Originally Posted by Buano
I never said any of these cartridges would be slow from a short barrel. I just believe you are wasting some of the cartridge's potential with a barrel that short.
I agree. The 25-06 benefits more than any non-mag I have used with a 26"tube. My personal min. length is 24", but that's me. Nothing wrong with 3000fps with a 120gr, or any velocity really if it suits your needs, but I have loaded for 4 different 26" 25-06's & can get 3200 with a 115 & 3150 with a 120 & one of the rifles a little over 3200 with RL25.
Now with my 25-06AI Sendero I can get 3340 with a 115, 3300 with a 120 & 3250 with a 125 Wildcat. From what I have seen the spread of the 257Wea & 25-06 is about 250-300fps overall
if both have 26" tubes & loaded to comparable pressures. You could use a 27-28" Wea & grow that diff a little. The 25-06AI is smack in the middle of these 2. I love the wea. but I felt for me personally the 25-06Ai was a good place to be, considering I was within 125-150fps of the wea. & able to shoot 25-06 fact. & lots of choices in brass.
It is a very good round.