- Published: Friday, 11 March 2016 23:33
- Written by Jonny Ellsmore
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From: West Yorkshire, UK
Day job: Science Teacher
First Gun: BSA Meteor .177 air rifle
Shooting interests: Hunting, pest control, long range rimfire shooting
Guns owned: Various cheap air rifles, BSA Scorpion T10 .22 air, Daystate Huntsman Classic .177 air, Kalibrgun Cricket .22 FAC air, CZ 452 Silhouette .22lr, Browning Buckmark Carbine in .22r, CZ 455 Varmint .17 HMR, Tikka T3 Lite .243 Win, Baikal sxs 12 gauge x2 and a bolt action Webley & Scott .410
Favourite calibre: .17 HMR, because it's the best all round rabbit shooting calibre, good to 200 yards and beyond in the right hands!
To buy list: CZ 527 Varmint in .17 Hornet, Tikka T3 Varmint 6.5x55 Swede and a Ruger 10-22 custom
Most memorable shoot/hunt: Red stag stalk on the Isle of Raasay, Scotland
From: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Day Job: Retired
First Gun Marlin Glenfield 25
Shooting interests: collecting, gun restoration, hunting, handgun and long-gun target and plinking
Guns owned: Winchester - 1894, Winchester M1917 Sporter 70, Walther PPK, .380 Ruger LCP, SR9C, SR9, Single Six, 22/45 MK II Target, 10/22, Bushmaster AR15 .204 Ruger, Stoeger Condor, Remington 870 12 ga, Wingmaster 20 ga, 870 HD 12 ga, No.4 Rolling Block Mauser M48A, Marlin .410, 25, 39A, XXX Standard 1872, Rossi 1984, S&W 22A, Colt Python High Standard - Model B, Sport King Uberti 1871 Richards Mason conversion.
Favourite Caliber: 357 Magnum, cos if you're in a bind, you can put .38 specials through it.
To buy list: Original Sharps in 45-70
Most memorable shoot/hunt: Taking my son on his first deer hunt
Name: Declan Mouland
From: Brighton, UK
Day Job: Website Technician for family business
First Gun: Walther CP99 .177 air pistol
Shooting interests: Deer stalking, lamping vermin, decoying pigeons and other game shooting
Guns owned: Various airguns, CZ 452 .22lr, Anschutz 1417 .22lr, Marlin .22 WMR, Howa 1500 .223, BSA CF2 .243 Win, RWS .222 Rem, Browning X-Bolt .243 Win, Winchester SXP 12 ga, English Damascus Hammer sxs 12B, SUHL Simpson 12B sxs, .410 folding sxs hammer, various other shotguns (Fabarm, Baikal, Rottweill, AYA, Savage, Eibar)
Favourite Caliber: .243 Winchester (so far), it's fairly flat shooting, pliable centrefire cartridge with many uses from stalking to foxing to long range vermin such as corvids; It's also easy to homeload.
To buy list: Savage .17 Hornet with a night vision scope, 45-70 MP-221 Baikal sxs rifle and a custom .270 WSM made using a Tikka/Sako action, a GRS stock and a Kreiger barrel.
Most memorable shoot/hunt: My first bunnies and fox, being taught how to shoot and my first time with real firearms
Name: Jarek Sheetz
From: Ohio, USA
Day Job: Owner and manager of family horse stables
First Gun: H&R single shot .410
Shooting interests: Bowhunting, 3D archery, long range hunting, air rifles, black powder, rimfire, handguns and shotgunning
Guns owned: Crosman 140 .22 air, x3 Savage model 64 .22lr, Ithaca single shot lever action .22lr, H&R 6" .22lr revolver, H&R 22 Mag revolver 8" bull barrel, Savage model 93XP .17 HMR, Savage Bmag .17 WSM, Remington model 788 in .222 Rem, Rossi bull barrel .223 Rem, Savage 110 in .22-250, Remington model 700 in .243 Win, 1970's Marlin 336 in 30-30 Win, Original Winchester 1891 short saddle carbine in 30-30 Win, 1937 Tula Mosin Nagant 91/30, 1941 Mauser M24/47 in 8mm Mauser, Savage 110 in .270 Win, Savage 111 Long Range Hunter I built myself in 7mm Rem Mag, H&R bull barrel 444 Marlin, Original Lyman Great Plains Rifle 50 cla, Original Kentucky rifle in 45 cal, CVA Wolf 50 cal, Lyman 50 cal percussion pistol, Lyman 45 cal percussion pistol, Rohm 357 Magnum, Mossberg 500 12 ga 24" rifled barrel, Remington 870 express magnum 20 ga, S&W 916 engraved 12 ga
Favourite Caliber: 7mm Remington Magnum, it's the long range king below the ultra mag calibres
To buy list: Wetherby Accumark 338-378 Wby and Benelli Ethos 12 gauge
Most memorable shoot/hunt: The last deer drive I went on with my grandfather before he passed, we each killed 6 deer in one drive
Name: Roger Lewis
From: Queensland, Australia
Day Job: Electrician
First Gun: Wetherby Vanguard Varmint in .223 Rem
Shooting interests: Hunting in the outback
Guns owned: CZ 455 Varmint .17 HMR, CZ 455 .22 WMR, CZ 452 American .22lr, CZ 527 .204 Ruger, Lithgow Arms LA101 22lr, Ruger 96/44 44 Mag, Boito sxs 12 ga, K98 Mauser 8mm, Merkel Helix 9.3x62, Merkel Helix 6.5x55
Favourite Caliber: 22lr great for plinking and hunting, has taken more game than all my others combined
To buy list: Mauser M1 in .270 Win and Farbarm Classic sxs 12 ga
Most memorable shoot/hunt: Stalking and shooting a trophy class feral goat in the Queensland outback
Lives In: Conrad, Montana
Day Job: bartender/bouncer, homemaker/caretaker for my disabled child
First Gun: Coast to Coast .22LR single shot youth rifle
Shooting Interests: predator, varmint, upland bird and big game hunting. Ruger 10/22 and MKII/III customization.
