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We’ve gone for a multi-shot mash-up this time, taking a close look at two
magazine-fed airguns that despite the similarities are very different beasts.

Mat Manning’s been shooting the BSA Ultra CLX, which is a complete
reworking of one of the Birmingham gunmaker’s most popular models –
taking an already good PCP to another level while maintaining its
affordability.

Mike Morton, on the other hand, has got his hands on the Hatsan SpeedFire,
a break-barrel gas-ram, finding it one those rifles that delivers more than you might expect. He found it easy to cock and easy to shoot, while offering a great level of accuracy as well as that multi-shot capability.

Mat’s been putting his airguns to good use by controlling some unwelcome
pests. Setting up a feeding station is by far the most effective way to make a
serious dent in numbers of destructive grey squirrels, and he explains how he does it.

He’s also swapped his usual infrared NV for a thermal setup and has a busy night at one of the farms where he shoots which has been suffering a late influx of rats.

Marksmanship of any kind is a perishable skill, especially the fiendishly tricky stuff like unsupported standing shots, so Philip Siddell explains how to use simulation training to improve the chances of the airgun hunter’s success in the field.

“Budget” is often a byword for “not very good”, but do a little research and
some great gear can be picked up for a modest outlay, and Rich Saunders
takes a close look at some of the very best telescopic sights for airgun use
that retail for less than £200.

Since the early 2000s when Field Target and Hunter Field Target became
increasingly popular in Europe, manufacturers of precision 10m match air
rifles started to produce 12 ft-lb rifles in order for shooters to compete in these disciplines, and Thomas Bristow manages to borrow a friend’s Feinwerkbau 800x FT – and very much likes what he sees.

All this is capped off by our Airgun Answers section in which we tackle your shooting-related queries, this time looking at how to evaluate a set of pellet scales, whether or not you should actually shoot your precious limited edition rifles and the multiple uses of the humble target card.


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