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.25-06 VS .243

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Unread 03-27-2007, 10:58 PM
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Re: .25-06 VS .243

If you varmint alot, go with the 25/06. Nothing "flies" chucks like a 87 gr 25/06 load. The rifle makes a little more noise & recoil, but if better for deer & antelope if you want it versatile!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Unread 03-28-2007, 08:02 PM
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Re: .25-06 VS .243

Thanks for all the help. It seems like it is split. I have just started reloading and was looking at the 6 rem a little but still like the availabilty of factory ammo for the other two. I will look at what is available in my area as soon as i get some time off from work. we have been working 630 to 700 everyday and i haven't had time to go look lately. I was thinking maybe a savage model 112 in 25-06 or a remington vls. What does everyone think of the ruger target greys. Thanks again for all the help
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Unread 03-28-2007, 10:57 PM
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Re: .25-06 VS .243

Another possibility not yet mentioned is the .257 AI. It gets close to the ballistics of the 25-06 while using considerably less powder, has the same bullet selection, the same hunting versatility, and you have a caliber a little different than the rest of the crowd if you like that. It will still shoot factory .257 Roberts ammo, and once shot, you have fire-formed cases to be loaded to the full power capability of the Ackley Improved version. Just a thought. I have one in 700 Rem that I wouldn't part with for a 25-06, .243 or any similar cartridge. It started off life as .257 Roberts and all I had to do was have it re-barreled to the Ackley Improved. You could just have it re-chambered for less money too.

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Unread 03-29-2007, 03:17 AM
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Re: .25-06 VS .243

another vote for the 25-06
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Unread 03-29-2007, 08:00 AM
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Re: .25-06 VS .243

Everyone should have at least one 25-06. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
I also have a 243Win but if one had to go it would be the 243.
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Unread 03-29-2007, 09:27 AM
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Re: .25-06 VS .243

I have both (although my .243 is a 6mm Rem.) and both have their place, however, I reach for the 25-06 AI 9 times out of 10. My 6mm Rem has killed 100's of coyotes and Rock Chucks, 2 Whitetails and a Mule Deer buck over the last decade. I love that little 6, but I love the 25 boomer WAY more. If I had to have only one rifle for the remainder on my days here on this planet... it would be the 25-06 (I do prefer the AI version). Plenty of punch for everything I hunt (deer, antelope and black bears)... and it does things to 'Chucks and Coyotes that no 6mm can do. I don't know anyone who's had a .25-06 and been dissapointed with its performance on game or at the range, the .243 is a great cartridge... but the .25-06 whoops its ***** up and down the block.
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Unread 03-29-2007, 09:36 AM
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Re: .25-06 VS .243

I went with a 243 AI and a 8" twist since it can pretty much do everything a 25-06 can but it does it in a short action.
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