisms.  The 7-35x56 scope has been built to exceed the capabilities of today’s modern precision rifles.  Fitted with High definition ED glass and a first focal plane reticle, the ATACR makes quick work of target acquisition and provides staggering levels of accuracy across the whole magnification range.

    In addition to the ATACR, the Nightforce counter will also be showcasing the UK’s Exclusive SHV 3-12x56, a rifle scope built to meet the demands of British shooters.  A Nightforce in every sense of the word the SHV is a stripped down version of its more expensive siblings, built to the same quality.

    So what makes the SHV so special?  Well the answer to that is quite literally simple, by cutting out the overbuilt characteristics of its bigger siblings and replacing the external adjustments (Windage/Elevation) with capped adjustments  Nightforce have been able to get the retail price down to just £677.99.  However for the cost saving this is still a scope worthy of the Nightforce brand; for your hard earned cash you get a scope built with Nightforce Glass, Nightforce Components, Nightforce Reticles and a build quality worthy of the Nightforce name.  If it wasn’t good enough it would not be brand Nightforce.

    Complementing the Nightforce showcase will be two of the companies most senior figures, both of whom will be flying in from the USA to meet and greet the Sportsmans customers.  On hand all weekend the team will be available to discuss the advantages of Nightforce optics.

    Strasser Rifles
    For those looking for a premium rifle, in-particular a straight-pull rifle, the SGC have some of the finest in Europe.  Built with an obsessive attention to detail; Strasser rifles feature a smooth and refined bolt throw, expertly crafted stocks and removable hand adjustable triggers - all of which combine with devastating effect.  Accurate and fast shooting, every Strasser boasts a high end Lothar Walther barrel and an expertly crafted stock.
    Available in different levels finish Strasser rifles can be purchased in single calibre, multi calibre and tactical configurations.

    Steyr Mannlicher
    As the Sportsmans marquee rifle brand and one of Austrias most famous gun makers, the SGC will be proudly showcasing a full portfolio of rifles.  Set to be the star of this year’s show the SGC will unveil the latest additions to the Steyr Mannlicher range: the Zephyr and the Scout RFR.  As many rifle enthusiast will know, Steyr have not offered a rimfire for many years..  That is until now!

    Built on a classically styled walnut stock, the Zephyr brings Steyr Mannlicher precision to the small calibre market.  Taking its cues from its bigger siblings the Zephyr features a tang mounted safety, a single stage trigger and fish scale chequering.  In addition to the Zephyr, Steyr  Mannlicher will be launching the Scout RFR, a Biathlon style rimfire based on their popular centrefire platform, built with a direct trigger and polycarbonate stock, this rifle is built to withstand all you can throw at it.  To find out more about these new rimfires and the rest of the Steyr Mannlicher range visit the SGC stand on Gunmakers row.

    RFM Shotguns
    Whilst the Over and Under is by far the most popular game gun, the side by side has always had it supporters.
    Recognising this fact and also that the market didn’t have a quality, affordable option, the Sportsman Gun Centre have looked to fill the gap.  Italian made, by gun makers RFM Armi, the Luxus and Luxus sideplate are hand finished traditionally styled side by sides, that start at just £1,399.99. At half the price of its Italian competitors, customers can expect quality hand finished walnut, scroll engraved actions, fixed choke barrels and a single trigger configuration.
    Built to the standard you would expect from a small family run gunmaker, the Luxus models exudes quality and proves that you do not have to pay huge sums to own an elegant and capable game gun.

    An American brand that is growing in reputation, Weatherby offer a fantastic range of rifles that are both affordable and extremely competent.  Boasting an out of the box sub MOA accuracy, cold hammer forged barrels and a match grade adjustable trigger – you can see why they’re becoming the working man’s choice.
    Built to last the Weatherby rifle makes a great doner gun for Boyds stocks.  So for those working on a budget, it’s worth considering that you can start your custom rifle project for just under: £800.00!!  To find out more, visit the SGC stand where you can find details on Boyds stocks and guns from Weatherby.

    Revo Shotguns
    The SGC’s most comprehensive range of budget shotguns is once again on display at the Game Fair.  Starting at just £250, there is a Revo for most sectors of the shotgun market - whether you are a Game, Clay or Wildfowl shooter, there is a gun to meet your requirements.  Available in 12G, 20G, 28G and .410, the SGC and Revo have a gun for you.  If you are looking for a budget shotgun, there is no better place to start than the Sportsman Gun Centre stand.

  • Spuhr Mounts Buying Guide


    We have the world's most comprehensive line of tactical scope mounts; it currently spans about 60 different models of various heights, tilts, lengths and ring dimensions. We have therefore compiled this short guide to help you choose the right mount for your needs.

    Picatinny or direct/dovetail mount?
    The first question is if the mount should be a Picatinny mount (models beginning with SP or QDP) or a direct attachment mount such as Spuhrs line of ISMS mounts for Accuracy International (SA,) Sako TRG/Tikka T3x (ST,) and Sauer SSG (SS)?

    The main reason for using a direct mount is to allow a stronger and lower positioning of the rifle scope. If there is no other need for a Picatinny rail Spuhr generally recommend direct mounts on these rifles.

    Please note that both Accuracy International and Sako are now making rifles that have Picatinny rails rather than their traditional dovetails, so make sure you check which style of mount is needed for your particular rifle.

    Cantilever or block mount?
    Most Spuhr mounts are standard block mounts as these will be the best choice for the majority of rifles on the market. There are some exceptions though…..

