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Unread 02-15-2013, 08:25 PM
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25-06 out to 500 yds???

I once had a 25-06, about 20 years ago. I really liked shooting the Ruger M77, but I never shot at anything past 150 - 200 yards. I had it for only a few years, then got rid of it in a trade. Looking back on it, I regret getting rid of that sweet shooting rifle. My question is, ......... does anybody have much LR experience with this calibur on deer out to 500 - 600 yards? I am thinking a Savage LRH in 25-06 would be a super hot get-up!
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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:27 PM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

I've only shot paper with my 25-06 out to 400 yards, but a friend took his elk a couple years ago at 430 yards with one shot from a 25-06 loaded with a 120gr bullet.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 10:12 PM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

I have taken mine out to 565 yards on targets and 438 on a pronghorn doe, performance was outstanding. I'm shooting the 115 grain Nosler BT in front of a max load of IMR 4350. I would not hesitate to go out to 600 yards on deer sized game with it.

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Unread 02-15-2013, 10:18 PM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

I have shot paper out to 500 with a ruger 77 hawkeye with pretty decent results . I realize this is a flat cartridge and for deer it should be fine. I took that rifle on my first elk hunt 17 years ago and the elk I shot may be still walking. I realize folks kill elk every year just a little light for my taste but I have had 25's since then for deer and it seems just as effective as any other size cartridge suitable for deer.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 10:47 PM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

I've had one of those tang safety Ruger 77's in 25-06 for 32 years. Taken over 100 Texas whitetails with it and countless hogs and coyotes.
My longest shot on a buck was 445 yds. Didn't drop him on the spot, he went about 40 yds before he piled up. I took at least 10 at 300+yds with it. I've never shot anything but 100g Noslers in it. My gun never shot the heavier bullets as good as the 100's(.5 MOA). For deer sized game out to 400yds, i'd grab it every time.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 11:34 PM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

I love my 25-06. I have taken it out to 700 yds on a 10" steel plate. My first 3 shot group at 700 yds was 3.5". The longest shot I have taken game at is 330 yds though. It was a mule deer. I would have no problem pulling the trigger on a mule deer or antelope at 600 yds. I load the 115 gr Berger an it does quite well.

Here is a link to some of my steel shooting with the 25-06.

1st round hits
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Unread 02-15-2013, 11:42 PM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

I've had a Sendero SF in .25-06 for about 10 years now. I shot it a little right after I got it and shot various 100 gn bullets (Ballistic Tip and TSX) in it at deer out to 200-250yds. Nothing really LR.
My youngest son took a liking to it over his .260 Mtn Rifle, so we swapped. We didn't get to hunt much together after that due to the "Big D", but I know he didn't shoot it more than 20 times after all this.
Then we swapped rifles again. I got the .25-06 back and he got my 700P in 7mmRemMag. I have taken several deer with it since this but stepped up, first, to the 115gn Ballistic TIp and now 115gn Berger. My rifle shoots all these great and I have not had any deer leave the "scene of the crime". Great deer killers all of 'em.
I believe that the 115gn Berger VLD Hunting offers the most as a package, compared with the others listed above. This is taking into consideration trajectory, expansion and pure killing/stopping power.
The farthest I have taken a deer with the Bergers is 315yds, this past year. I intentionally set up on fields that provide shots out to 700-800yds, but those "suicidal goats" walk out at 300yds. What's a guy supposed to do, shew 'em away?
Recently, within the past 6 months, I have started taking the 115gn Berger to 700yds +. Along with the .25-06 I shoot a .243, 6.5-284 and .300WinMag. The .25 does pretty good and does better than my .243 at the longer distances but I'm only shooting 90gn bullets in the little .243 at this time. It doesn't do quiet as good as the 6.5-284 and doesn't even compare with the .300WM.
All that to say, deer at 500 - 600 yds, heck yeah. A better selection of bullets could only make a great cartridge even better. Sorry this was so long but I just like rifles! JohnnyK.
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