Guns Owned: various shotguns, handguns and rifles, both centerfire and rimfire.
Favorite Caliber: .357mag for handgun, 12ga for shotgun, 17hmr for rimfire and .270win for centerfire
To buy list: Magnum Research BFR .454 Casull, lever action carbine/ single action revolver set in .45LC, Taurus Raging Hornet revolver in .22 Hornet, Ruger Mini-14
Most memorable hunt: shooting 500+ gophers and huge badger in the same day.
Lives In: Oakland California
Day Job: Systems Analyst and semi-retired IT geek
First Gun: Sears .22LR single shot rifle
Shooting Interests: varmint, vermin, deer and accurate Shooting
Guns Owned: various shotguns, handguns and rifles, both center fire and rim fire.
Favorite Caliber: .45ACP for handgun, 12 ga for shotgun, .22 lr for rimfire and .223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 25-06 Rem, 30-06 for centerfire
To buy list: Old 336 Marlin 30-30 lever-action carbine Got everything else I think I'll ever want
Most memorable hunt: White Tail hunt on Fort Belknap Indian reservation with Native american relatives hunting party style. Running hunt in the coulees
Name: Danny Easter
Lives In: Saltburn-by-the-sea, UK
Day Job: Full time father
First Gun: Gamo CF-30
Shooting Interests: Sub 12 air rifles, pest control, Field craft, Cooking game
Guns Owned: Just one very accurate HW100T
Favorite Caliber: .177/4.5mm
To buy list: Kalibrgun Cricket, HW110, Vulcan Tactic, Rapid mfr, HW100 .20cal laminate
Most memorable hunt: Laid up one summer day in 2015 under a tree for some piece and quiet... No camo, no hide, no intention of a serious day shooting... Shot over 30 rabbits in 3hrs with my old springer... 100% humane kill ratio that day...
Name: Daniel Arthur John Smerald
Lives In: Cardiff, Wales
Day Job: rep for an ophthalmic design and distribution firm
First Gun: Spikes Tactical ST.22 (AR-15)
Guns Owned: Mossberg 930 JMP, Spikes Tactical & a Mosin M44.
Favourite Caliber: for centre fire it'll be the 6.5CreedMoor, 12g for a shotgun and the classic .22lr
To buy list: At this point in time my list is; custom 6.5CreedMoor, Lever release .223, De Lisle .45ACP, LBP .22lr and a lever action .357m
Most memorable moment; this goes back to when I first got behind a gun, a Ruger 10/22 when I was 14 years old. It was a target 50 yards away and me not knowing anything just kept on shooting without a care in the world. In the lane next to me was a police officer with his .22lr, he put an 4" group at that target when I couldn't hit a thing! I was so proud of being able to shot that well it got me back into the sport a decade later. Only problems was the grouping wasn't mine, the officer told my mum he shot it to give me the confidence boost. It worked and I've been a keen shooter for three years now.
From: Lancashire, UK
Day job: Royal Marines Commando
First Gun: GAT .177 air pistol
Shooting interests: Hunting, pest control, F-Class and Reloading. Been shooting since I was 7 or 8yrs old. My first time with a gun was a old GAT gun. I started off shooting cans with corks which then went on to a old paper dart board and the GAT darts. As I got older around 11 or 12 is when I bought a old Webley break barrel .22 open sights air rifle. I shot paper for a long time at No further than 20yards. This progressed me to shooting rabbits, pigeons, rats and squirrels. As time went on my weapons changed
Guns owned: GAT, Webley .22 air, SMK under lever, Air Arms TX200 MKI and MKII. Air ArmsS410, Daystate Airwolf (hated this), Brno .22lr, CZ 455 .17hmr, Remington 700 .223, Tikka T3 .223 and 308. Browning 525 Game 12 ga. Hatsan Escort semi auto 12 ga.
Favourite calibre: 7.62x51 NATO through a MK44 Minigun!
To buy list: Custom .308 F-Class rifle
Most memorable shoot/hunt: Any time I'm shooting is memorable, I'd love to do a driven boar hunt in Europe and hunt some plains game in Africa.