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Old 11-20-2019, 07:35 AM   #1
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Who shoots one? How do you like it?
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:37 AM   #2
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Great round. Shoots flat with little recoil.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:38 AM   #3
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Ruger M77. Love it! Have had 2 buddy’s switch over once shooting mine. One shoots a ruger as well and the other a Tikka. Very smooth shooting caliber with plenty of power.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:39 AM   #4
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I'd love to get one someday.

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Old 11-20-2019, 07:40 AM   #5
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I’ve shot countless Texas whitetailss, 3 mature mule deer bucks and 1 Mature Kansas buck with one. Up to 400 yards. It’s never let me down a single time. As always shoot good bullets. I shoot Hornady Superformance 117gr.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:41 AM   #6
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I’ve shot one for years and never had a problem with it putting down whitetail and pigs.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:42 AM   #7
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How's the blood trail if it doesn't DRT?
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:43 AM   #8
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Have one in a browning A-bolt. Great rifle, loves 117gr Hornady SST.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:43 AM   #9
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We've had one for years. Got it for my little brother when he was 10 years old. He's 20 now. Killed deer every year since. Good texas whitetail caliber. I prefer a little more balls for pigs. I usually go to the woods with a .270 WSM.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:44 AM   #10
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I have a Savage that is custom-built my wife likes it so much she calls it her rifle. Flat out WT killing machine. I am taking it in Dec. on an Axis hunt because shots out to 300 yds may present itself.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:45 AM   #11
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It's a great rifle. My longest shot at a deer was with one. 428 yards.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:47 AM   #12
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Good all around cartridge for Texas. I prefer the 110 accubonds and 115 Berger’s out of mine.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:47 AM   #13
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Fantastic whitetail caliber. Very flat shooting, hard hitting, light recoil.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:51 AM   #14
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Always wanted a 25.06 so I recently bought one from a member here.....really nice stainless
M77.. I've previously used a 6mm and a .270 so this Ruger splits the difference, more or less.....to be honest I've had better results with the 6mm on whitetails than then .270.... Way more hit the deck kills.... .270 they run a few yards....lost a +/- 180" 12pt using those **** yellow tips/original ballistic tip....126 hours on him before I had him dead to rights......perfect shot too....I'm hoping this 25.06 (which I've always wanted) turns out to be "it" for whitetail...

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Old 11-20-2019, 07:52 AM   #15
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Was skeptical of it as I've always shot 300wm... I picked up my ruger m77 varmint this year and decided to take it hunting as it's stupid accurate. Havent picked up my 300mag since. Have shot an 8 point and 2 coyotes and have been extremely impressed at the damage. It eats 120gr corelokts and spits them out at 1/2" at 100yrds.
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:57 AM   #16
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great round for Texas animals, it was able to DRT 2 pigs and 1 buck the first year I used it
I have a Tikka and may let it go b/c need room in my safe
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Old 11-20-2019, 07:59 AM   #17
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I bought the wife one when we first got married 23 years ago. Ruger M77 she has shot A Lot of white tail with it. I tried to get her to shoot some of my other guns but I canít get her to. Itís one of the most accurate shooting gun I own. I worked up a load for it when I first bought it and have been using the same load every since. The one thing I love about that caliber is you can load it up for deer or load it down for a bad a** varmint round.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:01 AM   #18
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I own 5 of them.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:04 AM   #19
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Far and away my favorite round


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Old 11-20-2019, 08:05 AM   #20
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After wanting one for many years, I finally picked up a heavy barreled Ruger 1 in 25.06 earlier this year. First range day and it was punching 3/4“ three shot groups with a meopta meopro scope.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:07 AM   #21
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Wow! Everything sound real positive. Thanks guys!
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:12 AM   #22
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It’s what I keep in my truck during deer season. Marlin x-7 25-06. Not an expensive gun & an excellent shooter.

I’m shooting 115gr Nosler Partitions in it now with very good results.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:12 AM   #23
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Fantastic round.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:14 AM   #24
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I picked up a 25/06 here earlier this year have owned several over the years that just didn’t impress me accuracy wise. This one is definitely a keeper. Ruger 77 MK2 put a Timney trigger in it down to about 2.5lbs every load I have tried factory and hand load run under an inch (seems strange to me because the barrel rides hard on the barrel full length of the stock). Took it to Missouri last week shot a pretty nice 10 at 120 yards DRT didn’t weight him but that sucker was heavy.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:15 AM   #25
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Have one in a Sendero and won’t ever part ways with it. One of my favorite guns for whitetail, axis, and pigs.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:37 AM   #26
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I also have a Sendero. It's a tack driving SOB!
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:39 AM   #27
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I have one in Sendero also. I would never sell it.

