The rimfire also has the advantage of causing less disturbance than a centrefire, and the reduced power makes it a safer rifle on the smaller pieces of land, particularly when lamping.

Mike George
I note that this shooter strictly limits his range, and doesn’t attempt shots at distances at which he cannot achieve clean kills.

That’s fine, but it does call for super-accurate shot placement.

For most of us, particularly at longer ranges, a centre-fire really is essential.

Remember that a centre-fire generally generates at least seven times the bullet energy of the rimfire, and that a fox is quite a big animal.

Remember, too, that there is generally less ricochet danger from a centre-fire round, and a centre-fire can also be fitted with a sound moderator to help keep noise in check.