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Old 03-03-2006, 01:29 PM
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recoil from a 25-06


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Since I have to watch my recoil because of this defibrillator, I was pondering what caliber I would get if I were to purchace a new rifle.
Anyway I was wondering how much recoil a 25-06 produces. Is it significantly less than a 30-06 with 165 gr loads? How does the 25-06 perform of whitetails?

The rifle I have my eye on is a Tikka T3 Whitetail Hunter. I shot my step-father's Tikka T3 in 270 last fall and absolutely loved it.
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There is a recoil calculator on this sight in the resource section that allows you to compare recoil in ft.lbs and the speed of it in ft/sec. This should help you make a comparison in recoil.

http://www.beartoothbullets.com/resc...php/recoil.htm
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Old 03-03-2006, 02:14 PM
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The 25-06 has medium to low recoil and the weight of the gun can make a considerable difference in felt recoil. I have a Ruger #1V with a heavy bull barrel and the recoil is not a concern. Lugging the gun around all day might not be real pleasant but recoil is not an issue.
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Old 03-03-2006, 02:34 PM
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About the recoil of a 243. Have shot deer to nearly 500(a few over 400) yards with the 25-06, and those long range deer dropped in their tracks.
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Recoil is only a concern until the the leads are secure in the heart. Approx 1 to 2 years. I will be consulting my doctor next week regarding shooting and recoil. Maybe I can get back to the 30-06 sooner (I hope).

What about the 7mm-08? How's the recoil from that round?
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Old 03-03-2006, 03:09 PM
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You know.... I would still go with the .243. I know I would want a little more too, but this is your health and the .243 will still kill the deer.

How about this. If you want to buy a new gun, get something like the 7mm-08 but in a semi auto. Will feel about like a 22-250 I bet. Maybe thats a better option for you for the next two years. You might even start to like that auto especially with the fast second shot. I know I would.
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Old 03-03-2006, 03:26 PM
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Check out this new one from Remington.

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Semi-auto's are not legal in PA.
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Semi-auto's are not legal in PA.
I thought you lived in Colorado?? You plan on hunting in PA.? Well... it was a good thought anyway. I have been seeing the threads on the 25-06, b ut I have not shot one to compare to a .243. That may be the way to go if it is what they say, and doesn't have any more recoil than a .243. I wonder about the .257 Roberts also.

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Old 03-03-2006, 04:27 PM
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I thought you lived in Colorado?? You plan on hunting in PA.? Well... it was a good thought anyway. I have been seeing the threads on the 25-06, b ut I have not shot one to compare to a .243. That may be the way to go if it is what they say, and doesn't have any more recoil than a .243. I wonder about the .257 Roberts also.

I see now... I saw the Co and assumed wrong. Gotcha now.

What ever you buy 25-06 or 243, send the rifle out and have a muzzle brake installed It will make that much difference in shooting. TF
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Back to your original question: does the 25-06 have less recoil than a 30-06 shooting a 165 gr bullet. Answer: yes.

The case capacity is the same for both cartridges. The heaviest bullet normally shot in a 25-06 is 120 grains, as compared to your quoted 165 grain 30-06 round. The 120 grainer will develop less rearward thrust when loaded to the same pressure levels as the 165 grain bullet and shot in the same weight for weight rifle. If you shot a 120 grain in both cartridges with the same loading, the recoil would be the same.
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.25-06, 120gr @ 3000fps nets about 12.5 ft/lbs of recoil in an 8lb rifle

.30-06 150gr @ 2910 gets about 17.6ft/lbs in an 8lb rifle

the 180gr @ 2700 will be around 20.3 ft/lbs in the same gun

A .243 with a 100gr @ 2960 will have about 8.8 ft lbs in a 7.5lb rifle.

Anything around a 6.5 Rem Mag and down will keep you under 15 ft lbs, but it still depends on the weight of the gun and the load in the cartridge.
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Old 03-04-2006, 02:19 PM
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Now I know why the Rigby hurts me, did a quick calculation on recoil. Comes in at 64ft/lbs at 21fps. The .375 comes up shy of 50 and feels like a pussycat by comparison.

The 30-06 youth loads from Hodgdon, assuming a 8.5lb rifle, using the 125gr Nosler BT @ 2600fps come in at an even 10ft/lbs of recoil at 9fps. A .243 shooting 100gr bullets around 3000 would be about the same, mayber a little more if you shoot a lighter rifle that is typical of the .243 vs. 30-06
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Old 03-04-2006, 03:31 PM
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If I were you I would stick with the 243 in a medium weight (approx. 7lbs + scope) rifle. I have shot both the 243 and 25-06 extensively and the 243 has much less perceived recoil. Just look at the difference in the case capacities. The 243 shooting 85gr Barnes TSX or MRX will take care of any deer anywhere. I've killed several deer with my 243 and believe it or not they all fell like they had been struck with the hammer of Thor. I mainly hunt with a 300WSM now, but given the inherent accuracy of the 243 I would never feel underarmed with one. I've owned 3 25-06 rifles and with two of them it was a struggle to find a bullet that the rifles would shoot to my standards (less than 1"). I've since traded those two off, the most recent trade for a 308. I know the 25-06 is a darling of a bunch of the gun writers but it offers nothing but increased recoil and less accuracy (in my experience) over the 243.
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Old 03-04-2006, 03:37 PM
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Seems things keep pointing back to the .243 more than all the other calibers. Just to be safe too install a shotgun recoil pad on the .243 and it will feel really nice to you. Its only for a couple of years anyway.
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Old 03-04-2006, 03:42 PM
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I've got the 243 in a Browning Abolt stainless stalker. This is 3 shots at 100 yds shooting Federal 100gr softpoints. I've never gotten a group like this from a 25-06, and believe me, I've tried and tried.
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