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Old July 7, 2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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257 Roberts

Is the 257 Roberts a long action or short action cartridge
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Old July 7, 2013, 12:28 AM   #2
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Mostly made on "long actions"
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Old July 7, 2013, 12:51 AM   #3
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How accurate is the 257 roberts.
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Old July 7, 2013, 01:57 AM   #4
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That mostly depends on how accurate you are, and how accurate a rifle you shoot it from. I have seen 257 Roberts that shoot sub-MOA.
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Old July 7, 2013, 02:40 AM   #5
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Would you use it for coyote hunting out to 300yrds
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Old July 7, 2013, 03:48 AM   #6
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No problem.

Learn your trajectory.Top of my head,a 100 gr bullet can be driven over 3000 fps within book handloads.

About 1.6 high at 100 would put you on at 200 and about 8 in low at 300.(Lots of variables here,I'm ballparking a general idea)

Put a 115 gr Nosler Ballistic tip in it,fine for deer and antelope to 300.

The .257 has been put in short actions,but you have to deep seat bullets.A 7x57 length Mauser action is just fine.
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Old July 7, 2013, 04:42 AM   #7
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I've owned some very accurate .257's and really respect the cartridge. It's a joy to shoot with light recoil and putting where they need to go. I once loaded mine to a friend and placed him in a deer stand here in Texas. He proceded to shoot a hole in the deer stand...I still don't understand how he did that! I still don't understand how he can still hear anything after that!
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Old July 7, 2013, 08:10 AM   #8
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The 257 Roberts needs the LA, it is super accurate in my M-70 Featherweight. Its more then capable of getting coyotes at farther then 300 yards, or deer and antelope at those ranges.
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Old July 7, 2013, 09:56 AM   #9
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Has to use the long action

My biggest peeve is many fine European Cartridges have to use an action a quarter inch longer than needed.
The Robert's is a pretty good deer/varmint rifle. The only downside would be lack of heavier bullets.
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Old July 7, 2013, 10:58 AM   #10
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Really depends on the action you are using and the magazine box length. The Roberts will work just fine in a Winchester short action, and even Remington used to shoehorn it into the M7. I'd imagine you're limited on bullets in the M7, however with a Wyatt's magazine box you could easily use any .257 caliber bullet in a M700 short action in the Roberts.
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Old July 8, 2013, 01:41 PM   #11
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I have a Ruger #1 in .257 Robt. that is an absolute tackdriver. I also have a Winchester M70 Featherweight thar whle it shows promise (still working up loads for it) is handicapped by a long magazine and a long magazine with a block to make it a short magazine. The rifle shoots OK but groups are not where I think they should be. Both rifle have fairly long throats but I can seat bullets to where they should be in the Ruger, I cannot in the M70.I really do not want to spend the money to replace the magazine box, follower, spring and bolt stop to make the rifle into what Winchester should have done in the first place. They did the same thing on my M70 Featherweight in 7x57 Mauser.
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Old July 8, 2013, 03:52 PM   #12
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For several years my sister-in-law hunted with a Browning BLR in 257 Roberts. She took many 'lopes, mule deer, and even two elk with it. This lever action rifle proved to be very accurate and hard hitting within reasonable hunting distances. But the rifle was traded away for a new BLR in 7mm-08 and she hunts with it to this day.

The 257 Roberts has faded from popularity along with many other very capable hunting cartridges. Unfair but true. Quarter bores tend to be highly accurate.

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Old July 8, 2013, 05:02 PM   #13
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The .257 roberts is a great cartridge, but it does do better in a long action, especially if you want to shoot the longer, heavier bullets and seat them close to the lands. IMO if you want to fire a .257 bullet in a long-action rifle, you are making better use of that action with a .25-06. Ammo/brass is a little easier to find, and the extra 200 fps doesn't hurt either
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Old July 15, 2013, 11:01 PM   #14
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257 Roberts

I've got a 257 Roberts in the Remington 700 Classic. It shoots most bullets with plenty of accuracy for a hunting rifle. The only bullet it has not handled well is the Barnes X bullet. For some reason this rifle just doesn't like them.
The best three shot group I ever shot was all in one hole with just a bit of cloverleaf going on.
Seems to be easy to load for and pleasant to shoot.

I shot a sub 1 inch groupa couple days ago with my first load with Nosler 110 Accubonds. I know there are better groups out there but keep in mind this is just an off the shelf rifle with no work done to it and fired by a somewhat sight limited old man. Genuinely pleased with this for a hunting load if I can duplicate this. This was shots 22-25 since the barrel had been cleaned.
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Old July 15, 2013, 11:54 PM   #15
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The reason the .257 Roberts took a back seat for so many years is because Remington chambered it in their short action 722 bolt. Of course a short action would not allow the cartridge to reach it's true potential. Winchester also brout out the .243 and touted it as better than the .257 Roberts. The .243 never was as good a cartride. Use a long action and throat the .257 to .300 and you have a real perfomer.
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Old July 16, 2013, 07:36 AM   #16
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257 Roberts

the only one I ever shot was an old Ruger 77, tang safety, red pad.
From the bench with sandbags, three shots touching with three different loads (two were factory loads) and that was over 20 years ago. That gun always gets it's deer.
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