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Old 04-19-2010, 11:14 AM
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I would use a 7mm!
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:31 AM
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by leadpillproductions
yes i do reload . Im torn 257 weatherby or 25-06 . If i go with the 25-06 my son could use it also for deer in a couple years . Not sure which way to go . Whats the recoil like in the two calibers thanks for all the input.
I beleive that those two are the best antelope rounds available. I narrowed it down to those two when it was my time to choose, and ended up with the .25-06. Neither of them has a great deal of recoil. The .25-06 recoils just a bit more than a .243 - and just a bit less than a .270 Win. The Weatherby does kick and fuss a little bit more than the .25-06 - feels more like a .270 Win to me. I am very comfortable at ranges to 400 yards or so with my .25-06 with 100 grain bullets, beyond that it can be tough in the Wyoming wind. Either would be a great choice.
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:29 PM
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I'd like to see what a screaming 80gr TTSX would do through a 25 on lopers. A friend of mine was toting some 75gr hdy HPs over a modest load of varget in his 25-06 and got his farthest kill shot at about 500yds slant range. Them bitty bullets going fast do a number on deer, too.
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by leadpillproductions
yes i do reload . Im torn 257 weatherby or 25-06 . If i go with the 25-06 my son could use it also for deer in a couple years . Not sure which way to go . Whats the recoil like in the two calibers thanks for all the input.
Since you already have a 270 Weatherby I would go with the 25-06. The 270 Weatherby will actually match the 257 weatherby trajectories at 400 yards due to the higher BC bullets available in 270 caliber. The 25-06 will offer some separation in performance from the 270 Weatherby but it is still more than adaquate for antelope at 400 yards with the right bullet.
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:34 AM
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I used a 25-06 for antelope also,flat shooting and accurate...
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:48 AM
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You can either shoot what you already own or use this as an excuse to buy something new.

For pronghorn, it would be hard to beat a .25-06 or a .257 Weatherby., but lots of cartridges will work, from the diminutive .243 to the demonstrative .338 Win Mag (probably no more meat damage than a .243 or .25-06, as the .338 Win Mag will probably pass through with no expansion). Or use your .338 Lapua -- same idea, bullet won't expand so probably won't damage meat much -- just drill a .34" hole right through the pronghorn. If it is as accurate as you say it is, you can skip directly to "ready-to-go" with a load that works well in your rifle.

Generally you don't need to shoot 300-400 yards.

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Old 04-20-2010, 10:17 AM
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When I was in NM over Christmas, I was talking to some goat hunters and they liked the 25-06. Said sometimes theyll pick up a heavier caliber if the wind gets to ripping across the plains hard enough.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:45 AM
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I have used several different rifles over the years. I have gone back to my old tried & true 270-Winchester. I am sure I will stay with my 270 for the deer & antelope for the rest of my hunting days.
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:21 AM
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6mm Rem with 80 grain hollow point.
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