    AR15 rifles usually require a cantilever mount for a comfortable shooting position, and an AR15 with an adjustable stock will more often need a more extreme cantilever than an AR10/SR25 due to the difference in length of the upper receiver. As such, if your rifle has a monolithic upper we recommend using a standard block mount rather than a cantilever design, as a cantilever will be more susceptible to side forces than a non cantilever design.

    The height of Spuhr mounts is always measured from the top of the rail to the center of the scope. In the case of a tilted mount the measurement is made at the back plane of the rear ring.
    So which height do you need?
    First off you need to know the outer diameter of your objective. Please note that "3-12x56" does not mean that the scope has an outer objective diameter of 56 mm - only that the objective lens is 56mm in diameter. Different scopes have different outer diameters for the same lens diameters and it's not uncommon that different models from the same manufacturer feature different outer diameters even if the lens diameter is the same.

    Take the measurement above and divide it by two (2) to get the theoretical minimum height required if the optics will be mounted onto a flat rail that extends to and/or past the objective bell. This theoretical minimum height is theoretical for a reason. If the objective has a 62 mm outer diameter and you choose a 31 mm high mount the objective will be in contact with the rail. You will therefore need to add to the theoretical minimum height to get the practical minimum height.

    So how much do you need to add? That depends on your personal preference and on what kind of lens caps etc.,you want to use. Also, if you want to use a tilted mount/base you will need to add additional clearance.

    If you intend to mount the optics onto a bolt action rifle with Picatinny base you can often use a lower mount than the theoretical minimum height above. Just subtract the height of the base from the theoretical minimum height mentioned above. Depending on barrel contour you might be able to go even lower. But don't forget toleave some clearance for lens caps and/or sunshades!

    Night vision/thermal compatibility
    When combining the scope with a clip-on system such as PVS22 or NSV 80, to name a few, the height of the mount is not important. Also the instrument doesn’t have to be perfectly in line with the scope.

    If we have an offset of 10 mm in height between the primary optic and the NV clip-on the change in point of impact will be 10 mm on 100 meters as well as 10 mm on 300 and 1000 meters; thus the point of impact change is fully parallel.  Therefore it’s often unnecessary to have extremely high mounts just to facilitate in-line mounting of a clip-on systems. Various systems allow varying degrees of angular difference. A common maximum angular difference is 2 degrees. If you do want a perfect alignment we do offer the A-700 Clip-On Adapter that will fit onto any of Spuhrs SP-***1 and SP-***2 mounts.

    Tilted mounts are necessary when shooting at very long distances. We generally recommend as little tilt as possible as large amounts of tilt really may have a negative impact on the quality of the sight picture. In most cases 6-9 MIL (20-30 MOA) will have no negative impact on picture quality while still providing greater available adjustment range for long-range shooting.

    To allow for the greatest available range of adjustment choose a mount with a tilt that is half of the scope’s range of elevation. For example Schmidt & Bender 5-25x56 have a maximum elevation adjustment of 26 MIL (93 MOA,) you should therefore choose a mount with 13 MIL (44.4 MOA) in tilt. Doing so assures that you are able to adjust the sight out to very long distances.

    However, when mounted in this extreme elevation it’s common to experience optical phenomena such as an oval pictures when shooting at near targets, etc. We therefore recommend that when fitting a large elevation scope (such as 26 MIL/93 MOA) on a .308 rifle that will only be used out to 1000 meters, to choose a 6 MIL/20 MOA tilt as it’s more than sufficient for that use.

    Please note that using a degree of tilt that is more than half of the scope's elevation adjustment will make it impossible to zero the rifle at 100!

    Adding accessories
    Several years ago Spuhr developed our own interface system – the Spuhr Interface – for attaching accessories to a surface. As opposed to many other interface systems on the market the Spuhr Interface can be used not onlyon handguards but also on other products and parts of the firearm – such as their scope mounts – and in their production Spuhr use it for both application.

    The Spuhr Interface has outstanding repeatability and durability and it makes installation of accessories such as laser range finders and angle cosine indicators very easy. Installation is done using the same Torx 20 driver as for our rings and clamping screws.
    Adding a secondary optic

    Though originally more common in the shooting sports, adding a secondary non-magnified red dot sight to work alongside the primary optic can be very useful on long range rifles and on hunting rifles alike as to quickly transition from one target to another without having to adjust the magnification, or to engage targets that suddenly appear close by.

    On a heavy rifle that is primarily being shot from a bipod Spuhr recommend placing the secondary optic at the 12-o’clock position using one of our many Picatinny rails or RDS interfaces as it will easier to see over the primary optic than to cant the rifle to the side to use the secondary. On rifles that are primarily fired while standing Spuhr recommend positioning the secondary optic either at the 1:30-position.

    Document supply courtesy of Spuhr Mounts.

