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bodillymill

Rifle shooting - shooting Foxes the correct tool for me

I agree with everyone who say's shooting Foxes should only be done as a last resort.... we must all remember (those of us with children Very Happy exactly why we call a pest a pest!)

Better still have your flock/animals under cover and properly protected....so they are safe.... I can totally agree with that......

Seriously though I do not have that luxury. I have free roaming semi domesticated wild fowl (Guineas) who roam about like they own the place and therefore I occasionally get a Fox who becomes a real problem (not all Foxes are!)

Therefore for me shooting any problem Fox must be done precisely and executed with the utmost respect. Blasting away or just wildly pointing and hoping for the best is a real no, no. And I have been out Fox shooting with strangely good shooters and even stranger shooters who always say they are good at shooting Foxes. As an ex county rifle champion and a rifle coach, those of you looking to take up this action as a last resort, if your in the same situation as me occasionally may find my findings through my own experience interesting. This imay be especially so if you are not sure about using a rifle or shotgun or probably unhappy and uncomfortable about having to deal with a problem Fox yourself.

When in doubt for further info consult your local gunsmith. If you do not like the idea of shooting it yourself he will be able to recommend someone who will help..... who can shoot properly.

However what I have found is..
With a shotgun? some basic rules I stick too..
Never shoot a Fox with anything less than a 12 bore with nothing less than 5 shot and always never more than 25yds. If possible use buck or large game shot.... When in doubt do not shoot at the fox... shoot the gun safely near it and frighten it away. Foxes do remember being shot at and will in the main stay away unless they are stupid, desperate or ill enough to come back. If it does take a note where it cames into your spot and reposition your shooting position and wait it out.

With a rifle?

never use an air rifle they are not powerful enough.

.22 rimfire I personally would not attempt to shoot foxes with an average .22 rimfire you will run the real risk of maiming it and there is a great possibility it could run off and die in agony. The other scenario is you may badly injure it and then prolong its dispatching as you reload and run over in a panic to dispatch it. Either way is not very nice I have also found that even high power rimfire has its limitations so i suggest avoiding .22 rim fire altogether these rifles are great for rabbits or other small vermin.

Personally from experience I would always suggest a
centre fire rifle

177hmr is a good round as long as you use a good ballistic tip. It should give you a single shot kill up to a maximum range about 150metres if using a standard factory loaded round. Some shoot further away but always ask yourself just how good a shot are you? Think that one through..... only you can answer that..

.2nnn calibers are my preffered choice with a ballistic tip i.e. the .230 is good but not as powerful as the .2250 which is flatter and has more range. In the valleys and hills I shoot in, it is ideal. just remember though these rifles have a range of anywhere from 1-2.5 mile killing range so aim very very carefully.

There will be now excellent shooting people exclaimng at the P.C. screen saying I can shoot further and better than that! But then your not me are you?

Personally centre fire use is the best for me.. and all I want to do is give you another piece of info before making a good guided decision at the gunsmiths.

To your flock and animals you are the protector to what ever flock you have.
vegplot

Sounds pretty sensible to me.

I would add that quick reaction shooting (emotive) is best left to Holywood film directors. Never rush a shot as you won't have time to think carefully before pulling the trigger. Set up the shot carefully and err on the side of extreme caution.

Edit: One more thing, don't use target or non expanding bullets to shoot quarry.
RichardW

vegplot wrote:


Edit: One more thing, don't use target or non expanding bullets to shoot quarry.


I thought dum dums were banned?
vegplot

RichardW wrote:
vegplot wrote:


Edit: One more thing, don't use target or non expanding bullets to shoot quarry.


I thought dum dums were banned?


Under the Hague Convention yes but not when it come to shooting quarry. Expanding bullets help ensure a quick clean kill and are far less prone to ricochet.
Bodger

If I'd got a gun in hand and a fox had got or was in pursuit of one my birds, then I'd shoot it with whatever I had in my hand as long as it was safe to do so of course.
If I was to go out purposefully to shoot a fox, then I'd take the correct tool for the job.
RichardW

Do you need them specially mentioned on your FAC? Or is ammo ammo?
vegplot

RichardW wrote:
Do you need them specially mentioned on your FAC? Or is ammo ammo?


You're required to have an entry on your FAC for that particular calibre. You can't (or shouldn't be able to) buy expanding ammunition or bullets without it.

