I have just bought a new 243 and have chopped in my three other rifles 243, 25-06, 308, to buy it. As I wrote in a thread early on this site, I have gone full circle regarding calibre's and am now back to my favourite 243 as my main stalking round. The vast majority of my stalking is lowland stuff, Fallow, Roe and Muntjac and I rarely shoot at anything over 200 yards so my 243 is fine and suits my needs perfectly.
I am also fully aware that it is not the perfect hill or driven calibre and I do a little of both so am looking for an addition calibre that could fill the above. Having had one, I feel the 25-06 is a little too close to the 243, mainly because the bullet weights are so limiting and I shoot a heavy 105g round through the 243.
I would like know what people's views are on the 308 as a hill rifle, I am fully aware of the great range of ammunition available and its ability as driven round, but I never used mine on the hill as I had the 25-06. I have seen plenty of people in France shoot a 270 on driven stuff to good affect and I know it is a great hill round but again have no first hand experience of one. Would be very great for any advise on the calibre to partner my 243, finally I am not a home loader so must be able to obtain factory ammo fairly easily. Jon