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Unread 03-10-2004, 06:11 PM
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I have a buddy getting ready to buy a winchester model 70 in the 25 wssm. I wanted to know if anyone knew anything about this new cartridge. he is planning on using it for deer/coyote hunting adn is wondering what kind of performance he should expect from this gun. he was also considering the .243 wssm but some one told him he would be better off with the 25wssm.

thanks in advance

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Unread 03-10-2004, 08:09 PM
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Re: .25wssm

I shot the .25 at the SHOT show for a few hours during a writer show&tell. The cartridge was fast, flat out to the 425 yard targets we were working on and very easy on the shoulder. I only shot it the one session but the rifles we had available, M-70's, fed smoothly and hit very consistently. It does not do anything that a .257 Roberts or .25-06 can do, maybe it fits into the middle of those two. Very neat little action and rifle, would make a nice deer/antelope/yote carrying rifle.
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Unread 03-13-2004, 12:05 AM
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Re: .25wssm

I was very dissappointed with Winchesters decision to go with the wssm case for the .257" In my opinion, which may not be worth much, they would have been better off using the wsm case and getting performance near, equal, or greater than the .257 Weatherby. Anybody else see it this way?
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Unread 03-13-2004, 02:03 AM
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Re: .25wssm

I was under the impression the 25 WSM ballistics were very similar to the 25/06, not the Weatherby mag.

What kind of pressures are experienced loading the short cartridge to such high velocities?

While I have no experiece with the cartridge I am dubious about the WSM besting the Weatherby cartridge or even achieving parity.

I'd be intterested in hearing more about this.

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Unread 03-13-2004, 03:09 PM
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Re: .25wssm

Holmes, winchester made a 25 wssm not a wsm big differance. If they did make it in a wsm I believe that it would be right up there with the Weatherby or in my eye's better.
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Unread 03-13-2004, 08:43 PM
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Re: .25wssm


My thoughts exactly. I very much wish they would have used a WSM case. I just got a .270 WSM but if they would have created a .257 WSM, I may have gotten it instead or maybe even both!

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Unread 03-13-2004, 11:28 PM
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Re: .25wssm


I agree they should have chased the Weatherby. They really missed the boat on that one. Maybe Remington will build a .25 RSUM.
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