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Voted 6mm cause I just got one. Really believe you should keep deer and varmints seperate.

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Re: Best varmint/deer combo cartridge

The thread title say "varmint/deer" so I voted .243. But the survey is titled "varmint/biggame" so I assume that would include bear too in wich case I'd have to go with the .260 of the cartridges listed.
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Re: Best varmint/deer combo cartridge

6mm Rem would be a good choice, so is the 243. But since I have had a severe case of 25-06itis for over 30 years, had to go that way.


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All in all you'd be hard hard pressed to beat the 25/06...a slight overkill on varmint but sweet for deer,bear and maybe an elk with great bullets..
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The thread title say "varmint/deer" so I voted .243. But the survey is titled "varmint/biggame" so I assume that would include bear too in wich case I'd have to go with the .260 of the cartridges listed.


Well deer are not the only big game that these cartridges are suitable for. I think we can mostly agree that bigger guns are better for Bear, Elk, and Moose but there is more to big game than just those already named. You just have to think outside the PA box.
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All in all you'd be hard hard pressed to beat the 25/06...a slight overkill on varmint but sweet for deer..

That was my choice as well. Always wanted one. I'm tempted to go order a Marlin XL in .25-06 right now but I just moved out of my house and am moving into a friend's house. All so I can move again in a few weeks. I think I'll let the smoke clear and the dust settle and then go get my .25-06 in about a month or so. But I may go .243 hence the poll.
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Re: Best varmint/deer combo cartridge

As much as I love my 6mm,I've always considered the 25-06 as being sort of a "Super 6mm" since I can get about 300 FPS more with a 100 gr. bullet out of it...Way out in a field that means something.I do prefer the 6mm as a "groundhog only" gun , however.
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Re: Best varmint/deer combo cartridge

Well, I've killed deer and varmint with 243, 257 R and the ever popular 260. If you are thinking bigger than deer, then only the 260 is adequate, and this is because of larger bullet weight.

BUT, if you are thinking anything bigger than deer then none of those are BEST.
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Re: Best varmint/deer combo cartridge

Well since you didn't have a .222 listed i picked a .243!
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