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.25 caliber options

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Old 04-24-2013, 09:06 PM
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Re: .25 caliber options

The 25-06 is a fine round in and by itself. As stated in a previous post the 257 Weatherby is an awesome cartridge. I have 2 Weatherby rifles in the 257. I also have Mauser action in a 25-06. Both of these rounds really like the upper end of loadings as they were designed to be fast.

The 257's I shoot the 115 Baltips and the 100 grain TSX's. The 25-06 shoots the 87 and 117's.
It all depends what you want to do with the rifle if you have the long action and expect to shoot mainly deer and antelope along with some varmints the straight 25-06 is just fine. And it won't cost you more for bolt work, dies (if you have 25-06 already), brass etc.

BUT, if you are into speed and want more without the bolt work then maybe get the AI version. Just make sure get a reputable smith with some experience with this cartridge.

That 25-06 has plenty of stuff to do what you need it to do out to about 400 and beyond with right bullet, load and practice after about 700 it's out of gas. I have never tried the Berger's.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:45 PM
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Re: .25 caliber options

Thanks to all for your insight. I have some experience with the .25-06 and of course dies and brass etc. so I'm going to continue down that path. It will be great as a 2nd pdog gun and I've seen how it handles coyotes first hand. I'ld just like it to shoot decent or better, might even drag it along on a pronghorn hunt who knows.
Thanks again
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:56 PM
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Re: .25 caliber options

The 257 Stw will reach out an touch'em. Utilizing a 29-30" barrel, your fps could be a 3850. It has the knock down power from the fps. A 110 Accubond does an excellent job. I would use it on everything except Brown Bear. Brass is a bit hard to come by, RL25 works for me. Good luck on whatever you decide.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:06 PM
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Re: .25 caliber options

Thanks so much for all the replies. I've gone the boring route, for that I apologize, it's going to be a standard .25-06 but I'm sure the 26" Lilja will help a bunch.
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