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Old 08-01-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about getting a different caliber rifle. I'm looking at either a 25-06 or 22-250. I want it to be accurate at long ranges 500-800 yards and be good for target practice and deer hunting. I don't have any experience with either caliber and would like to hear your thoughts.

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Old 08-01-2013, 03:54 PM   #2
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I'm thinking about getting a different caliber rifle. I'm looking at either a 25-06 or 22-250. I want it to be accurate at long ranges 500-800 yards and be good for target practice and deer hunting. I don't have any experience with either caliber and would like to hear your thoughts.
22/250 is too light for deer and a 25/06 will do the job with a good 120gn projectile.

Your seriously going to try and shoot deer at 500- 800 yds then your a better marksman than most shooters.
The chance of wounding a deer is greater and a light projectile out of a 25/06 will have lost a lot of it's energy by then.

You'd be better off trying to stalk in to around 100yds or closer and get a better killing shot and forget all about those magical mall ninja 800 yd kills as they're a lot harder to do than most people's abilities.

Learn to stalk in read the wind and use camouflage and become a hunter and not a shooter.
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25-06 if hunting deer is intended. 22/250 is a great varmit caliber, but if the target is bigger than a coyote I wouldn't hunt with it.

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I would go with the 25-06 myself,, good for deer and hogs and I know a fellow that took a decent elk with one,, he stayed under 200 yards, put a partion through it's lungs and made meat. The ranges you indicate to me would dictate a heavier caliber than noted to buck the wind better and that is an extremely long way to be shooting for me anyways,, perhaps a 7.62 Warbird or other Lazzeroni cartridge,,, that may fit the bill quite nicely,, plus a little unique.

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I'd choose the 25/06 all day,over a 22-250. The 22-250 is a great varmint caliber,but almost every one made has a barrel twist rate that only allows you to shoot 55 grain or smaller bullets,you'd have to rebarrel any factory rifle with a faster twist rate to stabilize heavier bullets.
The 25/06 can shoot bullets from 75 grain up to 120 grain,and do it very accurately. I've shot prairie dogs with mine at over 500 yards.

The barrel on a 25/06 will heat up quick,so if you plan on shooting it often when out shooting,I'd suggest getting a rifle with a varmint contour barrel. If you get a sporter contour barrel,it will be too hot to shoot after 2-3 quick shots and will need several minutes to cool off before shooting again. Even with my heavy barreled 25/06,I never shoot it more than 4-5 shots without letting the barrel cool down.

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I'm thinking about getting a different caliber rifle. I'm looking at either a 25-06 or 22-250. I want it to be accurate at long ranges 500-800 yards and be good for target practice and deer hunting. I don't have any experience with either caliber and would like to hear your thoughts.
how much shooting experiance do you have shooting rifles at 500-800 yards?

you do realize that most of us consider hunting at such ranges to be unethical and poor hunting practices as you are more than likely to wound rather than kill anything at those distances with a 25-06.
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how much shooting experiance do you have shooting rifles at 500-800 yards?

you do realize that most of us consider hunting at such ranges to be unethical and poor hunting practices as you are more than likely to wound rather than kill anything at those distances with a 25-06.
I am with you on this. 500-800 yards is not hunting.
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25-06 for deer at that range, you can kill a deer with a 22-250 but that's at like 100-200 yards, at 500 yards the 22-250 is good for like prairie dogs

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I am with you on this. 500-800 yards is not hunting.
at 800 yards, with a 120 gr. bullet, the drop will be over 8 feet with a 200 yard zero, and at 500 yards, the energy is just a little over a 1000 ft. lbs., so at 800 yards, it's going to be quite less an more than likely to wound rather than kill.

i can't see any ethical and responsible hunter shooting at that distance knowing those ballistics.
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I wouldnt recommend either for hunting at that range. For target shooting at or up to those ranges, the .25-06 will be alot more forgiving, but thats up to you.

I too, have mixed 'hunting' and 'target' shooting. Basically, target shooting at a hunted animal. I have taken deer at and beyond those ranges, (.308, .300win, .338 Lapua). Luckily, it was either a good hit, or a clean miss. But thats not saying it was the right thing to do. I generally only hunt deer with a bow or pistol anymore. It really put the fun and challenge back into it. I have no doubt that I can drop a deer at pretty much any range (especially with the Lapua) but its just not hunting, to me.

Both your choices are very accurate rounds, but I would choose the .25-06 and still limit my hunting range to 300yds or so, closer if possible.

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