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25 Cal Enthusiasts

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Craiger12, Jun 8, 2011.

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  1. Craiger12

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    I'm wondering what the great appeal is of the 25 cal bullets for hunters? From what I have read, it seems that everyone who owns a 25-06 or a 257 Roberts absolutely loves it. However, from comparing balistics, I just don't see what is so great about the 25 cal bullets when compared to the heavier 6mm rounds. I do not want to come of as critical, just looking for some opinions, as I have no experience with them myself. What are your thoughts?
     
  2. supercalvin56

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    I like the 257 because it offers the shooter the perfect range of bullets (75-120)....not too much recoil but not too small for big game hunting.
     
  3. MachIVshooter

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    You mean 6.5?

    Quarterbores have been around in the US a lot longer that 6.5's, so that's part of it.

    Remington had introduced the 6.5mm Rem Mag, and Winchester the .264 Win Mag, both of which had lackluster sales and are presently semi-obsolete, despite numerous attempts at revival. They both barked quite a lot, too.

    The .260 Rem has faired a little better, but still not a sales leader. If I'm not mistaken, the .25-06 leads it by a rather large margin. This is due in no small part to the fact that the .25-06 simply has more potential due to the larger case.

    The 6.5mm Swede has always had some following here, and is a good performer, but has not been chambered by US gunmakers on a large scale.

    There are a number of 6.5's in the target world, but these are specialty cartridges, many of them proprietary or totally wildcat.

    There are others, like the 6.5 Mauser, 6.5 Carcano, 6.5 Jap, 6.5 Mannlicher, etc., but they have never been picked up by a sporting rifle manufacturer over here.

    The appeal of the quarterbores, especially the .25-06, is a flat shooting, fairly hard hitting cartridge that has moderate recoil. The Bob isn't too far behind the '06, the Weatherby just a little ahead. I would wager, though, that the .25-06 accounts for more rifle and ammo sales than all other .25's combined.

    I personally love the .25-06, was my first rifle that I bought. I use mine for everything from varmints to elk. It's a great round.
     
  4. Craiger12

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    I was actually referring to the heavier .243 offerings. The 6.5mm rounds far exceed those in .257 ballistically.
     
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    Plug the numbers for a 257 Weatherby (100gr @ 3600fps) into the trajectory and recoil calculators.

    If you do, you will see a cartridge with equivalent recoil to a standard 30-06, yet with a maximum 'point blank range' of 337 yards - equivalent to a 300 Ultra Mag with 150gr pills.

    The 25-06 isn't far behind that.

    As much as I LOVE the 6.5x55 Swede, it just cant touch those numbers. The BC's for the 26 cals may be a bit higher, but it's not enough to make up the gap in velocity compared to the more powerful 25's until you are WAY out there on the range. The 260 Rem is in the same boat.
     
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    Even the 6mm Rem (same 57mm Mauser case as the Roberts) is significantly behind the .25-06 and .257 Weatherby. And of currently offered 6.5's in the US (namely 6.5x55 and .260 Rem), none can put more energy downrange than the two bigger quarterbores until you get further out and the higher BC's come into play. We're talking 400 yards and further. The 117 and 120 gr. .257" bullets don't exactly have bad BC's, and they start out at well over 3,000 FPS from either cartridge (my hunting load with .25-06 is 3,227 FPS with a 117 Sierra)

    Or are you strictly talking SD and BC of the bullets? A 105 gr. .244" is pretty close to a 117 gr. .257 and to a 130 gr. 6.5mm. Those are the top bullet weights for hunting rounds in the 6mm and .257 caliber. The heavier 6.5mm bullets do have advantages.

    That said, there are heavy-for-caliber match bullets for all three diameters that have some pretty ridiculous numbers.
     
  7. jmabbott888@aol.com

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    First centerfire rifle I got was a Savage 99 in 250-3000 Savage. I still own that rifle & love it. I have had 243's & own a 6.5 Swed but I sold the 243's simply because I could do everything I wanted with the 250 that the 243 would do, if I needed faster rounds I'd go to a different caliber, If I need a larger caliber I can go to that too. FOr varmint hunting & teaching people to shoot with a light recoiling accurate rifle the little Savage can't be beat.
     
  8. 68wj

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    Quarter-bores are enjoyed due to stubborness and the lack of a Communist metric conspiracy. ;)
     
  9. Flatbush Harry

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    I happen to really like my 6.3mm rifle for coyotes and antelope.

    FH, metric guy
     
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    if you can, find a buddy with a quarter bore and hunt or target practice with it...have a 25-06 and from what i have experienced over the years, well umm.. i will never part with it...
     
  11. joed

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    I've had the pleasure of owning a Rem 700 VS in .25-06 that I bought in 1977. I wouldn't part with it.

    It's on its second barrel now and has only gotten better. When it was time to rebarrel I thought about another choice of cartridge for about 1/10000 of a second. Nope, it's still a .25-06.

    Loaded with 87 gr bullets it is a spectacular long range varminter at ranges that are unreal. I use it mostly for groundhog hunting, if I can see one I can hit it no matter how far. Mine will move that 87 gr bullet over 3600 fps using RL17, that's cooking! The energy behind that bullet hits harder then you can imagine usually sending a groundhog airborne.

    Load the same with 100 gr bullets and you have a good all around rifle for anything up to deer. Move up to the 120 gr bullet and it will take any medium size game at long range.

    I've hunted with friends that have 6mm, they just don't compare in my opinion. With the heavier bullets the .25 just does better.

    Heck, I even took my rifle to Canada and went bear hunting with it. I wouldn't attempt that with a 6mm.

    Recoil is quite tame with light bullets and isn't bad with the heavy stuff. It is a dual purpose rifle that can go varmint hunting or be used on medium sized game. What's not to like?