  • Christmas Opening Hours 2016


    The Sportsman Gun Centre would like to wish all our customers old and new a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    For those travelling to our stores over the festive period we would like you to be aware of our Christmas opening hours.  Please see details below:

    Exeter Store
    Friday 23rd Dec: 9.30am - 5pm
    Saturday 24th Dec: 9.30am - 2pm
    Sunday 25th Dec: Closed
    Monday 26th Dec: Closed
    Tuesday 27th Dec: Closed
    Weds 28th-Fri 30th Dec: 9.30am - 5pm
    Saturday 31st Dec: 9.30am - 5pm
    Sunday 1st Jan: Closed
    Monday 2nd Jan: Closed
    Tuesday 3rd Jan: 9.30am - 5pm
    Dorset Store
    Friday 23rd Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Saturday 24th Dec: 9am - 2pm
    Sunday 25th Dec: Closed
    Monday 26th Dec: Closed
    Tuesday 27th Dec: Closed
    Weds 28th-Fri 30th Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Saturday 31st Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Sunday 1st Jan: Closed
    Monday 2nd Jan: Closed
    Tuesday 3rd Jan: 9am - 5.30pm
    Newport Store
    Friday 23rd Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Saturday 24th Dec: 9am - 2pm
    Sunday 25th Dec: Closed
    Monday 26th Dec: Closed
    Tuesday 27th Dec: Closed
    Weds 28th Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Thursday 29th Dec: 9am - 7pm
    Fri 30th Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Saturday 31st Dec: 9am - 5.30pm
    Sunday 1st Jan: Closed
    Monday 2nd Jan: Closed
    Tuesday 3rd Jan: 9am - 5.30pm
  • A Celebration of all things Game and Country – The Sportsmans Black Friday Open Day.


    Event Date: 25th November 2016 – Opening Hours: 9.30am – 8pm
    Location: Sportsman Gun Centre, Exeter Branch, 19 Apple Lane, EX2 5GL

    The Sportsman Gun Centre will once again host an open day, where customers old and new are invited to join us in a social setting to celebrate all things game and country.  The event will be held at our biggest store: 19 Apple Lane, Exeter, on Friday 25th November 2016 and will feature many of the industry’s biggest names, not to mention our BLACK FRIDAY deals.

    On hand to answer your questions and demonstrate their latest products will be representatives from many of the industry’s biggest names, alongside leading figures from BASC.  As the country’s leading voice on all things shooting, the BASC team will be available to answer your questions and offer friendly advice to help you get the most from your sport.

    BASC will be bringing there acclaimed shooting simulator with experts on hand to hone your shooting skills.  Enjoy shooting grouse on the moors, pheasant above the Devon hills or challenging clay’s on the virtual clay ground, the simulator is a great way to see where you are going wrong….  and a bit of fun too.

    In addition to our friends at BASC there will also be demonstrations and advice from big named brands like Beretta, Browning, Swarovski, Perazzi, Pro-Shock, Pulsar, Yukon, Land Rover and More.  Alongside these brands we will also have in-house experts demonstrating the latest’s wares from Steyr Mannlicher, Strasser, Weatherby, Baikal, Revo, Nightforce and Lightforce.

    So should you be in the market for a new gun, have questions about the latest night vision or simply wish to see what’s new in the industry, there will be a leading professional on hand.

    And now for those deals……
    As with every Sportsman event there will be deals, savings and promotional offers, some of them so good we cannot even advertise!!!  And with it being BLACK FRIDAY these deals are set to be even bigger and better than ever.   At this stage all we can say is…  there will be savings on Seeland, Harkila, Musto, Nightforce, Browning, Beretta and more.  Keep your eyes on our social media, blog, emails and print advertising for more information.

    Finally let’s not forget the guns…
    As industry leaders for over 20 years and with some of the biggest gun racks in the trade; shooters on the day will have access to over 1,000 guns on display and over 3,000 guns in-stock.  So why not treat yourself this Christmas.

    So… If you’re in the area, visiting friends, or making a specific visit…  Please come and join the SGC and friends for refreshments, a chat and some pre-Christmas laughs.

    For More information please call: 01392 354 854. or email

  • Civilian Service Rifle – learning new techniques and updating equipment

    Nigel Greenaway  started full bore rifle shooting at the age of 14 and was coached for four years at Bedford School by the Great Britain National Rifle coach. Well known on the Classic, Practical Rifle and Civilian Service Rifle circuits he has won numerous national competitions - notably first winning the PR nationals in 1993 and then four years in a row between 2000-2003 plus the PR National League in 1997, 1998 & 2007.  He took up Civilian Service Rifle shooting in 2000 – winning the event using a 7.62mm Parker Hale M85 and again in 2006, 2009 and 2012 having downsized to a .223 Southern Gun Company AR15 rifle. He also specialises in shooting WW1 and WW2 sniper rifles - winning numerous 200, 600 and 900 yard sniping competitions and was the only civilian invited to the 2004 British Army's Sniping Symposium to coach snipers from 25 different countries in the use of classic sniper rifles.


    It is with great pleasure that Sportsman Gun Centre has invited Nigel to submit an article for our blog and test The Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24

    Civilian Service Rifle – learning new techniques and updating equipment

    Civilian Service Rifle (CSR) shooting has had a core band of followers since the late 1990’s but recently there has been a dramatic rise in the numbers of shooters, particularly in the CSR Winter League with over 700 participants shooting in one or more matches during 2015. Perhaps the reason for the sudden rise in popularity, apart from the obvious fact that it is great fun, is a series of coaching courses run by the NRA’s Peter Cottrell. Peter is an expert rifle coach and winner of this year’s CSR League and National Championships. These coaching courses have gone a long way to removing some of the mystique or fear factor that have perhaps prevented some shooters from taking that first step in to CSR shooting.


    I took part in a coaching session for the Urban Contact Match and am pleased to say that old dogs can learn new tricks. However, even old dogs like me can still make mistakes and I had a real howler at this year’s National Championships. So what lessons did I learn and what new equipment would I like to use to lessen the chance of making the same mistake twice?


    The right way to shoot the Urban Contact Match


    The NRA has invested in a turning target range on Short Siberia and this allows civilian shooters to shoot the 40 round Urban Contact Match – a four stage event at 100, 75, 50 and 25 yards. Each stage requires ten rounds but adopting new techniques will extract better results as all the scoring rings are used on the Fig11 and Fig14 targets.

