So then ladies and Gents, it's once again time for me to avail myself of your knowledge!
I am sure this has been asked before, but I can't seem to find a definitive answer for the life of me. So would or has anyone used .270 on muntjac or roe deer?
The reason for this question is that I am considering applying for a deer legal calibre (after DSC1) and I ideally want a true allrounder. As such .270 seems ideal; range of bullet weights and constructions, wide availability, supposedly easy to reload if I decide to get into that, and significantly cheaper to buy than .308 due to puzzling lack of love from buyers. Add in that it seems well suited for all of our deer species and for hill stalking as well as being boar legal if that ever became an issue, and it looks like I'm onto a winner! The flatter trajectory (compared to .308) may possibly make it a touch more forgiving towards errors in range estimation as well. However I understand that most stalking available locally is shorter range woodland style stuff for munties or Roe.
I am certainly not sensitive to recoil so the only obvious disadvantages or concerns are
1. will it be suitable for muntjac or roe or is it likely to make an unacceptable mess in terms of meat damage
2. is it less likely to be approved by a West Mercia FEO than a .243 as I hear many seem to take the view of .243 or nowt for novices
3. are rounds significantly more expensive than .243?
I can understand that .243 is possibly better suited for my local stalking conditions, but I would struggle to justify 2 rifles if I ever want to branch out, both in terms of cost, and possibly in terms of getting them on ticket as well so one seems a better bet.
Thanks very much for your help