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Foxes And Shotguns

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by Teuchter Boy, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Teuchter Boy

    Teuchter Boy Active Member

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    I have a problem fox in a 13acre bit of land. I have a 12bore o/u and have read various different views on ranges and cartridges to shoot a fox at. From my own research I am thinking a max range of 30 yards with a large load no. 1 or 3 cartridge should do the trick. I would gratefully receive any advice on this as I don't want to end up injuring Mr fox, simply want him dead and away from my chickens.
     
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    a game keeper I know shoots plenty of charlies with a shottie if that helps.at 30 yds as you state should stop it in its tracks no problem
     
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    As above 30 yards will turn it inside out.

    My First port of call would be ask around local shooters
    Plenty of people have shotguns set up specially for fox that will kill them 70 plus yards so borrowing one from a local keeper or getting them to do it for you could be an option.
    They will be ready set up with night sighting ability and specialist choke and ultra high power cartridge and would be your best bet. Night vision is a massive bonus.

    If you need to set your gun up you are probably looking at a torch as night vision will only fit on semi auto or pump.
    You need to position the torch so you get just get enough illumination on the bead to allow accurate shooting while also illuminating the target.
    You will want a good bit of choke and 50g of 0 or BB unless you are sure it will only be 30 yards. Always better to have that bit more.
    Look into a trail camera so you can establish a pattern and know when to sit out.
    Good luck.
     
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  4. Teuchter Boy

    Teuchter Boy Active Member

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    Thanks r10hunter. I have a fair idea of were the b****r likes to hang out and can hide myself away around 25yards distance. The lamp is a good idea and will pick up a handful of 50g BBQ to make sure he doesn't get away. Honour demands that it is my hand that pulls the trigger, if for no other reason than the immortal memory of three chickens that are no longer with us.
     
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    I have taken a fox with a shotgun, I used a gambore Buffalo cartridge size BB. From around 30-35 yards the fox never knew what had it it & dropped on the spot. Good luck :up:
     
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    Iv shot lots of foxes with my shotgun usually use AAA or 50g BBQ
     
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    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Another top-drawer reply - is there any element of hunting you don't know everything about? :cool:
     
  8. shauny

    shauny Pro Poster

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    shooting foxes at 70+yds ..reallyo_O. unless using ghost rings and a decent rifled slug,not really something i would suggest.
    even with the tightest choke,the pattern(as such it would be using AAA,SG,BB)at these ranges would be more down to good
    luck,than good shooting.with such big shot,and lack of it,prob still be lucky to get a couple or 3 on target at 25 yds.
     
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    No not at all a proper large pellet choke and 64g shell will throw a lovely killing pattern at 70.
    If you don’t do it on a regular basis probably not a good idea to tell people that do it’s impossible.
     
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  10. shauny

    shauny Pro Poster

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    spent years shooting pests/game,as well as a rather long time participating in pr shotgun comps.
    prior to comp weekends, we spent hours and£s shooting slugs, and sg/bb/aaa at charging man targets,
    using various choke set ups,just to check out patterns.from results obtained,shooting at something
    the size of a fox at 70yds with a shotty isnt something i would condone. if the foxes in that pic were
    shot with a shotty at 70 yd,im the queen mother.wounding appears to be concentrated around head/neck,
    not impossible to do with a shotty,but not at that distance. looks more like they were done for with a rifle.
     
  11. r10hunter

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    They were shot at 50 yards as said in my post. 64g 0 hevishot dead coyote mk2 choke that patterns very well at those ranges.

    Rifles make a small hole on the way in and a great big one on the way out.
    If you are not up to shooting foxes at whatever range don’t do it but don’t claim other people can’t. Because there are loads of people who do this week in week out and other people have guns set up better than mine also.
     
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  12. BallisticBill

    BallisticBill Engaging Member

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    In my youth I had connections with two fox hunts and frequently heard of foxes killed with horrific shot gun wounds, some with gangrene, and I've seen a couple myself. I don't have direct experience of shooting foxes with shotguns... but 70yds?!! :down:

    I'm not saying it's not possible, just questioning whether it's ethical. I could shoot rabbits with sub-12ft lb air rifle at that range but I wouldn't advise it.
     
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    you didnt mention 50yds. anyone can take a potshot at a fox with a shotty at 70yds,and some may get lucky.how many have been just pricked and died later.im well aware of the damage rf and cf ammo can do,also know the limits of a shotgun.if it works for you....carry on.
     
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    It said “these shot at 50 yards”

    I will carry on as will the hundreds of other people who use a very standard method to dispatch foxes.
     

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