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Well, after one year, I finally got my Rem 700 classic rebarreled to 257 Bob.
I bought some round nosed Winchester, but couldn't wait to reload, so got some more W-W cases and some 117 Grain Sierra Pro Hunters with 42 grains of IMR 4350. Great load with the 24" barrel. It has a good 3-10 Ziess scope on it so I took it hunting-
You can tell by my pics that the one strand of barbed wire did a lot of good keeping the cows out of the feeder, and my camera is set too high, but the season is young. The pictures will improve and hopefully my shooting.
The black one( or another black one) made the mistake of coming in about 7:30PM to check that feeder. I got him at about 225 yards crossing a mesquite flat with the Sierra 117 gr load. I didn't have my cell phone with me at the time so no pictures of a dead pig but trust me, they all look alike.
The results were very good with a high lung shot, the pig rolled over and kicked once or twice. It probably weighed about 150 lbs. I have now bonded with the 257, and sure don't see any reason why this rig wouldn't work out to 350-400 yards. It is a fun gun to shoot. This rifle is the one that I was able to adjust the factory trigger to about 2#. That is a first for me, usually 3.5 is about all I can get out of a Remington.
Anyway, with the green grass dying back rapidly, the pigs will start coming in to the feeders. They make a good target since they are about the same frame as a deer. it's good experience before season gets here.
Anyway, be careful out there in the woods, we had a fatally accident on the ranch that adjoins us to the North last month.
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Those white and brown looking pigs seem a little "Texas" size to me, but bet they would make great eating! Oh - you say they're not pigs? Thought only pigs, deer, racoons, squirrels and birds came to your feeders! :D
 

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I'll have to go out Saturday with more barbed wire, and build up that fence.
That 257 might go antelope hunting with me in October. It shoots good.
 

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Texas hogs

Glad to hear about your Bob! Friend of mine has one...had been shooting the .25-06, but the Bob ruined him!

I hunt here in E. Texas...we have more than our share of feral hogs, several farmers have opened their doors for me and a few friends to shoot some. Problem is, if you shoot a bunch you have to do something with the carcasses and my freezer is full!

Last rifle I used on them was my Voere 98 Mauser in 7x57. I have been lucky and have not had to chase them...well not very far if they ran. Love my Mauser!

I have a rifle I am planning on re-barreling...I have 3 .270's...and I and deciding if I want a Bob or a 6mm Rem. As you prob. know, they are all off the parent case...the 7x57. Not a bad one in the bunch!

Good luck with your rifle! Pictures?
 

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Good work. Yeah I'll just visualize that dead pig for you :)

I need to get up there myself and check on things. Maybe I'll bring my .257 and we can have a pig-a-thon. Dead ones of course :D
 

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You guys got room for one more in the truck? I'm ready to slam ham, but not quite ready to introduce them in MT.

That .257 has earned its keep, what a great cartridge!
 

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You guys got room for one more in the truck? I'm ready to slam ham, but not quite ready to introduce them in MT.

That .257 has earned its keep, what a great cartridge!
Slam Ham, I like that!
Come on down, nothing like sitting in a box blind in the summer in Texas, mosquitos buzziing around your head and sweat dripping off.
But as it cools down about 30 minutes before dark, the animals do come out.
I've wanted a Bob since I was a kid. It fits right into the size calibers I use anyway. Biggest thing I have is a 280 Rem.
The bullet on that pig did go in and come out the other side, so the 257 is "big enough" for down here.
Mike, I'm going to be baching it for a week or so and will probably spend some time at the lease. Bring some guns to shoot.
 

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What Tom said. Hunting in the summer here is pretty tough at times, sitting in a metal blind baking in the sun! Sometimes you have to use the 'truck blind' with the a/c running for a while. :D Just keep well hydrated.

The trick with hydration is to just drink cold beverages fast enough to replace the sweat, but not so that you have to go pee every 5 minutes.

Mornings are a lot more tolerable!
 

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Its hard to beat the bob. My son has pretty much adopted mine now. My roberts has gunned down elk with a 120 partition and hammered yotes and p-dogs with a 75gr Sierra HP. It likes them both. I pretty much alternate between my .280 and .35 whelen now but that little roberts holds a special place in our family. Right now he's all setup for yotes and is always the first rifle out of the safe when something needs to catch lead in a hurry.

What a joy to shoot, have fun.

