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Old 12-16-2012, 09:36 AM
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25-06 or 308

I want to get some advice from other long range shooters. I currently shoot a .300 Weatherby for long range deer hunting. My plan is to switch to a smaller caliber that is easier on the shoulder,cheaper to shoot and load for,and just a little more fun to shoot.I mainly will only be hunting whitetails and maybe coyote with the gun. I have narrowed my choices to .25-06 Rem or .308 Win. I currently own a Remington 700 SPS Stainless in .25-06 . The gun is stock but I do intend on doing some necessary work on it to make it all it can be. I will change the trigger and the stock and have the gun glass bedded. I dont intend on getting rid of this gun regardless of the choice in caliber that i make. My question is this . Which caliber is gonna get me the most long range performance for my money. I would like to be able to make 400 yrd shots without a lot of guess work. Can I expect the .25-06 to be as accurate as the .308 in comparable rifles. I would like some one who has experience with both calibers to give me the pros and cons of both.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:13 AM
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Re: 25-06 or 308

First question do you reload,if you dont go with the .308 ammo is cheaper and match ammo is available as well as scopes with reticles to match .308 ballistics.
If you do reload I would go with the 25-06 and shoot the highest b.c. bullet that suits your hunting needs it will have a little flatter trajectory and will work for any deer or yote you shoot and with 115g berger with a .466 b.c. going 3100 plus with a 230 yards zero will be 2 inches high at 125 yards and 15 low at 400 .just my .02 good luck
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:14 AM
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Re: 25-06 or 308

Stick with the 25-06. Mine is fun to shoot, shoots great, and does a number on deer. Thumped a "half rack" buck yesterday at 380 yards with my 25-06 pushing Berger VLD's. Recoil almost doesn't exist and it is flat shooting. 257 bullet offerings from deer destroyers down to crow/groundhog vaporizers. Mine shoots 75gr Vmax, 85gr Nos BT, 100 BT, 117 Sierra, and 115 VLD's to the same point (within 3/8"). On a hunt, I'll stick a few Vmaxes in my pocket in case a crow gets a little too mouthy...

Before you change anything on your gun, how does it shoot now?
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:35 AM
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Re: 25-06 or 308

I'll start by saying I know nothing about the .308 but will say that the 25-06 will do everything you asked and more. I have shot mine out to 730 yds and would shoot further if I could find a place to reach out that far. Brad
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:02 AM
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Re: 25-06 or 308

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Stick with the 25-06. Mine is fun to shoot, shoots great, and does a number on deer. Thumped a "half rack" buck yesterday at 380 yards with my 25-06 pushing Berger VLD's. Recoil almost doesn't exist and it is flat shooting. 257 bullet offerings from deer destroyers down to crow/groundhog vaporizers. Mine shoots 75gr Vmax, 85gr Nos BT, 100 BT, 117 Sierra, and 115 VLD's to the same point (within 3/8"). On a hunt, I'll stick a few Vmaxes in my pocket in case a crow gets a little too mouthy...

Before you change anything on your gun, how does it shoot now?
I have shot the gun very little . With Federal Premium 100 gr NBT the gun shot a little under an inch @ 100. With Hornady Custom 117 gr SSt it was about 1-1/4 in. With Superformance 117 gr SST... those things were junk !!! I would think the gun can still do better with factory ammo . I was in a hurry the day I shot the gun so I wasnt to worried about those results . I have a friend that is an experienced reloader who is gonna help me develop a load for this gun . He wants to try to use the 115 gr Nosler Ballistic Silver Tips.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:02 AM
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Re: 25-06 or 308

Thanks for the input guys.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:49 AM
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Re: 25-06 or 308

Either one will be fine as long as they are accurate and you are confident with them. I'v puhed a 257 Roberts well beyond 400 on deer with good results. Don't worry about high bc bullets for 400 yards. I've used 100SMK's and 100 NBT's alot for that range + with great results
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