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    Blaser calibre combo

    My certificate is up for renewal in a few months, and I thought I'd take the opportunity to have a calibre re think, if necessary. So.. Currently I have a blaser R93, which I've had for over 10 years now, with .243, 6.5 x 55 and .308 barrels. I want to upgrade to the R8 as I like the idea of the removable magazine. Question is what calibre combo? Do I stick with what I've got.. So , mainly .243 and .308, same bolt head insert e.t.c for both, or think of something else.? I want to keep things simple. At this stage I'm thinking of dropping the 6.5 x 55, although a lovely calibre, but my .308 will do what this does and more. And like I said would prefer to keep it all very simple.?

    my main activities, are fox and deer uk, reds in Scotland, and 2 driven boar trips abroad per year.

    Thanks.!

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    .243 and .308 covers every opportunity.
    .243 any bullet for Deer and Fox.
    .308 150gn bullet for anything from Fox to large reds, Sika etc.
    .308 180 bullet for anything up to Driven Boar.
    I used a .308 with 150 gr for driven Boar for several years too but the 180 gives me a bit more confidence.
    Those are my personal recommendations but stand by for plenty of others.
    As an after thought, you could go for a 30-06 and use any bullet up to 150 gr for anything and 180 or 220 for driven Boar.
    Go for it Dan, you know you want to.
    Last edited by EMcC; 25-01-2016 at 09:52.

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    I think EMcC's you've got a good set up there... flexibility to whatever comes out.

    I went slightly different with my R8 with .22-250 and .308. I have the .22-250 on my cert but haven't purchased the barrel yet as I'm saving up to put a good quality night vision set up on it.
    “Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”
    –Fred Bear -

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    I'd choose 6.5x55 and 3006 they use the same bolt head I believe and it'll cover everything

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    yes, that's one thing I thought about. I like the 6.5 x 55 a lot, that would do me for fox and deer in the UK and the .30-06 for boar/plains game e.t.c. Im guessing i'm allowed to shoot fox with my 6.5 x 55 including lamping, or in the future? At the moment i've set up my .243 barrel for that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Markfox View Post
    I'd choose 6.5x55 and 3006 they use the same bolt head I believe and it'll cover everything

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    I have the R8 in .308 and will soon be adding a .243 barrel -covers all bases.

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    I would go for a classic 6.5x55 and 9.3x62 combo....covers everything. Later you could add a 22-250 or 243 barrel !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boarboy View Post
    yes, that's one thing I thought about. I like the 6.5 x 55 a lot, that would do me for fox and deer in the UK and the .30-06 for boar/plains game e.t.c. Im guessing i'm allowed to shoot fox with my 6.5 x 55 including lamping, or in the future? At the moment i've set up my .243 barrel for that.
    you can always sue 6.5x47 L or 6.5Creedmoor or .260" Remington if you want to throw a 6.5mm Bullet pretty much same as the 6.5x55 and all fit the same bolt head and magazine as .243" .308"
    Last edited by FGYT; 25-01-2016 at 15:49.

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    Thanks for the replies so far. A friend uses a 25-06, nice deer and fox dual purpose round? But it appears they don't do this on the R8 calibre list, unless it can be done special order? 25-06 and .30-06 might be a nice pairing?

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    I have an R8 with .243 & 9.3x62. With a BC scope this combo covers everything within 400m.

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