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    Fox loads for the .308

    'Evening Gentlemen,

    I'd be grateful for experiences, load data, zero range, any and all information on using a 308 for foxes.

    I have a heavy barrelled rifle that's perfect for the job but as it's also for target shooting it's a 308. My only other centrefire is a 30.06 and on the basis that's it's the smallest I've got I want to use it to sort out a fox problem for the farmer.

    I'm thinking to develop a load for 125gr Sierras but after crunching the numbers it appears that a decent 150gr boat-tail isn't much more loopy at all. I am in two minds as to whether to bother with the 125gr load at all.

    With thanks in advance,

    A

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    wow i wonder where its safe to shoot a fox with a 308 in london! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoony View Post
    Thanks Spoony, I've seen these before but haven't heard much about their terminal ballistics, have you used them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornady View Post
    wow i wonder where its safe to shoot a fox with a 308 in london! lol
    On the farm, obviously.....

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    If you got an accurate load already I would use that - not sure if foxes would notice the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heym SR20 View Post
    If you got an accurate load already I would use that - not sure if foxes would notice the difference.
    I haven't got any loads for it yet SR, wondering where to go from square one you see.

    In terms of "normal" bullets I have Hornady and Speer 150gr BTSP, 168gr TSX, 180gr Hornady BTSP, 180gr Partitions and load them in my 06 but no experience of the lightera bullets.
    Last edited by Grandhubert; 23-01-2011 at 19:57.

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    i've used my .308 R93 a few times when lamping foxes, why? because i can. its not my favourite tool for the job a we often shoot amongs livestock, but pretty useful. favourite load for everything is 49gn h4895 with 125 ballistic tip. get 3050 fps from memory which is 1.5"high at 100 and 7" low at 300Y. one memorable shot was a vixen at 180y, hit her under the eye head on, bullet didnt exit which is not normal even on bigger animals. i personally think its too big and has safety issues for foxing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad Gary View Post
    i've used my .308 R93 a few times when lamping foxes, why? because i can. its not my favourite tool for the job a we often shoot amongs livestock, but pretty useful. favourite load for everything is 49gn h4895 with 125 ballistic tip. get 3050 fps from memory which is 1.5"high at 100 and 7" low at 300Y. one memorable shot was a vixen at 180y, hit her under the eye head on, bullet didnt exit which is not normal even on bigger animals. i personally think its too big and has safety issues for foxing.
    Gary I never thought I'd hear you caution me against rashness!

    Don't worry though, I'll be sitting up for them on land I've shot for fallow for a couple of years now.

    Out of interest how would a smaller calibre be safer? Is it that a lighter smaller bullet is less likely to riccochet, more likely to not to exit the animal etc?

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