Rebarreling 25-06...8mm Rem. Mag

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Idaho Shooter, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. Idaho Shooter

    Idaho Shooter Member

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    Hello all,

    I have two remington BDLs that I have been shooting from way back in the early 80s (2506/8mm mag). These were not just the annual big game hunting rifles they were both used for everything. I remember one rock chuck hunting trip where the barrels on both of them had gotten so hot I couldn't even hold the wooden forend. Lets not forget the rabbits, ground squrrels, etc...good times.

    So here I am thinking about rebarreling them both but should I be considering a different caliber casing combination? Thus the question, if you were faced with the same situation are there other cartidges you would rebarrel for...and yes I have lots of brass and dies for both calibers but may be there is something out there worth the change.



    Thanks
    Greg
     
  2. highridge1

    highridge1 Well-Known Member

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    You could rebarrel the 8mm to 338 ultra and have a Much better bullet selection and more performance. The 25-06 I would probably just get a new 25-06 barrel.
     

  3. ewallace

    ewallace Well-Known Member

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    If you like the 8mm and 25-06 I would re barrel to them or if you want something new one of the 338 for your larger game and stick with the 25-06 for the smaller big game
     
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    I would consider changing the 8mm to ether a 300 RUM or a 338 RUM . Both are better
    choices because of bullets and the trajectory of the 300 RUM is much better and has
    less recoil than the 8mm.

    As far as the 25/06 I would probably do as others have suggested and just re barrel it.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  5. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    IMHO, I would also do a 300 or 338RUM, maybe even look at a 338Edge, with the 8MM but I would rebarrel your 25-06 to a 6.5-06. That's just me though.
     
  6. Idaho Shooter

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    Hello all,

    Thank you for the advice your suggestions are right in line with my thoughts. I will use them for big game this fall and then make a final decision.

    Thanks again
    Greg