Well at long last got out on some stubble however its resembled Heathrow at night as baling stacking and hauling bales at same time so not really condicive of tackling some very well educated foxs. This was going on to nearly midnight. Weds eve was just about to get on a fox when it suddenly legged it, couldn't of seen or winded me only for a farmer workers 4x4 to come across field.
There is only one particular fox in this area and I had seen it off the combine so a bit annoyed. Last night out again and remaining stubble baled but still fetching in bales, spotted charlie on the thermal but he was not playing ball. Anyway culled a few rabbits with the .204. Had a txt from farmers son who had been out ratting so picked him up at 10 pm and off we went. No foxs so we had a few rabbits. This lad has just got a 6.5mm Creedmore and so wanted to have a go with my .204, his was v impressed, only issues in sharing rifle at night is that his eyes are completly different to mine so lots of scope altering.
Anyway he shot a couple of rabbits and on route home via a big stubble field we spot a fox. Now we have 40 + acres and it chooses to walk down a hedgerow adjacent to a lane with houses on the other side. We are completly out of position and cannot get a safe shot. Its just come out of the field when been in and was on route to a small holders duck pond.
Thats sods law. Anyway we check another big stubble field and its blank but on route home decide to have a quick squint on the field where we had seen charlie. Nothing on first look and then I drive down the middle and stop. Farmers son says there is a rabbit down by the hedge so we get lined up and hop on the back of the truck.. I had a look through the thermal and looks like strange rabbit to me as its clamped down. I pass the thermal back get ready to shoot and its now become a fox and its making a very hasty exit left. I get on it give a squeak and it stops, game over except no strike. Can't believe it , missed it at about 120yds, side on, just doesn't happen. Ok the scope was a fraction out of PA but shouldn't of missed, very annoyed to say the least as undoubtly it was the fox we had seen about 30 mins before.
Anyway unloaded rifle and as put in slip felt moddy, couldn't believe it as it was loose!!!!
Only 1/4 turn but had that been the cause I wonder (its an Evolution) with a .223 baffle stack, so a bit more clearance than the .20 cal stack.
I can only presume that whilst shooting bunnies the moddy had come loose.
So another lesson learnt and now a v wary fox to dispatch.