• Browning blog: the effect the phases of the moon have on deer hunting

    The effect the phases of the moon have on roedeer hunting

    In order to be successful, there are a number of factors a roedeer hunter has to take into consideration: the most obvious being wind and sun. When dealing with suspicious animals, your smell or your shadow could give you away; but it is just as important to know the right time of day to be effective.

  • Browning blog: how to zero your scope with only four shots

    How to zero your scope with only four shots

    When shooting in the summertime, you need to check your scope is adjusted before considering that first outing to hunt buck or fox.  We’d like to show you how to zero your rifle with just four rounds.

  • Browning blog: why shoot corvids?

    Why shoot corvids?

    Caw, caw, caw! A black shape emerges out of the morning gloom, circling above the bird decoys you have set up a few metres away from your hiding place.  Quick as a flash, you stand, shoulder your Maxus and fire a Winchester Special Corneille.  It falls to the ground.  You’re happy, and so is the farmer.  Shooting crows and rooks is becoming more and more popular with hunters.  We’re going to explain why.

  • Browning blog: wildlife management (deer)

    Wildlife management (for deer specifically)

    When walking around your permission/hunting ground you should always look closely at everything around you, the grass, trees, fencing, tree-stands, and streams. All of them require management or simple maintenance. Part of our job is to look after not just the infrastructure which we put in, but also to make sure that the rest of the ground is in the best possible state it can be; by doing so we actually encourage the wildlife to grow and thrive.

  • Browning blog: the right equipment to go hunting in the wilderness

    The right equipment to go hunting in the wilderness

    Let’s talk a bit about stalking or hunting equipment in general. I am not talking about things like rifles and scopes today, but rather the equipment you carry in your rucksacks, kit bags and all those pockets which nowadays adorn jackets and trousersI know that everyone has their own personal preferences as to what they need and use, and every country has different regulations and traditions: therefore, what follows is perhaps not a complete list.

  • Browning Blog: The advantages of being accompanied during stalking and stalking hunts

    The advantages of being accompanied during stalking

    We consider the advantages of not going it alone into the hunting field when you’re a beginner hunter or even an experienced hunter.

  • Browning Blog: Straight-pull versus bolt-action rifles

    Straight-pull versus bolt-action rifles

    If you went into a gun shop 25-years ago and asked for a repeating, centrefire rifle, you’d get a bolt-action. However, things have changed dramatically as since 1993 you could get a manually-operated straight-pull instead. So, what is it and how does it compare to the traditional system?

    Straight-pull and bolt-action: mechanism

    Both systems have been around since the end of the 19th century with the introduction of smokeless, high velocity cartridges.

    The major difference being the method of operation. A bolt-action technically requires four movements:

    1. lift the bolt to open the action
    2. pull it back to eject
    3. push it forward to feed
    4. close the action.

    A straight-pull cuts this down by 50% as steps 1 & 2 are combined in a single rearwards pull, as are 3 & 4 when you push forward. 

    Though there were some notable, Military straight-pulls, research shows that in the crucible of battle, turn-bolts won out due to their greater reliability. However, for sports shooting this is not an issue.

    The Germans were the first to propose linear recharging.

    One cannot talk about straight-pulls without acknowledging Blaser, who introduced the first commercial design; the R93 in 1993. Great rifle, as you could also change barrels and therefore calibres, but its fixed, top-loading magazine was not ideal.

    Browning came next in 1999 with their Acera, I tested one and it had distinct possibilities though was discontinued in 2000. Next and more successful was their the Maral based on the BAR semi-auto. Since then other companies have offered their takes on the concept, and the generic design is now well established.

    I have two straight-pulls, a Maral and a Blaser R8 and they are significantly different in terms of design and what they offer. They also tend to highlight the major differences compared to bolt-guns.

    The fastest system is…

    Technically a straight-pull is faster to operate, but it’s not all about speed. I can shoot a bolt-action as fast as my R8, though 2-2 bolt manipulation in relation to maintaining your firing position and aim is better on the latter.

