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    Hi from Gloucestershire

    I live on a small farm near Painswick. Have had a .22 for ten years for rabbit and vermin control, and had some experience with a .22/250.

    Having witnessed a steady increase in the Roe population, and with Fallow not far away, I decided to take an equivalent DSC1 course with Wilf Ashman, owner of Country Pursuits in Cricklade. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing the deer, but I think their numbers should be kept in check, plus it will keep the larder topped up. I enjoy being as self-sufficient as possible.

    Originally applied for a .243, but Wilf advised 6.5x55 or .270, especially for the Fallow. After a long wait my FAC came yesterday, with permission for a 6.5. For the last couple of months, I had been looking for a good used rifle, scope, moderator combination, or considering a new Howa 1500. As it happens, Wilf had a little used Tikka T3 hunter with S&B 8x56, Reflex T8 mod, sling and Harris bipod. Did a good deal on that, and in the afternoon had a vixen with my very first shot. ( He had assured me it was zeroed at 100 yrds )

    Over the last few months, I have been dipping into your forum for words of wisdom. I'm afraid I'm not a prolific poster on forums. As a keen biker, I'm on several club/forums, but don't post much on them either.

    Very pleased with the rifle combo. The T8 is 'as new', so no corrosion yet. Might change it for a lighter A-Tec at some stage, although it is well balanced with the T8. Looked at a similar combo in Warwickshire, but the balance was out of kilter because of the light synthetic stock.

    I am aware that you don't get the range of choice in 6.5 Swedish ammo as you do in .243. Trying Norma, Hornady and Prvi to see which works best.



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    Welcome Chris. Great result with the new rifle. Wish you all the best with reducing the numbers. Some great ground down your way. I get down there myself on occasion and love the rolling hlls and small pockets of woodland.
    Happy hunting.

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    Welcome to the site,

    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Hi Chris

    Another new member with a 6.5x55... It's catching:-)

    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
    "You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."
    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

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    Welcome chris! Not too far from me.. I work just down the hill in Cheltenham...
    Kind regards, Jez
    slowly slowly catch a monkey..

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    Welcome from another newbie to the site

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