I am a long-time lurker, who loves this forum, so I've decided to join.
Anyway, I am thinking of replacing the old hornet with something a bit more oomphy, and would like some feedback from your experts on the following topics...
I like the look of .223, and note from other threads (and by annoying gunshop owners) that ammo variety and price is very good. Performance on foxes is brilliant.
Also, I have been investigating .222 rem, and note that it is also a very accurate cartridge, and is very "moderatable" as it does not produce as much muzzle blast etc as the .223. According to the shooting press it is also powerful medicine on foxes out to 250 yards or therabouts. Problem is ammo is more expensive and rarer than .223. Of course if we eventually get to reload then price is reduced.
I like the idea of the following...
A. Tikka Varmint in 222 or 223
B. Tikka Tactical in 223 - a beast of a yoke - I groped one in Stakelums in Urlingford a while back
3. CZ 527 Varmint Kevlar in either .222 or 223. you cant beat the old brnos - I will trade in my hornet...
I would of course have to apply for a moderator permit. I would like to know peoples experiences with the following...
. Reflex or BR moderators that fit back along the barrell
.Muzzle mounted jobbies like the husher and JLS (Landers Tralee does the JLS).
I have followed the recent threads on "223 and CJB", and cannot deny I am beginning to panic a bit. I reckon I will be on a hiding to nothing when I walk in to the station with "Hello sargeant, I have traded my hornet in for a 223, oh and by the way, I want a moderator license, and and as I think of it, with the new CJB being law, I want to reload". I should have got off me arse and done all this 6 months ago before this "restricted list" catchall on behalf of the minister was mooted.. Having sad that they are well used to me - I have 2 shotguns, a 22 brno, and a CZ hornet - any opinions on this?
thanks to all in advance of your expert advice,