    100 Yards Standing Supported

    Supported standhand position

    Start standing about two metres behind the firing point and on appearance of the targets for 15 seconds move forward, adopt a standing supported position on the right hand side of the post and shoot two shots at the left hand Fig 11, followed by four exposures of five seconds, two shots each exposure. Supported standsquare onThe trick here is to take a square on position to the post, feet square with your shoulders and lean in to the post supported with your left hand palm on to the post with your index and thumb gripping the fore-end of the rifle. Don’t let the side of the rifle touch the post as this will affect your zero, usually the elevation. The square on position helps because a more normal left foot forward stance can cause you to use the post as a pivot point and your shots end going left and right.

    75 yards kneeling or squatting supported

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 75 yard point, adopting the kneeling or squatting position around cover. Your left hand can be placed palm to the post again but instead of kneeling on your right knee try kneeling on your left with your right knee acting as support for your right elbow. You now have two points of support – the post and your right knee. There are two exposures of 15 seconds, five shots on the right hand Fig11 on each exposure.


    50 yards standing and kneeling or squatting

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 50 yard point, adopting the standing alert position and on appearance of the upper Fig14 target for six seconds, fire two shots – one standing followed by one kneeling before adopting the standing alert position again.  There will be four more 6 second exposures. You may find it beneficial to use a sling.

    25 yards standing unsupported

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 25 yard point, adopting the standing alert position and on appearance of the lower Fig14 target for seven seconds fire as many shots as you like.  Adopt the ready alert position between the remaining two exposures, each again of seven seconds. Many shooters adopt a 3, 3, 4 firing sequence as the first two exposures allow you to gauge the timing before speeding up to shoot four on the last exposure. However, there are no hard and fast rules and if you have got a nice rhythm then shoot four shots if it feels right on any of the exposures. Again you might want to use a sling.



    If you want to be successful in CSR learn how to use a sling! Sling types are the single point, two point or the Springfield type. For a number of years I have used a Tactical Interventions Specilaists Quick Cuff sling. It is an interesting sling because it combines the elements of a two point sling and a single point sling so that you get the best of both worlds. Different types have certain advantages depending on what position you are adopting.  The Quick Cuff has a separate arm cuff with a female fastex buckle attached that you wrap around your supporting arm.  The two point sling that is attached to the rifle also has a male fastex buckle which allows it to be set up as a single point when attached to the cuff on your arm.  A well-fitted sling actually helps you adopt a more consistent position and helps you recover from the recoil quicker.  Therefore it is a good idea to use a sling even when using a bipod.


    Sitting/Kneeling – little to choose between a two point or single point but a single point will need to be shortened from its prone position length. A hasty sling is the best for the Urban Contact Match


    Standing – Use a two point or Springfield sling attached at the front and rear sling swivels.  With the two point adopt a simple hasty sling by inserting your arm through and back round before gripping the fore-end.  In the standing position this sling position will result in the rear of the sling resting across the top of your chest and therefore helps stabilise your position.  You will have to lean backwards slightly to achieve this.  You can achieve the same with the Springfield sling but use its forward loop through which you insert your arm and adjust the length of the rear portion of the sling to gain support across your chest. The great thing about this is that the sling also helps you support the rifle in the Ready/Alert position – rifle in shoulder, barrel pointing down at 45 degrees.  You’ll be very grateful of the support the sling gives both when shooting and whilst waiting for the next target to appear!


    I use my Quick Cuff sling as a single point when prone and a two point for all other positions.  It has the advantage that it will be adjusted for length in both configurations before the competition starts, without having to worry about adjusting it in the middle of a shoot – particularly during a run down when you have little time to make any adjustments other than to your sights!


    Adjusting your sights

    Depending on how high your scope is above the bore of the barrel, on an AR15 this is likely to be at least 2.5 inches or more, you will need to increase your elevation as you get closer to the targets. On my rifle that is plus 1.5 minutes for 50 yards and plus 6 minutes at 25 yards.

    My big mistake was that the night before the competition I was fiddling with the elevation turret on my Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24 and mistakenly turned the elevation down by a complete turn or 10 minutes.  This equates to 10 inches at 100 yards as I found out to my cost on the day of the competition.  My shots were just above the knees of the Fig11 – a nice tight group but well outside the scoring rings so only scoring two points per hit.  The 75 yard target was little different so I had just dropped 60 points out of a possible 100 - consider that in this year’s championships 2nd,3rd and 4th places in the grand aggregate were separated by only five points! Thankfully, someone cross-shot on to my Fig11 target with five extra shots. This allowed me to have a re-shoot and I quickly turned the elevation turret a complete turn and proceeded to shoot the joint highest score of the day - my luck was in.


    After the competition I actively looked at what was available on the market to prevent this from happening again. Luckily such a scope exists - the relatively new Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 32 with ZeroStop – a function that allows you to zero your scope at 100 yards and then make this your bottom-most setting. If you forget how many turns you’ve had - just dial down to the bottom and you have regained your zero – brilliant. I was already sold on the quality and functionality of my existing Nightforce so it was only natural to progress to the latest model. A 30mm tube plus an illuminated Mil-Dot reticule remains the same so the transition will be straightforward whilst the new scope has the added advantage of 20 minutes elevation for each full rotation of the elevation drum. This allows you to set a 100 yard zero and still have enough elevation in one turn to reach 600 yards. There are three different reticule patterns available for this model. The scope’s features and magnification range make it the ideal scope for the two main rifle classifications of CSR – Service Optic (maximum 4.5 magnification) or Practical Optic where there is no restriction on magnification (but when you get down to 25 yards you’ll be pleased you can zoom down to 3 power). The current importer of the Nightforce scopes and accessories is The Sportsman Gun Centre. My thanks to them for quickly supplying me with this new scope – I lost no time in fitting it and testing it in a CSR league competition on 4th October 2015.