    However, and given the design a bolt-gun offers more leverage and operating power in adverse conditions, in terms of opening and closing the action compared to the smaller side handle of a straight-pull.

    You also have to be certain that you have closed the action fully unlike a bolt-gun, where the method of operation ensures this automatically.

    The Maral is a little different, as it’s powered by constant velocity springs, which means at the end of the opening stroke you just let the handle go and it will automatically shut. Generally, it’s a handy, highly pointable and shootable rifle.

    The most accurate is…

    Some, site straight-pulls as being less accurate, which is not the case, but like any rifle it’s down to the ammunition you choose. My Maral in 30-06 shoots best with a 150-grain load, which I use for deer, however, for boar shooting where targets are closer I use heavier loads for the power.

    With the proliferation of straight-pull rifles these days, I don’t think you can pick a clear winner between them and a bolt-action. Both offer something to a greater or lesser degree, I picked the Maral primarily for driven boar, where its fast action and high magazine capacity offer advantages. However, most of my deer hunting is done with a turn-bolt; horses for courses.

     

    What’s your favorite system? 

  • Browning blog: camouflage does it still have a place?

    Camouflage: does it still have a place?

    I remember buying my first camo jacket when I was 13 in the Army Cadets. It was the French Lizard pattern; the forerunner of the US Tiger Stripe. Another milestone was when the British Army changed from their green combats in the 1970s to DPM (disruptive pattern material).

  • Browning blog: Close range encounters with game, how to aim and shoot in a hurry

    Close range encounters with game, how to aim and shoot in a hurry

    Deer shooting in the UK tends to more longer distances, as we don’t drive them like wild boar as the European’s do, which is close up and usually standing shooting as they run by.

  • Browning blog: T-Bolt, the right tool for pest control

    T-Bolt: the right tool for pest control

    In 2011, I bagged my very first deer in the UK and that was when I made up my mind that I wanted hunting to be a full-time hobby. And what better way to do that than with a T-Bolt!

  • Browning blog: how to choose a hunting knife?

    How to choose a hunting knife?

    I think that everyone agrees that a hunting knife is a very personal thing for each hunter.  Some have just one favourite knife, but others prefer to have few more (like 20-30): one for different days or different tasks.

  • Browning Blog: Taking your guns and ammo overseas

    Taking your guns and ammo overseas

    I always find it amusing that many shooters put a lot of time, effort and expense into their equipment, and hone their marksmanship skills. Yet when offered the chance to take it overseas, feel it’s too much hassle. I’ve hunted in Europe and Africa and have always taken my own guns; why, because that is why I bought them.

  • Browning blog : shooting distance

    Up to which shooting distance can we still talk about hunting?

    I often listen to people talking about distances and how far they can shoot. Well, here is my take on it.

  • Browning Blog: Advice chosing scope hunting shooting

    My old hunter’s advice to choose your first scope

    There is a very common question people ask: “I am new to stalking/hunting, can someone suggest what type of scope I need for different kinds of hunting?”

  • Browning blog: paleo diet, nature etaing is it good for health?

    Catherine’s advice: Paleo diet, is nature eating good for health?

    The Paleo diet is a return to the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The term Paleo refers to the prehistoric Palaeolithic period, when humans first appeared (3 million to 12,000 years BC). The diet really began trending in 2001, in the United States, with the publication of The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University.

  • Browning blog - safety : shooting angles

    Safety: shooting angles on the hunt

    We consider the ability to predict where your shot will go and its ramifications.

  • Browning Blog : How to anticipate riskes of a hunting day

    How to anticipate the risks of a hunting day

    Hunting is doubtless an adventure, whether you just drive a few miles to a small piece of land you have permission on or take the plunge and gear up for a trip overseas, the risks can be the same. So,  an amount of pre-planning and preparedness will increase your chances of having a good time, or not having a bad one.

