Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: NSW, Australia.
Re: feral pig gun?
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.
What DID you end up with in the end, Fox Hunter?
Cheers & God Bless
.22lr ~ 22 Hornet ~ 223 Rem ~ 25-20 ~ 303/25 ~ 7mm-08 ~ 303 British ~ 310 Cadet ~ 9.3x62 ~ 450/400 NE 3" ~ 44-40