Good luck
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Thx
I will enjoy it.
We're lucky enough to have a place to hunt fairly close so I hunt a lot.
That rifle will see action about twice a month on the week-ends.
I'll drop down to the 243 for coyotes but for pigs, the 257 should work great
 

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I was thinking about buying a Ruger Ultra Light Model 77 in .257 Roberts, but went with the .308 instead. Reason there is NO ammunition in .257 Roberts in my area & I would have to order the ammo + reloading dies, & Bullets. The Old Roberts is a fine caliber, but is hard to find ammo in most Rural Places. Also the .308 ammo is a lot cheaper and easy to find.
 

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I was thinking about buying a Ruger Ultra Light Model 77 in .257 Roberts, but went with the .308 instead. Reason there is NO ammunition in .257 Roberts in my area & I would have to order the ammo + reloading dies, & Bullets. The Old Roberts is a fine caliber, but is hard to find ammo in most Rural Places. Also the .308 ammo is a lot cheaper and easy to find.
The 308 ammo is a lot cheaper, but I buy most of my ammo on line now, and it is much cheaper than in the local stores.
Never had a problem getting it on line at places like Midsouth shooting supply or natchez shooting supply. Midway is the best but they are a little higher than the other guys
 

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The 308 ammo is a lot cheaper, but I buy most of my ammo on line now, and it is much cheaper than in the local stores.
Never had a problem getting it on line at places like Midsouth shooting supply or natchez shooting supply. Midway is the best but they are a little higher than the other guys
I can buy .308 Ammo (Winchester brand) at my local Wal-Mart for $18 per box.
 

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I can buy .308 Ammo (Winchester brand) at my local Wal-Mart for $18 per box.
Yeah, it depends on what you're buying and how much sales tax you have to pay. I bought several boxes of .30-06 online, enough so that the shipping was less than the local price for the same stuff plus tax. It's a little more complicated than this but depending on what you buy, up to a case can be shipped for $15 or so just figure out how many boxes locally where the tax is $15 and buy more boxes than that online and you save money (if the boxes are the same cost).

On some things, it's even better... Remington Green Box (140gr CoreLokts) in .260 Remington locally run like $40/box recently of late (add in a 7% sales tax above that). Midwayusa had them for $30/box and it cost like $15 to ship all of them.
 

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Anyway, be careful out there in the woods, we had a fatally accident on the ranch that adjoins us to the North last month. Be careful
What was the circumstances of this sad story?
 

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What was the circumstances of this sad story?
The rancher got out of his truck three Saturdays ago to feed cattle, as he did, his emergency brake slipped and the truck started to roll back. He tried to get back in and stop it but fell under the truck and the front tire rolled over his leg. It cut his femoral artery, and he bleed out in about one hour. Terrible accident. Meanwhile, my daughter and I were fishing about 1/4 mile away and never knew it was happening.
 

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Yeah, it depends on what you're buying and how much sales tax you have to pay. I bought several boxes of .30-06 online, enough so that the shipping was less than the local price for the same stuff plus tax. It's a little more complicated than this but depending on what you buy, up to a case can be shipped for $15 or so just figure out how many boxes locally where the tax is $15 and buy more boxes than that online and you save money (if the boxes are the same cost).

On some things, it's even better... Remington Green Box (140gr CoreLokts) in .260 Remington locally run like $40/box recently of late (add in a 7% sales tax above that). Midwayusa had them for $30/box and it cost like $15 to ship all of them.
Our sales tax, here in KY is 6%. Ammunition like .260, .257 Roberts, and a few others, generally run much more in price and aren't very common in my "Neck-of-the-woods". Most Deer Hunters here use .30-30's, .308's, .30-06's, & .270's. Some also use the 7.62X39m/m & .243.
 

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Very sad news! M sympathy to the family. Thanks for the reply!
 

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Truck brake not set and vehicle began rolling backwards. When the rancher opened the door to try and stop it, slipped and was run over by front wheel. Managed to call wife on cell phone in town, but died prior to help arriving.
 

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Congrats on the Roberts. Been shooting the Ackley Improved Roberts for 40 years. Killed over 50 pigs,a boxcar load of Mulies and a dozen elk with it. Head and shoulders above any other .25 out there. Have fun. Handload for the best performance. Keep the standard Roberts inside 350 yds for best results on big game.
 
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