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    25-06

    Looking to get a deer rifle and have been tempted by the 25-06.

    Can anyone give me any feedback on them, ive had a look in the history search thing and there is some interesting reading. I like the sound of the flat shooting and ive been told its not too rough in the shoulder.

    It would be my only big rifle (i have a .22-250 for foxes) so i would want it to do everything from munties to reds (potentially) in this country. could i put boar on it if the opportunity came up in the future?

    Would i be able to take it abroad to places like poland and france?

    Im more interested in the way it shoots and ease of use (if that makes sense) than the 'ive seen every single deer hit with a XXX run for 7 miles' discussion

    What might be an alternate option? I know i could do all this with a .308 but i like something a little bit different

    Dan

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    I don't have practical experience of the 25-06, but I do remember on my DSC1 course that Steve Bowers (he of Specialist Rifle Services and Shooting Times) highly recommended it as a "do it all" calibre. I've hankered after one, but then I've also hankered after a Ruger No.1

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    Dan,

    personally I am not a fan of them. I used to have one and I found a lot of deer ran on with it. A pal was using one on the hinds this year and although the deer went down, you had to have eyes everywhere as deer sloped off slowly out of sight, perfect shots just not what I would want. (shooting a few at a time)

    I would not recommend them for red and definately not for any type of Boar.

    Don't want to cause confusion but a 7-08, 6.5x55, 300wsm, 270wsm. They all do different things but I would never have a 25-06 again.

    I f you want something different, then you want to be looking at reloading also.
    Sorry, a bit negative, but my experience.

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    I think that 270 is the minimum recommended for boar in the government guidelines so I guess the police may not give you a 25-06.

    If you are going for something unusual then you need to consider availability of ammo and the range of reloading components available to you.

    Buy a 308 and find yourself in the north of Scotland looking for ammo and you will get something to do your job, I'm not so sure that would be the case with something "unusual."

    A friend who used a 25-06 for a while considered it an awful lot of bang for very little return.

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    Bugger, its never easy is it!!

    I will be reloading once i have got comfortable with a gun.

    What aspect of the calibre is it that you feel leads to this lack of killing power (out of curiosity)? And are there things that can be done to increase the ability with reloading?

    Dan

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    I think that 270 is the minimum recommended for boar in the government guidelines so I guess the police may not give you a 25-06.

    If you are going for something unusual then you need to consider availability of ammo and the range of reloading components available to you.

    Buy a 308 and find yourself in the north of Scotland looking for ammo and you will get something to do your job, I'm not so sure that would be the case with something "unusual."

    A friend who used a 25-06 for a while considered it an awful lot of bang for very little return.

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    The 25/06 will do most of what you want, as long as you load it with bullets suitable for the task in hand, eg 115 - 120gr's for deer. I would not use very high velocity varmint bullets on any deer, you may gralloch a muntie at the shot. It is pretty inefficient and burns a largish amount of powder for small velocity gains over shorter cases.

    I would not use a 25/06 by choice on boar, and it unlikely your local plods will list it for boar anyway.

    Most European jurisdictions have minimum calibre (generally 6.5 - 7mm) rules for big game hunting and also minimum bullet weights.

    Pick something else in the 6.5 - 30cal bracket.

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    Personally I do not agree with Jingzy about the 25.06. I have owned and used one for over 15 years and have shot a great many Reds with it, dont ask me how many as i do not keep count, but its in the hundreds. I have also used it on Sika and all the other species. Never lost a beast with it yet! ( tempting fate now ).

    It is a flat hard hitting round, and I have even used it in Africa on Black Wildebeest. It did the job prefectly.

    It has also taken some very large European Red Stags in the past on the Duke of Northumberlands estates.

    My rifle is a Ruger Model 77 MkII stainless and black skeleton plastic stock, with a T8 on the spout.

    But whatever you decide to get, they will all kill out to 200yds with no problem, providing the person behind the gun puts the bullet in the right place there in lies the weak point

    Sikamalc

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    I like the 25-06 the exwife had one. She never shot red with it but it killed big fallow OK so i don't see why it won't kill red.
    A real no,no on boar though

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    I love my 25-06 a cracking round. Im actually selling mine due to unforseen circumstances and the leupold vxl that sits on top. Im well pi@@ed of but s@@t happens!!

    cheers
    nutty

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