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The more I shoot my 25-06, the more I like it. Being that I only shot one deer with it so far several years ago, I may just carry it this entire upcoming season for something different. It's zeroed with the factory Barnes 100 gr tipped TSX. Who else uses one?
 

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I bought mine in 1971 and have carried it almost every year since. In 1997 I used Dad's Savage 340 in 30-30 right after he died, and I have also carried a deceased friend's Winchester 88 in 308 a few times. But I always come back to the Remington 700 in 25-06 and have shot many a PA buck with it as well as a couple of Montana mulies and pronghorn.
 

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I have one and like it.

It's really WAAAY too much gun for deer or bear. No need for such senseless overkill when a .223 or .243 is plenty. But I like to be sure use enough gun. So I take it deer hunting sometimes.

 

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I have one and like it.

It's really WAAAY too much gun for deer or bear. No need for such senseless overkill when a .223 or .243 is plenty. But I like to be sure use enough gun. So I take it deer hunting sometimes.

This coming from a fella who uses a 375 Weatherby Mag. to hunt those little black bears! LOL. I am not much better as I use a 340 Weatherby Mag. Back to the 25/06. It's a great cartridge for medium game. I have owned one and my 16 year old son currently owns one. I sold mine and replaced it with a 257 Weatherby Mag. It does not kill any quicker but it does shoot flatter and man is it FAST!
 

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I bought one when they were originally released way back in the late 60's...I think it was $109.00 for a Remington 700...still in use and still taking game to this day..way overlooked by .24 cal users and looked down upon by .284 and .308 cal users... it is a classic deer killer and will rightfully take it's place amongst the test of time..
 

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I've used one for a few years. Thus far I've only used the 115 grain Nosler BT and the 120 grain Hornady Interlock bullets, both of which have been bad medicine for deer and woodchucks.
 

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Been using the 25-06 for 20 years. I have taken numerous Bucks and does..from 20 yds to 200 yds +/-..
never had one get away. Killed a 180 pound bear in 2010 here Pa. A 100 yd. shot, he dropped in his tracks. Since Federal fushions (120 gr) came out, that's all I have used including the bear. I use to use Federal 100 gr ballistic tips before that. Both bullets are an excellent choice.
You will not go wrong with this caliber !!
 

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There are over 15 calibers where the deer or black bear won't be able to tell the difference.
Never owned more than a couple of them. But over the years I known some to use some rather rare cartridges and less common ones, for deer or bear.

Knew a son who used the 25-06 successfully, while his old army vet father used the rare 257 Roberts.
Had one buddy who used a 6mm rifle; one who used a now rare 32 caliber Winchester Special. Then there was me who early in my career used only a .35 Remington Marlin.

All these hunters were successful deer hunters. I learned without having to buy more than 15 calibers, like newbies would have to buy.
 

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Those were always my thoughts exactly also. Underrated and overlooked by many, many shooters and hunters. Not bashing the .243 by any means because it is a great, popular round for good reason, but when looking for a youth rifle, for example, I don't know any good reason to go with the .243 over .25-06. With 100 grain bullets, it doesn't kick a whole lot more, yet goes a good bit faster, and with the option to go up to 20 grains heavier, makes it a much better choice IMO for deer.
 

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Those were always my thoughts exactly also. Underrated and overlooked by many, many shooters and hunters. Not bashing the .243 by any means because it is a great, popular round for good reason, but when looking for a youth rifle, for example, I don't know any good reason to go with the .243 over .25-06. With 100 grain bullets, it doesn't kick a whole lot more, yet goes a good bit faster, and with the option to go up to 20 grains heavier, makes it a much better choice IMO for deer.
I agree 100%. My son inherited his grand fathers Ruger 77 25/06. Killed his first deer ever with it. Bang-flop with a handloaded Nosler 100Gr Bal-Tip. Great Cartridge!
 

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A .243 with equal bullet weights would have less recoil than a 25-06 because it uses less powder. A comparable load to the 100 gr. 25-06 load is the 110 gr. sierra sp bullet in the .270 which would give more velocity with just a little more recoil. I am not a fan of the .270 or 25-06 because there are many short action cartridges that come close to equaling them. There was a Pa. gun writer that used the 110 gr. 270 load for all his Pa. hunting groundhog to deer his name is George Block. A cartridge I like better than the 25-06 or 270 is the .260 rem. it has similar ballistics and maybe less recoil.
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pinehunter said:
, I don't know any good reason to go with the .243 over .25-06. With 100 grain bullets, it doesn't kick a whole lot more, yet goes a good bit faster, and with the option to go up to 20 grains heavier, makes it a much better choice IMO for deer.
I like the 25, but there are reasons for choosing the 243.
Short action saves weight and makes a faster throw than a long action for a lot of people.
The 243 with the same grain bullet in a similar package will have less felt recoil.

The son is 3 for 3 one shot stops on deer with his quarter bore. The wife has more one shot stops with the 243. That doesnt make the 243 better it makes the wife older......

At pa deer ranges the difference is effectivly nothing. Shoot what you want.
 

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In 1974 my Dad purchased me a Remington 700 ADL 25-06. Since then I owned several other rifles and this one has had 3 different scopes on it. Currently it has a Trijicon TR22-1G 2.5x10x56 but when Pa deer rifle season comes around, I always seem to have my 25-06 with my 117 gr BTSP in my hands.
 

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x-bolt stainless in 25-06 here.love it.likes 100gr.barnes
 

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Once had three rifles in 25-06, first one a M700 of late 70s vintage and that's still my favorite.

54 grains of IMR 4831 and 100gr Btips (before that, 100gr Sierras) have accumulated a fair pile of dead deer and woodchucks over the years. No problem with the recoil, bad shoulder notwithstanding.

 

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After a 30 year hiatus my primary goat rifle will be a 25-06 this season. I had a new barrel, brass and "boolets" so I thought it was high time to revisit the "25 Neider".


Bill
 
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