Can .243 also be used for "vermin" i.e. Rabbits and Mid-Field Crows (i.e. is it commonly "authorised" if requested)?
By way of background to the question; I have .17 HMR, .22 and .223 on my FAC presently. Already having upset the missus with three gun purchases in one year (12g, .17 HMR and .22), I'm seeking to "rationalise". I didn't apply for a deer calibre initially as I expected it to be several years before desiring/ready to progress to deer and didn't want to push my luck (the FEO was happy with the .223 off the back of the military training). I would now like to add the CF calibre to be better set-up for foxing, possibly PX'ing for the .17 HMR (Sako Quad). However, I've realised it would save a lot of money and possibly additional gun if I could change the .223 for .243. My FEO has already indicated that a variation for the .223 to .243 should be favourably viewed so long as I can "justify" (DSC1 would help but is not mandatory). I love my HMR, but if pushed to rationalise, feel that the .22 and .243 would perhaps be the best configuration to cover all bases.