2 weeks ago my FEO visited me. He is a very nice chap and I have always got on well with him.
I already have a .270 and .22LR on my ticket and suitable land to shoot both of these on.
I have applied for the following and reasons given
.17hmr – Long range vermin shooting
.243 – Shooting of smaller deer IE Muntjac, roe and foxes.
.222 – Specifically set up for foxes, with the possibility of a NV set up if the pennies allow.
I have just spoken to my FEO, despite him agreeing that this would all be OK when he visited, he claims the office has said different. He also said that the office considered my variation of more of a shopping list rather than what I had reason to need.
He advised that I cannot have a .243 as I already have a deer calibre!!!!!!!! The reason I gave which is 100% true, I have in the past been asked not to use my .270 for smaller deer on a particular estate as they consider it to do more carcass damage and therefore less saleable meat. Which is a completely fair reason, in my book.
I cannot have the .17hmr as I already have a .22LR, so used for the same thing!!!!!!!!!!! That is simply not the case, effective hunting range with .22lr is 80 yards at a push, generally a lot shorter. Whilst the .17HMR is capable under the right conditions of 2 or 3 times that!! I was also laughed at when I asked would I be able to use the .17HMR for foxes, his words were “Not a chance”
They were Ok with the .222 as that is not a deer legal rifle!! I wasn’t going to argue that one, as we all know in the UK .222 is legal for muntjac and CWD, so technically is a deer legal rifle.
I am not happy to say the least, my FEO is going to have a face to face discussion with the “lady in the office” tomorrow and will call me back at 2.00pm.
Any advice that you guys and your wealth of knowledge can give before then I would greatly appreciate it.
To top it all off my new cabinet was delivered today, which I only bought to store these new rifles, I may as well send it back now!!!