This is mainly for Ugly and Stoatman but anyone else who has relevent knowledge feel free to post (particularly if you're a police FAC officer). A friend of mine is about to renew his shotgun cert and wants to get an FAC at the same time as it's cheaper, however he's not sure what rifle calibre(s) to apply for, how many different calibres he can reasonably apply for and how much ammo is reasonable to hold/buy. He's an agric with plenty of safe land, on the small vermin side he wants to do a bit of rabbiting and possibly the odd tree-rat and on the large vermin front he wants a fox rifle that's capable of taking down the odd sheep-worrying dog. There is also the possiblity over the next few years or so that the ever increasing small deer population will need culling. He's also interested in doing a bit of wildfowling. I've reccomended that he starts with the same as I have, .22LR for small stuff and .223Rem for foxes (although I don't think it's an ideal dog calibre). I must admit that I've always been able to borrow .308win, 6.5x55swede or a .243 if I've needed but this won't always be an option for him. His local shop has been trying to sell him on .222 for foxes or even .17HMR as an all-rounder, I've shot both against paper but I'm not sure I'd consider .17HMR as a primary fox rifle, anyone have any experience? Then there's the deer/big dog option, is it worth asking for .243/.308/6.5Sw at the same time even if he doesn't intend to get one right away? The advice is usually to ask for whatever you think you'll need over the next five years but I've heard the police are becoming less flexible and expecting you to pay for a ticket variation every time rather than allowing you to apply "on spec". I kow next to nothing about the rules for FAC shotguns so I though I'd ask if there was anything worth applying for for wildfowling duty, particularly for bloody Canada geese. I'm not sure how the rules re. non-lead shot and magnums apply (not enough wetland on our place to worry about). Finally there's the ammo possession/purchase issue, again it's nomething I've never had to worry about because I can borrow (I think my .223 alowance is 100 held/40 to buy and also a few boxes of .22LR) but I'd like to know what would be considered reasonable for pest-control purposes. The Constabulary in question is West Mercia, so any tips about them would be usefull.