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    Minimum Calibre for Night Shooting Scotland?

    Hi,

    As above, what's the minimum calibre specified for night shooting currently?

    I've read the SNH Best Practice guidance and can find no mention of it.

    It came up in conversation today and neither of us was sure of the answer.

    Thanks.

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    Think I read somewhere it was .270 ?

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    It is .270Win, it would be detailed in the licence.
    Position and hold must be firm enough to support the firearm
    The firearm must point naturally at the target without any undue physical effort
    Sight alignment (aiming) must be correct
    The shot must be released and followed through without disturbing the position

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    Haven't had a night permit for sometime but it was .270 when I had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tartinjock View Post
    It is .270Win, it would be detailed in the licence.
    Where?
    And
    Where does it state lawfully a minimum calibre is to be used apart from The Deer (Firearms etc)(Scotland)Order 1985?
    There is NO minimum calibre stated on an authorisation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
    Where?
    And
    Where does it state lawfully a minimum calibre is to be used apart from The Deer (Firearms etc)(Scotland)Order 1985?
    There is NO minimum calibre stated on an authorisation.
    I always believed it was .270 but can't find anything that actually states minimum calibre, but this is what I have found out of date admittedly.

    Red Deer Commission publication , Night shooting 1986

    Red, Sika(and Red Sika crosses) and Fallow
    Rifle capable of firing ammunition of 130 to 150 grain soft nosed bullets with a muzzle velocity of not less than 2450 feet per second and a muzzle energy of not less than 2250 foot/lbs, If there is any doubt about the formula prescribed above any reputable supplier or manufacturer or the Red Deer Commission should be consulted.

    Roe Deer
    Rifle capable of firing ammunition of not less than 100 grain soft nosed bullets with a muzzle velocity of no less than 2450 feet per second and a muzzle energy of not less than 1750 foot pounds.
    This combination of rifle and and bullet gives a performance which is similar to or greater than a .243 and is the same as laid down by the firearms order for shooting Red ,Sika and Fallow deer in daylight.

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    I think that the minimum .270 is a FC condition in relation to their leases. The SNH authority has 11 sub clauses/conditions and no specific mention of calibre is made, the only mention of firearms is that their safe use is the responsibility of the nominated controller, condition 10, other than that the code of practise for shooting deer at night will be complied with, condition4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAYB View Post
    I think that the minimum .270 is a FC condition in relation to their leases. The SNH authority has 11 sub clauses/conditions and no specific mention of calibre is made, the only mention of firearms is that their safe use is the responsibility of the nominated controller, condition 10, other than that the code of practise for shooting deer at night will be complied with, condition4.

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