August 9, 2010, 01:37 PM
Any body use a 25-06 for deer hunting? like it? dont like it? I might be purchasing one.....

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August 9, 2010, 01:40 PM
You should post this in rifle country. My uncle uses one and love it.

August 9, 2010, 07:14 PM
I've killed a lot of deer with a .257 Roberts, though I haven't hunted with it in a while. It's pretty close to .25-06 factory ballistics the way I load it, 117 grain interlock at 3050 fps or a 100 grain game king at 3150. It will kill deer inside 400 yards just fine, though my longest was about 250. The neat thing is that the quarter bores are so easy on the shoulder while performing so well. As I understand it, it's a popular pronghorn caliber, too, though I've yet to chase those critters.

August 9, 2010, 07:31 PM
I have a .25-06. Here is the story.

I have used a 30-30 all my life. I have had good success with it. This last year I was asked if I wanted to hunt over a pasture that was huge. Well. My 30-30 is a good gun for 200 yards + a little. I had run into $300.00. I wanted a new rifle.

I went to Academy looking for a 7mm-08 XS7. They did not have any. In the XL7 model they had a .270 and a .30-06. The guy said wait. I found a .243 in XS7. I was thinking about just getting it, and just as I started to say okay on the .243, he found a XL7 in .25-06.
I called my BIL asking about the caliber, and which he thought. He said, "Get the .25-06. You will not regret it."
So I did. I took the gun, and bought a box of Winchester 115 grain Supreme Ballistic Tips. Put a 1.5-4.5x32 Bushnell Elite 3200 on the gun. It was all I had in the safe that wasn't mounted, and took off to camp.
Got to camp. Sighted in the gun for 2.5" high at 100 yards. Gun shot under .5". I was amazed.

Sitting in the stand out came two deer at the far fence. It is 300+ yards away. I waited, and waited, and waited. They came a little closer, but kept messing around.
Light was fading. I raised the .25-06 with the scope on 4.5x, and shot the deer on the left in the throat while it was facing me @ a quarter angle. The other deer hopped about two bounds to the right, and turned broad side. I shot it also.
Both deer fell, and not a nary of a move was made after I pulled the trigger. Like a domino they fell.

The wound channels were awesome, and I was hooked. I think the .25-06 is the best whitetail gun I have ever seen. My BIL was correct. I did not regret it. Best thing is. I shot those deer at 295 yards. I did not hold over. I just held true, and the bullet hit right where I wanted it within .5". Like was said already. The gun is easy on the shoulder. Has a ton of whop, and is just plan awesome. I have never liked the .270. Don't know why. I just don't. Did not want to buy a .30-06. Although the .30-06 would have done the same as my .25-06 I assume. Maybe not. Don't know that for sure either, but I know when I pulled the trigger. Those deer fell out of my scope before I heard the crack of the gun. Honest.

I say go for it.

August 9, 2010, 09:14 PM
Yes, the 25/06 is a fantastic deer round.

August 9, 2010, 09:36 PM
I think a great deer/antelope/varmint gun and very easy on the shoulder.

Some will take elk with it also but I think that is too light for that game.

August 9, 2010, 09:54 PM
Eb1's post said everything I could have said...so +1.

If I had to name a thing about it that I don't like...it would be the long barrel.

Justin Holder
August 9, 2010, 11:40 PM
Some are as good, none are better.

August 15, 2010, 10:12 AM
Eb1 ++

I've hunted with and shot a 25/06 since 1969, the year it became an offical caliber. It had life much earlier with different names. I searched every gun shop with in 150 miles of me to find one which happen to be a Winchester Model 70 with a 24" barrel. I hunted and killed many many deer with it until some one broke into my house during my FIL's funeral and stole it. I then bought a Browning A-Bolt, it had a 22" barrel, but it would shoot about 100 FPS faster than the 24" M70 and it would shoot a group about half the size of the M70 also. I've shot deer at 400+ yards with it down a gas pipeline, could have shot longer shots but I had measured and flagged the distances, but I limited myself to <500 yds.

The 25/06 is a fine deer caliber!!

Jimmy K

August 15, 2010, 02:45 PM
Never owned one, but I would pit it against any whitetail around. Just pick the right bullet.

August 15, 2010, 05:49 PM
It works very well for deer. A lot of people use it in the Midwest for deer.

August 21, 2010, 10:58 PM
The .25-06 works great on very thing from varmints to deer. I wouldn't want to use it all day on p-dogs or elk or larger game but it has been done.

August 22, 2010, 04:52 AM
Love mine in a Tikka T-3. Mild recoil and kills deer like lightening. Accurate too.


Old Shooter
August 22, 2010, 07:06 AM
^ Now that is some nice shooting.

August 22, 2010, 10:51 AM
My favorite Long Disance Round
From Ground Hogs to Coyotes to Deer there is no better shooting than the 25-06

TC Single and a Bunch of Scope

August 22, 2010, 11:14 AM
I have used the 25-06 extensively for white tails,mule deer and elk just use a good 120 gr bullet put it in the vitals and that should be all you need I am a hunting guide and in colorado and I have seen more elk taken cleanly wit the 25and 27 calibers than any of the big 300 calibers now don't get me wrong my personal gun that I carry when guiding is the good ole 30-06 and I am not saying that the smaller calibers are better but the people that were successful with the smaller calibers had practiced putting the bullet where it would result in a one shot kill. There you go good luck

Big Bill
August 23, 2010, 10:56 PM
My 25-06 it a great deer round. Go for it.

August 24, 2010, 12:02 AM
My first hunting rifle was a Weatherby Vanguard .25-06. For a while I thought about a 270 or 308, but I never got one.

Sawyer Bar
August 24, 2010, 01:37 AM
25-06 is a great round. Squirrels to moose. Oh I'm sure I've upset someone who needs a Lott for moose.

August 24, 2010, 06:42 PM
I never much thought the quarter bores were enough for big game like elk/moose, but with the availability of all the premium bullets like Barnes now days, I might should re-think this. Not ever having actually seen an elk kill, I'm not in a position to really know. However, I do have a 7 mag if I get a chance to go elk hunting in the future. I'd leave the quarter bob at home and take the .308 for a back up rifle, I reckon. I got the 7 because I thought I was going to get to go elk hunting in New Mexico, but it never happened. And, well, I just wanted something big with a belt and "MAGNUM" in the name. :D

September 1, 2010, 10:36 AM

This is my hunting buddy in South Dakota with his 25-06 rifle. Its a Ruger with heavy bull barrel and Redfield scope.

I've witnessed many one shot drop-in-their-tracks performance. Rick loads Sierra ProHunter 120 grain bullets at near maximum powder.


September 1, 2010, 10:37 PM
I have a Parker Hale 1200 in 25-06 that I've been trying to sell. It's an awesome deer rifle!

September 12, 2010, 10:26 PM
I dont have 1 but if I had to choose a .25 cal deer rifle it would be a .257 weatherby! :D

September 12, 2010, 10:57 PM
Too bad you're not close, I have about 17 rounds of boxed 25-06 factory ammo left somewhere, was going to give it away, and the guy never got back with me...oh well. It seemed like a good caliber, but the rifle that I used wasn't a good hunting platform.

September 12, 2010, 11:33 PM
Send it to me via mail. I will pay for postage.

Big Bill
September 28, 2010, 01:00 AM
I've got a Ruger M77 Mark II 25-06 that is my favorite gun and caliber for mulies. I used a 30-30 for years; but, now that I'm using the Ruger, I've been very happy with it.

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