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Thread: best calibre for woodland reds

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    best calibre for woodland reds

    I have recently gained some stalking which will involve culling some red deer in Suffolk and I'm looking to buy a larger calibre as I do not feel comfortable using the 243 for these big deer. Any suggestions on the best calibre? I was leaning towards a .270 or .308. I dot home load and I like to find a round that works and stick to it.

    Thanks in advance

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    270 or 308 both very capable and ammunition readily available every where, I like 270 but only personal pref. I may be corrected but I think 270 is better ballisticly but it would be splitting hairs.

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    I use 308 a mate who does it for a living just got a 30.06 and a blaser too the estate paid !

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    I use .308 on the same deer, absolutely fine for them, although it still amazes me how far they can run, even with a perfectly placed shot.......whereabouts are they (roughly, not after specifics) I hope you're set up to deal with handling them, they certainly require some special equipment, I started out with an audi estate, soon spent quite a bit of money on expensive drag trays, pick up truck, electric winch......the list goes on, but oh what fun!

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    Shot placement is key! I've used my 6 1/2 with 120 grains with no problem and my .308 on some big reds. You seriously need to be geared up to deal with them! Shooting them is the easy bit, the hard work starts then!

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    Don't discount the trusted 6.5x55... 140gr will knock down anything that the UK has to offer and a nice flat shooting calibre.

    .270 & .308 are more widespread however, so more choices of ammo and rifles

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    I have used .270, .308 and my biggest woodland stag was knocked down with a .243 and only managed 20 yards - I've no doubt that 6.5 x 55 and .30-06 and others are perfectly adequate with the right round - as others have said, it's all about bullet placement but you're not kidding that the work starts once the beast is down.

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    I would have thought that calibre wise .30" or larger would be very good. cartridge is another matter entirely but it's hard to beat the all round ease of the .308 Winchester cartridge. It propels bullets of up to 165 grains with enough velocity to satisfy most needs, it's easy to get hold of in most places, and it's not so inclined to make folks recoil shy.

    However it has to be down to what you feel happy with and if that happens to be a a .29 Earspliten Louden Boomer then go for it .

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    .30 Cal


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    30-06 180grn round nose don't mess about

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