    Considering that I’d only had the chance to zero the scope at 100 yards I was very pleased with the results, especially in the Urban Contact Match where I scored 183 ex 200 and that was with a dropped shot because I was a bit slow in getting a shot off. I’m more than pleased with my purchase and have no hesitation in recommending The Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24 as the most suitable scope for CSR shooting currently available in the UK.


    As all our Deerhunter Clearance stock shows colours in codes and have EU product sizes please use the image below to make sure you select the right size before completing your order.

    Deerhunter Size & Colour Guide


    Please click on the image BELOW to see our standard size guide (You may need to click on the expand arrows again to see the full sized image)

    Including UK and EU sizing.

    SGC master size guide


    Thinking of splashing out on an expensive new rifle scope but you're not 100% on what you need? Nightforce USA's very own Jerry Davenport steps up with everything you need to know about selecting, buying and mounting a rifle scope.

    Jerry Davenport is Nightforce Optics' International Sales Manager.




    When considering an optic for your rifle, it is important to consider the type of shooting to be done with the rifle.  For example, a hunter may want better light transmission and not need the extended magnification range a benchrest or precision shooter requires.  A benchrest/long range prone competitive shooter may not need a ranging reticle or certain mechanical features like a tactical rifle competitor requires.  Nightforce Optics offers a variety of optic and reticle options designed to fit a wide array of shooter types and applications.  Many popular applications include: varmint hunting, long range hunting, precision rifle and high power competition, target shooting, general hunting, and 3 Gun competition.

    Product Nomenclature:

    Example: ATACRTM 5-25x56

    All Nightforce Optics riflescope product names begin with their product family.  In this example, the ATACRTM refers to our Advanced Tactical Riflescope product family.  The numbers immediately after the product family name refer to the magnification range and objective lens diameter.  In this case, the riflescope has a 5x to 25x power magnification range and a 56mm objective lens diameter.


    Riflescope Technology – Budget vs The High Quality of a Nightforce

    Nightforce Scope

    While construction techniques differ among Nightforce models, they all have one thing in common: a fanatic commitment to absolute quality, the best possible components, and rigorous testing. Your Nightforce riflescope will be built right and thoroughly inspected before ever leaving the factory. This is so you won’t be left high and dry with a riflescope that fails at a critical moment.

    What separates a world class riflescope from a run-of-the-mill optic? Mostly, things you can’t see. It is easy to cut corners on construction inside a riflescope, where they will never be noticed…until, of course, it lets you down.

    A few examples of the care we take with our NXSTM riflescopes

    Tubes – machined from solid bar stock 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum alloy, not extruded or formed like those found on lesser scopes.

    Lenses - painstakingly bedded with our own proprietary Mil-Spec formula. Unlike methods used by other scope manufacturers, with our bedding process there is no glass-to-metal contact that can result in breakage, stress or misalignment over time.

    Adjustments - made with hardened silicon bronze to ensure a lifetime of wear resistance and reliable performance.  You should expect no backlash or hesitation in your adjustments.

    Screws - We machine the screw that controls NXS™ elevation adjustments to an unbelievable 110 threads per inch. It is so precise that it must be mated to its receiver by hand.

    Springs – The titanium spring that maintains pressure on our elevation and windage adjustments spends two weeks in a polishing tumbler before going into a Nightforce NXS™ riflescope, to assure there are no rough spots or burrs to interfere with perfectly smooth operation.

    Optical Elements - hand-bedded with our own proprietary Mil-Spec bonding agent, then cured at 160oF for 24 hours. Lenses are further secured with O-rings and machined metal lock rings, both fore and aft. This zero-tolerance lens securing method prevents any movement of the optical elements in any direction, under any circumstance.



    When considering a Nightforce Reticle there are several considerations determined by your preferred shooting discipline and applications.

    • Mil-Radian or Minute of Angle
    • Bullet Drop Compensating ability
    • Subtension measurements for estimating range
    • Dot, post or line based reticles for aiming references
    • Illumination requirements
    • First versus second focal plane

    Nightforce Reticles

    Only you, the user can determine the optical reticle for your shooting needs; there is no single best reticle for every person.


    Common Terminology:


    Parallax is the apparent movement of the reticle in relation to the target as the shooter moves his eye across the exit pupil of the riflescope, caused by the target and the reticle being on different focal planes. While keeping the rifle still and looking through the riflescope, a nod of the head up and down will quickly determine if parallax is present. If parallax has been eliminated, the reticle will remain stationary in relation to the target regardless of eye placement.


    the term “adjustments” on a riflescope commonly refers to the elevation and windage adjustments, knobs, or turrets.


    MOA stands for Minute Of Angle.  This is an angular unit of measurement, and the amount for each minute of angle increases as distance increases.   One minute of angle is 1.047 inches at 100 yards, 2.094 inches at 200 yards, etc..


    short for Mil-radians and also known as MRADs.  This is an angular unit of measurement, and the amount for each minute of angle increases as distance increases.   One mil is 3.43 inches at 100 yards, 6.86 inches at 200 yards, etc..

