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Grantbvfd
02-17-2012, 12:59 AM
Looking at a new gun for my wife. Looking at either a .243 or 25-06. What do you guys think?

Musket Man
02-17-2012, 02:38 AM
what does she plan to hunt?

bluedunn0
02-17-2012, 06:26 AM
I have a .25-06 Love it. Shot everything from coyotes to elk withe no problems. My Mom has also taken a moose with a 25. Reloading is fun with the .25 lots of different options in bullets and powders.

Bitterroot Bulls
02-17-2012, 07:57 AM
I might sound like a broken record on these threads, but I think the 7-08 is the best all-around low-recoil cartridge. My seven year old can shoot it.

Colorado Cowboy
02-17-2012, 08:23 AM
I've been a 25-06 fan sice I built my first one as a wildcat in the 60's. Shot a Ruger M77 since 1975 and it is my deer & antelope rifle. Nuff said!!

mav_7mm
02-17-2012, 09:01 AM
I agree with Colorado, I own three Ruger M77's and I can't wait to get another. I personally love the 25-06, I plan to begin construction on one in a year or two.

Fish
02-17-2012, 09:34 AM
Hard to beat a 7mm/08 for deer and elk under 250yd. If just a deer gun, you can't go wrong with a 257 Roberts. If you handload you can get close to 25/06 vel with a lot less recoil and powder burned and they make one in the Ruger hawkeye.
I shoot a 257, 6.5x55 and a 7x57 which I handload for. I never felt I was underguned with any of them. I've shot bear, deer, antelope, one Mt goat, 8 caribou and 10 african antelope with them. I have a 338/08 for elk and moose, if only I could get draw here in WA.

jenbickel
02-17-2012, 09:51 AM
I agree with Fish... I absolutely love my .257.. It is by far the best gun I have ever owned.. Enough punch to kill whatever but not too much recoil to where you dont want to shoot! You cant go wrong :)

Tope
02-17-2012, 12:07 PM
Look at the Savage Lady Hunter in 7-08. Can start with reduced loads from Hornady with 120 grn at 2600 fps then go up to a full power 140 or 150 grain load.

Big Sky
02-17-2012, 12:30 PM
I bought my wife a 25-06 a couple of years ago and we both love it. It is now my favorite rifle to shoot.

hvfd21walker
02-17-2012, 06:27 PM
My wife shoots a 257 weatherby. She loves it. Its a 25-06 on steriods.

Timberstalker
02-17-2012, 06:31 PM
I've been hunting with my 25-06 for 30 years, my favorite rifle for sure. I don't ususally use it for elk however, it gets the job done , but it doesn't quite have the energy my Ol' 300 win. mag has. If your planning on using it for elk better plan on tracking them a little ways unless you hit the sweet spots.

sjsmallfield
02-17-2012, 08:28 PM
My wife shoots a 257 weatherby. She loves it. Its a 25-06 on steriods.

I have a 257 weatherby myself and I love it. The shells are starting to get a little pricey though. With that said it is still my favorite deer and antelope cartridge out there and I wouldn't hesitate to shoot an elk with it either.

Colorado Cowboy
02-17-2012, 09:22 PM
You should try reloading. You can reload for that for less than $1.00 per round, probably closer to 1/2 that.

Joe Hulburt
02-17-2012, 09:58 PM
Looking at a new gun for my wife. Looking at either a .243 or 25-06. What do you guys think?

I know nothing about the 25-06 but would go with a 7mm-08 over a .243 everyday. I have bought my kids one of each and looking back I see absolutely no reason to go with the .243. I'm mostly and archery hunter so take that advice lightly but from what I see the ballistics tell the story....

Musket Man
02-17-2012, 10:40 PM
All of them are good calibers. I would still like to know what she is planning to kill with it.

Grantbvfd
02-17-2012, 11:06 PM
All of them are good calibers. I would still like to know what she is planning to kill with it.

Deer, I'm leaning towards a flatter shootin gun. The 7mm-08 is a great round. I have shot it and it is very impressive. Just not really what we want for her.

Musket Man
02-17-2012, 11:58 PM
I would go with the 243.Its all you need for deer and there is more factory ammo avalible for it. I have killed many deer with mine.

Ikeepitcold
02-18-2012, 09:41 AM
I picked up a 270 auto for my wife last year. She loves it. Very low recoil with the auto and recoil pad and with being auto it's easier for her to stay on target if a follow up shot is needed.

Drhorsepower
02-18-2012, 11:01 AM
I picked up a 270 auto for my wife last year. She loves it. Very low recoil with the auto and recoil pad and with being auto it's easier for her to stay on target if a follow up shot is needed.

