So I spoke with FEO over a variation to my FAC this morning regarding a larger calibre (Currently have .22lr, .223 and .243) for the larger deer species I have on my permissions (Fallow and Red) as well as the ability to take it abroad for Driven boar/Deer.
By the nature of the HO guidelines and the fact that I have the larger deer species on the land, plus my brief chat with FEO, this would seem to suggest that I would be able to apply with a degree of success. I have also asked about Solid Slug for 12g for driven abroad, although it just doesn't feel right in my head, but principles the same as rifle in essence.
Minimum recommended calibre for Boar here is .270 and that is what I used last week in France on a driven shoot, but am wondering what peoples thoughts are with regards to the Pro's and Cons of .270, .30-06 and .308 as calibres to own for the larger deer species and Boar abroad?
Nothing set in stone, although I understand that .30-06 gives me a greater choice of bullet weight especially in the larger grain over the .308. I currently home load for .243 and have just picked up dies for .223 so will intend to do the same for which ever calibre I eventually decide upon, so what are the Pro's and Cons for home loading each calibre in terms of availability of components?
I realise also that a shorter barrel rifle might be better for driven shooting when swinging in woodland, but am no expert on the detrimental effect it might play in its primary role for Deer Stalking here in the UK.
Your thoughts/Suggestions and comments are most welcome before I actually take the plunge for the variation.