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  1. Can't Decide On A Fox Calibre

    My choice 22.250, but .223 is also fine. Both of the above are easy to get factory ammo for, usually with a choice of bullet weights and type/makes. That alone is a major thumbs up in my opinion. Plenty of rifles out there as well all the 'majors' do both calibres. Also reloading is the next step for any centrefire shooter, I've owned and reloaded both, the 22.250 is bigger the cases are more robust, and large rifle primed. the .223 is smaller, thin cased and small rifle primed, so from my experience it's a no brainer 22.250 with 55gr hollow points or Hornady red tip V Max.
  2. Suggestions...

    Used over and under. Not a trap gun, a 'sporter' with 28" barrels. At the end of the day what you can choose will depend on how much you are able to spend A decent used OU will be in the £400-£700, a 'fancy' Berretta will be £900-£1500.
  3. Ppu's Or Hornday

    You need to zero with exactly the same make, type and bullet as you intend to shoot, if that's factory then the same must be used. The whole point of zeroing is to 'tune' the scope to the barrel & ammo. For a first 'go' with a newly installed scope, or a new / different rifle yes ok use Privi to get yourself on the paper, then chuck them back in the truck and use the 'good' stuff forever afterwards. From experience a finely zeroed hand load in my 22.250 cuts a single ragged 3 shot hole at 100 yards, Through exactly the same set up Privi 55gr FMJ looked like a shotgun pattern, it was so bad I wouldn't use it for anything except a fouling shot on a cleaned barrel or to get the brass back! So the idea of setting up with Privi then using something else is not a good one! AF
  4. Reloading 308

    Just an aside; I use an RCBS 22.5 Degree taper reamer to deburr the inside edge of the neck, has to be done lightly and manually but the bullets seat very sweetly, even flat base, and it also gives the crimper a bit of leeway to do it's stuff. highly recommended.
  5. I have used Winchester Subs for years (25+) mostly because they were at worst ok and always available. They say that Olin Industries who make them have changed their manufacturing location, and that they are now slightly 'worse' than previously? Well I don't know, it's a .22 rim fire cartridge at somewhere around £45 for 500, so not exactly premium stuff to start with, so I tried a brick of Eley and a brick of RWS, and they both performed well enough for me, the zero point was even there or there abouts. So my opinion (for what that is worth), all of the above are perfectly suitable, none are significantly better than the others, all are at the upper end of the price point. Personally I wouldn't lose any sleep if I could only get one of the above in the future.
  6. Advice From .222 Shooters

    Ive just looked on Guntrader and seen new Blasers , tikka , Sako , and Anshutz . Yes muppet apart from Blazer @ £750+ Get a decent used Remy or Ruger in 223 or 22.250, I have a Ruger #1 22.250 it's a tack driver on reloads. AF
  7. Advice From .222 Shooters

    Hi: .222 is ok it's just about identical to the .223, in fact if I gave one of each the only way you could tell the difference would be to look at the headstamp on the case. Anyway you have been a bit misguided, in that new .222 rifles are practically non existent, only Anschutz and some older Tikka & Sako's are worth the looking at (although a decent Parker Hale maybe available). Anyway, my advice for what that's worth? Change to a .223 or 22.250 (Best choice, again my choice). .223 & 22.250 plenty of decent factory ammo with a choice of bullet weight etc. Good luck! AF
  8. You must say the unrestricted FAC shotgun is required for 'the destruction of winged vermin' (at least in Devon & Cornwall)& no an unrestricted shotgun is just that, pump or semi. My shooting buddy has a Berreta Extrema on an FAC with an extension mag it's 8 + 1 on 2 & 1 /2" shells, front heavy and not my scene. But hey it's up to you?
  9. Bonny Bunny.

