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Old 04-14-2012, 09:38 AM
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25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

Wondering what some of you think of using the 25-06 rem with probably a 115 berger for hunting coyotes, antelope and white/mule deer out to around 700.
I have used my 25s out to 400 alot but have never thought it was good for much more than that. I am thinking of rebarrreling to a 6.5-06 but would like to hear about your hunting/shooting/reloading experiences with this cartridge before I break the bank again. Thanks
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:34 PM
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

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Wondering what some of you think of using the 25-06 rem with probably a 115 berger for hunting coyotes, antelope and white/mule deer out to around 700.
I have used my 25s out to 400 alot but have never thought it was good for much more than that. I am thinking of rebarrreling to a 6.5-06 but would like to hear about your hunting/shooting/reloading experiences with this cartridge before I break the bank again. Thanks
With the right bullet in front of a good handload, the 25-06 would be fine.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:14 PM
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

I personally keep my range at 600 yds with my 06 and the 115 gr Berger. 700 yds could be done but it's starting to die out past 600 so you have to be really comfortable with your shot placement or you will find yourself chasing an animal a long way.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:32 PM
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I personally keep my range at 600 yds with my 06 and the 115 gr Berger. 700 yds could be done but it's starting to die out past 600 so you have to be really comfortable with your shot placement or you will find yourself chasing an animal a long way.
Thats what I was thinking. I''ve shot a 25-06 for years, although I haven't killed many deer sized animals with it. I love it for coyotes and have killed many at extended ranges. Of the animals you've killed at 600 how was the bullet performance? I feel that 600 is an easy range if conditions are right. I would like a rifle of packing weight that could take a large bodied deer out to 800 and doesn't destroy my shoulder. The 6.5-06 probably would be the best bet. Right now I've been using a 6.5x.284 and been very impressed but the rifle is to heavy and long to pack into rough country.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:02 PM
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

I'd punch it out 25/06 A.I, and run the 115 Bergers, or any other 100gr bullet at warp speed. Yeah, we're in a game of high BC bullets, but speed will get you there as well. Anything coyote/deer sized within 1K would be a stud to shake off a well placed .257" pill... it just ain't going to happen. You'll have fun!

My best friend has killed a bunch of elk with his stock CDL 25/06, and my brother has killed stuff with ours as well. We've had a blast shooting them at steel from 500-1000 with the plain old SGKs.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:21 PM
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

I have 3 one shot kills with my 25-06 (115 Berger) 1 antelope at 650, 1 antelope at 805, and a mule deer at 700. All three went right down. For the BC not being very high with a 25 cal Berger they are super impressive . I shoot mine to 1200 frequently and in mild wind it is simple to make great hits. The antelope that I shot at 805 was hit in the front of the shoulder and the bullet exited with about a 1-1/2 inch hole so I feel confident that there is some pretty good energy.
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Re: 25-06 Rem for LR hunting?

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Thats what I was thinking. I''ve shot a 25-06 for years, although I haven't killed many deer sized animals with it. I love it for coyotes and have killed many at extended ranges. Of the animals you've killed at 600 how was the bullet performance? I feel that 600 is an easy range if conditions are right. I would like a rifle of packing weight that could take a large bodied deer out to 800 and doesn't destroy my shoulder. The 6.5-06 probably would be the best bet. Right now I've been using a 6.5x.284 and been very impressed but the rifle is to heavy and long to pack into rough country.
I'm definitely not saying that the 25-06 can't take deer sized game out to 700 yds. I am sure that it can but the odds start turning against you from there on out. If you REALLY want to shoot them out that far, get yourself a 10 inch round plate and set it up. Get all set up for that distance and see how many 1st shot hits you can get on diff. Days. Go on calm days and then on windy days. 115 gr is a light bullet so wind is going to be your biggest challenge. If you are getting consistent 1st shot hits all the time on that 10" round plate then you should be good to go because a deer has about a 10" vital zone.

The fartherest that I have shot a mule deer is 490 yds with the bergers and it was dead right there. I have shot a javelina at 550 yds and it died right there too.
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