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I am thinking of a new rifle for deer mainly red and fallow what do you recommend 2.43 2.70 or 308 or any other ideas.

 

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I will say it just one more time . .308 is the jack of all trades calibre and master of them all . You wont have to hesitate if you address a big red stag . Good luck on your choice ,if not the .308 then the mighty .270 although they do bark a bit at first light in woodland .

 

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I am thinking of a new rifle for deer mainly red and fallow what do you recommend 2.43 2.70 or 308 or any other ideas.

 

Many thanks.

 

Depends on ranges and location to get the ideal. 7-08 or one of the 6.5mm is worth looking at. All said and done its personally any cal .243" up will get the job done

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I think the fact that you're shooting the larger species should steer you away from the smaller rounds. I'd wipe the thought of .243 for sure and say that the .260 Rem or 6.5x55 should be your starting point.

 

Next up, do you ever picture yourself as a home loader or do you want to shoot factory ammo? Having a wide availability of ammunition makes and types in most shops is very important if you want to go the factory route and travel around a bit. Your local dealer can order you anything so from home it's no issue, but go on a trip and run out half way through and you're screwed if you go for something unusual. I think the .308 is probably the round that will be available virtually anywhere. If however youplan to home load you will generally learn to adapt and take a good number of rounds with you. I've never run out yet. That way of doing things opens doors to many more brilliant rounds - 7x57, 7-08, .260....

 

What range do you want to shoot at? If it's longer then perhaps a gun with a little more grunt wouldn't hurt. The .270 is pretty flat and hits hard but kicks a bit too.

 

Are you recoil sensitive? If so 6.5x55 is a lovely round and punches well above it's weight.

 

I home load and my personal favourites are 6.5x55 and 7mm (both 7x57 and 7-08). If I didn't home load I would go for .308 almost for certain. It's a brilliant round which is widely available in a lot of bullet weights and does most jobs well. It does kick a bit though, although when you get up into the Deer calibres most do to an extent.

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I am thinking of a new rifle for deer mainly red and fallow what do you recommend 2.43 2.70 or 308 or any other ideas.

 

Many thanks.

 

****** me, you can get a 2.70 how much is ammo for that a round? Is it depleted uranium?

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I think the fact that you're shooting the larger species should steer you away from the smaller rounds. I'd wipe the thought of .243 for sure and say that the .260 Rem or 6.5x55 should be your starting point.

 

Next up, do you ever picture yourself as a home loader or do you want to shoot factory ammo? Having a wide availability of ammunition makes and types in most shops is very important if you want to go the factory route and travel around a bit. Your local dealer can order you anything so from home it's no issue, but go on a trip and run out half way through and you're screwed if you go for something unusual. I think the .308 is probably the round that will be available virtually anywhere. If however youplan to home load you will generally learn to adapt and take a good number of rounds with you. I've never run out yet. That way of doing things opens doors to many more brilliant rounds - 7x57, 7-08, .260....

 

What range do you want to shoot at? If it's longer then perhaps a gun with a little more grunt wouldn't hurt. The .270 is pretty flat and hits hard but kicks a bit too.

 

Are you recoil sensitive? If so 6.5x55 is a lovely round and punches well above it's weight.

 

I home load and my personal favourites are 6.5x55 and 7mm (both 7x57 and 7-08). If I didn't home load I would go for .308 almost for certain. It's a brilliant round which is widely available in a lot of bullet weights and does most jobs well. It does kick a bit though, although when you get up into the Deer calibres most do to an extent.

 

Yet you gave up the .243" without trying the answer :rolleyes:

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I'd say 6.5x55 but that's only as I shoot one and like it as others have said 308 is a very good round you won't go far wrong with it and as has been said if you are shooting red and fallow mainly would forget about the .243 and get something bigger.

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Thanks Guys, I tried my pals sako 85s 2.70 with a jet z mod and found it fairly quiet and not too much recoil, so that's what I've decided on.

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my first rifel was a parker hale 270, it cost me £150 and shootes better than my new 243 remmington all day long

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i love my parker and hale 270 its very accurate,just got a bsa stutzen in 270 also and wow that is fannytastic love the set trigger ,atb wayne ps if your reloading rounds are very cheap

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.308, you can buy ammo absolutely anywhere and don't have to reload. Why bother at 50p a round? Even the .270 falls behind on ammo availability. You can shoot cheap 7.62 as well if you just feel like a blast. Make sure you specify .308/7.62.

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A .22lr will do the job if you put it in the right place from the right distance.

 

Any talk of .243 not being up to the job is daft, this has been debated so many times as to be unbelievable, and the answer is always the same, anything that works for you and is legal!

 

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