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25-06 versus 257 weatherby

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Unread 04-03-2011, 04:51 PM
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Re: 25-06 versus 257 weatherby

great replies. This rifle will not be used as a long range rifle just to clarify but more as traditional rifle with shots less than 300 yards. I want a clean looking traditional hunting rifle to honor my father. I will more than likely just shoot at range and maybe use for hunts here and there. I already get a lot of razz for bringing 3 or 4 rifles with me when I go on a hunting trip except when I hunt canada because they charge per gun you take across the border. Dam Canucks.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 05:27 PM
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Re: 25-06 versus 257 weatherby

A 25-06 would be a much simpler conversion and I would be surprised if you didn't like it. I have a matched pair of model 700C custom shop rifles that were built about 30 years ago. One is a 7mm Rem mag and the other is a 25-06. Those are the rifles I've hunted with most of the time. If I was going hunting for anything smaller than Elk my 25-06 would be my primary rifle.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 07:14 PM
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Re: 25-06 versus 257 weatherby

I have not had these "issues" discussed from time to time by a few with my 25-06AI, but I see you are interested in only 300yds. , therefore no need to go beyond a 25-06, a spendid round.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 09:27 PM
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Re: 25-06 versus 257 weatherby

Originally Posted by Long Time Long Ranger View Post
If you do the 257 wby in a 26" barrel you are way faster than a 25-06. Loading manuals give you a good place to start and that is about it. Particularly with the wby calibers where they way underload them because some rifles do not have the wby freebore. You will need to open up the bolt face to do a magnum cartridge. I would suggest going to a 6.5-06 improved with the action you have. Way better bullets in 6.5 than 257 to hit harder at longer ranges.
This 25-06 thinks it's a 257 Wby

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Unread 04-04-2011, 04:05 PM
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Re: 25-06 versus 257 weatherby

I'd go with the 25-06 for a clean conversion in a "gentleman's" rifle as you put it.

There's plenty of reasonably priced factory ammo and you can get Norma brass as well.

257 Wby with the right barrel and bullets is a more potent cartridge. But if you were looking for more of everything, then you probably wouldn't be looking at 25 cal.

Good luck,
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Unread 04-04-2011, 09:37 PM
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Re: 25-06 versus 257 weatherby

At the range your talking about the 25-06 would be my choice. I have 2 a Rem. 700 and a T/C Encore both are great shooters.
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Unread 04-04-2011, 11:43 PM
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Re: 25-06 versus 257 weatherby

I see no need to open up your bolt face and go to all that trouble. I have the 25-06 AI and 25 Gibbs along with some magnums. The 25-06 AI is a really nice rifle for the range you are looking at.

Montanarifleman, My 257 wby's shoot the 100 grain barnes ttsx at 3760 fps easily with great accuracy. You have a very fast 25-06. I have a 300 wby that shoots the 180's at 3450 fps and the 200's at 3250 fps. It is the only one of many over 40 years I have ever seen that would shoot that fast. Sometimes the stars just get lined up right I guess.
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