Originally Posted by strombeckj
I am surprised no one has thrown the 25-06 out there. I think it fits the bill a little better for a varmint/deer rig vs. a .243 only because of killing energy for the deer, but still allows the shooter some lighter bullet choices for yotes and other vermin.
If it was to be a deer only rig the .260 is hard to beat.
I've used the 223/223AI/22-250 on deer with very good "luck" out to decent ranges (300+) I've used the 243/243AI/25-06AI to even further ranges. It's still all about the bullets. I know this is an apples to oranges comparison, but my 243AI/105VLDs at 3200 is just about equal, and starts to pass my 25-06AI/100NBT at 3475 by the 300 yd line. It has less drift, less drop, more retained speed/energy from there and only gets better as the ranges get longer.
A better comparison is the 115VLD at 3300 in the 25-06AI compared to the 243AI/105VLD. If you run the numbers they are for all intents and purposes just about even at all ranges.
Now I'm not arguing with you, I'm just pointing out having run them both that there is little to no difference between the two and I've seen very little difference on game. I also understand that it might make some people feel better between their ears to be carrying a rifle with a bore that measures .257" instead of .243". I've just not seen much of a difference in the real world. I also understand I'm comparing the 243AI to the 25-06AI, but the same comparison is made with the vanilla chamberings of each.
In the end its all about the bullet and where you put it....much more so than the headstamp on the brass.
I also agree that the 260 would be a good one.