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    looking at getting a 25-06

    Hi looking for some advice really, Currently I have a .270 for deer and a 22-250 for foxing its also conditioned for Munty and CWD. The .270 is great for Fallow bucks and will be fine for Sika and Reds also the occasional wild boar. But to be honest its a bit harsh on Roe. Its not a problem and can live with it but I have an empty slot so was thinking of a variation for a 25-06 and the "good reason^ would be that the .270 is too harsh for roe. So please I don't want to get into discussions on the .270 and shot placement verses meat damage etc just some advice on an intermediate caliber. I used a 25-06 last weekend and found it nice to shoot so was thinking along those lines but my mate said why not 243? I don't home load but ammo cost isn't a great issue its not like I will chucking hundreds of rounds down a range. Any comments regarding good /bad points of this calibre will be gratefully received.

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    I am currently considering .243 or .25-06 to replcae .223 as fox rifle and back up to .308(main deer rifle)..............so...

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    It's a great calibre mate. Above 50 metres you're not going to have any problems at all regarding meat damage. It can be a little harsh below 50 metres so I neck shoot them when close if I can. However factory ammo is nearly twice the price of .243 and there are a lot more .243's for sale so you're probably going to save a few quid there as well. If I wanted a rifle for roe and smaller and I didn't home load then I would get the .243 every day. However, the 25-06 wins as a one stop shop and is more than capable of taking deer at long range too if required. It will also take everything minus wild boar with ease.
    Hope that helps?
    Baguio

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    Would a 25-06 117gr doing 3000fps not make more mess than a 150gr 270 round doing 2850?


    if you dont homeload you are stuck with factory speeds which are brisk to say the least in 25-06
    (90-100gr 25-06 is up round the 32-3300fps IIRC, that sounds really messy!)

    I don't run my 270 130gr loads at factory speeds and you could go even smoother on the carcase damage by upping the weight past 150gr and staying around the

    the 25-06 seems quite close to the 270 when your bullet range is 90-120gr and factory speeds of 3000-3300fps

    .243 might be a better factory ammo gap fill between those two (100gr factory ammo does the job without mess as is at the limit of the cartridges velocity.

    but its your rifle, if you like it and it serves a purpose get one

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    Have you considered the 6.5 x55 nice inbetween I got from my 308 ....6.5 ....22/250
    ​norma
    Last edited by norma 308; 05-11-2013 at 22:16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norma 308 View Post
    Have you considered the 6.5 x55 nice inbetween I got from my 308 .....22/250
    ​norma
    very nice round but too close to the .308 i feel......

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    I use a 25-06 and for everything and love it.

    I have shot roe deer from 20 yds out to just over 300 yds with it and it gets the job done very well. My rifle is due for a new barrel as it will now only shoots 100 grain NBT's which are mustard at long range but can do a lot of of damage on boiler house shots at close range. For any shot under 60 yds I now neck shoot when ever possible.

    ​Rick

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    Any experienced FEO would raise an eyebrow to any nonsense that a 25-06 is going to be less harsh on roe than a 270! Especially as you can get 270 ammunition with a 150 grain bullet at about 2,850fps.

    I have a friend with a 25-06 and he thinks it the best thing since sliced bread even though he also has a 308 and a 243. Me? I can't see exactly what it does that the 270 WCF doesn't already do with bullets over 100 grains and with bullets of 100 grains or under what the 243 Winchester doesn't do.

    If you like it get it. Personally to do less damage to roe I'd suggest maybe a 6.5 Swedish or maybe one of the classic calibres such as 7x57 or 8x57?

    I think that BEWSHER is pretty much spot on with his comments too. In fact maybe better put that mine.
    Last edited by enfieldspares; 05-11-2013 at 21:48.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night stalker View Post
    I use a 25-06 and for everything and love it.

    I have shot roe deer from 20 yds out to just over 300 yds with it and it gets the job done very well. My rifle is due for a new barrel as it will now only shoots 100 grain NBT's which are mustard at long range but can do a lot of of damage on boiler house shots at close range. For any shot under 60 yds I now neck shoot when ever possible.

    ​Rick
    do you know roughly how many round before the barrel started to go?

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    or a cheeky .250-3000 savage would be a good middle ground. not cheap or easy to build or load for, but undoubtedly 'special'. Of course, rather close to the Bob, but just a tad 'more' dare I say.

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