Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:05amPost Subject: .17HMR & the fox
I see the debate about the .17 HMR and foxing as brought about an opinion of a shooter in the letters section of the magazine.the only 2 things that i agree with is the fact that, 1/ if you where to select an all round rifle for foxing you would ultimately go for a centre fire,having said that there is also a debate about which centre fire is the best for foxing ,personaly i think it's the .22-250but thats another discusion altogether. right back to the letter, To say that a round travelling at over 2500fps doesn't deliver the kinetic power to dispatch a fox is nonsense it carries far more than the .22lr he origonaly started shooting foxes with as stated by him in the letter. The accuracey of the .17 HMR out to 100yds and beyond allows me to head shoot rabbits at this distance so the ballistic tip bullets don't spoil the meat that myself and ferrets enjoy eating. what i'm getting at is if i can head shoot rabbits out to 100yds a fox up to this distance is not a problem and th an head shot fox with a .177HMR drops like a sack of spudsand doesn't even hear the shot coming, 2/ the other point I'd like to make about the article is he says foxes should be culled humanely and deserve to have there lives terminated quickly, I agree totaly with this also but a bad workman always blames his tools, ultimately it's the shooter that pulls the triger after deciding that his/her tool (rifle) can do the job to the standard they that is needed to dispatch a fox cleanly and quickly and therefore the ability lies with the shooter not the rifle, and to right any weapon off for the sake of being elitist is wrong as there is times and places where these rifles would be acceptable to shoot foxes where centre fire rifles wouldn't. A the debate about which center fire rifle carries on to ,but same thewre again personal choice and ability will lead us to our desired rifle. good luck all .Ian.