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    long range shooting

    hi can anyone give me some advice, I would like to be able to have a go at shooting at long distance 600/1000yds at targets and foxes. What would be a qood rifle and do I need a 26 heavy barrel also what would be the best scope for that sort of distance. I was thinking 243 as I already have one 243 and like the round

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    Why is a Fox less respected as quarry than anything other than perhaps a rat?

    Most foxing in the UK seems to be done under the lamp. How can you be sure what is behind a Fox at 600 yards in the dark or either side for that matter.

    Personally I think you need a reality check.

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    plenty people shoot 600yd targets with sporting rifles in sporting calibres and a 6x42 scope!!
    any calibre will shoot at that range

    am afraid I am with BH on the shooting foxes at 600yds thing
    start with rabbits if you must!, they come out at range in daylight!


    get across to Otterburn or Ponteland with any of the clubs there and you can shoot military 3"x3" targets at 600yds

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    How much experience of centerfire Shooting have you got? If you want to shoot at any living quarry at distance especially the distance you have mentioned you will need to be a better shot than most. Sugguested you start on a shooting range on paper.

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    I really must start making a list of links to all the previous threads on this subject.

    Suffice to say (again) that I agree with the above posts. Foxes are living creatures and not objects for you to practice 600+ yard shooting at just because you'd like to 'have a go'. Hone your marksmanship on paper at whatever range you like but also work on your fieldcraft skills to close the range and reduce the risk of wounding as far as practically possible. You owe them that much.

    In fact just read these threads and follow your conscience...


    Last edited by csl; 21-10-2013 at 18:27.

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    Buy a life size fox target and when you can hit it 9 out of ten times in the kill zone with your first shot at 600m from field positions your ready to have a go at a real one ?

    as for targets , a 243 will work but there is better calibre's including specialist fast twist barrels on 243 to allow the use of long heavy bullets , any scope will do but buy the best you can afford with target turrets and it will be easier dialing your corrections at long range
    Right where's those stones , I'll start !

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmsds View Post
    hi can anyone give me some advice, I would like to be able to have a go at shooting at long distance 600/1000yds at targets and foxes. What would be a qood rifle and do I need a 26 heavy barrel also what would be the best scope for that sort of distance. I was thinking 243 as I already have one 243 and like the round
    nice to see you got that 243 sorted.

    But long range shooting fox's at 600 yards..............good luck with that, but as mentioned you will need to practice( a lot to get to know how to achive a humain kill at these ranges) and have a very good scope as well as the correct rifle ammo/bullet weight etc to do this,

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmsds View Post
    hi can anyone give me some advice, I would like to be able to have a go at shooting at long distance 600/1000yds at targets and foxes. What would be a qood rifle and do I need a 26 heavy barrel also what would be the best scope for that sort of distance. I was thinking 243 as I already have one 243 and like the round
    I agree with the comments above - respect your quarry. As I type, I can look up at a print of a fox looking down at me from the wall and occasionally I'll see one wander past as I look out my dining room window.

    In terms of target shooting, F/TR is a good place to start and folk keep trying to persuade me to get a suitable .308 Win and try it. However, after 14 years I'm still trying to get the hang of the 260 Rem. I've only shot it competitively at ranges up to 580yds, but folk do shoot the 260 Rem successfully at 1000yds.

    http://www.gbfclass.co.uk/index.php/home/f-tr-only

    As Ed says there are some ranges and clubs local to you.

    Regards

    JCS

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    Agree with the rest there's a lot more to consider when taking a long shot at an animal than just aiming above the target get some practise on targets
    don't just guess the range either get a range finder and know your ability

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