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Thread: 25-06 versus 'the Swede'

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    25-06 versus 'the Swede'

    Hi All

    Can anyone convince me which calibre is the right one for me??

    I own a 308 and have a provision for 243 on my ticket. I want a good round for foxing and fallow/roe . Looking to swap the 243 slot for either of the above..

    Got the chance of tikka t3 stainless with ase in 6.5 or sako 75 stainless in 2506 for the same money

    Just wondered what the pros and cons were to each calibre

    ATB Steve

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    Without entering the caliber debate .

    Sako 75 is a better rifle than the t3

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    Quote Originally Posted by splash
    Without entering the caliber debate .

    Sako 75 is a better rifle than the t3
    Exactly right.

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    The 6.5x55 fires a wider selection of bullet weights than the 25-06 up to 160 grain if you home load, and has a greater sectional density so greater penetration, but the 25 is slightly flatter shooting,

    Both are good calibres for all deer species in the UK, as is the 243,

    I have a 6.5 and love it, but I have shot many deer with the 25 also, but if i were you looking at your gun selection GO FOR THE SAKO!!!!

    Rgds

    Swede

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler
    Quote Originally Posted by splash
    Without entering the caliber debate .

    Sako 75 is a better rifle than the t3
    Exactly right.
    I've not fired either rifles but have handled both and agree with the above comments.

    I've not fired a 25-06 but understand it is a flat shooting round, which may be better on the hill (???) whereas the 6.5 (which i have) is a little more loopy but would be suitable for most situations.

    I would go with the better rifle rather than the calibre as both will probably be fine for your needs....get as much rifle for your money as you can...go for the Sako.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swede
    The 6.5x55 fires a wider selection of bullet weights than the 25-06 up to 160 grain if you home load, and has a greater sectional density so greater penetration, but the 25 is slightly flatter shooting,
    Slight correction there Swede, the 25-06 bullets have better sectional density for any given bullet weight than the 6.5X55.

    As said I would look at the rifle and the Sako would get my vote.

    Swede you are not the original Swede from MS are you?

    ATB

    Tahr

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    Quote Originally Posted by swede
    The 6.5x55 fires a wider selection of bullet weights than the 25-06 up to 160 grain if you home load, and has a greater sectional density so greater penetration, but the 25 is slightly flatter shooting,
    Slight correction there Swede, the 25-06 bullets have better sectional density for any given bullet weight than the 6.5X55.

    As said I would look at the rifle and the Sako would get my vote.

    Swede you are not the original Swede from MS are you?

    ATB

    Tahr

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    Thar,

    Sorry I should of been clearer, The 6.5 can handle heaveir bullets than the 25-06, you are correct that the 25-06 with a 115 grain bullet has an SD ~.249, compared to the 6.5 120grain bullet with an SD of ~.247. but look at the 140 & 160 grain bullets with an SD of ~.287 & ~.328,
    But as (to the best of my knowledge) you cant get 25-06 bullets above 120gr.

    {Swede you are not the original Swede from MS are you?}
    Dont think so mate, so probabley no,,

    Rgds

    Swede

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    Hmmm neither the 25-06 nor the 6.5x55 swedish is a bruising cartridge to shoot but a thing you might consider is the amount of powder burnt each shot. Now I don't know if you reload or not but the 25-06 uses more powder.

    I doubt if the deer would notice by which bullet they were hit providing the shot was good that is.

    I would buy which ever rifle felt better to me. I seriously doubt you will be dissapointed by either cartridge .

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    calibre

    Thanks for the replies !
    Are both these calibres close ballistically ? Not sure if they are knocking on the 308 door or 243 end of the scale!!
    Want a flat shooter with low recoil!!

    ATB Steve

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