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    Rabbiting is underrated

    In a break away from what many would probably consider the normal progression of shooting, it may be surprising to learn that it was almost two years after shooting my first deer that I shot my first rabbit. Maybe there are some who'd say I've gone backwards, but I can't believe the entertainment value that can be had from our little furry friends.
    I love stalking deer; the anticipation as you walk the woods and fields, the excitement of the initial sighting, the adrenaline when you find a shooting position and realise the shot is on, the stillness just before you squeeze the trigger, and the spreading smile when you see the beast go down.
    With rabbiting, the excitement is lesser. Even a pro stalker probably sees ten bunnies for every buck. They're everywhere. The first time I saw a wild deer it was a novelty, a memorable experience. Even now seeing a deer as I walk the local woodland paths is an interesting event. But a rabbit? Barely worth a second glance.

    I think that's what makes shooting them so much fun. I'm going to call it the Scalextric Effect. It's all the fun of a real race car, miniaturised and compressed into a small space and a short time, and made accessible. It's not quite like doing a lap of the Nurburgring, but who cares? You can do ten laps, twenty, fifty, in the space of a few minutes, with much less to worry about, and you'll still end with a grin on your face.
    Rabbiting is, I think, the same. It's not quite like locating, stalking and ultimately shooting that big buck, but an evening might give you five or ten or even more little mini versions of that buck experience. The (fairly minor) anticipation as you walk the woods and fields, the (slight) excitement of the initial sighting, the (little) adrenaline when you find a shooting position and realise the shot is on, the stillness just before you squeeze the trigger, and the wee grin when you see the bunny go down... Then you just pick it up and start all over again!
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    Very much agreed,wouldnt be without my .22 bunnie basher!!

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    Another secret Bunny Basher here......even to the point where a good head shot on a distant bunny with a .243 whilst out stalking is very satisfying!

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    try stalking a rabbit from 100 yards and see how close you can get. You may be surprised if you take your time. The best I have ever managed is about 20 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TA6319 View Post
    try stalking a rabbit from 100 yards and see how close you can get. You may be surprised if you take your time. The best I have ever managed is about 20 yards.
    Would that be how the best stalkers have a .22 and not a .17??

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    I only ever use my .338 Lapua Magnum on rabbits. It's expensive but so much less walking...

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    That's not a reverse progression at all, it's just proper appreciation of another quarry. I myself had my first and so far only lamping expedition just before Christmas and I loved it. I've shot a few rabbits before with a shotgun but opportunities have been rare, so I really value the humble rabbit. They're not by any means abundant everywhere though, and their populations are subject to periodic almost total eradication through disease, either myxomatosis or VHD.

    Incidentally, I checked the zero of my .22 at Bisley on Sunday with both the HP ammunition I was using on the rabbits (and missing a bit...) and the target rounds. I thought they'd be a bit different. I didn't expect to have to wind the scope eight clicks up at 50m when switching to the rabbiting rounds! Still, now I know. Next time, there may be more rabbits in the bag.

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    Nice write up mate and I know how you feel.

    I popped out Mon night to zero my new photon on the .22 WMR and knocked a few bunnies over while I was out and enjoyed it immensely! Great bit of kit and a deadly combo with the Gen 3 spotter I have also now!!

    Stratts
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    Can't beat a night with a mate ,lamp & drive round all margins & getting a good bag , great burgers & highly underrated nights sport

    Paul

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