    ED Glass:

    Extra low dispersion glass.  ED glass, standard in the Nightforce ATACRTM and B.E.A.S.T.TM riflescopes, is the best glass available and provides the ultimate combination of image resolution, light transmission, and color rendition available in a riflescope today.


    calibrated reticle spacing(s) or increments at a given magnification.  Remains fixed with a first focal plane reticle, varies by magnification setting with second focal plane reticles.

    First vs Second Focal Plane

    A reticle gets its name due to the position of its placement in the erector tube assembly.  A first focal plane reticle (FFP) is in the front portion of the erector directly adjacent to the adjustment turret mechanism and a second focal plane reticle (SFP) is located in the rear portion of the erector tube near the power zoom ring.

    Since a FFP reticle is in front of the magnification element of the riflescope; the reticle gets magnified throughout the magnification range.  The reticle is able to remain in proportion to the target as the magnification is increased or decreased.  The reticle will visually decrease in size as the magnification is decreased, and increase in size with the target as the magnification is increased.  However, the reticle’s subtension (MIL or MOA line spacing) remains true on all magnification settings.

    A SFP reticle is located in the rear portion near the power zoom ring that is used to adjust the magnification of the riflescope.  Since it resides behind the magnification element of the riflescope, the reticle does not get magnified throughout the magnification range. The reticle will remain visually constant to the target as the magnification is increased or decreased. This means that visually, the reticle will remain the same size, but the target will appear to get larger or smaller when the magnification is increased or decreased. The subtension of the reticle can only be true at one magnification setting.   However, a formula to figure the correct reticle subtension at any power is:

    Calibrated magnification ÷ actual magnification = magnification factor.


    Mounting your Nightforce Optics Riflescope

    You will need the following:

    • The correct base and ring/mount combination for your rifle and optic
    • A stable stand which holds the rifle securely and level and preferable on a level working surface
    • Ring/mount and ring top installation tools
    • A sine bar or other method for ensuring the rifle is level with the riflescope

    ring-on-base3For initial fitting of the riflescope to the rifle, set the Nightforce riflescope to the highest magnification. Place the riflescope in the lower portion of the rings as far forward as possible. Install both ring tops. Tighten ring top screws with just enough tension to hold the riflescope where positioned, while still allowing smooth movement fore and aft and rotationally.

    2) Hold the rifle in your normal shooting position with the riflescope positioned fully forward in the rings, preferably while adjusted to maximum magnification. Place your head as far forward on the stock as you might position it in field use. Slowly move the riflescope back just to the point where the full field of view is obtained. It is recommended to mount the riflescope at this position with as much eye relief as possible (3.5”–4”) or slightly forward to ensure maximum eye relief.  Tighten the ring mounting screws to the manufacturers specified torque value.  Tighten the screws in an alternating “X” pattern.


    Zeroing your riflescope


    A quick way to get your first shot on target with a new installation is to first bore sight the riflescope. A simple yet reliable method is by looking through the bore at a round, high contrast target, approximately 5”– 6” in

    diameter, that can be seen clearly with the naked eye at either 25, 50 or 100 yards/meters, yet is small enough to “float” in the center of the rifle bore when viewed through the opened action. This can save you time and ammunition.

    1. Ensure that the rifle is unloaded and the chamber is empty. Remove the bolt and place the rifle on a steady rest.
    2. Looking through the bore from the action end, center the round target downrange so that it is floating in the center of the bore, then adjust the elevation and windage adjustments until the reticle is centered on the target while the target is still centered in the bore.
    3. If you feel confident in the bore sighting, proceed to live firing at 25, 50 or 100 yards/meters. To aid in the sight-in process, be sure your sight-in target is large in size, and offers a contrasting color (i.e., orange). After confirming point of impact, proceed to step four. Note: if you have sighted in at 25 yards/meters, you will need to move the adjustments four times more than you would with a 100 yard/meter sight-in. If you sighted in at 50 yards/meters, you will need to move the adjustments two times more than you would with a 100 yard/meter sight-in. If the first shot isn’t on target, recheck your bore sighting and/or move to a 25 yard/meter sight in distance.
    4. Without changing the adjustments, move the rifle to center the reticle on the target. Carefully turn the windage and elevation adjustments without moving the rifle, until the reticle is aligned on the center of the bullet hole from that first shot on the target.
    5. Fire at least a three-shot group at the desired close-range zero distance, then fine-tune your zero as needed.

    We get asked questions like, "how do I get in shooting?" all the time. Mike Powell steps up to answer those questions with his guide into entering the world of the sporting rifle shooter.

    Bain of foxes everywhere, Mike writes a regular fox control article for Sporting Rifle Magazine and is one of the UK's foremost sporting rifle experts.

    beginning rifle shooting


    Today it seems more people than ever are joining the ranks of the sporting rifle shooter. This is distinct from target shooting which is a totally different discipline requiring different equipment altogether. Although you obviously require a rifle for target work my brief here is to explain the way the beginner can get into live quarry shooting.

    For many would be shooters a start may well have already been made by way of the air rifle route. I myself started many years ago in this fashion and had immense enjoyment doing so, but then inevitably the desire to have something more powerful led me into the world of the firearm.  It may surprise some would be shooters that some air rifles are designated as firearms due to the power they generate. Anything producing over 12ft lbs is classed as a firearm and the same procedures to acquire a firearm certificate (FAC) have to be followed as if were a true firearm.

    So we assume you are thinking of purchasing a rifle that is classed as a firearm, for many the commonest step will be a rimfire, possibly a 22Long Rifle (.22LR) this being the most popular for the first time firearm owner to cut his shooting teeth on. There are others but we will come to those later.

