OK Guys, I'm sure this has been covered numerous times before but even so I would welcome some up to date personal thoughts and opinions from "you guys in the know".
I am seriously thinking about thinning down the rifles and shotguns in my cabinet to make room for a "dedicated" Foxing rifle. (I am currently using my moderated 270 (On AOLQ - Open Conditions) However I am sure you will all agree that it is a bit of "overkill" but dead is dead in my books and as I can get my PPU ammunition at well under 50 pence a bang it's not overly expensive - However it is VERY messy!)
I am currently thinking along the lines of either a .22 Hornet, a .222 or a .223 - Whichever I chose would have to be moderated and reasonably accurate using factory ammunition as I don't really have the time or space for reloading!
Most of my "foxing" is done either in daylight by laying out watching over the earths during the summer months or on the lamp during the rest of the year. I am usually shooting at ranges of no more than around 150 but let's say (For the benefit of saving any arguments) 200 yards maximum!
Of the three calibre I am thinking about which would you opt for taking into account costs and availability of (Factory) ammunition, prices of moderators, and "efficiency" when used for dealing with Charlie, and of course barrel life! (I put the 22 Hornet into the mix as it could also be used for "long range rabbits" without (Hopefully) too much meat damage but I'm not sure on how well it deals with Charlie as I have never used/owned one?)
Alternatively are there any other calibres which I ought to be thinking about as an alternative to fit my needs without breaking the bank - At this stage I will add that I will be buying "Pre-Owned" due to a "limited budget"!
Which ever calibre you feel would do the job best please state why rather than just saying "I would go for such and such a calibre"!
Many Thanks for your thoughts and opinions!