Hi i've had my FAC for 12 months only bought a 22lr rimfire for shooting a few rabbits. After 6 months and seeing quite a few foxes about, i asked the farmer if i could get a centrefire and take some foxes, yes he said thats not a problem.
I thought of getting a .223 but after speaking to one of the farm workers who also shoots on there, he said put in for a .243 then you can come out with me and take the odd deer.
I spoke to my FEO about it and he said if this farm worker would write a letter agreeing to be my mentor for a couple of months then he would agree to me having the bigger calibre.
I got the letter, sent it in with my variation, and then received my ticket back with the .243 added. I went out and bought a rifle 4 months ago and we went out and zeroed it in the following weekend. Two weeks later he took me out for half an hour and i shot a roe deer. However apart from shooting a couple of targets when he bought himself a new scope for his rifle, i just can't get him to go out.
I've now got another 3 farms that have given me permission to take rabbits and fox, but i can only go to these with my rimfire and shoot rabbits as it say on my ticket the .243 can only be fired when acompanied by my mentor, who i can't seem to get to go out with me. I can't get a letter off him as i've not put many shots through the rifle. What can i do? my .243 sits in the gun cabinet week in week out unused.