Firstly, sorry for another "what" type thread, but there isn't a better place to ask than the good number of guys and girls who are out ther doing it and not keyboard hunters!!
I have recently been offered a wonderful opportunity to assist a local part time stalker to look after a plantation development scheme (which he holds the sole stalking rights to) which is currently scheduled to last until at least 2014/15 for the replanting phases etc
It is mostly lowland/hill type forestry, some already opened and cleared, and some mature dense areas which is surrounded with open moor edging, and Roe will be our primary target.
Now, I have a list of things which I am moving slowly ahead with ie DSC1 & FAC etc & I know it’s jumping the gun somewhat, however, the hardwear bit is probably the bit we all like!!!
I would value your opinions (Pro’s and Con’s) on my rough list for my 3 main items (assuming my FAC is approved) and to see how suitable you think they’d be :
.243 Tikka T3 Synthetic/Stainless, or
.243 Sako 85 Synth/Stnless
(with moderator for either)
Do I go for the Tikka T3 and put the price difference towards my scope budget & get the the best possible scope I can? What is the old saying? “ buy a scope and a gun with the change”
Also, what’s your opinions on a suitable moderator for the above rifle? Ase type or T8??
S&B Fixed Mag 8 x 56??
Oh here we go…this is where my knowledge is severely limited, I have been looking at various post’s on here and although I have nothing to base this on my initial thought was to keep it simple but efficient with a fixed scope?
What’s the general consensus of this amount of mag etc for woodland type dawn/dusk stalking?
Or should I be looking at variable power and a Swaro or a Leupold?
I appreciate there are a multitude of opinions on scopes and having read all the “Which Scope” threads, I am still pretty much none the wiser!!
Minox HG 8.5 x 43
As I won’t be on the hill day in day out and more of a recreational assistant than full on stalker, I was looking at the Minox’s as a decent benchmark "recreational" pair of glasses, again I know this is a widely discussed point but again I’d appreciate any input.
What i'm trying to say is this, basically, I’m looking to put together a long term, good standard, basic kit so I can then spend my time wisely by getting to know the rifle etc. in the knowledge that my equipment is more than proficient for the task in hand before I even venture out to start shooting beasts
It’s a bit of a minefield to be honest but, if I can get a decent set up for a modest price for the 3 main items above, I would be happy with that.
List is by no means definitive, just my initial thoughts
Thanks in advance