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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-16-2014, 04:24 AM
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Hard to beat a .308 Win. or the 30-06 for ammo available worldwide and being versatile for med. to large game . From what I have read here on this forum the H & R handi rifle and the Baikal single shot rifles are easy to find and low cost in Australia and I hunt with them here in the US and they work fine for most.


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I agree with mcwoodduck, and my choice from his list would be the 303 British. Some boars might need that heavy bullet and bore.

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I have to disagree.
Yes, 303 Brit is a formidable hunting cartridge capable of taking game up to and including elk and black bear at distances out to about 250yds without hold over or under.
However, most rifles chambered to it are at least 60 yrs old and milsurp, some good shooters, some bad, some in original trim, some bubba'd horribly and a considerable minority turned into quality sporters.
Yes, there's the Ruger No1 but they barely rate a mention amongst the various Lee Enfield variants.
IF you have a Lee Enfield that shoots well you're well on your way but that usually involves hand loading the rounds & scoping the rifle.
If you rely on factory ammo even a scoped rifle probably won't shoot that accurately because no one (with the possible exception of Hornady) makes premium 303 ammo.
And gone are the days of cheap 303s.
A decent example with all military bits & no scope usually starts at $500 & goes up.
However affordable and premium ammo can be had for 243, 25-06, 6.5x55, 270 Win, 7mm-08, 30-30, 308 Win & 30-06.
Rifles start at about $500 and go up in these cals and most can be scoped & tuned to shoot 1.5"@100yds or smaller depending on ammo, scope and rifle.
My recommendation remains 30-06.
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Kombi, part of my reason for choosing .303 is because I like rimmed cartridges, and I have friend who has a beauty.

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[size=1em]I like 303 too, BUGEYE, and I own a 1942 Lithgow No1 MkIII* which I use for Service Rifle competition.
Once I develop an accurate load I'll probably try and smack down some game with it too.
I love the little Martini Enfield artillery Carbines in 303 and would love to trick one up as a stalking rifle, either with a custom scout scope mount or with some sort of aperture sight.
And I'd be very pleased to own a Ruger No1 in 303 British as it could be loaded to duplicate 308 Win.
And that's ignoring the great P14 and super cool Ross M1910 rifles.
However any 303 under $500 is unlikely to be worth the money and those in the $500 price range tend to be purely military rifles.
On top of that ammo isn't cheap like it used to be and components are not widespread either.
I tried to track down cases and projectiles at a big gun store in Sydney recently and they had neither......of ANY description.
Of all the "shooting some feral pigs and occasionally deer","cheap to run", "not really hard to get a licence for" and "strong enough to kill them" cartridges 30-06 stands out as the best.
A new Howa or Stevens are pretty cheap and cheerful and a H&R is even cheaper, all of which can be scoped.
Even Rem 700 SPSs are pretty affordable.
Ammo is available EVERYWHERE and if you were going on a hunt where accuracy is paramount (i.e. deer hunting) Remington, Federal and other firms make premium ammo of various weights.Seriously, 303 just doesn't stack up as an affordable & flexible choice, as sad as that is.[/size]

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303....for you down there


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20 years ago maybe.
Now availability of everything dominated by US trends.
It's easier to buy ammo in 223, 243, 308 Win and '06 than 303 these days.

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20 years ago maybe.
Now availability of everything dominated by US trends.
It's easier to buy ammo in 223, 243, 308 Win and '06 than 303 these days.
OK 308Win it is. 8)

I just listed a number of CTGs that are capable of taking pigs. I mean taking pigs at hunting ranges. And depending on what you have already in your closet or safe when I mentioned the WWI and WWII military ctgs as many have old military rifles as well as sporterized versions.

If you have a old military rifle, then buying ammo for it and getting sighted in with the rifle will be far cheaper than buying a new rifle and getting it sighted in. Even if you say 303 is hard to find and rather expensive, buying a new rifle 200 to 800 USD and buying ammo at 20 to 50 USD a Box is going to add up pretty quickly even if you are paying 60USD a box for the old military rifle you already have.
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