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How has your 25-06 treated you?

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Unread 11-26-2013, 09:19 AM
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How has your 25-06 treated you?

My daughter can finally hunt with me next year, so I'm going to put a new rig together for her. Plus I've had a hankering for a new quarter bore wolf rifle for awhile, so it seems like the time is right. I'd just like to hear a little feed back about the 25-06 on deer, (think big eastern MT muleys). I know we'll have to get in a little closer than I'm used to (most of my muleys have been taken with a 270, or a 7mag that I can really stretch things out with).

What pills/loads do you guys like? How far do shoot your 25-06 on game? Feel free to skip the x energy at x distance, or the properly placed shot will kill at a zillion yards stuff... I already know. I'd just like to hear some real world experiences from guys who hunt with it alot
I like things that go "bang"... I love things that go "BOOM!"
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Unread 11-26-2013, 09:26 AM
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Re: How has your 25-06 treated you?

I am on my second one... wore the first one out. It is primarily my coyote rifle because it shoots a 100gr ttsx at 3200 fps so its flat shooting and hammers them. I have killed lots of deer antelope and an elk with it here in wyoming... the elk wasnt the best matchup for the 25 but it got it done. I think its a great caliber.

" Real elk guns start with the number 3 or bigger and blow two holes, one in and one out." - My Dad
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Unread 11-26-2013, 09:48 AM
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Re: How has your 25-06 treated you?

I do mostly bean field white tail deer shooting. I have used about every caliber from 22lr up through 45-70 to kill deer in the past 43 years. I helped work as a control hunter on a big farm in east NC for 15 years where my buddy and I took 100 deer a year. We both think that the 25-06 is on the top of the list as the best round we have used for deer. We have shot deer between 500 and 600 yards and it killed them just as dead in their tracks as one shot at 100 yards. We have used many different makers bullets from 100 gr to 120 gr and we both like the Sierra 117 gr the best. My rifle likes the flat base pro hunter best but they both react on game the same. My current rifle that I have is a Rem 700 with a #6 Shilen SS 26" barrel. My load is 49 grs IMR 4350, Rem case, CCI 250 mag primer and the 117 Sierra Pro Hunter average 3000 fps. It will shoot 1/2 or better MOA all day. I just came home from a 3 week hunt in east NC and killed 4 deer with this rifle and load all bang flop.

The other standard load for the 25-06 had been 52 grs H-4831 with a 117 gr bullet. It will do 3000 fps also.

I might add that I think you need at least 24" of barrel with the 25-06. Be aware that the Marlin and some of the cheaper rifles being put out these days only have 22" barrels. Even the fine Teka only has a 22" barrel.

I also might add that the the 115 gr Nosler partition is a really good bullet especially for really large deer size game. I have not used any of the 110 gr Nosler Accubond bullets but I hear really good things about them. I use the 130 gr Accubond in my 264 Win mag and it is one super bullet. It flies like the ballistic tip and starts to open up like the ballistic tip but holds together and keeps on trucking like the partition. The best of both worlds. Good luck with your 25-06 you could not make a better choice for your situation.
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Unread 11-26-2013, 11:04 AM
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Re: How has your 25-06 treated you?

IMHO the 25-06 is one of the most underrated calibers ever made. My Ruger M77 heavy barrel will take deer out at distances mentioned in the other posts with no problem, although I mainly use it for yotes and antelope. I'm under a MOA with the 117 grain Hornady BTSPs that I handload for it using 50 grains of IMR 4350 and it is pushing that bullet out the muzzle at 3025 fps. It will take elk, but I move up to my 30-06s for those.
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Unread 11-26-2013, 12:11 PM
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Re: How has your 25-06 treated you?

I really like my 25-06. I have shot Barnes and Bergers out of it. I have killed more game with the Barnes combo and it never lets me down. I have only shot deer and coyotes with it. The farherest deer was 330 yds. But I wouldn't hesitate shooting a deer with it out to 600. No recoil, flat shooting and light. There isn't much that you can say against it. Are there better calibers out there? Sure but there is just something about the 25-06 that I love.
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Unread 11-26-2013, 01:09 PM
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Re: How has your 25-06 treated you?

I like mine but don't hunt it much as I end up going to my 260. Nothing wrong with the 25-06, just like my 260 better.
I am running 100 gr Nosler BT's out of my 25-06 right at 3200 FPS.
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Unread 11-26-2013, 01:42 PM
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Re: How has your 25-06 treated you?

I have a Tikka T3 LITE in 25-06 that I put Bell and Carlson stock on. It shoots Barnes 100 gr TTSX very well. My son uses it now and shot his first Deer with it when he was 10.

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