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Old 08-17-2008, 06:36 AM   #1
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Hello, Im looking at buying a new Ruger M77 Target grey rifle, 26 inch heavy barrell. In either 243, 25-06 or the 308 winchester. I use to do alot of hunting a few years back with a Weatherby in 30-06 caliber. I have decided to get back into the sport after 15 years. I plan to do some long range pest control out to maybe 300- 500 yards and also use it on pigs and goats up in the mountains, As I only want one rifle I am trying to decide on what caliber to purchase... I am leaning towards the 25-06 using 100gr Nosler projectiles in SPBT, I have purchased a Bushnell 6-18 X 50 scope to go with the Ruger rifle. Any comments on what caliber to choose would be greatly helpful, Thanks Jamie, Australia.

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Old 08-17-2008, 01:47 PM   #2
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How big are the bigs and goats?

I am going to say go for the 25-06 but the 308 also will do what you want.

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I would go with a 30-06 or 7mm mag for the pigs. 25-06 doesn't provide an adequate wound channel for fatty critters like black bears, not much of a blood trail. Be lucky.

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.308s always seem to do the job well on pigs and goats, ammo is cheap and easy to find too

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The .25-06 is a very good choice. With 117-120 grain bullets they have a high sectional density and should work fine for pigs and goats and give you good longer range ballistics. Obviously shot placement is a bit more critical than with a .30 cal bullet.

In my experience, the .25-06 is a caliber that is very inherently accurate. I cannot seem to load a bad round for it. Brass can be formed easily from .270, .280 and .30-06 brass. Simply full length size and trim (especially when using .270 and .280.

I do not care for the lighter 100 grain bullets. The only thing I load is the heavy weights in the .25-06.

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.308 first choice, 25-06 second, .243 last.

Mainly, there will ALWAYS come a time when a bit more energy will be desired, and having the .308 will provide it. This was said assuming all 3 calibers are relatively plentiful in your area, ammo-wise.

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The 25-06 and a good bullet like the Nosler partition, Barns X-bullet ect.... would kill just about anything in North America minus the very largest (Elk, moose, bear).

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The 25-06 Remington is an excellent long range hitter. It's a light rifle that's plenty powerful for what you want to do. I've, yet, to meet an experienced rifleman who owns a 25-06 and doesn't absolutely love the caliber. (Just don't take it bear hunting!)

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The Ruger 77 Target rifle is a heavy rifle and I think it would complement it by chambering it in .243, it is a very accurate round and the recoil is hardly anything and in a heavy rifle you should be able to watch impact shots through your scope, with out punishing recoil, there is Hornady factory 100 plus grain bullets that reach speeds of better than 300 feet per second, and more than capable of knocking any goat off a mountain, as with any cal, it's shot placement, the nice thing about the .243 is it serves as a varmit round and a good medium game round, kind of the best of both worlds, and the ammo can be purchased dang near anywhere ammo is is sold, not to mention easy to reload with tons of different combinations in loadings, if you wanted to bump it up a bit you could go to the 7 mm-08, but I'm not sure they offer it in the Ruger 77.

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