    That's quite an 'approved range' you have there! Ha ha
  10. Ally Target

    Hey: Big stuff eats the metal! My 270 & 7x57 goes straight through 1/2" steel doesn't even knock it over, just a 'click' @ a cloud of sparks (if its dark enough).
  11. Permissions For Fac

    Also put on a 17 hmr plus moderator as well (even if you don't want one)as this will be granted, and you've got 5 years to get one or not, but if you decide to the 'paperwork' is in place. You may get 'territorial restrictions' as it's your first application, meaning you can only use it on the land nominated, but these days (at least in my area) 'they' don't seem to be so pernickety about such things (mainly because they don't have the staff to faff about, so if your cosher in the other departments you may get an open ticket straight away. Make sure the visiting FLO knows that you are experienced with airguns and permission etc as this will certainly help. AF
  12. Scales

    Hi: I have a set of RCBS 'Rangemaster 750' digi-scales, they must be at least 15 years old now and still performing faultlessly. Recommended with five stars by me! Beam scales are a right 'faff' but to be fair they get accurate results, but it got on my nerves after a couple of years. Anyway I bought a cheap 'coin battery' digital scale at first (about £30) and they worked ok when new, but the batteries didn't last very long and they refused to 'fire-up' if the workshop was very cold in the winter, I had to put the whole thing in my pocket for 5 minutes to warm it up, and when the battery gets low they cut out without warning. But for £30 just about 'do-able' look on Ebay if this seems to suit you. The RCBS scale can be run off batteries, but it has a mains adaptor and this is the way to go, they cost (I think) about £75.00, but that was a while ago.
  13. When I said HV were only marginally more powerful than Sub's, my point is that when compared to a 'proper' centrefire fox calibre (i.e. .223 or 22.250)which can check in 1200 - 1400 ft/lbs then an something uprate on the rimfire rounds is neither here nor there. I've shot plenty of Fox with a .22 RF, and many more with various 22.250's I've owned over the years, but believe me you don't get many runners with a centrefire. Sensible max Fox range (My Opinion)for a .22 RF is 50yds but closer is better, a well placed heart lung or head shot will do fine, HV or Sub's won't make any significant difference.
  14. HI; Yes the 'best' rifle for Rabbits and the occasional 'other' is without doubt the .22 rimfire. A few little hints follow: 1. An HV .22 rimfire is only marginally more powerful in ft/lbs than a Subsonic, yes it sounds much heftier but it isn't. The difference is in the speed and therefore the trajectory, so this actually adds up to that HV shoot a lot flatter, thus extending the reliable zero out by about a further 30 yards on top of the 75 yards of the subs. 2. Centrefire .22's are very fine and good, but they are loud even when moderated, and the ammo is horrendously expensive compared to .22 rimfire. Before you even start to think about buying .22 CF go to your gunshop and price the ammo up (55gr soft point is the nominal), at this time around here 500 rimfire are about £40, 20 .223 are about £25, YES 20. 3. Centrefire .22 ammo is easy to get in .223 and 22.250, anything else is less so, yes you can get it, but you'll be stuck with whatever bullet type and weight is around, thus getting a regular supply of the brand and bullet you like in say Hornet or .222 is likely to be less likely. 4. Reloading is clearly the way to go, even if you don't shoot 100's let alone 1000's, but you'll need to spend circa £300 to get you started. So whatever, get a .22, (forget 17 HMR in my opinion over rated and nowhere near enough zip for Foxes) but only 'in my opinion' (for what that's worth?) at least I have owned one so feel I can comment. Have a GOOD ONE AndyF
  15. Possible

    Forget it Bud. You don't have somewhere to us it, it's not a shotgun so your 'mate' with loads of guns has no way of buying it for you as he won't have a 'spare' slot on his FAC for a .22 (and if he did he most likely wouldn't want to 'spend it' on you). Anyway look a 22 target rifle has no viable or practical use outside of that application, certainly not in some farmers field. REALITY CHECK: If you want to shoot you will need, somewhere to shoot, a gun cabinet, an acceptable person to sign off your FAC application, and you will be required to 'jump through hoops of fire ' with your local police, oh and be 'squeaky clean' in terms of past history. It's not easy owning guns in the UK, but if your straight and really want too you can. AF
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