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    What calibre is best

    OK guys im using a .22 mag for fox shooting/lamping but im now hoping to go to deer stalking what calibre should i go for ive been told .243 and also 22 250 yous are the guys using them so i will go with what yous say .
    I am also doing my DSC1 soon but have been told there is a pre course what can you tell me about this
    Thanks Peter

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    If you are stalking in NI, you are after Fallow and Sika. Stating the obvious, 22/250 is not even deer legal. So you have in practical terms, 243 and larger for deer. I would personally not entertain a 243 as an NI stalker - it is just not enough gun for Sika.

    Minimum I would recommend is a 6.5x55. Anything from the 6.5 and up will be more than good enough. However, if you are a beginner stalker, I would suggest a 308 as a do it all. Plenty of factory ammo options to keep it feed. Muzzle blast and recoil are manageable. Get a mod fitted as a "must have" from day one.

    Get your 22/250 and use it on the foxes.
    Brian.

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

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    pre course i suspect would not be money well spent. the level one course often has people on it that have very limited shooting knowlege you will be ok. calibre depends on main species if its mainly sika and red i would go larger than .243, the .243 will do the job but bigger will do the job better. i have 243 and 308 and i have used both for munties and roe both do job ok. do a search on calibres there is no shortage of opinion, but dont expect a definative answer as there isnt one

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    7mm 08 covers all the UK bases very nicely and fills the gap between .243 and .308 (it is the same case family) in that it is a comfortable round to shoot - especially with a mod fitted; is pretty flat shooting (so a sensible zero will give a good working PBR) and has good terminal effects. I'm guessing you'll get a lot of differing suggestions but I would suggest that if you get the option shoot as many deer legal cals as you can find. Some just seem to feel better than others (personal view with no added science)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabnosh View Post
    7mm 08 covers all the UK bases very nicely and fills the gap between .243 and .308 (it is the same case family) in that it is a comfortable round to shoot - especially with a mod fitted; is pretty flat shooting (so a sensible zero will give a good working PBR) and has good terminal effects. I'm guessing you'll get a lot of differing suggestions but I would suggest that if you get the option shoot as many deer legal cals as you can find. Some just seem to feel better than others (personal view with no added science)
    Fabnosh, I would agree entirely with you but for one problem. A 7/08 is going to be very hard to feed in NI unless a guy handloads. I am sure ammo could be ordered, but I have yet to see it on the shelf.
    Brian.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler View Post
    Fabnosh, I would agree entirely with you but for one problem. A 7/08 is going to be very hard to feed in NI unless a guy handloads. I am sure ammo could be ordered, but I have yet to see it on the shelf.
    That's actually a very good point. I guess the tail may have to wag the dog. Maybe .308 is the answer in that case.

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    Leave the 243, is ok but .get something thats more of the job, instead of pretending. Go 223 remmy & 6.5 to 270.keep the 22 plinker for bunny, etc. If you must go larger, as some do , try a nice No4 enfield , something with character. Just my 50p worth.

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    .243 is a bit light don't get me wrong it's a good calibre but you have put the round in the right place and expect runner's if you don't put them int he right place. 6.5 upwards is a good place to start looking although have a look at a .30cal so .308/30-06 etc will cover everything from Muntjac to Sika with no problem at all. will do anything in the UK, very versitile cartridge and everybody stock ammo.

    Jase

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    I'm also in the 'don't bother with .243' camp. I'd probably go for a .308 as it will do it all and the short action is probably easier to use if it's your first centrefire.

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    As good as the .243 is I would look in the direction of a 6.5 - 7 mm

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