Hiya guys, I am trying to decide which calibre to go for, .223Rem or .204 Ruger. I already have a .243 Tikka that is awesome for longer ranges and will easily hit 1.5" groups at 300yds. The problem is that most of my hunting recently is at night with a lamp after rabbits and foxes and the .243 is a little too much gun for that purpose. I shoot at night up to 250yds and would like a flat shooting rifle that will be cheap to feed. The .243 is hungry on powder and has a bit of a kick which is affecting accuracy when I need to take a quick shot at a twitchy rabbit at 250yds away. I understand the .223 has less kick than the .243 and will give a flat shooting bullet if you use the 40-50 grainers, but the .204 Ruger will give better ballistics and less kick. Unfortunately the .204 ruger is rumoured to have a short barrel life expectancy. Can you guys please give me the benefit of your experience on calibre choice ??? Thanks guys, looking forward to your thoughts.