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25-06 out to 500 yds???

 
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:44 PM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

Thanks to all the great replies to my question regarding the 25-06. I am just torn between the 06 and the 260 Rem. They are both really great cartridges in my opinion, but the 25s seem to have a greater variety of factory loaded ammo......and it is more available in stores. At this time, I am not a reloader.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:04 AM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

If you don't handload i would stick with 25, but otherwise that wonderful 140gr. that the 260 can push will certainly out shine in a breeze.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:14 AM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

.25-06 is a great caliber.

However, for the 1/4 bore calibers, I prefer the .257 Weatherby Mag. Nasty nasty whitetail round, and very capable at yardage beyond 500, as well. There's guys shooting cheaper Weatherby Vanguards out to 900+ in .257 Wby Mag.

So, that would be my recommendation if you are wanting to take Elk sized game and smaller out to 500 yards.

Also, my Weatherby Mark-V AccuMark seems to really love the 110gr Nosler Accubond pills. Also, they work beautifully on whitetails. Small entrance, small exit, and wreaks havoc on the insides, all while having 95% (+/-) weight retention. Can't beat that, IMO.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:54 AM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

I am a 25-06 fanatic. I have taken them out to 760 on an antelope and the 110 accubond did its job well. I have several kills with it in the 400-600 yard range and it does well. If you plan to use it for elk though use as big of bullet as possible. in my opinion its a little small for that because of the bullet offerings.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:03 PM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

My local store owner shot an Elk a few years back with a custom built .257 Wby, using a 700 action. He was shooting handloads with 110gr AccuBonds and took it with 1 shot at 6xx yards, no problem.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:52 PM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

I love my 25-06 and shoot it quite often. I don't doubt that it could take an elk and I know people have taken elk with a 25-06 many times. But you really have to limit yourself condition wise for taken the shots. Wind will really affect these small bullets as I have seen when shooting mine out to 700 yds. I would hate to have to take follow up shots with a 25-06 if the first shot didn't do him under. It just suits me better to keep the 25-06 slaying to deer and antelope and use a larger caliber rifle on elk.

Ask Tikkamike about follow up shots on elk with a 25-06
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:30 PM
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Re: 25-06 out to 500 yds???

A 117 grain spire point will still have nearly 1,000 ft.lb. of energy at 500 yards, enough energy for deer sized game, but unrealistic range for most sportsman. If you sight a 25-05 to zero at 300 yards your bullet drop will be in excess of 30 inches at 500 yards. I do not hesitate to take shots at paper past 300 yards, and have shot out to 1,000, but I limit big game hunting range to 300 yards because there are too many variables for anyone who has not had specialized training to hunt beyond 300 yards with the goal of a clean kill. My Weatherby 25-06 is sighted to zero at 300 yards. Trajectory is fairly flat at close range, but will shoot about 4" high at 100 yds, and 5" high at 200, by 400 yards drop is over 11". Compensating for bullet drop with the proper scope is not difficult, but making a clean kill on an game animal is. I limit my long range hunting to prarrie dogs and coyotes.
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