I know there have been a few threads on variations recently but I don't want to hijack any of them. Essentially my only centrefire at the moment is a 6.5x55 that gets used for everything. Topped with a Swaro 6x42 it has earned its keep foxing and stalking roe and muntjac. I have recently started to use it extensively on park sika and fallow and I am finding it a wee bit light. After discussion with the FLO I am putting in for a variation.
This is where it gets interesting, and I have a few decisions with which I would like a little help.
1) .308 or .30-06 for the bigger calibre? As far as I can tell ballistics are so similar it barely makes a shred of difference. I would like this rifle to do everything, everywhere, until I have the need and the opportunity for the really big beasties.
2) Do I keep the 6.5x55? In its favour I enjoy shooting it, it is accurate and it has performed excellently on fox and roe. In the negative column I could sell it for more than a replacement would cost, and sourcing reloading components for fox loads is a challenge. Indeed many don't see it as a suitable foxing rifle.
3) If I get rid of the 6.5x55, should I try to cover a few bases with a .243, or should I leave all deer to the .30 cal and request a .22 centrefire for foxing?
Any thoughts? There are two Parker Hales, one in 243 and one in 308, that I have my eye on, but it would cause a lot of hassle haveing to sell on bits and pieces, get variations and buy new scopes.