Then I met James Marchington who pointed me in the direction of the .308 and its cheaper lower pressured NATO twin, before caveating the choice with 'not legal in France though', but that was in the days before the Great British Rupee, when we could still lord it over our neighbors with our super currency. I've spent a bit of time in France and at the time rural france was pretty affordable, I've got a connection to get involved in the Battue so I thought it may happen sooner than later. I doubt I'll be going there again in a while. Sadly gordon has blown all our chips making ill advised bets on on people without jobs being able to pay morgages on rabbit hutches. Still at least I'll be able to tell my grand kids something totally unbelievable yet true. I can hear them now
'Grandpa Bushwacker's confused again mum - he says it was Euros to the Pound!'
It's been a bit of a steep learning curve, but as with most steep learning curves it's also been a lot of fun. Then I threw the question out to you dear readers, the results are in and if I understand you all (please comment if i've got the wrong end of the stick as it won't be the first or last time).
James .308 - accuracy and range
Andy .30-06 - hits 'em harder
Albert .300 win - hits 'em even harder
Karl 7mm Rem - flatter
Holly .270 - flatter
Rick 30-30 or whatever's to hand - dead is dead
Tom .308 for availability - but it should really be a .375!
Dennis 6.5x55 or for longer ranges .270
Mdmnm .308 for availability or 7mm-08 Rem for trajectory
Envirocapitalist 30-06 when in north america
Hodgeman .30-06/270/.308 and 6.5x55 - which ever is easist to buy
Clearer now? No me neither.
The Choice seems to come down to:
Do I prefer Flatter and Faster Flying or Bigger and Harder Hitting?
Yes I realise there isn't a a direct correlation between those criteria - hence a whole internet full of gun nuts arguing the highly subjective personal preference it comes down to.
Then the question becomes, what's Available, Legal, Appropriate and Affordable?
The the hardest question of all - What's your definition of a compromise between the above?
Now to brand and model:I'm looking for ideas at two price points 'money no object' and 'for the price of solving a significant domestic drainage or heating problem'. Remember I'm a Mac user so I will pay for utility and design - but I'm also an honorary Yorkshireman so I'm looking for a bargain.
Suggestions on the comments page please.