  • Browning Blog - Choosing centerfire calibres

    Choosing centrefire calibres

    With many common and exotic cartridges around how do you make the right choice for your first calibre needs?

  • Browning Blog - Game, healthy meat

    Catherine’s advice: game, healthy meat !

    Game is part of our Christmas fare, and a chance to try a highly nutritional, protein-rich, low-fat meat. If your iron count is low, tuck in to a haunch of boar or a joint of deer and top up your potassium and phosphorus levels at the same time. It’s the ideal mid-winter pick-me-up for body and mind!

  • Browning blog - Huntings heals us from the inside...

    Hunting heals us from the inside…

    I am sure that every hunter has had one of those days when you get up in the morning and start getting ready for work; it’s just not working out for you, you just can’t get on with things. Everything takes so much effort and energy that you almost want to call in sick.  Your workmates are not the same and it seems no-one cares about you and nobody understands you.

  • Browning Blog : shotgun or rifle

    Shotgun or rifle, that is the question…

    When I was 4 years old my father took me hunting for the very first time: indeed, it is the first memory I have of my father and I together; I guess the bond between us was made at that time. Then, when I was 7, I pulled the trigger of my father’s 12G for the first time, and the next thing I saw was blue skies, as the recoil knocked me off my feet. That was when I fell in love with shotgun shooting.

  • Browning Blog : 5 reasons to buy a Maral

    5 reasons to buy a Maral

    Hunters like to shop as much as the fashion victims you see strutting around city centres. What could be nicer than casually browsing around a gun store you’ve never been to before while your other half is buying a pair of shoes in the shop next door (using her own credit card, phew!)? What greater thrill than shouldering a gun you’ve had your eye on for years? Nothing much, probably, except the actual hunt.

  • Browning Blog : Offseason preparation and training

    Offseason preparation and training

    Hunting seasons are very different from one country to the next, and that is exactly why I consider myself a very lucky man. I live and hunt in England where technically hunting happens all year round. If you are lucky enough to have permission to hunt the ground where muntjac is present, then you will have deer stalking for 365 days a year. Muntjac, rabbits, pigeon, wild boar, crows and foxes can be hunted all year round and most of the above (except muntjac) can be shot at night too.

  • Browning blog : How to bleed and treat the carcass

    How to bleed and treat the carcass…

    There are many ways to bleed the carcass of the animal and they all serve our own purpose and use. Some of these ways are better than others, but they all do the same job. We all know that the quick bleeding of the carcass after the animal has been felled is as important for the meat quality as the shot placement or a nice, clean gralloch.

  • Browning Blog : What Calibre to choose for my new rifle?

    What Calibre to choose for my new rifle?

    Choosing the correct calibre is essential to successful hunting, so let’s see what’s available?

    The amount of rifle calibres is vast, never more so than now, with seemingly new wonder cartridges coming out all the time! Faster, flatter, more terminal performance, better BCs the list goes on, which must be confusing for the novice.

  • Browning Blog : Mistakes we have all made them

    Mistakes, We have All made them !

    We can learn a lot from our mistakes, so here are a few lessons that I have seen or heard that you will hopefully not be repeat

  • Hunting habits: Backpacking, cleaning rifle, …

    Getting ready to hunt before and afterwards is very much like a military operation! First let’s consider your equipment; rifle and ammunition, clothing, ancillary equipment; binoculars/scopes and/or laser rangefinder, knives/sharpener, bipod and/or shooting sticks, rubber gloves (for gutting and skinning) and some sort of bag/carrier for the game. Plus, water and food if it’s going to be a long day and a small medical kit and don’t forget your firearm’s license and written permission from the land owner.

  • browning-blog-top-10-excuses-poor-marksmanshis

    Top 10 excuses for poor marksmanship

    In Belgium, we’re used to making fun of our French neighbours, and especially their ability to find excuses whenever their national football team loses a match.  “It was too windy,” “the pitch was as bad as the ref,” “the ball was flat,” etc.  Fair game, I hear you say, since our French friends are past masters in the art of making fun of Belgians.

