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    Which First?

    Hi All

    I am soon to be granted my FAC. I have put in for 17HMR 243 and 308.
    Not having the money to buy all three at once which would you suggest I get between 243 and 308? I am looking at tikka t3 stainless.

    Regards Steve

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    Depends on your type of shooting? Woodland close range .243, Hill stalking and bigger beasts .308.

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    Steve

    If it helps, I use a .308 on everything from muntjac and roe to red. It also works well on wild boar I'm told.

    I've yet to find a rational reason to buy another deer rifle - plenty of irrational ones mind you....

    willie_gunn

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    Save your money and don't bother with the .243 at all (I'm sure many will disagree )

    You can make the .308 do anything with correct cartridge choice.

    Better still, ditch them both for a 6.5 (here we go again!) Sorry, the .308 is a great cartridge, go with that one and you'll be set up for anything.

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    i second frax do you really need 2 deer rifles just go with the .308 dont be put off by it being to big for smaller deer i.e. roe as you cant over kill anything it only die's once and the meat damage is no different to that of a .243 or even just get the .243 i wouldnt bother with both but if it was my choice and having owned both calibers i would go .308

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    The 243 must be one of the most versatile calibres out there? Load up 55gr for varmints and as we are told, 100gr for deer species. Fast and flat with little or no recoil.
    308 a great round but I think a bit of overkill on small vermin, had one and dropped down to the 243 as I was shooting more foxes.
    If you only had one choice for all seasons you would have to consider the 243.
    Save the money you are going to spend on a 308, scope, mod? and bipod? and put some of it towards upgrading the 243 outfit and you will still have money left over.
    Cheers

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    The 243 must be one of the most versatile calibres out there? Load up 55gr for varmints and as we are told, 100gr for deer species. Fast and flat with little or no recoil.
    308 a great round but I think a bit of overkill on small vermin, had one and dropped down to the 243 as I was shooting more foxes.
    If you only had one choice for all seasons you would have to consider the 243.
    Save the money you are going to spend on a 308, scope, mod? and bipod? and put some of it towards upgrading the 243 outfit and you will still have money left over.
    Cheers

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    I have .308, .243 and have recently added a .223 also. I think your choice needs to be led by the following questions..

    What will you be shooting with it on your own ground?
    I have fox, munti, roe and occasional fallow and any rifle I have is more than capable of dropping any of them on the spot with correct bullet choice and shot placement. At certain times of the year the land is literally covered with livestock and many foxes are shot in amongst the sheep/lambs – probably wouldn’t choose the .308 for that, even the .243 with 55gn ballistic tips has some pass throughs, that’s why the .223 has been added. However the .308 has taken a few foxes and certainly does the trick, with 125gn b tips it shoots 1” high at 100 and 1” low at 200. With 55gn ballistic tips the .243 is like a death laser out to 300m, but the weapon of choice at the moment is the little .223.

    What invites will you be getting, and what would your host prefer you to use?
    I get a few invites a year and for some the .243 would probably not be as welcome as the .308, especially for the larger deer that are sometimes encountered. If I am going specifically to shoot deer I take the .308 every time and if I was taking a complete novice I would definitely put the .308 in their hand to get their first one on the ground – quicker the better. Saying that, there are people out there who prefer the smaller calibers and the chance to give their dog some work!

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    Well said Bucksden,
    223 and 308 are very practical to have and cover most things.
    These two calibers have two big advantages over some other calibers, one can buy loads of cheap ammunition and they have a great barrel life.
    This allows one to practice plenty which in turn mostly leads to better shot placement. I enjoy my 308 and every now and then throw up a target in any old field at around 300m. Quite consistent now at hitting the 4" circle at that distance even in field conditions.

    edi

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    which first

    Hi Fellas

    Thanks for the replies. The 17hmr is already on order as I have plenty of rabbits and foxes to take out. The 243 is a rifle I have used for all the fallow that surround me and the 308 for the boar we have locally. I suppose sense says to get the 308 first as this covers both deer and boar. I have to admit to not firing this calibre yet so I cant compare it!

    Regards Steve

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