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    A Busy Year With the .243

    An account from my first year as a FAC holder…….
    Having spoke about “ getting a rifle” for a couple of years, I asked the FEO during a previous Shotgun certificate renewal, about a Firearm certificate explaining the land etc and she was ok with it.
    A year on, I filled out the forms and waited…
    During the interview the FEO threw me a curved ball; however I dealt with that on the spot and it went through ok.
    The cert had a mentoring condition on it that I wasn’t expecting as the FEO made a note on my file that I did not need one…
    I went out with a friend for three months and sent in the relative paper work for it to come back in a week with the condition removed. I have a number of farms quite local which I pigeons shot on; there are some deer and a great number of foxes as well.
    Chopping and changing guns is not my thing (I have had my grade 3 325 for 21 years).
    I made my choice of a Remington 700 & T8 mod and a cheap bi-pod! (Now a Harris) and brought a second hand Simmons (Now a Kahles) scope off a mate for 50.00.
    The first set up was ok as I shot a big red stag off one of the farms local to me, we had seen a couple of stags and several hinds during the time I was out with my friend working through the condition arrangement.

    Know on to the foxes! I brought a LF 170 and which worked great when hand held, however mounted on the Simmons caused no end of problems with light pollution.
    To the point I made an extension to lift it up 6 inches.
    I spotted a Kahles 3-12x56 in my local gun shop and chatted to the owner who has one on his rifle…So I brought one!
    I acquired 3 more farms and then had to deal with the Firearms department to get them cleared for my .243. That done I have been very busy on a farm with 900 sheep since late January with 38 foxes so far….not all shot by me as I take a couple of good friends who help with the lamping and gates so only fair to share a few foxes.
    My friend Werner makes his own version of the double V type, they might not be to everybody’s liking but I have taken to them very well. Shooting foxes on a windy night out in the middle of a field at 200 yards when the ground raises in-between is not easy, however off these it does help…

    As I mentioned earlier I enjoy pigeon shooting, but the massive acorn crop last year made it very slow going. The rifle has opened up a window for my self and provided good vermin control for one particular farm. That has resulted in the pigeon shooting from that farm.
    There are a number of Reds and Fallow which move through the farms I can shoot on so I will be pitting my self to a couple of them later in the year

    So over all it has been a busy first year so far, with my rifle accounting for one Red Stag, three Muntjac and forty plus foxes.

    Last edited by Tim.243; 28-06-2012 at 16:58.

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    very well done tim, just remember farmers can be are a strange animal lol lol

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    What a cracking year you've had indeed!
    Where the hell are all you're foxes coming from??
    Carry on the good work.

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    Nice first year tim, hope you continue on this fine form of fox control!
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