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Old 05-08-2013, 01:00 AM   #21
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Just to make an interesting observation about the .25 cals, I have never known anyone that used to hunt with a 25-06, plenty of people who do and they are almost all fanatics.
Another thing that I noticed is that proportion of 25-06 owners who handload is very high, right up there with the 6.5x55 and 260, so people who really speak ballistics like it, myself included. I would own one myself but every time I go looking for one I run across a great deal on another 270 or 308 and I get sidetracked.
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I have a friend that uses a 257 Roberts to take deer. He's never had a problem knocking them over.
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:08 AM   #24
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I have no use for a .25" rifle.

The bore is a little too big to be good for pests and smaller than what a man should use for deer.
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I have no use for a .25" rifle.

The bore is a little too big to be good for pests and smaller than what a man should use for deer.
?!?!? I hunt with a 6.5x55 loaded to near identical 25-06 ballistics (120gr 3020fps) and it hammers the heck out of deer, that is only .007" larger caliber. For nearly the past decade it has been my primary hunting rifle and I have yet to have a deer make it 20 feet, I highly doubt any of my 30 calibers could have dropped them any quicker.
In my opinion once you get past .243 caliber and 2000 ft/lbs you run into a rather steep performance curve of diminishing returns on deer class game.

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Yeah some people like my brother seem to think anything less then a 30 caliber is inadequate for anything larger then a rabbit, that must just be a macho thing. Funny thing is we never end up having to track my deer and we often do his
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Why hell at the range?? Still shooting the same bullets?? 155gr? 165 and below lessen everything the .30-06 is. Just get a .308. better yet, buy some 180..200's



Yep. Shooting 150gr for deer and 155gr for target. Sometimes vise versa. I disagree that 165 and below lessen what a 30-06 is. It fired a 150gr bullet first. Everything else is just extra awesomeness. You can keep your .308 and who said I didn't have any 180gr or 200gr. My 30-06 will launch anything you can load in your .308 faster. Im good.
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Nothing wrong with a 150gr 30-06, but at that weight the 06 has no advantage over the 308. I own both and intended to use the 308 for 125-150gr and the 06 for 165-200gr but as it turns out my 06 loves 150s at the range just as much as the 308 does. In my experience handloading both I still say the 06 is the more versatile of the two, but if all you are doing is slinging 150 grainers at deer the 308 does just as well burning less powder.
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I am a big .25-06 fan. The first rifle I ever owned was a Savage 110C .270. When I shot the barrel out of it, I had a .25 barrel made by an ornery, one-eyed barrel maker who is a legend in these parts and then chambered it to .25-06. The first group I ever shot with it, after some careful break-in, went 0.16". A fellow I knew who was shooting a few stalls down heard the loud exclamations and asked me what was the matter. I was so excited I'd forgotten all the words with more than two syllables.

Anyway, I've dropped big mule deer with it and whitetails. If I wasn't so fond of a custom 7mm Mag, I'd have no hesitation taking it elk hunting, either. I haven't seen or heard of an animal that died from hearing a big noise yet, but I do know of some who were hit badly by a small man shooting a fire breathing nitro magnum hell raiser and that crawled off to die somewhere.

My daughter shot her first WT buck with that .25-06, too. Blew the heart right out of it. It went about 3ft. after she hit it - straight down.

Yup, absolutely love this caliber. And yes, I do handload for it.
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