    Unless you are going to shoot targets only, when you will need to be a member of a shooting club the first requirement will be to find some land to shoot over, today the word permission is used. This can be perhaps the hardest part of the whole exercise as much land already has people shooting over it. Much has been written on ways to go about obtaining shooting permissions, all I can say is that unless you know a friendly landowner or someone who will take you under their wing allowing you to shoot over their own permissions it can be a difficult task! But let’s assume you find somewhere, the next step will be to apply for a firearm certificate which will allow you to purchase both a rifle and ammunition of your choice and use the rifle, in the first instance on designated land.

    Applying is pretty straightforward and can be done online. Application forms have been simplified and providing there are no medical or previous criminal problems and that you can prove that you have a need to possess a firearm there shouldn’t be too much of a problem acquiring one. The most common reason for you to obtain a FireArms Certificate (FAC) is for vermin control. The various costs again can be obtained online from your local police force.

    If you have permission to shoot over some land it is probable that the land will be inspected by a licensing officer who will also check your plans for security at home.  You will require an approved gun cabinet which will need to be securely fixed to a wall in the house, preferably out of sight.

    Contrary to what you may hear, most police force firearm licensing units are helpful and if you ask for help it will normally be given. In Devon where I am located the local police licensing unit is both helpful and efficient and I have never had a problem with them. I would add though that it is far better to ask them what you want rather than telling them!

    We will assume that in due course your FAC duly arrives with permission to purchase a rifle, ammunition and probably a sound moderator. You will have stated on applying for your FAC which type and calibre of rifle you require and how much ammunition you wish to purchase at any one time, and how much you will have in your possession, again at any one time.

    The decision of what calibre and rifle you will require will of course depend on the type of shooting you will be doing. For normal vermin control as I said earlier the old standard 22LR still takes some beating being able to deal with rabbits, crows and other small ground game and even at close range the odd fox. However shots at the latter should, certainly for the newcomer be limited to fifty yards or less. There are however several other small calibre rifles on offer which may well be of interest to the newcomer, one such is the 17HMR. This is a high velocity rimfire offering flatter shooting out to longer distances than the 22LR. It is less likely to ricochet and will account for a fox out to fifty or sixty yards. Calibres such as the .204 Ruger and .20 Tactical are probably best left until you have had more experience, although the former is really catching on with its extremely high velocity and ability to shoot accurately with a very flat trajectory out to 250-300 yards. This type of calibre however is not cheap to run especially if you are using a lot of ammunition, you can of course load your own, however this is something for the future, not when you are just starting out.

    Should you be going down the road of becoming mainly a fox shooter then you will need something more powerful. Perhaps the most common calibre for fox control is the .223 centrefire, it is accurate, and ammunition is readily available and both good secondhand and new specimens are readily available. There are several other calibres that are used for foxing such as the 243, 222 and the aforementioned .20 calibre rounds. I have used several different rifles and calibres for my fox control work and one thing that they all do is to kill foxes very efficiently. It really comes down to a matter of what you prefer.

    Should you be fortunate enough to have deer of one species or another on your ground you are indeed fortunate, however you will have had to mention this on your firearm application as deer will need to be specified on the FAC, of course a larger calibre rifle will be needed for deer and as a general rule .243 is the smallest legal calibre used for deer. There are exceptions for two species, Chinese Water deer and Muntjac, these can be shot with .22 centrefire calibres, however there are regulations governing their use and should be checked upon. Different rules apply in Scotland, but as with all things relating to shooting there is a wealth of information easily accessible on all these aspects of your new sport on line.

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    If your quarry is deer a .243 will be fine for roe and the other smaller species, and although quite capable of killing larger deer such as Sika, Fallow and Red it would be preferable to go for something larger such as a .308. Once again there is a wide choice of calibres to choose from and advice is always on hand to guide you.

    There is a great deal to learn about sporting rifle shooting in all its forms, and it would take far more space than I have here to cover all aspects of this very addictive sport. Once you become involved, so many avenues will open up to you, you may wish to specialise in small vermin control. Seeking out and stalking wary rabbits can stand you in good stead for the day when you may wish to pursue larger game. Foxing as I said before has gained many followers over the last decade and can be a very exciting sport especially as it will probably lead you into the world of night vision with all the paraphernalia in the world to tempt the enthusiastic newcomer! I would suggest you seek out the advice of someone who is really experienced in this form of shooting as the equipment involved can be costly. The Sportsman Gun Centre have many experienced shooters among its staff who will be only too pleased to help.

    Joining a shooting forum is quite a good idea, although you will find the need to separate the wheat from the chaff if you ask a question, as everyone will have their own fairly positive ideas on what you should or shouldn’t do!

    Whichever path you decide to follow in this absorbing and exciting sport always remember any of the weapons you handle are not only capable of killing vermin etc. they can equally kill humans so safety should always, without exception, be at the top of every shooters list. I have walked the hills and valleys of Devon with gun or rifle for more years than I care to remember and have loved every minute of it, may you get the same pleasure wherever your shooting road leads you.


    Winchester Ammunition “We Are the Legend”

    winchester ammo

    Winchester is one of the oldest American Ammunition manufactures. In fact we can trace our routes back to 1873. This being less than a decade after the American civil war, when westward expansion was at full gallop.

    Winchester actually developed the first commercially successful centre - fire cartridge .44WCF (.44-40). This was designed for double duty in both rifles and hand guns. This was literally the cartridge that “Won the West”!

    Winchester Ammunition today:  our quality statement.

