Which caliber .308 / 22-250 or a .243

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    Which caliber .308 / 22-250 or a .243

    I'm concidering buying another rifle.

    I'd like a .308 but it might be over kill. It's going to be 50% target shooting and 50% hunting (roo's, foxes and the odd semi feral pig - semi feral pig = domestic pig that's living the bush not wild but to hard to drive them out back to a paddock, it's easyier to shoot them.)

    I was thinking of getting the Sniper Central Entry Level Tactical Rifle Package:

    Howa 1500 Heavy Barreled Action, 24" barrel length .308 (1:12"), .243 (1:10"), .22-250(1:14")
    Bell & Carlson Tactical/Varmint Medalist Synthetic Stock (Mk1), full aluminum bedding block, free floating barrel
    New B&C Vertical Grip Tactical Stock (Mk2), full aluminum bedding block, free floating barrel (No charge option)
    Legacy International 1 Piece Picatinny Rail
    Burris XTR Tactical Rings
    Bushnell 3200 5-15x40mm Tactical with Mildot reticle
    Harris Bipod, solid mount, 9-13"
    Plastic double rifle hard gun case

    But I'm not sure on what caliber to get .308 / 243 or a 22.250.

    A 243 and the 22-250 are probably the ideal round for roo's out to 150m.

    When hunting I'll be shooting from 100m out to 200-250m. Head shots mostly as I want the pelts.

    Target shooting I'd like to shoot nice groups out to 500-600m. (eventually after a lot of practice)

    I'd like to point out that I'll be loading my own ammo.

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    I dont think it would be that easy to get the SC package into australia mate. Would be cheaper and less hassle to just put it together your self or build your own rifle. If it was a full custom build then it would be worth it but not for the SC Package (No offence Mel!!!!!!).

    I like .308 but .243 should be fine for you.
    Shaun aka "Quick"
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    .243 will kill a pig or a roo if you shoot it in organs it needs to not have holes in to keep living, but I think since the price of ammo is likely to be the same regardless, I would go 308.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quick
    I dont think it would be that easy to get the SC package into australia mate. Would be cheaper and less hassle to just put it together your self or build your own rifle. If it was a full custom build then it would be worth it but not for the SC Package (No offence Mel!!!!!!).

    I like .308 but .243 should be fine for you.
    Sorry I should have added, Yes I would build it myself. I'd base it on the SC specs but it would be full purchased in OZ

    Cheers

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    Ohh ok then. If it was for a TacOps, GAP, LOSOK, Ed Brown, etc then I would import but good choice.

    Make sure the optics and stuff is bought from the US its still cheaper then the Aussie prices. You could get the optics and stuff from Mel still though.

    I would go with a .243 more now. Its flatter trajectory. Depends on how mcuh you can get the factory ammo for. If you choose .308, go down to the local NRAA state asscociation shop and buy the NRAA loaded .308. Its cheaper. Its only around $22/20rds. I pay $21.00/20rds from the NRAA and its tons cheaper then say Winchester CXP2 150gr Powerpoints. I paid $33.00/20rds. RIPOFF!!!!
    Shaun aka "Quick"
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    Remington 700 "Custom Marksman" .308 Win
    Sportco M44 7.62x51mm NATO
    Anschutz 1416D HB .22LR
    CZ 452 Deluxe .22LR
    1944 VKT M39 7.62x54R
    1920 Lithgow SMLE No 1 MK III* .303 British
    S&W M&P 9mm

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    Another vote for the 243. I think that'll be perfect for what you want to do. Will also be good for the odd deer if you eventually decide to go after one.

    Greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregvisser
    Another vote for the 243. I think that'll be perfect for what you want to do. Will also be good for the odd deer if you eventually decide to go after one.

    Greg
    Actually if you want to go after deer here in Australia I would seriously recomend a .308 over the .243

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    mate you cant go wrong with either a 308 or a 243.. i have rem 700 in 308 and my hunting buddy got a tikka in 243, we shoot the same stuff you intent to .(at around the same distance). and for headshot all the same.. they wont know the difference... and if you reload the .243 will come up cheaper in the long run. less powder cheap projectile (using same quality stuff) but if you dont reload- much easier to find cheap 308 round then 243 i think (i reload so i rarely buy round)

    good scope is more important, at least if you intent to shoot under spotlight, the two scopes that we both use are different in price range and it really shows at night under spotlight.

    off the topic how you get the remington pump action shotgun to license in melbourne?
    I had to sell my 870.. missing it ever since.. love the pump... FAR wont let me have two cat C... sux..

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    I prefer the 243 for the game you will be hunting, you have less hold over on the long shots but if you want to hunt sambar then you will need a 308 as I believe the min projectile diameter is .277, in Victoria, and I think the min cartridge length is 51mm. I am not sure on the restrictions but that is from memory. Range estimation can be tough in the spotlight and the 243 with light bullets and sighted in 1" high at 100 yards you won't need to worry about it. +1 on the good scope making a huge difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciunnc
    off the topic how you get the remington pump action shotgun to license in melbourne?
    I had to sell my 870.. missing it ever since.. love the pump... FAR wont let me have two cat C... sux..
    My parents have a farm (primary producers), so I worked the rules to my advantage.

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