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Old 01-17-2005, 09:12 AM
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hey everyone, im wanting to get a .25-06 for a deer rifle/varmint rifle, im pretty set on the caliber, but am still open to suggestions. anyways i want the rifle to be lighter so i can carry it around all day without killing myself do it, so i was wondering what the kick would be like in a tikka t3 lite stainless because its a pretty light rifle and if someone has experience with this rifle how did it shoot?. also does the 25wssm kick more than the .25-06? thanks a lot guys, great forum, im here everyday. are ruger barrels free floated?

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Old 01-17-2005, 09:51 AM
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I bought my wife that exact rifle.....T3 Lite, laminated stock, stainless. She has a 3x9x40 Nikon Monarch scope and you are correct about it being an easy carry. Recoil is mild, she shoots it without her Past recoil contraption. I load her 100 gr Sierra HPBT in front of 48 gr of H4350. Not a hot load but is very accurate. Can't say how this load would do on a varmint, pretty much just a target load.
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Old 01-20-2005, 04:06 AM
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My best friend has two Winchester model 70 rifles of equal weight. First is a 25-06 and second is a 270. I've fired both within moments of each other. The 25-06 with 117 grain Sierra has less recoil than 270 with 130 grain.

Interestingly, 25-06 shoots a tighter group in this rifle.
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:29 AM
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Owned several 25-06's and always found them to be good shooters. Never really messed too much with the lighter bullets, as hunting was the intended purpose. the 117 and 120 gr bullets with full cases of RL-22 always got the job done.
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Old 01-20-2005, 04:42 PM
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Get the 25-06 you will not be sorry mild recoil, fast, and a flat shooter 100 to 120 gr. bullets all shoot good. I had two 25-06's and then built a 257 Wby. on a 700 action, I was never sorry there great shooters.

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Old 01-21-2005, 02:20 PM
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After 48 years of hunting deer and other big game, the 25-06 is my new favorite. I have a bad shoulder and wanted something that would kill deer like Thors hammer without the recoil. Well that gun is the 25-06. Light recoil and the deer go down like the ground has been jerked from under their feet. I got the Ruger but its a pretty heavy rifle as the 24 inch barrel is quite heavy. I have a new Simmons Aetec scope on it and would not trade that combo for anything I have seen so far.
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Old 01-21-2005, 02:44 PM
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thanks for all of your help guys, i think here in a few months, ill get a .25-06, thanks again.
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Old 01-21-2005, 03:26 PM
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The 25/06 would be a good choice for deer/varmit combo rifle so long as we're talking coyotes for varmits. But if your ever planning on one of those all day or multi day ground hog city hunts out west - forget it. I though the same thing with a .243 but the experienced guys just shook their head and said "you'll be sorry". They are right, if your shooting high volumes of ammo, the recoil of anything over .224 ceterfire rounds will get to you. Most of the die hards even prefer a .222/.223 to a 22-250/.220 swift for high volume work.
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Old 01-22-2005, 05:30 AM
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I bought myself a Ruger #1V in 25-06 (Xmas present from me to me) to serve as a dual purpose deer/varmint rifle. I put a Zeiss Conquest 4-14 X 44mm scope on it. The combo is kind of heavy (right at 11 pounds) to lug around all day but if you're in a tree stand hunting deer that doesn't matter.

I have an Uncle Bud's Bulls Bag field rest I use when punching holes in paper. There is a little muzzle jump but the recoil is not a bother at all for this weight gun. I haven't yet had the opportunity to get it out on a varmint hunt but I don't think recoil with this combo will be a problem.

If all I wanted to use the gun for was small varmints, I'd go the 204 Ruger route.
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