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  1. Ok chaps, been searching a few threads but not come up with the answer so far, so apologies if this has been covered before. One of my permissions has healthy numbers of rabbits, but unfortunately boundary issues/public footpaths preclude walking up along most of the hedges with the shottie. There are a couple of spots that I can place myself and get a safe shot with the shottie, but there are far more that I can’t. So back to the legal limit air rifle. Cover varies between dense as hell and none at all, so it’s hard going and they will usually bolt before I can creep in range. Bumpy22 has generously donated his old lamping equipment to me, as he’s now a fully paid-up member of the NV club. Problem is, most of the people I know who shoot have many permissions to cover themselves, so co-ordinating a time when a lamp operator and a rifle operator can go out is difficult; and removes the flexibility to just jump in the car after work and go. So I’ve been looking at the Pard 007, like ant.mass is selling for £325 Does this make sense on a12ftlb Hatsan AT44-10? I appreciate of course that the Hatsan will still only be useable out to 40yards or so, and I still need to get close enough to take a shot, without the long-eared bu**ers scarpering. NV is not a substitute for field-craft. Before anybody mentions, yes I’d love to go FAC, either LR or even FAC air rifle, but I highly doubt that if I can persuade the farmer (just catching him is hard enough) to put pen to paper, and that’s before you consider the footpaths bounding the land. Also, the budgetary considerations mean a £300ish NV is realistic (given I’ve just spent many £ on a shotgun), whereas a rifle, scope, case, and separate safe (my missus keeps her shottie in our joint safe) is less so. Though I suppose I could always move the Pard should I ever go FAC. So what’s been people’s experiences who’ve done similar?
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