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Old December 27, 2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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new rifle

Hello all Casino God's blessed me again Time for a new rifle. I have narrowed it down to the 2 that i want

25-06
7mm-08

Target shooting only again. Which one is most accurate??
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Old December 27, 2012, 08:31 PM   #2
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That's a tough one, I have owned a few 25-06 rifles over the years and had really good luck with them, I bought a .257 weatherby and that's my quarter bore now days, nothing at all wrong with a 25-06! I currently own a 7mm-08 and really like it as well! You can't go wrong either way IMO
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Old December 27, 2012, 08:39 PM   #3
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In theory the shorter action should be the more accurate. In reality there are over a dozen variables that affect the accuracy of an individual rifle. Either should be a lot of fun.
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Old December 27, 2012, 10:02 PM   #4
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I would go with the 25-06 though I don't know why...
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Old December 27, 2012, 10:18 PM   #5
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If I didn't already own a .257 weatherby and was in the market for either the 25-06 or 7mm-08 I would likely go with the 25-06, I have always been a huge fan of the 7 rem mag and have owned one about all my life. Guess it boils down to what you plan to do with it? The 7-08 has a wider variety of bullet weights, the 25-06 is a hotrod with lighter bullets. Both will work very well on deer size game, and both are great on the target range. Again its a tough decision, buy both and make it easier!
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Old December 27, 2012, 10:21 PM   #6
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For some reason I have been intrigued with the 25-06 lately, even wondering if i should chamber my AR build for it.
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Old December 27, 2012, 10:45 PM   #7
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.25-06

Four of the seven deer I have killed this year have been with the .25-06 shooting 100 grn Hornady SP interlock. All were DRT... you see them fall out of the scope before the recoil moves the rifle. Can't argue with that. The rifle is a Browning A Bolt. Make sure you get a 24" barrel, otherwise you will not get maximum performance from the 25-06.
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Old December 28, 2012, 01:15 AM   #8
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Target shooting only again. Which one is most accurate??
IMO neither are ideal for your purpose. At what range do you plan to shoot and do you reload? The 7-08 is the obvious choice for the a guy that reloads, much better bullets for other 7mm than the quarter bores. The 7-08 will push the bullets of the same weight nearly as fast as the .25-06, and you will be able to handle bullets above 120 grains.

I personally like the .25-06 better for hunting and I own three .25 calibers and zero 7mm rifles.

Chowder, you can't chamber an AR in .25-06, look at the .25 WSSM for the AR.
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Old December 28, 2012, 03:28 AM   #9
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Chowder, you can't chamber an AR in .25-06, look at the .25 WSSM for the AR
when I was reading this I was thinking 22-250, which would still need a different lower than I have haha. No more alcohol induced posting for me.
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Old December 28, 2012, 05:21 AM   #10
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Guess it would help if I read the the bottom of the post as I somehow missed the target shooting only? I think both are plenty good enough for target shooting, my litttle 7-08 consistently shoots sub moa and so did the .25-06s I owned, the one .25-06 was a remington model 700 I had custom built by benchmark barrels and it would shoot a dime at 100 yrds, the other was a stock tikka t3 and it shot an inch group at 100 yrds, I am an avid handloader and have been for 25 years, I have found both the 7-08 and the 25-06 to be very accurate and very worthy of target shooting.
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Old December 28, 2012, 06:16 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the replys. Here is the story in a nut shell. I shoot F-Class Open. I already have the rifle for that game. My rifle cabinet is one short of being full. My other consideration was a 50 cal black powder. NO I do not hunt any more so it would be for just punching paper. I could also throw in 270 or 30-06 too. I don't have enough money to do a custom build,but just want one more. What other suggestions are out there.

And yes I do reload. With the exception of my Ruger 10/22 non of my rifles have seen a store bought round fired down them. I believe a die set is part of a pistol or rifle buy.
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Old December 28, 2012, 08:47 AM   #12
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My cheap .257 weatherby is on the very top of my list of favorites!! Its a weatherby vangaurd S2, supposedly gauranteed to shoot an inch or less at 100 yrds (with weatherby ammo) I reload so mine has never seen a factory round nor will it. My gun shoots a half inch group at 100 yrds with 80 grain barnes ttsx bullets, and goes over my chrono at 3700 fps! . I always liked the .25-06 and that's what inspired me to give the .257 weatherby a try and I'm sure glad I did! I didn't buy the rifle to target shoot, I'm a hunter and my plan was a hotrod whitetail deer cartridge, and that's exactly what I ended up with! If my plan were to shoot target only I would definately go with the 25-06 over the .257 weatherby simply cause barrel life will be much better in the 25-06
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Old December 28, 2012, 09:03 AM   #13
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I've got a couple bolt actions I haven't shot my 25-06 much, but seem the accuracy is there... 7-08 is very versitile ( I don't have one, but do have a 7 X 57, & a new to me custom 7 Remington Mag, as well as several 7mm Contender barrels in TCU's & etc. ) but may still consider a 7-08, as it's a very ballanced cartridge...

a couple others to look at... 280 Remington, 35 Whelen ( I just picked up an unfired 70's Remington 700 in 35 Whelen, so I'm pushing that cartridge in hopes to get a couple guys on here reloading ) maybe the 7mm short mag... how about a 6.5 X 284, since you're just punching paper ??? or even 6.5 X 55 ???

if you're just looking at buying one of the 1st 2 you listed... both would be good choices, me personally, I'd probably go 7-08
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Old December 28, 2012, 08:16 PM   #14
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I'm familiar with both, and I vote for the 708. It's a very efficient cartridge and since you want to target shoot only, I think once you look at bullets, you'll find a much better selection of 7mm pills.
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Old December 28, 2012, 09:43 PM   #15
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The Marlin is an excellent rifle,along with Rugers Mini 14,new that is. I would also suggest taking a look at thre .17 HMR, incredible accuracy at 100 hundred yards. Savage and Marlin manufacture incredible bolt action rifles for this caliber. Goodluck in your quest. Cliff
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Old December 28, 2012, 09:56 PM   #16
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What distance? If you don't have a 6 br for mid range shooting, you need one!
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Old December 28, 2012, 10:24 PM   #17
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Whoops. Just read in another post that you already have the 6br. But two never hurts! Just ream the next one out to 6brx.
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Old December 29, 2012, 04:37 AM   #18
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6.5-284, target pounding machine!
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