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.243 vs. .25-06

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by lizziedog1, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. lizziedog1

    lizziedog1 Well-Known Member

    One of these days I am going to buy one of those Savage Rifle/Scope combos. The only thing I haven't decided on is the chambering. I have narrowed it down to two, either the .243 Winchester or the .25-06 Remington.

    This rifle will be used for both varmints and deer, and if I ever draw a tag, antelope. I do reload so flexibility with either round won't be an issue.

    I want to hear from fans of both cartridges. Tell me why I should pick yours instead of the other.
  2. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Pretty much six of one, half-dozen of the other. If large deer, odds favor the .25-06, I guess. If you expect mostly varmint hunting, I think I'd recommend the .243.

    I've killed a couple of dozen bucks with my .243; mostly neck shots and a few cross-body heart/lung shots. A good many coyotes, and with a 55-grain bullet, a fair number of prairie dogs. For deer and antelope, I'd call it a 300-yard gun, just off the cuff. My rifle is a little Sako Forester carbine; 19" barrel.

    If you seriously expect 400-yard shots, the .25-06 would likely do a bit better.
  3. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    My Youth rifle Remington 700 is a sweet shooter and accurate to boot. I wish i got a 7 08 cal but I think the .243 is just fine . The ammo is cheaper and widely available so i decided to keep it.
  4. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    I have a 243 and my brother has a 25-06. We have had equal success with both. I like his, but if I had to replace my 243, it would be with another 243. Either should work fine.
  5. BushyGuy

    BushyGuy Well-Known Member

    .243 would be better, ammo is more available.
  6. longdayjake

    longdayjake Well-Known Member

    .25-06 but only if you reload. One of my favorite cartridges to reload for.
  7. Fredo0621

    Fredo0621 Well-Known Member

    Since you reload gotta go .25-06 great cartridge.
  8. Hagen442

    Hagen442 Well-Known Member

    243 vs 25-06

    I have Owned and Hunted with both and a few other calibers over the last 40+ Years of Hunting.
    I started using the 25-06 a few years back and have found it very versatile and more than capible of getting the Job Done for me.
  9. Durty

    Durty Well-Known Member

    6 and one half dozen, in my opinion. I have shot a lot of medium size deer with a Remington 700 chambered in .243 and love the caliber. But I couldn't necessarily recommend one over another for normal deer hunting circumstances. .243 is more popular for varmints than a 25-06. I don't know if that helps or not.
  10. wankerjake

    wankerjake Well-Known Member

    Basically agree with Art's advice. I love my 243, but for longer shots than 300 yards I would prefer a 25-06. Since you reload...I would probably go 25-06. You'll have an easier time finding brass for the 243 though.
  11. dugasgunner

    dugasgunner Well-Known Member

    Just look at a ballistic chart. You will see 25-06 is superior in every domain. Shoots flatter and hits harder. Yes the 243 will do the job but me if i had to choose i would go for the 06. Plus reloading stuff are pretty easy to find for the 25-06. Good luck.
  12. kludge

    kludge Well-Known Member

    Since you're in Nevada, and handload, of the two, I'd say go for the .25-06.
  13. BrocLuno

    BrocLuno Well-Known Member

    I think I'd split the difference and go with 257 Roberts - wait a minute - I did :)
  14. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    The 25-06 is a more capable deer cartridge than the 243 with the heavier bullets, but for varmints, the 243 can approach 25-06 velocities with the lighter bullets, and do it with 10gr less powder.

  15. shooter3

    shooter3 Member

    25 caliber is not nearly as popular as .243 caliber(less high b.c. bullets available), 260 remington would be even better.
  16. sting75ray

    sting75ray Member.

    I bought both of my twin daughters a TC Encore in the 25-06. The first year at the age of 12 both of them each killed a deer with one shot. This past deer season one of them killed a nice 10 point buck at 200 yds with one clean shot. I myself have never cared for the 243.
  17. I haven't shot a .243 but I do own a .25-06 and I think that it would be my favorite for deer. I also have a .308 and .260 Remington. The .260 is the same case as the .243 but uses a .264 bullet. The difference is in the type of rifle. My .25-06 is a Mauser action with a heavy barrel and weighs about 9.5 lb and the .260 is a Model 7 Remington that only weighs 6.5 lb. I shoot a 100 grain bullet in the .25-06 at about 3100 fps. and I handload Rem. core lokt 140 gr. bullets in the .260. Different medicine for the same cure, they both kill deer.
  18. Hanshi

    Hanshi Well-Known Member

    While having deer hunted with the .243, .257R and 25/06, I prefer the first two over the larger round. The .243 has counted for an especially large number of deer. However, my favorite is the splendid - and unfortunately obsolescent - .250/3000 Sav. It is almost a ballistic twin to the .243. I've found fine accuracy easier to come by with the .243 (and .250) than the .257R. I also never had any problem getting 3200fps out of my Roberts with 100grn bullets.
  19. UniversalFrost

    UniversalFrost Well-Known Member

    i swear by the .243 for deer and everything under that size. Loaded with barnes TTSX bullets you have a great combo behind varget or IMR or H4895.

    Another to look at is the .257 Weatherby. An awesome chambering that shoots like a laser and packs a powerful punch. It is deadly for long range hunting of deer and antelope.
  20. Q!!

    Q!! Well-Known Member

    I have both. I used the .243 for deer and antelope when I was just a kid. My son used it for his first deer hunt also.

    Having said that, the .25-06 is ballistically superior of the two. I love my .25-06 for deer and antelope. I also use it for barbary sheep. And, for varmints it is hard to be. Since you handlaod there is a lot you can do with the round to mkake it GREAT for whatever purpose you intent to use it.

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