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Old 11-14-2012, 06:39 PM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

I have yet to shoot this rifle believe it or not. The ammo is quite expensive so when I get into reloading I will start to experiment with loads and bullets. Should be tons of fun. It looks like I will need a scope that will dial in windage fairly quickly.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:13 PM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

When I think of .25-'06, I think of Pronghorn antelope. It works on coyotes, too, and other critters - cat, racoon, etc. It is especially well-suited to Pronghorn because most loads for it have just enough kinetic energy out at 700 to 800 yards, where you hope to find pronghorns, and they do shoot pretty flat.

Will it go for 1,000 yards? Yes, but there are better rounds for 1,000 yard work. I'd prefer a 7 mm SAUM, a 7mm WSSM, or a 6.5-.284 Norma, especially if I also had a deer tag in my pocket, or encountered a bear up closer.

As with all 1,000 yard work, accurize the rig, work up a round with enough downrange energy to drop what your aiming it at, scope it for 1,000, then get to the range and work out from 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1,000 yards and 1,000 meters. Spend 2 years learning windage or until your groups are about 7" or less. As you can guess, it is easier said than done.

Will it take a deer? Yes, it is a .30-'06 necked down to .25 bore. The lighter slugs tend to limit ethical kills to more reasonable distances (<600 yards for a sniper, <400 yards for most guys). Again, there are better rounds for deer, just not that many better for antelope.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:29 PM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

Thanks for your input. Living and hunting in Minnesota we rarely see a 200 yard shot. All of my shooting with this gun will be range shooting. I would just like to get it out to 1000 yards for personal satisfaction.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:59 PM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

dbrow where are you from in MN? I live about an hour North of Brainerd. There aren't many people from MN shooting long range. Mostly because it's hard to find safe areas to do it, and also because as you said the majority of hunting shots are under 200 yds.

I'm giving two thumbs up for the 25-06 should be cheaper to shoot than 300wsm and less recoil which means more practice. My dad owns one in a Weatherby Mark V and he's killed a pile of deer with it.

I just recently got into long range shooting myself. I purchased a Savage 111 LRH in 6.5-284, topped it with a Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50, 20moa base. This rifle shoots very well, I'm extremely happy with it just wish I could get a little more velocity out of it. I'm getting 2870 fps with Berger 140 VLD, but I think this is do to the 24" barrel. Barrel will more than likely be replaced with an aftermarket sometime.

So I say buy some ammo and get out and shoot it. The only way to become proficient is to practice. I may be stealing somebody's quote here but I think barrels are like tires- replace em when there wore out.

If you ever get up this way I'd be happy to go shooting with you, it's always nice to meet new people who like to shoot.

Happy Turkey Day

Justin
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:31 PM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

I live in the Metro area (Oakdale), but we have a lake home in Backus on Big Portage Lake. In the winter we get up there at least once a month. Are you close? That is 46 miles north of Baxter.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:03 AM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

Yeah of course I'm from Backus. My boss actually lives on Deep Portage. Kind of a small world sometimes.

Justin
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:33 AM
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Re: What are the advantages of a .25-06?

Do you work at Godfrey's?
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