  • browning-blog-top-10-excuses-going-hunting

    The top 10 excuses for going hunting

    During each period between hunting seasons, the same thing happens. You dismantle, clean and reassemble your weapons up to six times a day. You stockpile so much ammunition that you have to close off certain parts of your home. At night, you alternate between hunting and erotic dreams. Your Sundays punctuated with family meals and naps in front of Inspector Derrick are as joyful as a congress of forensic pathologists.

  • Browning Blog - How to choose scope - optic

    How to choose your shooting scope

    Nine French hunters out of ten use a telescopic sight when hunting big game. A scope can be an indispensable help when seeking to ensure a maximum of precision. Red dots, scopes for driven hunts or scopes for stalking: with so much choice, it is sometimes difficult to know what to choose! This should help with your decision.

  • Knife choice : cutting comments

    People select knives for different reasons and not all logical; there’s macho approach – bigger is better, or the rich man – the most fancy or expensive they can afford! Truth is you don’t need a big, fancy or expensive knife to process a large animal, and there are a number of considerations.

  • Love Is In The Air – 5 Top Tips To Roebuck Rut Calling.

    As we draw nearer to the roebuck rutting season (late July, early August in England) the thought of calling in that trophy buck becomes ever prominent. With long days of warm weather and the bucks chasing does, there’s plenty of action to be had if you know the right calls. Here are a few tips to help you along the way…

  • Lyme’s Disease – Be Tick Aware!

    Ticks are present in many parts of the UK and across Europe and the number of reported cases of Lyme, though small, is rising each year. Lyme disease is the most common disease spread by ticks in the Northern Hemisphere. It is estimated to affect around 65,000 people a year in Europe. Infections are most common in the spring and early summer. The aim of this blog post is to raise awareness of lyme’s disease and to offer tips on how to avoid being bitten by ticks.

  • Give It A Shot! – 5 Shooting Tips You Need To Know

    Are you recently new to shooting?  Wondering whether to start? Or even wanting to iron out those bad habits to avoid frustration in the field? Well, we’re here to help…  We’ve collected together the most popular advice from our professionals experience to give you Browning’s Top 5 Shooting Tips!

  • Mountain Stalking – Get In Gear!

    Hunting in any mountain range commands the respect from even the most experienced hunters. In such remote hunting grounds, nature always has the upper hand. To ensure maximum safety, we discuss what gear is best for such an arduous hunt – the search for chamois!

  • Disciplines

    Clay Pigeon Shooting: What’s Your Discipline?

    Clay pigeon shooting offers shooters a multitude of possibilities to practise in different environments – but what discipline suits you best? There’s a sport for all!

  • Sam Green, the best clay shooter, holding his prize.

    5 Top Tips To Better Clay Shooting – Sam Green

    Ever wondered what it`s like to get inside the mind of a shooting professional? Meet Sam Green, a UK Browning International Sport shooter, who gives us the inside secrets to shooting success. 

  • Hunter and his dog - Choosing the right gun dog

    Choosing The Right Gun Dog

    For centuries man has always fared better in his pursuit of game when aided by a canine. But which breed suits you? Our choices range from the likes of Retrievers to Pointers, Bloodhounds to Terriers. But with hundreds of different sporting breeds to choose from, you really can’t go wrong. To obtain a winning combination, find the canine that best describes you…

  • Belgian Hunting Permit

    The Belgian Hunting Permit: What You Should Know

    Understanding foreign hunting permit laws will certainly help you out if you’re looking at hunting abroad – Our first feature on Sport Abroad looks at the Belgian hunting laws, whether you’re moving to Belgium or simply interested in hunting in the country, here is what you should know…

  • Dog Equipment

    Choosing the right equipment for your hunting dog

    Knowing how to protect your dog in certain scenarios, can ultimately reduce the risk of any potential fatal accidents. We review a range of proven protective equipment that may end up saving your dogs life!