I've been asked to take on some pest control responsibilities for (for the sake of anonymity) a 26 acre private fenced park and garden complex.
site is roughly rectangular, main road one side, small number of houses bordering, 150m at widest point and one whole 250m edge onto (little used) FC woodlands.
I've been asked to sort out rabbits, squirrels, pigeon and rooks, so I'm sticking in a request for a moderated .22 RF, since I've not got one at the moment, as I feel that this is going to be pretty ideal for the target species and site
However... I've also been asked to sort out any foxes that get on site as an upmost priority, and I feel that land permission for the .243 on this site is unlikely to be given - so, having personally only ever taken fox with a full bore rifle I've heard people talk of taking them with .22RF - my question to you guys is whether this is really a viable option? is .22 really an effective calibre on Fox, or the resort of the uncaring ******* who doesn't care about a clean kill?
I cannot afford a .17HMR as well, so should I stamp my feet at the FEO and demand clearance for .243, take them with the .22 or should I be running a mile and losing the chance of some really nice pest shooting?