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Old 11-16-2018, 10:56 AM   #1
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Default Looking to buy a 25-06 for my son...

Iíve heard they need to have at least a 24Ē inch barrel and itís hard to beat Savage for off the shelf accuracy. Doesnít seem like they make one with a 24Ē Barrel. Any recommendations on brand or rifle. Thanks.
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:03 AM   #2
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He’s shot several with my 308 and he’s dead set on a rifle that has more potential to drop them in their tracks. I’ve tried a lot of different ammo, and the deer usually don’t go far, but rarely drop from a 308, and we helped track a perfectly double lung shot doe on a youth hunt shot with a 308, zero blood trail. Shot with a psp 150gr Federal.
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:05 AM   #3
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I have a Sako and have had it for about 25 years and my father has a Remington 700 Classic. Both shoot great and both have 24" barrels. I think most will have 24" barrels but i could not see a 22" barrel being too much slower.
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:07 AM   #4
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I will see what I have!
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:08 AM   #5
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Not an expert, but I believe you lose only 25 FPS per inch lost. So 50 FPS from a 24" to a 22" worth it to me for a shorter barrel.

But I know the Weatherby Vanguard S2 is a 24" barrel and right at the $500 mark.

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Old 11-16-2018, 11:14 AM   #6
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I have a TC Encore and believe it has a 26Ē barrel. Shoots like a dream
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:20 AM   #7
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I prefer 24-26 tubes with the 25-06 case...a 22" is gonna have a loud bark.

257 Roberts would be a better balance with the short route.
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:29 AM   #8
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I prefer 24-26 tubes with the 25-06 case...a 22" is gonna have a loud bark.

257 Roberts would be a better balance with the short route.
Thatís another reason I was thinking a 24Ē Barrel.
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:35 AM   #9
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Not an expert, but I believe you lose only 25 FPS per inch lost. So 50 FPS from a 24" to a 22" worth it to me for a shorter barrel.

But I know the Weatherby Vanguard S2 is a 24" barrel and right at the $500 mark.

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My 308 is a Vanguard S2. It’s been a good rifle, but I’ll be honest, my dad bought a 6.5 creedmoor that will clover leaf is a savage axis w/ heavy barrel. The Savage doesn’t feel as well made, but dang that sucker is a tack driver.
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:37 AM   #10
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I will see what I have!
Dealer, or out of your private collection?
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:42 AM   #11
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I have a Remington 700 Sendero SFI in .25-06 topped with a silver Leupold Vari Xii 3-9x40 that I might be persuaded to sell. What are you looking to spend on one?
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:50 AM   #12
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$500 is probably max, son sold his 17 and he has a little more saved up, so cheaper is better.
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Old 11-16-2018, 12:15 PM   #13
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Saw this in the classified, not a 25-06. If he shoots your 308 this could be right up his wheelhouse. I have shot a 25-06 for years and prefer my 308 now. I like the short action a lot better. Also threaded barrel for a can if desired.

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Old 11-16-2018, 12:19 PM   #14
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My TC Encore Pro Hunter has a 26'' or 28'' barrel I believe. It's a pretty good shooter.
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Old 11-16-2018, 12:53 PM   #15
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Anybody have a Weatherby in 25-06? Curios what kind of groups some have got. Also the Savage 110 Apex hunter shows that it comes with a 24” Barrel. Just can’t find much info on that rifle. Would be wanting something that would shoot sub MOA with the right ammo. Is that unrealistic for off the shelf accuracy in a 25-06?
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Old 11-16-2018, 12:56 PM   #16
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I’ve seen some special run Ruger American Predator in 25-06, but again can’t find any reviews of them and 22” Barrel. And they feel kinda cheap....
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:01 PM   #17
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Don’t worry so much about the shorter barrel. I have four 25-06’s. One is a Sako A7 with a 22 7/16 barrel. It isn’t louder to the shooter than my 26” Sendero. As far as performance, I haven’t noticed the short barrel being a handicap at my normal hunting distances inside 300 yards.
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:06 PM   #18
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So i read something about because it’s an overbore cartridge, all the powder isn’t quite burned in the shorter barrels vs the longer barrels. This could be old obsolete info with newer powders etc idk.
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:11 PM   #19
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So i read something about because itís an overbore cartridge, all the powder isnít quite burned in the shorter barrels vs the longer barrels. This could be old obsolete info with newer powders etc idk.
The deer and hogs wonít know the difference! If you like Savage rifles and want a 25-06 that would be the combination to get. My little Sako stays in the truck year round, it hasnít failed me yet.
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Old 11-16-2018, 01:24 PM   #20
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Never seen a vanguard that wouldn't shoot well.

