Im after a .223 to bridge the gap between my rabbiting guns and stalking/fox gun, currently i have...
.22lr ( dont use it often)
.17hmr, this is cuttently my go to rabbiting gun, rubbish in a breeze
.243 win. used for deer, rarely comes out with me other than stalking.
So my thoughts are a .223 would be good as I could take it out on rabbits and if i see a fox/ muntjac I can use it for them too. Leaving me with one gun for everything up to muntjac and then my stalking rifle for stalking. another benefit being its a flatter round and less effected by wind than the 17 and will allow me to push the range out a bit
my main questions are....
I pay 30p a bullet for the HMR, i believe can get .223 ammo for sub 40p if i reload, is this right and what price am I looking at for factory ammo, about 50-60p a pop ?
next is noise, is it too loud for rabbiting bearing in mind i currently use the .17 which has a bit of a crack anyway?
and finaly, can anyone tell me from experience if they make a mess of the rabbit, head shots only, with my hmr the exit side of the head is usualy missing, not that it bothers me as i dont eat the heads, but will a .223 pull off the shoulders etc as well ?