One of the most popular Browning .22s ever made, the straight- pull T-Bolt was reintroduced over three years ago and soon enjoyed renewed popularity. It’s now being chambered in .17 HMR.
From Xmas through to June is the period made for the .17 HMR rifleman. With your back resting against a rock in an elevated position on an open hillside, a scoped T-Bolt resting in your lap while you watch patiently for a fox to come to the whistle. That dear reader, is a very pleasant hunting scenario.
This year was doubly memorable because the outfit I was grasping was Browning’s straightpull T-Bolt, newly chambered for the .17 HMR. In this calibre it’s the ideal fox whistling rifle, since it shoots flat enough and delivers enough punch to knock odd a recalcitrant reynard as he loiters craftily about 150 metres away.
The T-Bolt is also available in .22 Long Rifle for stalking rabbits and .22 WMR arguably the best all-around calibre for predator hunters, but the .17 HMR is, in my opinion, the premier choice for foxes. The straight-pull bolt is smooth and slick to operate without removing the butt from your shoulder and the receiver being drilled and tapped for Talley mounts makes scope mounting a simple procedure. Winchester Australia sent me a 6×42 Meopta Artemis scope together with a pair of Talley rings.