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.25-06 or .280???

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Unread 01-23-2013, 11:04 PM
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Re: .25-06 or .280???

,280 all the way and dont look back. Get a barrel on it that will stabilize the 162-168 grain bullets and youre good to go. Straight .284 Winchester is another one to look at, and is gaining some ground on the 6.5-284 in competition. From 6mmbr, theres guys out there pushing 180s at 2950-3000fps with the .284! Thats freaking smoking. Im sure a .280AI could do the same in the right barrel given how close the capacities are. Regardless, both will do the job, but the .280 will just do it better past 500 yards. Also, if youre truly looking into an AI, check out the .280 Gibbs and especially the .280 Sherman created by elkaholic on this site.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 07:39 AM
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Re: .25-06 or .280???

Better? Hhhm, that's subjective.

Ballistic wise I would say the .280 Rem. as it's the ballistic twin of the .270 Win., same case as the .25-06, does have the capability to use heavier bullets when compared with the .25-06.

In years past, the .25-06 bullet selection stopped at 120gn and the .280 started at 120gn. I don't currently and never have owned a .280, but if I did I would probably use the 150gn for deer and vermin. Just seems like the place to be with that one.

The .25-06 I do currently own and it is a flat shooting round but has its limitations. I killed a heavy bodied 6-pt this year with it between 300-350yds. I couldn't ask for better performance. The 115gn Berger VLD punched through both shoulders and left a .50 cent piece size hole on its departure. Looked like a scene off the Hunting Channel. The buck made a 50yd mad dash but it was all for naught.

I shot this same load (54.0gn/RL22/BR2 @ 3104fps) at 700yds Sunday and the group drifted about 12 inches with slight to no (2-3mph) wind.

Really, either will do what you need. JohnnyK.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 12:48 PM
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Re: .25-06 or .280???

I've owned and hunted with both. I took over 100 deer out to 300 yds with my old Ruger 77 25-06 with 100g Noslers in the last 30 years. I got a 280 about 5 years ago and have taken only 4 deer. The kicker is that they were from 300-500 yds.
I love my ole 25-06, but if I had to pick just one it would be the 280. Contrary to most, I love the 140g Accubond at 3100 fps. Like another poster said, the 25-06 is awesome out to 300. The 280 will take you that other 200 and shoot darn flat too.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 12:56 PM
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Re: .25-06 or .280???

Originally Posted by Nimrodmar10 View Post
Of the two calibers you mentioned, 25-06 & 280, I'd go with the 280. I own and like both calibers. Under 350 yards, the 25-06 puts deer down faster than anything I've ever seen. Past that distance it looses steam pretty fast. The 280, with it's heavier bullets with higher BCs, hold up to twice that distance. One suggestion I would make is that you get a barrel with the correct chamber and a fast enough twist to shoot the heavier Berger VLDs. Look at the ballistics tables on the two calibers. The choice is evident.

+1, tooks the words right out of my mouth...
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Unread 01-24-2013, 02:00 PM
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Re: .25-06 or .280???

.280 Ackley Improved gets my vote.

But if you are wanting a 1/4 bore rifle, get a .257 Weatherby Mag.
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The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 02:25 PM
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Re: .25-06 or .280???

I would say the 6.5-284. Great cartride with great brass and great bullet selction. Same case capacity as the other 2. But of the other 2, I like the 25-06. My load will zero @ 300 yds and is a lazer to 350 and will kill deer out to 800-1000 yds, depending on altitude. The 25-06 is a sweet deal.
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