There has al­ways been a spe­cial bond be­tween work­ing dogs and their own­ers.

Sporting Gun - - Snapshots - MATT CLARK, ED­I­TOR

For­mer ed­i­tor-at-large Robin Scott ex­plores this in his ar­ti­cle on page 114, where he won­ders if our faith­ful hounds greet us when we pass on. To be hon­est, I am hop­ing to meet The Almighty or St Peter when the time comes, but I sup­pose my dogs might be less judge­men­tal. Nev­er­the­less, Robin’s piece is thought-pro­vok­ing and, as al­ways, we wel­come your com­ments.

An­other provoca­tive ar­ti­cle is David Turner’s ex­plo­ration of which choke and car­tridge com­bi­na­tion works best for dif­fer­ent types of shoot­ing. Most of us go through a phase in our shoot­ing ca­reers where we ob­sess about chokes and shot load, think­ing that there is a magic for­mula for a cer­tain tar­get or quarry species. How­ever, David busts a few myths and helps us fo­cus on what mat­ters — shoot­ing well. You can read all about it on page 56.

Fi­nally, it was great to see so many of you at the Mid­land Game Fair and hear your feed­back about the new-look mag­a­zine. It’s al­ways en­cour­ag­ing to know we are do­ing some­thing right. I was also glad to re­ceive your sugges­tions about ar­ti­cles for forth­com­ing is­sues, so watch this space.

I hope you en­joy this month’s mag­a­zine and safe shoot­ing!

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