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25-06 vs 243

Hi guys. I am looking at bolt action rifles in these two cartridges. I have no good reason for buying one except that I would like a small, light stainless rifle for backpack hunts (I usually use a Winchester lever 30-30 now). I would be hunting for deer and bears mostly but may use it out west for antelope or mule deer.

I am leaning toward the .25-06 in a Remington 700 mountain rifle. It has a 22" barrel.

I also like 243 and would probably get that if offered in the 700 Mountain but it is not. I see that Remington sells a stainless Model Seven in 243 but it has a 20" barrel. I like the idea of the shorter barrel but it concerns me that I may sacrifice accuracy at longer range.

Does anyone know how a .243 would perform in a 20" barrel compared to a 25-06 in a 22" barrel? The 243 has a smaller powder charge and shorted case so I think a shorter barrel may be okay.
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Re: 25-06 vs 243

You'd be fine with either Asa far as accuracy hoes, FOR ME PEROSNALLY, 243 is a little light for bear.

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Re: 25-06 vs 243

i'd pick the 25-06 over a 243. IMO, the 243 is too light for bears. I suggest a 7mm-08 over both of the calibers you are looking at.
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Re: 25-06 vs 243

I think if you tried on that model 7 in a .308 or 7mm-08, you might find exactly what you're looking for.
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Re: 25-06 vs 243

No comparison, the 25/06 any day of the week..It is an awesome whitetail cartridge and with a partition/x-bullet will take out any deer/bear you could hit... Nothing wrong with the other but I've been on lots of marginal hit chases over the years by poor shooting with it, just left a bad taste I guess.?
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Re: 25-06 vs 243

Shorter barrel and loss of accuracy are not related, infact it is said that shorter = more accurate due to less vibration and barrel harmonics. What you get with a shorter barrel is more muzzle blast and less velocity which results in more drop at longer ranges. I agree a model 7 in 7mm-08 sound great. Dad has one in a 700 Mountain Rifle and its a joy to carry, and my brother killed his only bear with it.

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Re: 25-06 vs 243

I have the 700 Mountain SS from when they still made it in .243 its a great gun....That being said for what you want id rather have it in the 25/06 or 7mm-08....Another option is the new Kimber Hunter its a nice light rifle chambered in all the short action cartridges including all those and .257 Roberts
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Re: 25-06 vs 243

Of the two, absolutely the 25-06. The 7-08 idea is good. Is there a reason you're not looking at a 270?
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Re: 25-06 vs 243

While I've bear hunted with a 243 I wouldn't want to run into a very big one with it so I'll pick the .25-06.

"A 30-30 is all you need. If you use a 30-06 you'll just hit a tree" -My Grandpa
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Re: 25-06 vs 243

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Of the two, absolutely the 25-06. The 7-08 idea is good. Is there a reason you're not looking at a 270?
Not really a reason but a .270 doesn't really interest me much for some reason. I think it is because I already have a 30-06 and a 308. I see too much overlap in bullet size. I like the idea of a 100 - 120 grain bullet. I have nothing between my .223 (55-64 grain) and 30 calibres (150-180 grains).
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