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Anyone shooting the 25-06?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by tgene, Jan 4, 2009.

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  1. tgene

    tgene Member

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    Looking for any input on the 25-06 caliber for hunting. How's it's performance? What factory loads would you recommend for a non-reloader?
     
  2. GRR

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    A perfect round it doesn't get any better.....It's to bad you don't reload, the sky is the limit. 100 gr for deer and antalope..117-120 for elk

    Gary
     
  3. WarEagle2017

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    I have made a believer out of many Hunters about the efficenty of this cal. I do reload but you can now buy Premium Bullets ( although expensive ) made by fedral using the Nosler Partition Bullet 115 Gr which I consider one of the best, another great bullet is the Grand Slam , I am not sure of the manufacture but it is either speer or sierra, even the Ballistic tipped bullets are good also, My Son and I have harvested probaly 40 deer with this cal. and none of them have travled more that 30 yards after being Hit. Yhe guys at our Hunting camp st first called it a varmit cartridge but now most all of them have a 25.06, I have never used it for Elk but anything in the deer catagory it cant be beat.
     
  4. hounddog41@charter.net

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    dehuner: Hits it right on the nose. I have a number of deer rifles but about 5 years ago I bought a Rem 700 BDL in the 2506. All I can say is boy is that a nice cartridge for deer. The bullet that he is talking about is a Gran Slam made by Speer. I use this bullet in my 6MM also. I use 43 grains of H4831 or you can use the IMR 4831 also. Not real fast but sure does the trick. Remington discontinued the BDL but now make a CDL but Im not sure they make it in that calibre. That would be a wise choice. good luck alex kOtter One other thing I believe that above load is aroung 2700 ft per sec. If y0u want to go to a lighter bullet you can kick up the speeds.
     
  5. Tripod

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    You can load anything from a 60 grain 4000 fps rocket for varmits to a 120 grain for elk. I have had mine for 30 years and love to shoot it.
     
  6. lc

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    Killed many a deer with the 25-06, it was my fathers and was with him every day while logging and he killed more deer than you want to know about. My nephew took it behind the house and got a beautiful 9 point not too long ago. It is all you need.
     
  7. g7777777

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    really it is the best all around round for midsize game to elk ( with premium bullets)

    you can shoot varmits but why ?

    with a 117 SP BT it is one of the flatest shooting calibers yet recoil is very easy

    Go factory Remington or Federal premium for deer

    For elk - federal premium

    handloading offers even more options and it is an easy load to handload for.

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  8. 4xFergi

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    Like all other post before, I must agree, it's the best all around caliber hands down. I have everything from a 22-250 to a 7mm and nothing compares to the 25-06.
     
  9. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    The .26-06 is by far my favorite caliber. I have several rifles chambered for it and have a 75-grain load for woodchucks that clocks at 3,600 fps and a 100-grain load for deer that runs along at 3,300 fps. Here's the best part - both print 3/4" groups that are 1/2" apart! I have the scope zeroed for the 75-grain load and never have the change it for deer season.

    Ed
     
  10. quicky

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    Between me and my 5 now grown children we have killed on the order of 100 antelope and about 80 deer and 6 elk and 2 moose with my 25/06. Remington 700 BDL restocked in 1982 with a McMillan thumbhole fiberglass. Has not changed point of impact since being restocked. 2.5 - 8 leopold scope. Killed last elk (small 6 point but definitely not a raghorn) at about 200 yds quartering away. Shot through the liver and the bullet stuck under the shoulder blade on the far side. Had an excellent rest and several minutes to set up the shot. He was grazing and straight away most of the time. His legs were spraddled outward because the grass was short and I contemplated shooting him in the head as it was down between his legs. Decided I did not want to do that and he turned a little sideways before walking in the trees. When I shot he humped up a little, walked about 30 feet and lay down just inside the trees. When he did that he looked back and I shot him in the back of the head.

    I would heartily recommend a 25 - 06 if you are patient enough to take good shots and find a good rest. It is not designed to drive a bullet from stem to stern as are some of the big magnums. If you take away an animals lungs he will die, just not on the spot. My favorite shot is about midway top to bottom just behind the shoulder. They bleed out real well and usually only walk a few feet before collapsing. I don't shoot running animals unless it is a really trophy deer or antelope. I will not shoot a running elk with the .25. I really like the cartridge. Quicky
     
  11. gr8shot

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    anyone interested in a like new sendero in 25/06?

    800 dollars gets it delivered. if you want the rings, bases, and 6x18 leupold with target turrets, 1150 gets it delivered.

    email me w/ questions and i'll be glad to answer them.

    steve.

    i have 3 more 25/06's and i'll have to agree with all the above posts. it's my favorite cartridge.
     
  12. gr8shot

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    sorry, still learning.
     
  13. gr8shot

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    fred, fred, fred, pick the battles you have a chance to win. please don't put down something that has nothing but positive threads. i have a 25/06 that was built as a wildcat b4 i was born and is still shooting under an inch and factory guns that will do the same.

    i won't put down yours, don't put down mine.

    steve.
     
  14. Shooting Coach

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    If I were to buy a non U.S. Military caliber, it would probably be the 25/06.

    For hunting, premium factory loads put this round near the top of the food chain. If you put the pill where it needs to go, it will harvest large game very well.

    When figuring the cost of a hunt, a $30+ box or two of ammo is negligible. When risking the loss of a magnificent game animal, the investment is wise.


    That Remmy in an above post looks about right. (drool)
     
  15. swipoff

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    Hello

    How bout this one, savage long range model with a 26 inch fluted stainless barrel, trigger re worked and is great. One hole at a hundred with 87 grain winchester factory loads. Leupold rings and mounts 4 shot magazine. Shot very little scope has been changed out to a tasco 24 power varmit not shot with new scope yet and has a set of rcbs dies to go with it. 560 to your ffl if interested email is best.

    Justin
     
  16. bodybuilder

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    Best caliber out there!! I use it for groundhogs as well as deer, I also have A .264 win mag and the 06 does a better job than it.
     
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