That would be my choice in that price range. And I would not buy a 25-06 without at least 24" barrel.
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Old 11-16-2018, 02:03 PM   #21
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Never seen a vanguard that wouldn't shoot well.

That would be my choice in that price range. And I would not buy a 25-06 without at least 24" barrel.
Kinda leaning that way, as i think theyíre a better built rifle then a Savage. Anyone know the best price online for these. $499 local plus tax or if I can find one online there a $30 FFL fee
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Old 11-16-2018, 02:46 PM   #22
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Heís shot several with my 308 and heís dead set on a rifle that has more potential to drop them in their tracks. Iíve tried a lot of different ammo, and the deer usually donít go far, but rarely drop from a 308, and we helped track a perfectly double lung shot doe on a youth hunt shot with a 308, zero blood trail. Shot with a psp 150gr Federal.
No matter what caliber you shoot a deer with, it will almost always run if you are shooting them right behind the shoulder. Shoot top half of the shoulder = drt.
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Kinda leaning that way, as i think theyíre a better built rifle then a Savage. Anyone know the best price online for these. $499 local plus tax or if I can find one online there a $30 FFL fee
Buy from Bud's. Check out the "weatherguard". Same gun but it is cerakoted for only $50 more

I'm a big weatherby vanguard fan but you will want to put a Timney trigger in it at some point...an extra $100
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:17 PM   #24
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So i read something about because itís an overbore cartridge, all the powder isnít quite burned in the shorter barrels vs the longer barrels. This could be old obsolete info with newer powders etc idk.
It's an accurate statement...I bet a 22" gun would have one heck of a fireball out of the muzzle.

26 would be optimal for this cal IMO but a 24 will work fine. Most of your 26" guns will have a build along the lines of the sendero which I prefer for blind hunting. Could be a bit much for a kiddo with any amount of walking.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:21 PM   #25
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Dad has a vanguard in 25-06 and it is a great gun with moderate recoil and very accurate
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No matter what caliber you shoot a deer with, it will almost always run if you are shooting them right behind the shoulder. Shoot top half of the shoulder = drt.
have to disagree, I have shot 50+ right behind the shoulder and everyone of them dropped right there..... might be a caliber or bullet issue with your problems
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Iíve heard they need to have at least a 24Ē inch barrel and itís hard to beat Savage for off the shelf accuracy. Doesnít seem like they make one with a 24Ē Barrel. Any recommendations on brand or rifle. Thanks.
I know you did not ask about it but the 270 would be a great choice and is common with slightly shorter barrels
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Old 11-16-2018, 08:43 PM   #28
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I ave’s a tikka in 25-06 and it is a tack driver
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:05 PM   #29
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I aveís a tikka in 25-06 and it is a tack driver
How long is the barrel?
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:19 PM   #30
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www.budsgunshop.com

Haven’t really found anyone who can match there prices.

Also Academy is dumping some bolt actions cheap next week for “Black Friday”. Might check there too.
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:51 PM   #31
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I have a Savage 116 XP. Yes it has a 22Ē barrel and yes at dusk it will put out a nice fireball.

I bought it before I read about the 24Ē barrel burning powder longer / better. That being said Iíve been happy with it and donít plan on getting rid of it. For my purposes and use - hunting only - it works great.


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Anybody have a Weatherby in 25-06? Curios what kind of groups some have got. Also the Savage 110 Apex hunter shows that it comes with a 24Ē Barrel. Just canít find much info on that rifle. Would be wanting something that would shoot sub MOA with the right ammo. Is that unrealistic for off the shelf accuracy in a 25-06?

I have a Weatherby MK V ultra light. Sorry but I have not shot it yet due to I am recovering from back surgery. I also have a Tikka T3 lite, in 25-06, and I have shot it. After about 40 rounds it started shooting lights out. I was beginning to worry, wondered if it was me or the rifle. It only has a 22.5" barrel if I remember correctly.
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Old 11-19-2018, 01:47 PM   #33
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Thanks for all the responses. I think the Weatherby S2 is in the lead right now. Will wait and see if any good deals pop up hear during the holiday season.
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Old 11-19-2018, 02:06 PM   #34
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I believe Brownells has a Savage Axis II 25-06 on sale for $329.99. Comes with a scope (although you may want to upgrade the scope). Plus, I think Savage has a $60 mfr rebate.
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Old 11-19-2018, 02:26 PM   #35
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I don't think there is gonna be much difference in how far they run with a 308 vs. .25-06.
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Old 11-26-2018, 07:35 PM   #36
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Iím selling a new Tikka T3x lite stainless in 25-06. Never been fired. Will come with a 20 moa rail. 675.


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