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25-06 Anybody have one??

Looking at a deal on a new 25-06. It would be for my 10 year old boy. Was wondering if that would be too much gun. I have never shot that caliber. Any suggestions?
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Re: 25-06 Anybody have one??

I started with a 25-06 when I was 12 and to date that is the only deer rifle I own. There is some recoil so it might depend on the size of your son. I will be starting my boys (at 10) with a 243. Much less recoil in my opinion.
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Re: 25-06 Anybody have one??

At ten years of age, the size of the rifle may be more of a factor than the cartridge it is chambered for. Recoil from a 25/06 should not be too brutal for the lad.
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Re: 25-06 Anybody have one??

I have one and unless your kid is abnormally big at 10 years old a 25-06 is way to much recoil for him. I like the 25-06 a lot, enough to buy my son one for his first birthday but that won't be the gun he starts out with. Stick with something like a 243, 260, 7mm-08. If he starts with something too big he'll develope bad habits at an early age (flinching) and then have a real hard time breaking them. Take him to the range and have him get comfortable with a 223 and start working up from that.
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Re: 25-06 Anybody have one??

DO YOU RELOAD. IF SO, YOU CAN MAKE SOME LIGHT LOADS FOR A .2506 THAT ARE RECOIL FREE AND HOTTER THAN A 243 AND THEN WHEN HE GETS A LITTLE OLDER RUN SOME MAX LOADS. I GOT A BUDDY THAT SAYS THE .2506 IS THE MOST UNDER RATED DEER CARTRIDGE. HE SHOOTS 100 GRAIN BALLISTIC TIPS. I PERSONNALLY FEEL THAT HIS 2506 IS RECOILLESS. I SIGHTED IT IN FOR HIM OFF THE BENCH AND SHOT A DOZEN SHOTS, BECAUSE IT WAS SO NICE. I OWN ONE, I JUST DON'T SHOOT IT. OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS I HAVE ONLY HUNTED BEAR WITH A RIFLE. NOT THE LIL OTTER COULD KILL A BEAR BUT I HAVE SEVERAL SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER MAGNUMS.

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Re: 25-06 Anybody have one??

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I have one and unless your kid is abnormally big at 10 years old a 25-06 is way to much recoil for him. I like the 25-06 a lot, enough to buy my son one for his first birthday but that won't be the gun he starts out with. Stick with something like a 243, 260, 7mm-08. If he starts with something too big he'll develope bad habits at an early age (flinching) and then have a real hard time breaking them. Take him to the range and have him get comfortable with a 223 and start working up from that.

Well said.

Everyone is different, what one can shoot or tolerate may or may not be what someone else can especially where a youngster is concerned. In addition to the caliber the gun has to fit the lad.

I started my now 10 year old grandson shooting a BB gun at age 5 and as he grew moved him up to a 22, 222,223, 243, 250 and etc. I put a 243 together for his first CF rifle, its what his father and I felt he was ready for, could shoot accurately and most importantly what he enjoys shooting. As he grows he may well want something else, but we'll let him make that decision. He'll let us know when that time comes.

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Re: 25-06 Anybody have one??

yep my 10 year old grand son is useing it I have a light load with a 100 grain speer at around 3000 fps he could put 3 shots that can be covered by a nickle

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Re: 25-06 Anybody have one??

What most of the others have said. If the stock fits him and the load does not bother him, he'll do fine with a 25-06 for the rest of his life. One cartridge that can fill lots of "needs" if reloaded.

May even be enough of a variety of factory loads these days, for that flexibility? Don't know, haven't fired a factory round in any of my 25-06s in a very long time.


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Re: 25-06 Anybody have one??

My advice unless you load it down is to go with a .243. I still use a .243 to this day. That is what I started with. When he gets bigger if he wants to go bigger he can. The .243 is more than adequate for deer and makes a nice varmint cartridge as well. He can practice during the summer on groundhogs.

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Re: 25-06 Anybody have one??

I think if the gun fits him a 25-06 would be a fine 1st deer rifle. Everything else being equal (size/weight of gun, bullet weight/velocity) recoil between a 25-06 and 243 should be about the same. You might also want to double up on hearing protection when shooting at the range. I think the muzzle blast causes more flinching than the recoil with new shooters when using these smaller calibers. I always use inside the ear plugs with muffs over the ear.

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