    Firmly committed to quality manufacturing for more than 148 years, the Winchester brand is more than ever before synonymous with innovation and industry leadership.

    With one of the most modern and technology driven ammunition factories in the world, Winchester takes pride in delivering cutting – edge product for professional and recreational shooting.

    As an ISO 9001:2008 certificated manufacturer, Winchester is committed to meeting customer expectations 100% of the time, utilising the continual improvement process.

    Winchester ammunition products undergo demanding internal tests for precision accuracy, functioning, endurance and reliability, and is in strict compliance with industry standards.

    Winchester works hard every day to uphold its legacy, which has been built over time, to produce the finest ammunition products in the world.

    Winchester everywhere, all the time and at any time!

    Winchester offers you the possibility of discovering our new products with modern digital media (web, tablet, smartphone)

    After 148 years’ existence, Winchester is continuing to develop tools on the frontiers of digital technology for hunters and shooters. A rich heritage that Winchester does its very best to maintain for plunging you even further into the world of the American legend.

    Surf on our new website to find the product that best suit your needs.


    Winchester TV your VOD channel offering high-quality content

    Watching your favourite TV programmes for free, on the device you want when you want, is now even easier! Just log on sit back…and watch your favourite programme at your convenience.

    Winchester TV .com is the web TV platform broadcasting over 175 episodes of cult shows.

    Now you need never miss any of Winchester’s international hunting adventures , as special guests Bob Foulkrod, Melissa Bachman, Ron Spomer, Allen Treadwell, Steve Farris and many others, take you on gripping and exciting hunting expeditions across Africa and North America on the trail of Big Game, Turkeys Waterfowl and game bird.

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    Winchester Ballistics calculator

    The Winchester Ballistics calculator allows users to choose their type of ammunition and compare up to five different Winchester Products with easy-to-read, high tech ballistics charts and graphs. Choose from six different categories including shotgun slug, rim-fire, centre-fire hand gun and centre-fire rifle ammo ballistics.

    Customise the shooting conditions in the ballistics calculator to replicate ballistics performance in your shooting or hunting environment. Enter specific conditions like wind speed and outside temperature, adjust zero marks for sighting in, and then view the ballistics of your favourite load.

    The ballistics calculator provides easy to read ballistics charts and graphs while visual illustrating the point of impact, drop drift and trajectory. The ballistics charts provide detailed ballistics information on time of flight, drop, drift velocity and energy.

    To provide you with the ideal bullet for every use…

    Winchester Ammunition is the fruit of extensive research calling on our engineers' know-how in ballistics and field experience

    The technical solutions retained for each bullet correspond to specific application.

    Big & Heavy Game

    (Wild Boar, Red Deer, Elk and Moose)

    For heavy game, maximum weight retention will guarantee the energy transfer and deep penetration required for piercing dense tissue. Winchester has developed some of the hardest hitting ammunition in the world, namely Power Max Bonded, and Accubond CT.

    Power Max Bonded calibre choice - .243Win, .270Win, .270WSM, .7mm Rem Mag, 7mmWSM, 30-30Win, 300WM, 300WSM, 30-06Spg. 308Win & 338WM

    Accubond CT Calibre choice -270Win, 270WSM, 7MM Rem Mag, 300WM & 30-06Spg.

    Medium game

    (Roe, Fallow, Sika, Muntjack & Chinese water deer) (Fox)

    For Medium game, with thin skin and limited density a rapid yet controlled expansion bullet is required. This will enable you to recover meat in the best possible condition. Winchester has developed the combined technology Ballistic silvertip and the legendry Super X power point.

    Ballistic Silvertip Calibre choice -22-250Rem, 223Rem, 243Win, 270WSM, 270Win, 280Rem, 7mm Rem Mag, 300WSM, 300WM, 30-06SPG & 308Win

    Super x calibre choice – 22Hornet, 22-250Rem, 222Rem, 223Rem,243Win, 6.5x55Swd , .270WSM, .270Win, 7mm Rem Mag, 30-30Win, 300WSM, 300WM 30-06Spg, 308Win , 338WM 44-40Win



    For varmint, a projectile that is capable of absolute precision with maximum upset at the very extremes of range is required. Winchester has developed a cost effective yet lethal bullet, Varmint X.

    Varmint X calibre choice – 22-250Rem, 223Rem, 243Win



    For target shooting, an accurate yet cost effective solution must be found. Winchester has this covered with Full Metal Jacket training ammunition.

    Full Metal Jacket calibre choice – 223Rem, 6.5x55Swd, 308Win & 30-06Spg.

    Non Toxic – lead free

    In some situations, a lead free bullet must be used. Winchester has painstakingly developed the bench mark in lead free ammunition, Power core.

    Power Core calibre choice – 223Rem, 243Win, 270Win, 7mm Rem Mag, 308 Win, 30-06Spg, 300WM

    Rim -fire


    When it comes to rim-fire ammunition, there are some basic attributes that the hunter will look for. The round must be accurate, hard hitting and cost effective. Think rim-fire, think Winchester Subsonic and the incredible 17HMR Varmint HV. Not to mention our Super X .22magnum

    Calibre choice- .17HMR, .22LR and 22M


    (Target / Plinking)

    The target shooter is looking for an accurate yet cost effective round for training. Winchester has a choice for you in both.22LR and .22magnum in the lead round nose .22LR and the Full metal Jacket .22magnum.

    Calibre choice- . 22LR & .22M

    The eye is in the detail

    The information enclosed is guide to what Winchester Ammunition can provide its customer. We recommend checking out  to discover what we can do for you and your hunting.

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