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If you could choose one caliber for foxes, what would it be?

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I was told years ago by a local gunsmith "Gloucester" 6mm was a recegnised fox caliber ? 

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On 3/22/2016 at 8:24 PM, VarmLR said:

.223

 

Found it deadly accurate and very dependable. Has a wide range of loadings to take care of everything from long range corvid to foxes and munties. Barrels last a hell of a long time, looked after. Cheap to reload too which was the clincher for me.

+1.

I loved my .204 Ruger, but as you would, "prefer to stick to factory ammo" it would have to be the .223 all day long. Always available in various types, bullets and so forth.

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On 8/30/2018 at 1:24 PM, onehole said:

Thought I would have gotten more response to this,,,,,has anyone gotten a 243 for fox,,,? If so what were the magic words for reason to acquire? Our FEO did not have a problem in shooting a fox with 243 whilst out deer hunting but pure fox control was refused. Anyone,,,,,,,

I think it purely comes down to each Firearms Licensing Department and THEIR interpretation of what's suitable or not. Often there's no rhyme nor reason to it.

 I was told by Gwent police to put in for deer but also state 'all other quarry and vermin'. In addition to deer it would include fox, rabbits, crows etc. The calibre listed would therefore cover everything up to and including deer.

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No one has said .222 I am looking to get a dedicated foxing calibre, I don't need it to shoot deer, I have a .308 for that and 95% of the deer I have on permission are fallow.

I was umming and ahhhhing I thought 22-250 and .223 but now am edging down the .222 route.  Am I mad?

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5 hours ago, joed said:

No one has said .222 I am looking to get a dedicated foxing calibre, I don't need it to shoot deer, I have a .308 for that and 95% of the deer I have on permission are fallow.

I was umming and ahhhhing I thought 22-250 and .223 but now am edging down the .222 route.  Am I mad?

No, it’s just a lovely round to shoot and to reload for. 

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I have a wide range of calibres and do lots of fox control. I too started with 17 HMR. 117 foxes in my first year with it.

I now prefer my 243 over my 223 & 204.  Trajectory wise there's not a fat lot in it for typical fox ranges between most calibres, but the devastation from the 243 is pretty brutal: They are all instantly dead. Very dead. 

 

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.243 for me too.

I use my .17 Hornet if there is no wind, but carry the .243 more often. 65gr Vmax.

If Im out before dark or until after the sun comes back up, I can also take a deer.

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