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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 01-01-2012, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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280 or 25-06

First of all let me say this is the best site.
Second, I am looking at getting a new rifle to hunt
grounghog, deer , and bear or whatever.

I have shot and hunted with a 30-06 for 35 plus years and
in the past few a 243.

Gave the 30-06 to my son and just gave the 243 to my SIL
for Christmas.

I like the ballistics of the 280, but not many options on
firearms.

I like the 25-06 for options in firearms but not many
bullet options.

What are some ideas about these two calibers.

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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old 01-01-2012, 10:49 AM
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Re: 280 or 25-06

The 25-06 is a great deer cartridge. I am unsure about is use for bear.
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Re: 280 or 25-06

The 280 has several advantages, however, if its just going to be a varmint and deer gun, take your pick, either is perfect. Any larger game prospects in your future, I would go with the 280. I really do not see much if any difference when I shoot a deer with my 280 or a 7mm mag. Same bullet, a little less velocity, same results every time. I would get both and enjoy them since you passed along your other rifles!

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Re: 280 or 25-06

If you don't hand load, I'd go with the .25-06. The .280 has unreasonably low SAMMI pressures and needs to be hand loaded for to show its true potential.

That said, I'd feel a little better carrying the .280 (even with factory offerings) should I come across a large bear. It's not that the .25-06 won't do the trick, I'd just rather the larger, heavier bullet that the 7mm offers.

It may be worth considering the .270 if you don't hand load. It's available in just about any rifle you wish and there is lots of ammo produced for it.

If you go with the .25-06, I'd try to stick with a rifle that has a 24" barrel in order to get the most out of it.
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Re: 280 or 25-06

Thanks for the reply Joe.
At this point I do not have a bunch of funds.
So, I am looking at the least expensive way to go.

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Re: 280 or 25-06

With bear on the menu it seems to me the better choice would be the .280. I'm sure that many bear have fallen to the .25-06, but I personally would personally like to have a little more bullet weight for deeper penetration on angled shots. A good compromise though would be the .270. Tons of factory loadings, decent range of bullet weights to shoot woodchucks all the way up to bear. Good luck with what choice you make and let us know which one you choose!
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Re: 280 or 25-06

I'd go with a 270 as well. Tons of good priced 270's available out there. I find 280's are generally made in higher priced guns.

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Re: 280 or 25-06

What about another 06 and load or get some one to load 125 grain bullets??

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Re: 280 or 25-06

If these were my 2 choices I'd go 280.
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Re: 280 or 25-06

You can pick up a Marlin XL7 or Savage Axis in 25-06 for $300 and less at certain stores.
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