.243 is a steady calibre for deer and foxing, for foxes and rabbits out to a hundred 22 WMR is the one, 35 grn bullet will kill foxes and rabbits out to a hundred with ease all day, put a half decent mod on it and you've got a decent rimmy
ive used the hmr for a few yeas and if I'm honest it's not all that good for foxes unless you have a 100% head shot it bucks in the wind and you'll have more rabbit runners you can shake a stick at for me WMR every time
I can only echo what has been said about 17 hmr. There have been some real problems with the ammo in the past few years. A good friend of mine had duffy ammo and the gun blew up in his hands, due to a round not leaving the barrel. There have been similar instances and the companies have improved the quality of the ammo.
I would imagine that the ammunition companies have a better quality control these days.
Go for the .22. ammo is cheep so you can fire away and get to know your set up.
you will have more fun with a .22 than any other round.
and if you are still not sure like i was then buy a cz 455 with both barrels and swap about. but to be honest i only use the .22 set up.
I've come to the conclusion.17HMR is a fad, otherwise the manufacturers (I've a Browning T-Bolt) would sort the ammunition issue and Browning would import the correct mounts. I'm sure others will have different opinions, but I now feel the 'average' UK shooter needs only four calibers / rifles:
12g Section 1 shotgun: Covers: Vermin & Practical / Target.
.22lr: Covers: Vermin out to 80 yards / Target.
.223: Covers: Fox / Vermin / Target. (ease of aquiring ammunition).
.308: Covers: Everything else: Deer / Boar / Target.
Sure, Hornet is a nice found, .303 is fun, we all want .338 & .50 BMG, .270 & .243 have their place. But I did say the 'average' shooter (average budget, average time etc.…)