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Old 07-21-2008, 08:25 PM
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over the years there have been quite a few .25 calibers invented, i was wondering in your opinion what are the top 5?
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25-20

25-35

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257 Roberts

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Old 07-22-2008, 12:16 AM
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IMHO there is only ONE 25 cal cartridge worth considering for any type of hunting 25-06 Remington, closely followed by the 257 Roberts AI, but I would pick the 25-06 in a pinch over the Roberts Improved!
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:28 AM
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I don't have experience with the first two on kdub's list but the last three get the job done on game suitable to use a 25 on.
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:53 AM
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I've killed stuff with a .250 Savage, .257 Roberts, and the .257 Weatherby. And my dad hunts with a .25-06, deer only.

They've all worked nothing but great and my son's first deer rifle is going to be a .250 Savage, if things work out.
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:17 AM
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to my mind the quarter bore is just about perfect for 90% of the hunting situations we encounter. i love the 25/06 and i'd love to come across a nice little 250 savage. i haven't played with the "bob" yet but will sooner or later... actually i just rebarreled a 700 to 25/06AI. i figured that for the price of a e.r. shaw bbl and the reamer rental what the heck i'd give it a try, haven't done anything but fireform brass but it does make an impressive looking round. looks to me like this morning would be a good time to stay in out of the heat and load some up. in a word i love the quarter bores, they're all good!!
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:27 AM
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Over the years; I've owned several .25 caliber rifles. Still my favorite .25 caliber is the old .25-20 WCF. I have a Winchester Model 43 bolt action, in .25-20 and it's one of the most accurate rifles I own.
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Have to say that in near 50 years of hunting I've never owned a quarter bore. I've certainly skirted around them with a host of 24's and 26's though. I do have friends whom shoot both the Roberts and the 25-06 and seem pleased with them.

The old fella that lives next door killed a bunch of elk in his younger days with the old 25-35. He said he never had one get away from him with it. I think for deer any of the choices on kdubs list would work given reasonable ranges. The 243 sure seems to work well.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:05 AM
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I would stick with the .257 Roberts or the 25'06 for deer sized game. It's a small caliber after all. My number one choice would be the 25'06.

Here's a picture of a nice 25'06 built on a Pre64 Model 70. It's a custom rifle by a guy named Gary Goudy.
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My Pick

I do not own a .25 but hunted for years with a guy that had one in a Ruger #1V(.25-06). I watched him take chucks with the (IIRC) 90 gr Hornady at 400yds+ plenty times.

Was sitting in a blind with him that looked out over a clearcut in Maine when he shot the largest deer that I had ever seen dead. (287lbs field dressed,nothing in the chest) This, with some brand of 120gr.

He always said that this was the easiest caliber to load for of all the calibers that he owned(and he owned a lot).

The .257 WBY has always intrigued me,but honestly,I feel that a good ol' .25-06 is all one would ever need in a .25. -----pruhdlr

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I've owned a 25-06 and now own a 257 Wby on a Rem. 700 action they both are great deer rounds. My other choice would be a 257 roberts.

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IMHO there is only ONE 25 cal cartridge worth considering for any type of hunting 25-06 Remington, closely followed by the 257 Roberts AI, but I would pick the 25-06 in a pinch over the Roberts Improved!
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Considering your handle, I found it interesting that you didn't mention the .257 Weatherby!
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:36 PM
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I think the standard .257 Roberts is about perfect. 250 Savage if you want a short action.
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I would stick with the .257 Roberts or the 25'06 for deer sized game. It's a small caliber after all. My number one choice would be the 25'06.

Here's a picture of a nice 25'06 built on a Pre64 Model 70. It's a custom rifle by a guy named Gary Goudy.
Really pretty gun 450. Sure a nice job that fella did for you.
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Ahem, a true gun nut would have remembered the 25 Remington and 256 Win Mag!

Among the zillions of good .25-cal wildcats are the 25 Copperhead (25-222), the 25 TCU (25-223) and the 25-Souper (25-308). I own and dote on a 25 Souper, which has almost exactly the case capacity and performance of the vaunted 250 Savage AI. Oh, my - what a sweet shooter.

I've written about the 256 and the 25-308, and may someday build a 25-223, likely in a Contender Carbine. John Wooters created the 25 Copperhead and simply loved it. If anybody still made 'em, the 25 Remington would be a superb predator-calling rifle. The faddish 6.8 SPC is a 30 Rem case necked to .277", and if necked down to .257 would exactly duplicate the old 25 Remington - but with stronger and more easily obtained brass. Hmmmm.
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:44 PM
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another one that comes to mind is the 257 kimber, it's the 222 remington mag fireformed with a 40 degree shoulder and will run an 87-90 gr bullet at 3000 fps with ease.
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Have a .25-20, .25 TCU Contender, .257 and .25-06. Used to have a .250 Savage. .250 is great for folks just starting out or anyone for deer inside 200 yards. My .25-20's get used year round for chasing everything up through javelina. Nothing lost anything with my .25-06, but if I had to lose all but one it would have to be my .257 BLR (short action). It will handle anything under 400 pounds inside 300 yards and that suits me perfectly.
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There is much to say for a cartridge that an arthritic leprechaun can shoot comfortably, yet drops game like double-balled blue lightning. The medium quarter-bores, whether factory or wildcat, do both with aplomb.

If you get one, it'll be like crystal meth in its addictive qualities. Honest.
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:37 PM
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Really like the 25/06 as it performs very well but got the itch and ordered a Kimber select in 257 roberts. Can't wait till it gets here so hopefully I'll give it a try this fall.
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257 Wby
257 STW

Each fills a niche in .25 cal usage better than any other IMHO
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