- Aug 12, 2016
I can’t believe how many people are talking down about the 25-06!
Will the 243 kill mule deer?…….Yes
Is it the equivalent of the the 25-06?…..Not in my world it isn’t.
Is it worth the conversion effort and cost?…. That’s for you to decide I guess.
If it was me I would convert to the 7mm-08 and call it good.
To each their own I guess.
If he's going to go mule deer hunting, he's better of re barreling to a 280 or 280 AI IMO then. (Even a 270) Both those cartridges are better for mule deer than a 25-06. Anything for varmints and smaller deer a 243 is better IMO overall. The 25-06 doesn't have the solid 6mm bullet choice which has meaning to me at least. I used a 25-06 when I was a kid which was my grandfather's... never was impressed with it. More recoil and barrel erosion than the 243 and less accuracy too due to recoil. A 25-06 is outdated IMO. Does it work? Yeah I guess. But again there's better out there and that 280 and 280 AI on a standard long action I'm a big fan of. On the other side of the coin, on a small action, I love the 243 for a multipurpose cartridge.