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Thread: Partner for my .243

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    Partner for my .243

    I have just bought a new 243 and have chopped in my three other rifles 243, 25-06, 308, to buy it. As I wrote in a thread early on this site, I have gone full circle regarding calibre's and am now back to my favourite 243 as my main stalking round. The vast majority of my stalking is lowland stuff, Fallow, Roe and Muntjac and I rarely shoot at anything over 200 yards so my 243 is fine and suits my needs perfectly.
    I am also fully aware that it is not the perfect hill or driven calibre and I do a little of both so am looking for an addition calibre that could fill the above. Having had one, I feel the 25-06 is a little too close to the 243, mainly because the bullet weights are so limiting and I shoot a heavy 105g round through the 243.
    I would like know what people's views are on the 308 as a hill rifle, I am fully aware of the great range of ammunition available and its ability as driven round, but I never used mine on the hill as I had the 25-06. I have seen plenty of people in France shoot a 270 on driven stuff to good affect and I know it is a great hill round but again have no first hand experience of one. Would be very great for any advise on the calibre to partner my 243, finally I am not a home loader so must be able to obtain factory ammo fairly easily. Jon



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    You might like to try 30-06. Why? because I have had one for 10 years. It is my go to rifle, Scotland on the hill, Africa and driven boar. you can get a vast array of factory ammo. I also have a 243 for my Roe and fox.
    Tusker.

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    .243 is fine for hill reds,if you shoot big woodland reds then you would be better with something bigger driven! driven what? if Boar then you certainly need something bigger.

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    Boar and Reds mainly in France.

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    Then you certainly are needing something bigger what about 7mm popular with the Continental's for driven hunting.

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    For driven boar and Red, it would be very hard to look past the naught six. Serious round with an great bullets selection everything from 123gn to 220gn. So it's another vote for th 30-06 from me

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    Hi
    I have both a .243 and .270!!
    Not long had the .270 but on first impressions am very pleased with the calibre zeroed bang on at 100yards and only 1/2 inche low at 200yards..
    ive shot a lot of deer with my .243 and love it but I'm now seriously thinking of setting my .243 solely for foxing e.g 65-75gr and using my .270 just for deer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner1985 View Post

    ...Not long had the .270 but on first impressions am very pleased with the calibre zeroed bang on at 100yards and only 1/2 inche low at 200yards.....
    Bloody hell, that's flat. Muzzell velocity?

    My 22/250 won't do that....
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    I use a .308 on moorland fallow and hinds in Perthshire.

    I also use a .270 for the same.

    I cannot honestly tell a difference in performance between them. The d difference in drop at the ranges I shoot to (290 paces longest shot) is so small as to be unnoticeable against the background of wind and my own variable accuracy.

    The difference in killing power is totally absent - nothing I've shot with either has moved more than 20 yards or so, and they've had equal numbers fall where they stood.

    I can't see any difference in carcasse damage that can't be explained by shot placement variation.

    I can't detect any difference in recoil.

    They (and, I imagine .30-06 or 7x64 etc etc) will do all you need.

    I'm increasingly certain that you could hand most stalkers a randomly chosen rifle in the range .25-06 to .30-06 and they really wouldn't notice a difference in outcome.

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    [QUOTE=Mungo;1149987]I use a .308 on moorland fallow and hinds in Perthshire.

    I also use a .270 for the same.

    I cannot honestly tell a difference in performance between them. The d difference in drop at the ranges I shoot to (290 paces longest shot) is so small as to be unnoticeable against the background of wind and my own variable accuracy.

    The difference in killing power is totally absent - nothing I've shot with either has moved more than 20 yards or so, and they've had equal numbers fall where they stood.

    I can't see any difference in carcasse damage that can't be explained by shot placement variation.

    I can't detect any difference in recoil.

    They (and, I imagine .30-06 or 7x64 etc etc) will do all you need.

    +1,this is my view and would add that a .308 or 7mm08 would have the same action as your .243 so would help for rapid cycling on driven shoots.

    Thats what I have,two rifles identical,same scope same mod in .243 and .308.

    .308 and .243 along with a couple of others are probably the most popular rounds so availability of ammunition is good.

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