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    308 or .243 for my first stalking rifle

    I'm hoping to learn to stalk and was want some advice on what calibre to get for red and roe
    And what bullet choice would u use factory ammo (I know this is a can of worms)

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    Try lots before you buy. It's easy to buy rifles in haste and repent at leisure. Good luck. JCS

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
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    when i first made my choice, a couple of friends kindly offered me use of their range and rifles to test .243/.270/.308 and others. a great day out and i chose the .308 in the end, but still not sure if i have made the right decision.... i think i based it on being able to use 1 rifle for all as at that time i couldn't afford a specialist calibre for each quarry. hope this helps and best of success in your learning

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    As you are asking about calibre, I assume that you have not had any experience so far with Centre fire rifles.
    So I would suggest, as a first cf rifle that you go for a .243 it is a nice smooth calibre and you will not develop a flinch which you may if you go for anything bigger. You can always go larger if you so choose later on.
    The .243 will do all you need of it using a 100gn bullet of which there are many to choose from.
    The best commercially produced bullet is another question and all I can suggest, in the first instance, is that you ask your local gunshop what is available and recommended.
    I am one of the lucky ones in that my .243 shoots clover leaf prints at 100 yards with PPU ammunition which is the cheapest on the market.
    As time goes by and you get used to using a cf rifle you may decide to go for something larger, like the .308 but it isn't neccessary unless you find that most of your time is on the open hill or you wish to try some Boar shooting.
    Good luck in whatever you choose as there is sure to be more offerings posted here shortly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMcC View Post
    As you are asking about calibre, I assume that you have not had any experience so far with Centre fire rifles.
    So I would suggest, as a first cf rifle that you go for a .243 it is a nice smooth calibre and you will not develop a flinch which you may if you go for anything bigger. You can always go larger if you so choose later on.
    The .243 will do all you need of it using a 100gn bullet of which there are many to choose from.
    The best commercially produced bullet is another question and all I can suggest, in the first instance, is that you ask your local gunshop what is available and recommended.
    I am one of the lucky ones in that my .243 shoots clover leaf prints at 100 yards with PPU ammunition which is the cheapest on the market.
    As time goes by and you get used to using a cf rifle you may decide to go for something larger, like the .308 but it isn't neccessary unless you find that most of your time is on the open hill or you wish to try some Boar shooting.
    Good luck in whatever you choose as there is sure to be more offerings posted here shortly.
    I am of the opposite mind. Get the 308, grow a pair if necessary with regards to recoil (sorry. I don't see a 308 as having a punishing recoil) and enjoy the superb versatility afforded by a thirty caliber.~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    I am of the opposite mind. Get the 308, grow a pair if necessary with regards to recoil (sorry. I don't see a 308 as having a punishing recoil) and enjoy the superb versatility afforded by a thirty caliber.~Muir
    Yep, agree with that, would always have a 308 in the cabinet, recoil isn't much more (if any) than a .243 and bullet choice is massive and available anywhere.

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    don't bother with either unless specified go for 6.5x55 nice flat round good choice of ammo weight and won't destroy roe, however if you must choose either go for .308

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    It's all very well telling someone to man up to the recoil, but if you've *never* shot a centrefire, then it can be a mistake to jump straight into a .308. I think a lot of very experienced shooters forget what it was like the first time they fired a CF - even a .243 can seem quite daunting. It's simply a matter of learning what to expect and learning to adjust your expectations of what's going to happen when you pull the trigger.

    I'm firmly of the opinion that it's best to start with something like a .243 to build good technique with moderate recoil, and then to move up from there. For a complete novice, a range session, particularly prone, with a hunting weight .308 is a superb way to cultivate a fine flinch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungo View Post
    It's all very well telling someone to man up to the recoil, but if you've *never* shot a centrefire, then it can be a mistake to jump straight into a .308. I think a lot of very experienced shooters forget what it was like the first time they fired a CF - even a .243 can seem quite daunting. It's simply a matter of learning what to expect and learning to adjust your expectations of what's going to happen when you pull the trigger.
    I'm firmly of the opinion that it's best to start with something like a .243 to build good technique with moderate recoil, and then to move up from there. For a complete novice, a range session, particularly prone, with a hunting weight .308 is a superb way to cultivate a fine flinch.
    Exactly my reason for offering the advice I gave, well done Mungo.
    With the experience I have and if I was in a position to only have one rifle I would settle for the .308 but I got the impression from the first post that he was asking as a 'newbie' that is lkely to be holding his breath (longer than neccessary) and expecting a kick the moment he pulls that trigger.

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