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    22/250/or 243

    Currently I shoot a 22/250 for fox,got a 243 as well I'm thinking along the lines of giving up the 22/250 and using the 243 for everything,is it worth having them both.stuart

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    If you don't need the money I'd keep both. I loved my .22-250.

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    depends on what you've got and how much you like/love them individually. also depends if you've got one that's more of a dedicated rig for fox than the other.

    example. 22-250, great foxing round, perhaps with bipod and moderator and larger mag scope, may be synthetic, SS, or neoprene sling thingy, may be bull barrel or very long,,or, may not of course.

    Your .243 may be a more traditional 'sporter' in blued with wood, unmoderated, no bipod, leather sling and a smaller scope, say 6x42 or such.

    if that's the case I'd keep both, or maybe move towards differentiating them to have two purpose built rifles.

    I'd say it's not the calibres that should be your deciding factor, but more the setup structure of the rifles as to whether it's worth keeping both.

    having just one is nice and easy, but a pain if you're changing loads for say reds, sika, roe, and fox, and also a bummer if it gets damaged or suddenly decides not to group, then a backup is a lifesaver.

    tell us more about the rifles and setups please.

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    keep the 243 better gun loaded with 55g balistick tips its probaly faster than the 22-250 you can use the 243 for all deer shooting in the uk you cant with the 22-250 and the 243 hits a lot harder than the 22-250 243 all the way for every thing no contest 243

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    If it's not about the money keep the 22.250 and swap the .243 for a .308, i use my 22.250 in the summertime for roe and fox, then the .308 comes out in the Autumn for the red, sika and fallow.

    Moose

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    The thing is, if you don't know what you're missing then one rifle would have been totally adequate... but now you're aware of the benefits of each you're going to regret getting rid of your 22-250!

    Although you'll always be better just practicing with one gun and one type of ammo, on the flip-side a dedicated deer rifle is not as good for fox; and a dedicated fox rifle is not as good for deer - or they hold their own benefits anyway.

    If budget allows then keep both, if not then .243 on fox with 55gn BT's is a lot of fun! I love my .243 and wouldn't part with it now, but currenly have .22lr, 17hmr, 7-08, an air rifle and a bunch of shotguns to "fill the gaps" (well that's what I tell my miss' anyway!)

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    Im in the same boat I have a 6 mm slot not sure on which. 6mm and to make matters worse I dont want to give my 22/250 up as I shoot very well with it.

    The 243 will do everything but I wouldn't bother with lighter bullets in it. Stick to 70 grain bullets for foxing _

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay 22 View Post
    Im in the same boat I have a 6 mm slot not sure on which. 6mm and to make matters worse I dont want to give my 22/250 up as I shoot very well with it.

    The 243 will do everything but I wouldn't bother with lighter bullets in it. Stick to 70 grain bullets for foxing _
    Jay, get a 1:1 to something else like a 25cal and make that your stalking rifle and keep the 22-250 as a dedicated foxing rig.

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    Thanks for the replies my 22/250 is cz550 american with a nikko sterling 4x16x50 a t 4 and a harris bipod .my 243 is a bsa cf2 with a leoupold 4x9 40 on her.Going to be shooting roe and fallow hinds mostly.its not a cost issue i reload with a friend.ta stuart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    Jay, get a 1:1 to something else like a 25cal and make that your stalking rifle and keep the 22-250 as a dedicated foxing rig.
    Hi pkl I could do that mate. But I dont really do any stalking at present. I just haven't got the permission for them.
    and the one I can shoot muntjac on my 22/250 covers that.

    I had a 270 m695. Which was a cracking rifle. I sold it to stone off here though because I just didn't get the use out of it and with the s&b scope sat on top to much moneys worth just sat there.

    I know where there are some very cheap 25/06 rifles at the moment. Also a lovely sako 75 stainless long action in a bedded mcmillan stock for 600 pound

    This needs rebarreling of course
    Last edited by jay 22; 17-10-2012 at 17:49.

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