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Old 11-01-2011, 09:33 AM
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long range Pronghorn, Whitetail & Muley cartridge choice

I am seeking a good long range pronghorn, whitetail and muley cartridge for my wife. She is a very small-framed woman, so I would prefer a cartridge that is not going to be too punishing for her to shoot effectively. I have really come to admire the 6.5 mm rounds (6.5x55 Swede or .260 Rem), but I am also considering the .25-06. When I mention 'long range', I am assuming 600 yards as a max range, as opposed to 1000 range match shooting. Help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:10 AM
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Re: long range Pronghorn, Whitetail & Muley cartridge choice

I am partial to 25-06, I've had two of them. Shot the barrel out of the first one because I used it all the time. I used it for everything from prarie dogs and coyotes to long range deer and antelope.

With an accurate 115-120 grn bullet, it will surely take down deer out to 600 yds with good shot presentation. They seem easy to load for, and in most pronghorn states; they are a very popular round. Flat shooting with plenty of enengy for antelope and deer. With a 270-300 yd zero we can hold dead center of any antelope out to about 350yds, and still be holding on hair out at 400 yds. Plus it doesn't kick very hard, so we can practice a whole lot without getting tired or sore.

I have no complaints on the 260, but I haven't actually owned one either.? It would probably give you more knockdown power at the further distances, and you could get one on a short action. However, it wouldn't shoot quite as flat at normal hunting distances as the 25-06 will.........The velocity just isn't there according to the numbers I've looked at, and 600 yds really isn't far enough for the higher BC to take over and bypass the faster velocity.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:14 AM
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Re: long range Pronghorn, Whitetail & Muley cartridge choice

for a light recoiling deer round i love, absolutely love the 243. win or 243. ackley improved. truly amazing round with increadible power! But if 600 yards is in the picture then i would definately step up near the 6.5 at least. The 260 remington would be a nice round, maybe a 264. win mag. might have a little more recoil but power is also gained. The 25-06 is a beautiful round, but i would also look towards a 6.5x47 laupa or a 257. weatherby.

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Old 11-01-2011, 10:27 AM
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Re: long range Pronghorn, Whitetail & Muley cartridge choice

+1 on a 25-06 or .260 Rem

Plus I will stir the pot a little. .240 Weatherby, or 6mm Rem. I think the 95-115gr VLD style 6mm bullets are hard to beat for deer sized game.

Sky is the limit if you reload or want to re-chamber. I would think about adding a mini break to help reduce the recoil. My friends 17 yr daughter (small petite little thing) loved my 6-06 with a mini break and took 2 antelope this year with it.

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I believe the 6.5x47L is definitely in my high priority list for your particular situation.

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Re: long range Pronghorn, Whitetail & Muley cartridge choice

Personally, I use a 260 and a buddy of mine shoots 6.5x47Lapua. Any of the 6.5mm cartridges would be great choices.
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I am partial to 25-06, I've had two of them. Shot the barrel out of the first one because I used it all the time. I used it for everything from prarie dogs and coyotes to long range deer and antelope.

With an accurate 115-120 grn bullet, it will surely take down deer out to 600 yds with good shot presentation. They seem easy to load for, and in most pronghorn states; they are a very popular round. Flat shooting with plenty of enengy for antelope and deer. With a 270-300 yd zero we can hold dead center of any antelope out to about 350yds, and still be holding on hair out at 400 yds. Plus it doesn't kick very hard, so we can practice a whole lot without getting tired or sore.

I have no complaints on the 260, but I haven't actually owned one either.? It would probably give you more knockdown power at the further distances, and you could get one on a short action. However, it wouldn't shoot quite as flat at normal hunting distances as the 25-06 will.........The velocity just isn't there according to the numbers I've looked at, and 600 yds really isn't far enough for the higher BC to take over and bypass the faster velocity.
im also on my second 25-06 and for the same reason... .25-06 is a highly under rated cartridge. but those of us that have them love them. i have killed deer and antelope out to 760 yards with mine and 110 accubonds, its a hammer for medium sized game.
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