I am looking at getting back into stalking and culling in the relatively near future (Hopefully around December) and will need to buy a rifle suitable for the job. Due to my financial pisition I am going to have to settle for a cheap pre -owned rifle (Maybe a BSA Majestic/Monarch or a Parker Hale) while I save up for a better one. I am thinking of either a 270 or a 308.
Therefore my question to the "more knowledgable" of you out there is as follows:
Which of these two chosen calibres is less likely to suffer barrel wear/throat burning etc (given roughly the same amount of shots put through them). I appreciate that this is a bit of an "open ended question" as there might not be any way of knowing if either has been used with "hot loaded home loads" so all I can do is to ask you if you could generalise please.
Another question that I should be asking myself is about the availability of reasonable factory ammunition for either of the two calibres. The rifle would be used predominantly for culling species including Reds and Sikas at ranges out to around 200 yards max - And of course the odd fox that might be silly enough to wander into a sensible range. Not that it should make much difference but to help to keep the weight down a little I would not be thinking of fitting a moderator for the time being.
Your thoughts and opinions are most welcome and if you have a preference please could you explain why!