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25-06 vs .257wby mag

I'm in the running for a quarter bore and was considering a browning a bolt medallion in 25-06, but saw that Cabelas now offers a "lazerguard" weatherby chambered in .257 wby, for right around the same price. I am not concerned about price of ammo etc as i reload. I am just wondering what you guys think of the difference in performance between the 2 calibers. Has anyone ever shot a .257 weatherby? and how did it perform? I was thinking that it may not be as accurate as a 25-06 because of the freebore, but i have a mark V weatherby deluxe chambered in .300 wby, and it is an absolute tack driver. what do you guys think?
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Re: 25-06 vs .257wby mag

I can tell u this I been shooting the quarter bore a long time and i don't care what anybody says them 2506 is not anywhere even close to the 257 weatherby and it is my 2nd most accurate rifle to date. The first is a custom 257 ultra mag I had made up in 1999 as soon as I got hold of the 300 ultra case. It is ridiculously fast and even more accurate as a rule you must have a 26 inch barrel behind the weatherby and ultra not saying the 2506. Is not great it is just not even in the same ball park as the weatherby. And for droping deer just like lightning good luck in your purchase.
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Re: 25-06 vs .257wby mag

thank you, I will most likely pick up the weatherby..
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Re: 25-06 vs .257wby mag

I have owned both and still have the 257 Weatherby Mag. It's a Mark V Stainless. My 25/06 was a Rem 700. IMO they are both excellent cartridges. The 257 is REALLY fast and accurate to boot. The 257 burns more powder but it is the fastest factory 25 cal. on the market.I killed a 3 point buck years ago with my 257 Mag.and a 100 Nosler handload. I swear he was hit by lighting he died so quick! I like them both but I prefer the 257 Mag.so I sold the 25/06.

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Re: 25-06 vs .257wby mag

I have around 7 25's myself and your on the right track. 257 whby way to go the brass is more but its good brass and will last. Your still using a long action weather its 06 or whby so go for the gold. The vel. difference is what your after making it shine. Now if you tinker i have a 25x284 thats pretty close and will out perform the 25-06 and its on a short action. Another one of my 25 toys is my own version a 270WSM necked to the 25 . I have it on a rem 700 s/a 26" 10 twist Broughton # 4 contour. I have got over 3700 fps with a 100 grainer.
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Re: 25-06 vs .257wby mag

cool! thanks. I've done alot of research and was leaning towards the .257wby. My reloading books, and ballistic charts all get me thinking more and more towards the wby. Plus i like the wildcats lol. Also i'm into beautiful rilfes, which i believe both are, but the weatherby i believe has white oak leaves and acorns lazer engraved into the stock which was another eye catcher. Can't wait to get my hands on it!
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Re: 25-06 vs .257wby mag

I've used the 257wby a bit and it is a fine cartridge but I'm of the thinking the round you shoot is fairly irrelevant until it affects your accuracy. So I think the 25-06 is very fine out to well beyond 600 yds on something like a deer. They both shoot the same bullet. I choose magnums for my long distance guns so I don't have to be so precise on wind judgement. These are some of the animals I've taken with the 257wby. I guess the longest was the mountain goat at 390 yds, not sure which was the biggest the boar at about 7 yds or the black bear at 165 yds. All except the bear were taken with 100 TSX, the bear was 120 Partitions and the 1st time I hunted with it, hadn't tried the TSX yet.


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Re: 25-06 vs .257wby mag

You have to get over the fear of free bore. So long as the bullet is the diameter of the groove diameter, or larger - freebore will not harm accuracy. If anything it can improve longer range ballistics by allow the bullet to gain additional velocity with less overall drag from the rifling over the course of the barrel. Additional velocity means it needs less twist rate, which in turn allows for less friction in the bore and less torquing of the barrel.

Bullets only need an inch or two of rifling to impart the proper rotation. You could have a freebore all the way to the last couple of inches of the barrel and have no I'll effects - so long as the bullet matches or exceeds(and swagges down) the groove diameter.

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Re: 25-06 vs .257wby mag

All I know is that my .257 Weatherby was very hard on my ears. I used my .308 Win. on a pronghorn hunt afew years ago instead of the .257 because I didn't feel like wearing hearing protection while hunting. The recoil was mild but it had one heck of a muzzle blast. Could have been the 24" barrel and it probably should have had a 26.
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Re: 25-06 vs .257wby mag

i think your right moose, 24 inch tubes do tend to be louder then 26 inchers out of magnums,thats another reason y i think a 28 inch tube on the big guns that burn that much powder, and try to get as much speed u can out of them, like 30/378 338/378 . 7mm stw, etc.
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