    When I bought that rifle I got into reloading quickly. Ammo wasn't plentiful but could be purchased in any gun store. I didn't think the 06 would be popular, but here we are 34 years later and you can get ammo in Walmart. That tells me a lot of people think the same thing about the .25 cal. The .25-06 has also overshadowed the 6mm Remington, look at how many rifles Remington has that are available in 6mm Rem.
     
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    I have been meaning to add a .25 to my collection for years. I just haven't gotten around to it. My brother has a 25-06 and his wife has a 257 Roberts, so I don't want either just for the sake of being different. That pretty much leaves the 257 Weatherby (too overbore) and the 250 Savage.

    The 250 Savage would be an excellent choice, I just haven't found a new one I really like. There is also an Aussie wildcat, essentially a .25-08 (with a name like 250 Humdinger) that is appealing, but I would have to have built. It would be a good candidate for standardization by one of the majors.
     
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    In regards to the posters original query, the biggest difference in the .243" and .257" lies in the bullet construction.

    Given two bullets of equal sectional density or weight, and, use of identical materials, the .257" bullets will have a greater surface area of contact with the jacket to core with significantly greater friction and "locking" surfaces. This equates into a more dependable expansion without the shedding of the core, and the larger displacement of wound cavity developed by the .25's, the advantage goes to the .25" bullets. The developement of the 6mm's didn't occur till after better bullets were possible and available due to improvements in metallurgy and manufacturing techniques.

    No one ever said that the .24's performed better on game the size of deer. It was the higher ballistic coefficients of the lighter bullets that gave the .24's the advantage at longer distances for varmint shooting that gave way to their surge in popularity following their subsequent release in the 1950's. Marketing and sales of new rifles being the goal of the rifle manufacturers, the .24's were an "open" market. After all, why did we "need" all the profliferation of the "short" magnums. Most of which are already being discontinued ?????
     
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    The 25-308 wildcat has been around for years as the 25 Souper... too bad some of the big guys have not picked it up as a factory round. I would not mind having one in a short action 700 in a light weight stock. That would be a fine set up.

    Having said that ... I've owned two 25/06 rifles... a Win 70 and a Browning Abolt. I got my 25/06 in late 1969. At that time .25 caliber was the largest legal caliber for wild hogs... yes we had hogs back then...still do... just more of them now! Some of the above posters have already told the good use of the 25/06...from small to medium game.

    Jimmy K
     
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    Who wouldn't want a .256 Win Mag?!!! :neener:
     
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    The twist in my 6PPC and .243 is not designed for the 100 grain bullets. In my mind, they are strictly varmint/target guns. My 25-06 could be used for varmints, but would be a bot of overkill. Not that overkill can't be fun sometimes. However, the 25-06 is my go to deer rifle. That is what I bought it for and that is what it excels at.
     
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    I'm not sure why they are so loved either. But I traded for an M77 MKII stainless 25-06 with the boat-paddle stock and I'm gonna find out what all the hype is about when deer season gets here. I do know that I thoroughly enjoy shooting it :D
     
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    Sold my .257 Bob and am moving on to 6.5x55. Wasn't bad, just could do more with other calibers. But I have the option of a couple of rifles :))), so I'm not looking for a "do-all". If I was, I might be looking at a 25-06?
     
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    My favorite rifle is a custom '03 Springfield chambered for the .257 Ackley Improved (40 degree) with a Shillen premium grade barrel. It goes 20 loadings without any case stretching and nearly duplicates 25-06 velocities with less powder. The advantage over the other 25 caliber wildcats is that you can fire standard .257 Roberts factory ammunition with minimal velocity loss.
     
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    The only complaint I've ever had about the .257 cal is bullets. Back when I first purchased my .25-06 there weren't a lot of bullets with a high bc. There were bullets with decent bc's but none great.

    That has changed in recent years. Sierra just came out with a 90 gr .257 bullet with a bc of .388 and I have some Bergers that I believe have a bc close to .500.

    It's about time the bullet makers started making decent .25 cal offerings, it's what this caliber needed.
     
  21. Craiger12

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    This is what I was getting at in my original post. At least with regards to factory loads, the BCs seem to be relatively low compared to the heavier 6mm and any 6.5mm or higher offering.
     
  22. Craiger12

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    However, MachIVshooter made some very good points in post #6.
     
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    I don't think you can say the above anymore, there are some pretty decent bullets for .25 cal. The bc of most .25 cal bullets are on par with those for 6mm unless you're talking match bullets.

    But, I'm a hunter and not a target shooter. On that note I don't compare match bullets which in my opinion don't belong in a hunting environment. I'm old-school and believe that a bullet is designed for a specific purpose.

    One of the things that I like about the .25 is that it hasn't been embraced by the match crowd. At present it's a hunting caliber, and it excels at that.
     
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    Seems I have typed this a lot over the last few days. Using the coated Nosler BT out of my .25-06 I have put two deer down so far @ 300 yards, and a buddy put one down @ 110 yards.

    I have shot a lot of deer. Mostly with the 30-30, but I had a chance to choose between a Marlin bolt in .243 or .25-06. I choose the .25-06 because I knew it would be the best whitetail gun I had ever owned. It has proven me right so far.
     
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    Years ago I had A .244 Rem (pre 6mm Rem) and I never got a deer with it that I didn't have to shoot 2 or 3 times to keep it on the ground. Have friends who have experienced the same thing with the .243 Win. That said, I have never had to shoot a deer more than once with my .257 Roberts to anchor it. I got rid of the .244 and got a 30-06 but that was too much for South Texas deer and I found the Roberts to be the right combination for me. I can also push the 75 gr. V-max bullet at 3500fps and it does a number on varmits. With the right bullets, I can do everything with a 220 Swift you can do with a .243.
     
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