For instance, I have several calibres on my FAC but only one is authorised to be for expanding bullets.

If you're authorised to shoot quarry with a particular calibre the police will expect you to use expanding ammunition and will mark your FAC as such.
digit

RichardW wrote:
Do you need them specially mentioned on your FAC? Or is ammo ammo?

On my FAC it states expanding ammo,for my centre fire it states i can shoot foxes and with my rimfire's it states vermin witch includes foxes
Bodger

I'm sure that we had a thread on here or else I've listened to a conversation at the gun club where it transpired that foxes aren't actually classed as vermin when it comes to your FAC.
RichardW

bodger wrote:
I'm sure that we had a thread on here or else I've listened to a conversation at the gun club where it transpired that foxes aren't actually classed as vermin when it comes to your FAC.


I have watched that type of thread on a shooting forum. Normally it goes on for 20 plus pages with lots of quotes from lots of docs & FAC's but still no final conclusion.
digit

When i spoke to the fao i was told foxes were classed as vermin for rimfires,but its got to state foxes on your fac for centrefire
Treacodactyl

RichardW wrote:
bodger wrote:
I'm sure that we had a thread on here or else I've listened to a conversation at the gun club where it transpired that foxes aren't actually classed as vermin when it comes to your FAC.


I have watched that type of thread on a shooting forum. Normally it goes on for 20 plus pages with lots of quotes from lots of docs & FAC's but still no final conclusion.


The easy answer is to speak to your local police firearms department as they're the ones who will be writing the condition on your FAC. A variation to get fox specifically added is free so no point taking a risk.
vegplot

There is no hard and fast rule only guidance. Forum/club talk leads to a lot of myth and misunderstanding.

Speak to your FAO as Treacodactyl suggests, it is they (or more correctly their chief officer) who you have to satisfy.

I'll quickly qualify that and add there are laws on minimum calibres/ muzzle energy for certain types of quarry.

See BASC for further details http://www.basc.org.uk/
bodillymill

expanding amunition!!!

Wow! I joined a month ago and saw a great crowd of folk's all with a common purpose, and I saw a proper mix of ideas and experiences..... then I saw a shooting section a poultry section and I thought wooby doo!
Fyi
your firearms license allows expanding ammunition under certain circumstances.

Hollow soft point is also allowed for rabbits etc...

Maybe a little known fact, apart from the original Russian steel rounds that they invented in WWII and then stopped using because it wore the rifle bores down and accuracy went out like hot butter....all bullets expand upon impact... so all are expanding.... to some extent.

Remember as much as you may feel awkward about it, use the absolutely correct and most humane way of doing it.... In my experience it has always been a well placed shot.

The BASC site is a very good site to visit for further reading though sometimes the newbie can feel swamped or talked down too... many shooters can be elitist....

A good local gunsmith as stated will know someone who you could ask even in the rare case he or she cannot answer your question.
whitelegg1

As for Rimfire calibres.
.17HMR & .22 WMR are suitable at appropriate ranges.
Aprropriate = the lesser of the rounds capability or your capability.

.22LR is OK at short range, maybe sub 50 yards.....BUT your shot placement has to be super spot on......In the right place it will still do the job... Some Police regions frown/do not allow this cartridges use on fox.

Best to check with your Police firearms unit....and possible that of the area you will be shooting in....(not always the same)....One gives you the permissions on your cert, the other one will be the one's who turn up if you are a naughty boy !!!

Centrefire, do know, I haven't got one! Anything from .17 Remington to .308 dependant on range......

The sensible thing with a problem fox would be to get it to come to you at a place of your choice......where you have arranged for it to be a safe shot.


Pete
vegplot

Re: expanding amunition!!!

bodillymill wrote:
all bullets expand upon impact... so all are expanding.... to some extent.


All bullets deform to some extent on impact which isn't the same as expansion when pertaining to deliberate bullet deformation with the intent to cause maximum wounding.

We shoot into sand at the range and large calibre bullets rarely do any meaningful expansion, they lose part or all of their jackets and sometimes look as though they could be reused. .17HMR's are impossible to find and .223 often start tumbling on impact, during the Vietnam conflict this little round was said to be, by the press, an expanding round as it caused massive injuries but it this was not the case it just tumbled easily on contact.

Larger calibres don't deform a great deal when hitting animal flesh unless they are designed to.
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