So I've been target shooting .22 for over 6 years now, along with occasional "hunting" with PCP and SG. I have a 170 acre permission on farmland, mostly crop fields with bunnies and pigeons but I've seen foxes and the farmer assures me he's seen deer...
One of the fields is over a mile long, (would make a great target range), and one is in a reclaimed quarry with 30-40 foot high rock walls on 3 sides.
The issue I have is I'm overwhelmed by the amount of different rounds/calibres available and don't know what to put on my variation.
I can't use my target rifles for hunting. Not because of their restriction on my FAC, but because they're target rifles... Just wouldn't work. So I need a small calibre for bunnies, but maybe something a bit harder hitting/longer range than .22LR .22WMR? (I'm discounting 17HMR on the basis of what I've read here)
I also want a CF for the bigger stuff, foxes and (phantom) deer but it'd be nice to be able to use it more regularly for bunnies without vaporising them... I know that's an expensive way to shoot bunnies, but this is a hobby for me, not a business. Can the smaller rounds like .223 be downloaded to be "bunny safe"? Is that even necessary ? Should I even be looking at .223? Maybe .22-250? .22 Hornet? To many choices...
I would like to do some deer stalking (other than the ones allegedly on my permission) so I know I'll need a larger CF as well. .243? .308? But that is for the longer term.
How many can I put on a single variation before the FLOs fall over laughing? The guidance states there should be no time limit before buying, but I don't want them asking why I've asked for so many rifles all at once...
I've narrowed it down to a short list of..
.22WMR (maybe 2 of them, bolt and SA)
and I know I don't need all of them, but don't know which to choose. Or are there better options?
I have other questions, but this post is long enough already..