What are the legal calibres for foxes and rabbits?
What are the legal calibres for foxes and rabbits?.Photo: . Pictures may be protected by copyright.
A reader needs to carry out some culling Choosing a foxing rifle After many years shotgun shooting my partner and I have been looking into culling foxes and rabbits by rifle at the various farms where we shoot.
A reader needs to carry out some culling Choosing a foxing rifle Q: After many years shotgun shooting my partner and I have been looking into culling foxes and rabbits by rifle at the various farms where we shoot. Not being firearm certificate holders (FAC) we would have to start from scratch. Would you please let me know the current lawful recognised rifle calibres for fox and rabbit control? Shooting foxes and rabbits – legal calibres do not apply There is only a minimum legal calibre for shooting deer. It does not apply to rabbits and foxes. Rabbit control For rabbit control the .22 lr rimfire fitted with a sound moderator and firing sub-sonic ammunition – is most people’s preference but other calibres such as .17HMR are also suitable. Fox control For foxes the preferred calibre is one of the .22 centrefire rifles such as .222, .223, .22-250 or a 6mm equivalent. However these are too powerful for rabbits. Chinese water deer and muntjac Most .22 centrefires also fit the minimum criteria for shooting Chinese water deer and muntjac in England and Wales or roe in Scotland. Muntjac are spreading rapidly so if you cull some you could be very popular with the farmer. Another possibility is the .243 which is suitable for foxes and all deer. CZ Style .22LR rifle review CZ Style .22LR rifle review: Eschewing size in favour of substance, the CZ Style 16in is proving itself a rimfire… £398.00 What is the best big rifle for shooting foxes? In your opinion what is the best big rifle for foxes, taking into consideration the cost of the ammunition. What… Sound moderator Whatever rifle, or rifles, you get I strongly recommend fitting a sound moderator. Unless this is integral with the rifle (which it seldom is) you will need to have an authority to purchase a sound moderator entered on your FAC along with that for the rifle. If you’re unused to rifle shooting then find an experienced friend and have a go with his.