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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-31-2011, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Enough gun?

Hey guys, my only rifle is a 25.06. It is a deer slayer but wondering how it would stack up to a black bear. Last year I borrowed a friends 7mm but I hate to borrow someone elses gun. What do you guys think?
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Re: Enough gun?

My cousin killed a 130# bear a few years ago with a .243. I would be ok with taking a .25-06 for bear, you may want to do some research on bullets though, that is where you can make up the differences.
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Re: Enough gun?

Be sure of shot placement
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Re: Enough gun?

My concern is that it maxes out at 120 grain.
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Re: Enough gun?

no...here comes this topic again. Why take a chance? Borrow a bigger gun or use a bow
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Re: Enough gun?

I looked it up on Wikipedia, the 120 gr. bullets are producing 2,382 ft. lbs. of energy.

"However bullet types and weights are loaded that allow the .25-06 to be used for taking game ranging from small animals like prairie dogs and coyotes to heavier elk."

Like 171farm said, make a good shot, and be ready for a follow up.
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Re: Enough gun?

Should be fine with good shot placement and good bullets.

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Re: Enough gun?

With good shot placment and good bullets a 25-06 is enough gun.

The problem is that I don't know what I don't know.
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Re: Enough gun?

Thanks guys. I'd like to get a heavier gun but can never seem to find the money to purchase one with car repairs, and day care and everything else that always seem to pop up unexpectedly. The gun I borrowed last year was a remington 770 and to be honest with you, I hated it. The bolt was extremely tough, to the point where it took me about 5 minutes to chamber a round. It was a newer gun, so may have needed broken in a bit but I would have been in trouble if I needed a quick follow up shot with that gun.
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Re: Enough gun?

The key to shooting a bear with a 25-06 is use of a bonded core bullet. Something like a Nosler Partion, Swift A Frame, Federal Fusion, ect. That and accurate shot placement.
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