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Old 12-18-2012, 01:26 PM
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25-06 for hogs

I am buying a Weatherby Vanguard VGX in 25-06 caliber (1986 manu.), mainly because I want it. It looks and feels so much like a real gun and not like the plastic handled things on the market today. I am in my mid 60's and prefer WOOD & STEEL. My 2nd purpose for this purchase is for pig hunting at 200+ yards from a blind in eastern New Mexico. I have searched the web and found some info but I would like to hear from people that are long range oriented. Also what scope would you suggest. It has a BARASKA 4-12 on it now, I hear they are not the best but they do work, maybe. thanks Jerry
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:38 PM
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Re: 25-06 for hogs

Just my .02$ but a 412 power is a nice power range for what you want. As far as quality of glass that depends a lot on money. I have bought a IOR for my long range 300um and im very impressed with the glass. They are approaching a higher end optics though. I personally have never regretted spending my money on good glass. I sure have regretted cheaping out a few times though. Good luck.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:00 PM
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Re: 25-06 for hogs

I have a 70$ scope from walmart on my 7mag that tracks perfect everytime, clarity at low light is limited, but its a great scope for the money....

on the otherhand I have a Nightforce on my .338 that is crazy clear at any visible light... depends on your budget, you can make either work.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:26 PM
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Re: 25-06 for hogs

I regularly hunt with the 25-06, 300 win, and 300 RUM for hogs here in TX. All of these have produced plenty of meat in the freezer. I shoot the 117 gr sierra and they have peformed great. As mentioned, quality of glass makes the difference since I hunt the hogs from a stand from dark to daylight under a feeder with solar lights. Zeiss and Leupold have served me well
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:49 PM
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Re: 25-06 for hogs

That gun would work great. Try the nosler accubonds they work great for what you want. Also as far as scopes, throw out the barska really bad scopes worst I have had even worse than bsa. I prefer the Nikon prostaff great scopes on a budget. Or try the Redfield revolution line also have a great product for the money.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:14 PM
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Re: 25-06 for hogs

Thanks for the comments, this will help. I do have some questions. I have read that most people do not like the Barska scope. How come? Would it be okay on a 22 or 22 mag? Also, I don't know much about rifle bullets, all I load is 44 mag and they are lead. I do like Nosler, how would the 120 gr partition be? The Redfield scope is on my list of things to buy when I replace the Barska. thanks
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:21 AM
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Re: 25-06 for hogs

I shoot a bunch of hogs every year, and have used just about everything to do so. The 25 is my girl, but the lighter bullets just aren't as reliable for putting them on the ground. If I were to suggest a weight bullet I would not go any lighter than the 115gr. I normally run the 115gr Partition as I can get decent velocity to go along with the weight. The 120's w0uld be good, but your probably going to find a better selection of 115 and 117s to choose from.

My daughter has my original 25 now and was shooting the 110gr Accubonds. They group crazy tight out to as far as you want to shoo them, but they lack the weight to reliably put a hog down. I have shot several with them and IF you can put it in their ear your good, but on a heat lung shot they can tote them off into the brush. I have had a few tote off the 115's but not from a decent hit.

Right now I am running a 25-06 AI and using the 120gr bullets in it. That is a bit of a different critter than my standard version as I can easily get better velocity from the 120's in it with it's 28" barrel than I can the 100's in the standard version. It will put a fat hog down with authority.

Within the ranges your looking at however and even a bit further, the 115-117's will give you a bit flatter shot and should have plenty of put on down reliably. Just keep in mind, a hogs built a bit different than deer and such. Their vitals are up front and right behind the leg. A shot behind the shoulder is a shot in the paunch and they will leave little to no blood when they take off. Here is a great site that will get you everything you need on putting them in the freezer,


This is one of the best laid out anatomy pages I have seen. There is also other things there in the Tip and Tricks section that will show the best places to shoot them for a quick recovery.

Good luck, and hope this helps.
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