Hi - sorry to start what appears to be one of the holy grail type quests - but I am keen to own just the one rifle for stalking all 6 of our species - plus at least give myself the option of a trip after boar (unlikely but you never know).
I have been stalking for a year or so and have a Remington 700 in .243 with ASE moderator; great rifle and shoots very accurately. I have shot Red and Roe so far. The Roe was dead where it lay, the Red Spiker not so, although my first deer and I could have shot straighter! So the various folk that say a .243 is a bit "short" for Reds (including the recent article in Sporting Rifle) got me thinking.....
So...I have now got a .308 on my ticket but after a bit of research am slightly worried that it is such a lobbing round that I will be forever worrying about exact yardage to ensure I make the right allowances. I am never going to shoot that often - but do want to be able to get out and feel confident in taking shots on everything from Woodland Red and Sika Stags to Hill Stags, Hinds and Roe.
So before I p/x the .243 and lose money on it, I want to be sure that I get the best calibre and will happily go back to the police to swop the .308 if something else is better. I don't want the grief of a .270.
I have reviewed many of the similar threads but feel there is probably some guidance missing.
I am sure that there are multiple thoughts and would appreciate any you have