Just going to do it.
Well, I have pondered about it for long enough, I have a .243 and a .308, I don't need the 2, I feel that a single caliber/cartridge rifle will suit my needs. I'll load, lighter bullets for roe/fox etc and load up to 150's for Red/Sika.
I guess it will be a .270 I'll get. Will cover all my needs, moderated, so recoil won't be an issue.
Due to selling the 2 rifles, I think I'll splash out and get a Sako, stainless/synthetic. Although, it has to be said, I have been extremely happy with my T3 Lite stainless/synthetic in .243
Moving house in 2 weeks, so I'll start the ball rolling once I'm settled in.
Just need to aquire stalking ground again, hopefully some leases will be freed up come April.
Best of luck, I was eyeing a sako .270 in gt 885 screwcut and reproofed. In north wales as new, Have I got you thinking
All the best in the move, Jim
Get a .308! Then you can load 180 grain+ for wild boar and kudu
.270 is an excellent choice - which is why I made it too - but I'm increasingly of the opinion that 130gn bullets will do it all in that calibre for stalking.
Just run them slow for small deer and fast for big deer - using Hornady SPs, 47 grains of Varget will give you a nice soft (2700ish) load for the woods and 60 grains of H4831 will give you a galloping (3000+) load for the hill. Mind you, I use the latter load for everything and get very little meat damage, with everything pretty much dropping where it stands or at worst, running a yard or two until it realises it's dead.
I've got a stack of load data for .270 now as I load for mine and a couple of others, for a range of situations and bullet types, including a lethal load for a 90gn HP (great for turning foxes into Jackson Pollock copies) - just PM me when you get your rifle and you're welcome to it.
My only concern with that idea is the changing of ammo. I tried it in one of my rifles once and the rezeroing and change of trajectory bothered me. The .270 sounds good, but I'd stick to 130s for everything.
Good luck with the move are you going far?
Much the same as the other guys have said who favour the .270.
I have plenty of load data using H4350 for different built types through a Sako.
I have to say I was in a similar position tyo you with to many rifles and find I only use the one mostly.
The one I was going to move was the .243 but my son started to get keen and is making good use of it.
He is how ever starting to use the .270 and 30-06 with out any problem. And he is a short arse 13 year old and I have never really found the kick to be an issue even with out the mod.
I picked Tika 308 is on the hunt for a new calibre and a change with plenty of very good pros and cons but I have not used many other calibres at any length so cannot comment to much but the .270 will do everything in the uk but if your are going to travel overseas then you might consider keeping the .308 or changing to just a 30-06.
Just my two penny’s worth.
Hope a lease comes your way very soon.
243 308 rifles
Dont do it unless you need to . you have the 243 for roe and foxes and the 308 for larger deer these obviously work . What if you are out and fall with no zero check simply take the other one out untill you can check your zero again I have no qualms over a 270 as i also have one as well as the others mentioned and with the right bullet powder charge you will kill your intended quarry no problems . Unless the monies burning a hole in your pocket i would not swap what you have now for any other caliber .You mention sako they might look nice and shiny in the shop but i can assure you after 25 years + they look **** but after having 2 re barreled and 3 still original they all shoot one hole groups with reloads . So i think i got my money worth out of them . If you fancy a 270 try one first there must be plenty round you . I cant see the point of 60 grains of powder when 40 to 45 in the other 2 will do the job fine all the best in your choice but dont spend if you dont have to just get a bit more confidence in what you have in the gun cabinet and you will be fine . muddy
I use a sako 85 stainless synthetic in .270 it's a superb rifle very accurate.I load 130gr prohunters and 59.5 grains of h4381sc it shoots 0.5 groups and doesn't smash things to peices.Ive got a .308,300,and 6.5 that haven't had look this season since i bought the sako .270.You will not be dissapionted with your new purchase it is a great rifle and a great calibre.
If it was me I would go for the 7-08 or stick with the .308. The 7-08 has better downrange energy than the .270. I think this comes into effect around 200 yards (I am now awaiting incoming ) Less powder to burn and 25 to 30 % less recoil than a .308.
if it was me
i would sell just one rifle the .243 if you really hav to
then no need to buy another calibre, as the .308 can do everything you will ever need from a rifle in the UK and most places abroad
that way the money made from selling the .243
will pay for a bit more stalking till you manage to get some more of your own
but just owning 1 rifle can also hav it's downside too
good luck with what ever you decide