Any .257 Roberts’ fans out there?


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six 4 sure
January 24, 2004, 02:57 PM
I happen to run across a nice Remington 722 yesterday that I’m thinking about buying. It’s a nice looking rifle the bore is great and other than a couple of dings in the stock it’s nearly mint. I’ve been looking for something like this for awhile and best of all the price is right. I like the idea of owning something a little different.

I’m guessing factory ammo selection isn’t the best, but I have reloading equipment so that’s not a big issue. So what does everyone think of the .257?

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Byron
January 24, 2004, 03:04 PM
This is a superb cartridge. I have used this for years. Hornady's Light Magnum is fast and accuarte. Byron

frontlander
January 24, 2004, 05:00 PM
I don't own one personally but a client used a Winchester Modle 70 Featherweight (push feed) .257 this season to take a muley buck, a muley doe, and an antelope buck all with one shot at ranges of 225 yards to 275 yards. He was using the 100 gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip at around 3000 fps. All were broadside heart/lung shots with the animals travelling from 25 to 50 yards before tipping over. I did see one failure. A whitetail doe which was shot in the brisket at 100 yards. The bullet must have flattened out and glanced off the rib cage (I saw the impact dead center on her sternum through my spotting scope) because the doe whirled at the shot and ran into a 100 acre brush patch. We never found a speck of blood on the snow and we never did find that doe. In retrospect I should never had let him take that shot, should have waited till she turned broadside. But I don't blame the Roberts, just the Ballistic Tip which in that caliber is best when limited to broadside heart/lung shots, in my opinion. A friend owns a 722 .257 Roberts which he claims is the most accurate rifle he has ever owned. Shoots most anything under an 1" with most groups around 0.5".

41 magnum fan
January 24, 2004, 05:05 PM
I have a Ruger M 77 in 257 Roberts.I really love this rifle.Mine has shot well with all of the bullets that I have tried in the 100 to 120 grain range.I usally shoot 117 grain Hornady spire point bullets in mine.

cratz2
January 24, 2004, 06:09 PM
I've never owned one but the guy that introduced me to guns swore by one. For several years, he was a game warden in northern Tenn and he said that it worked on everything he needed it to work on.

I'm a fan of the 25-06... Not a world of difference between the 257 +Ps and many of the factory 25-06s. One of these days, when I'm in a position to find or build exactly what I want, I'd very much like to have an old lightweight blued/wood Winchester in well worn but not abused condition and have it reamed for Ackley Improved. Put something like a 1.5-6 or 2-7x32 Swarovski or Kahles on there... be in cratz2 rifle heaven! :p

Red Label
January 24, 2004, 06:38 PM
Have never shot one personally but I had an uncle, who is gone now, who had one and it was his absolute favorite gun. He went to Wyoming every year and always came back with his elk. His brother-in-law who has the gun now says that his kids always liked the gun because it was light to carry. He is the one who owns the land in Wyoming where they always hunt. I wish I could lay my hands on this baby but I don't think it will ever happen:(

Kilroy
January 24, 2004, 07:11 PM
Remington Mt. Rifle in .257 Roberts. Nice and light, well balanced, easy to carry.

CB900F
January 24, 2004, 11:05 PM
Six;

My first centerfire rifle was a .257 Roberts. Never shoulda gotten rid of it. As the old saying goes; 'too soon old, too late smart'.

900F

six 4 sure
January 26, 2004, 04:19 PM
Thanks everyone, I've talked myself into it, now to decide what kind of glass to put on it:D

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CB900F
January 26, 2004, 08:44 PM
Six;

To me, that glass question would depend on what type of shooting I expected to do. Let the game & range determine what you need.

Here in Montana I wouldn't hesitate to put a 1.5 X 6 on it if I thought my primary use(s) for the gun were to be coyotes & whitetail deer. But if marmots & pronghorns were going to be it's intended victims, why the glass choice would change by a significant margin.

900F

cratz2
January 28, 2004, 12:06 PM
At a lower price, a old Weaver 6x or even 4x might be nice assuming you aren't likely to take many shots under 75 yards or so...

For me, for a modern rifle and a modern scope, I'd be looking at a high quality 1.5-6x or 2-7x scope. That's plenty of magnification for most shooting and doesn't look like the scope weighs more than the rifle. :p

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