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Help me plan out a mid range rifle? .25-06 & light barrel experts needed.

 
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:14 PM
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Re: Help me plan out a mid range rifle? .25-06 & light barrel experts needed.

Based on your desires, I think the cartridge choice is easy. No low recoil rifle has better "off the shelf" ammo than a 270 Winchester. What rifle to buy isn't so easy.
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Re: Help me plan out a mid range rifle? .25-06 & light barrel experts needed.

The 6.5-284 option is interesting, so I decided to start comparing ammunition availability/price. First off was HSM Trophy Gold (the only factory loading of Berger Bullets I'm aware of):

.25-06 115 grain VLD: $32.99

6.5-284 140 Grain VLD:$59.99!!!

I don't think I can afford that one! And this price ratio seems to be pretty even for other factory loads as well. The more ammunition I can afford, the more I can shoot--the more I can shoot, the more I can learn. Thank you for the suggestion, and maybe when I can get set back up for handloading (Probably a year or two) I'll give the 6.5-284 a try.

The .25-06 is still looking good to me...thanks everyone for the suggestions, please keep them coming!

I'm going to do some back post reading, and try and answer some of the questions that popped up after everyone's suggestions, and if I can't answer them I'll post them here for further review.
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:37 AM
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FYI savage also make a pretty light rifle that may interest you, model 111 long range hunter in 25-06 accutrigger, accustock with karsten adj cheek piece 24" fluted heavy contour .740" at the muzzle but fluted to reduce weight and has and adj accubrake all for around the price as the one I mentioned earlier. The 111 lrh isn't pretty but its a long range design not a safe queen.
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FYI savage also make a pretty light rifle that may interest you, model 111 long range hunter in 25-06 accutrigger, accustock with karsten adj cheek piece 24" fluted heavy contour .740" at the muzzle but fluted to reduce weight and has and adj accubrake all for around the price as the one I mentioned earlier. The 111 lrh isn't pretty but its a long range design not a safe queen.
That looks like a good choice.

Probably better than the Remington BDL for the longer range stuff, and he wouldn't have to ruin the deluxe finish that comes on a BDL either that way. Looks like it's got all the right features and just the contour for combination/LR and not too heavy.
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Savage longrange hunter in 260 rem or 6.5 creedmoor
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:41 AM
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After killing a couple a couple hundred WT deer with a 25-06 I can say that your choice of caliber us a very good one. Federal really makes some good factory ammo in this caliber. They make a load with a 117 Sierra that is a stone dead deer killer. As for a rifle that can be carried you might look into getting into better shape. When getting ready for a big hunt I always do a lot of walking and running carrying a piece of 1" PVC pipe filled with lead and sand caped on both ends to weigh 15 lbs the length of the average rifle. Once you get used to carrying that weight you can carry a rifle all day with no problems.
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Re: Help me plan out a mid range rifle? .25-06 & light barrel experts needed.

2506 is my favorite rifle since I own 4 of them Remington Classic, Browning B78, Remington BDL and Weatherby Accumark. Ammo is easy to come by and they all shoot great 85 or 100 gr nosler BT both work good for me. In fact I use the same load for all guns but it was developed for my Weatherby. One thing wise is to follow above post and get great optics you will be glad you did. I like Leupold (greybullprecision.com) are my choice.
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