25-06 is a great deer caliber
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:44 AM   #28
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I have a built Savage 25-06 Ackley that shoots the 131 Black Jack Ace's @3180 FPS pretty well. It has been a killing machine for my 12 year old. He stole it from me. This is our first season with it but so far, 3 does, 4 pigs, and an Elk. farthest shot was a pig at 325 and the little man nailed it. I like it so much I am about to build 2 more. 1 for me and 1 for my other son!
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:47 AM   #29
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I have one that become my go to. Killed many deer with it. It is also hell on coyotes. You can reach out and get some coyotes that won't come in to call.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:50 AM   #30
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I have a Sako, shooting 117gr superformance.
Want to put a little better scope on it (older VX-II), besides that I Love it.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:52 AM   #31
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I have a Savage Axis 25-06 that shoots 1/2” 5 shot groupings with remington core lokt at 100 yards. I’m working on reloads for it now.
For Texas, I think it would be hard to beat.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:56 AM   #32
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Had one built on 03A3 action back when it was Wildcat..One my fav all time Calibers...wish I still had my original.
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:10 AM   #33
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I have a Ruger MK II that shoots coreloket 100 grns. very well. I was going to reload, but it shoots factory rnds. so good and are cheaper than reloading. It has always laid deer down and doesn't tear up much meat. As already stated it is light on the shoulder.
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:11 AM   #34
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Had a Browning A-bolt - wouldn't group worth a hoot - tried many brand of ammo - final got it to group to 2" - shot 2 deer both ran - 200 plus yards - shot placement was spot on - go figure - now shoot .308 sub MOA - never had a rifle shoot so sweet - 7 deer - total trail (all combined) 50 yards!!!
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:18 AM   #35
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the best cal. rifle I've ever owned, killed several deer with it. I wish I had another one.
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:25 AM   #36
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It is my go to Axis, Whitetail and hog medicine to date.
The quarter bore is very underrated. 115gr Winchester Supreme been sitting
them down for me. Watched a vid that said it has recoil of 243, flat as a 308 and hits like a 270. Out of a Encore platform rifle. Good comparison. I have no complaints and am confident it will kill any size game in Texas. 250lb+ boars included.
Of course shot placement is always key.
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:33 AM   #37
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Traildust View Post
How's the blood trail if it doesn't DRT?
Always had generous pass-through with the 120 grn. rounds, Speer Grand Slams. Blood trail tremendous.
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:34 AM   #38
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I own 2. A weatherby MK V ultralight, and a Tikka T3 lite. Both shoot extremely well.
Grandson shot his first deer with the weatherby last Saturday. Hit it a bit high with a 115 gr. partition and she went 50 feet. The deer was only 60 feet, but nerves got him, I wanted him to hit high shoulder to stop the deer right there due to thick brush. Hr had been shooting 2.25" groups at the range (I shot a .433" group). He wants the Weatherby, but he can have the Tikka while I am alive, although it shoots lights out too.
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:41 AM   #39
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Remington Model 700 with Hornaday SST. It's all I carry. Doesnt leave much of a blood trail but you rarely need one.
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:43 AM   #40
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It's a great caliber for Texas. We have had several in my family and still have 2 of them now. My wife's rifle in a .25-06. It was my father-in-law's favorite caliber and he used it for pretty much everything. What's not to like? Fast, flat, accurate, easy to load for and kills critters dead without a ton of recoil.
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:43 AM   #41
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Awesome round. Was my go to for many years before I started bow hunting. IT got some use a few years ago when the boy wanted to start using it. I was shooting 100gr Noslers out of it. Nothing got away.
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:47 AM   #42
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Awesome round. Actually upgraded to a custom barrel, able to load up to 132 grains and it is one incredible long distance shooter.
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Old 11-20-2019, 09:59 AM   #43
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Rem 700 BDL 25.06 - The only hunting rifle I own
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Old 11-20-2019, 10:01 AM   #44
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I want another one
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Old 11-20-2019, 10:07 AM   #45
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It's an awesome quarter bore! I shoot 120 nosler partitions out of mine. I've killed Whitetail, Mule Deer, Antelope, and Elk with it.
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Old 11-20-2019, 10:09 AM   #46
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I have a 25-06 that shoots so so though I have never shot anything but paper with it. It sits in a safe. I am sure that it would take care of deer and hogs.It's a great round with low recoil.


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Old 11-20-2019, 10:23 AM   #47
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I have a Ruger #1 in 25-06...one of my favorite rifles!
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Old 11-20-2019, 10:40 AM   #48
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I have a Thompson Center pro-hunter in 25-06.
Flat shooting rifle. I donít really like using it for anything bigger than a deer, and it does not drop them as well as my 308.

I have a large sample size of game hit from both of those rifles.

For that reason I donít take it to hunt the brush country. Some of the bucks (200# animals) hit perfectly with the 2506 would run 50-100 yards with almost no blood trail.

Shooting both the 120g core lokts and 117 hornadys.
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Old 11-20-2019, 11:02 AM   #49
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Used a 30-06 for several years but always wanted a 25-06. I picked up a savage axis 25-06 pretty much for a truck gun. But I’ve gotten to where that’s what I usually take to the stand. Killed lots of deer and hogs with it. All deer were drt. Took it on an axis hunt last year and all of them were drt. I was shooting the sst but just didn’t like them. Went to the hot day American whitetail 117 gr. And it groups better than the sst and does as much damage as my 30-06. Unless it’s a big buck I wanna mount i shoot them in the neck. Lost a few shoulders due to even high shoulder shots. I love it.
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Old 11-20-2019, 11:28 AM   #50
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I've wanted to get a 25-06 barrel for my TC Encore for a loonnnng time. What barrel length do you guys think is best for the 25-06 slinging 100g - 120g bullets?
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