Very good point, they also aren't packing it deep into the back country So weight isn't a huge issue ( most I should say!)

Conrad8899
02-18-2012, 08:52 PM
Bought my wife a savage model 16 weather warrior. In the 270wsm. It came with the muzzle brake. She got her first deer with it this year.

ChadH
02-18-2012, 09:43 PM
I have (or have had) guns in pretty much all of the calibers mentioned. I absolutely LOVE the 7mm-08! It is a great cartridge. I have .270's and really like them as well. 25-06 is a cartridge you really can't argue with at all, and I am really attached to my Weatherby
(Southgate made) in .257, it shoots great (so does the .240 I have, it is a one hole gun at 100 yards). All that aside, my son's (now my wifes, since the 14 yeaar old son 'Borrowed' one of my .270's and claims it as his own) .243 is without a doubt the best shooting, "can't figure out why it stomps deer into the ground", deer rifle in the gun safe. I have heard all the "it isn't as good as xyz caliber on paper" talk and all I can say is there is something about that caliber that really is a PERFECT marriage between bullet weight/available premium bullets/BC and everything else I can think of. I've watched my son shoot a lot of pretty nice white tails and flat drop them in their tracks with a .243 shooting Federal premium 100 grain Sierra Game Kings (A bullet that some people are very critical of, but those that shoot them seem to love). For the light recoil, available selection of premium factory ammo or reloading components, great rifles by multiple makers, it is hard to beat.... then again, all that same stuff is true of a .25-06. I'd say close your eyes, flip a coin and go with the toss!

packer58
02-18-2012, 09:52 PM
The .264 Win Mag should be a consideration, moderate recoil, flat shooting speedster.....however over the counter ammo can be hard to come by at times. My father owned one in a Rem model 700 and killed many deer with that rifle/caliber. He no longer hunts and handed his beloved .264 down to me. The .264 win mag dosn't get much press these days but should not be overlooked.

bigshot
02-18-2012, 10:02 PM
Out of the two you suggested I would go with a 25-06, that round really puts the hammer on deer.

HuskyMusky
02-19-2012, 09:45 PM
243win and 25-06rem both great rounds, both flat, I think they're both very close in trajectory, one is a short action, the other a long action.

even flatter, 257wby? 240wby?

if she can shoot a 25-06 she can shoot a 270win/130gr.,

I think my choices would be 243win, or 270win.

Grantbvfd
02-19-2012, 09:50 PM
243win and 25-06rem both great rounds, both flat, I think they're both very close in trajectory, one is a short action, the other a long action.

even flatter, 257wby? 240wby?

if she can shoot a 25-06 she can shoot a 270win/130gr.,

I think my choices would be 243win, or 270win.

I have a 270 win and a 270wsm. She wants a gun that is "her" gun though.

HuskyMusky
02-19-2012, 10:07 PM
I have a 270 win and a 270wsm. She wants a gun that is "her" gun though.

get her a weatherby vanguard s2 in .240wby (as flat as the 257wby btw)

although that 243win or 25-06 will do just fine too, btw I would strongly suggest both calibers with 24" barrels, which the vanguard s2 comes in, many of both have 22" barrels.

or 257wby.

Musket Man
02-19-2012, 10:12 PM
have you considered the 243 wssm and 25 wssm? They match the 243 and 25-06 and have a bit less recoil.

Conrad8899
02-20-2012, 08:26 PM
Not all rifles are the same. My Dad has a remington 270 win. That kicks like a mule. Dont no why but it does. Several people have shot this 270. And all thay say is wow. No more for me. Put a sims recoil pad on it. It still kicks. Any ideas why? Its a remington adl 270..

Bitterroot Bulls
02-20-2012, 09:00 PM
Not all rifles are the same. My Dad has a remington 270 win. That kicks like a mule. Dont no why but it does. Several people have shot this 270. And all thay say is wow. No more for me. Put a sims recoil pad on it. It still kicks. Any ideas why? Its a remington adl 270..

The most common reasons are rifle weight and stock fit. When you are holding your cheek off the comb to look through the scope, you often end up getting "kissed."

Timberstalker
02-20-2012, 09:02 PM
Deer, I'm leaning towards a flatter shootin gun. The 7mm-08 is a great round. I have shot it and it is very impressive. Just not really what we want for her.

If you want easy to find ammo and a flat shooting deer rifle you can't go wrong with the 25-06. I used to use 100 gr Remington core-lokt, inexpensive-leathal combo for deer for years. I have put 3 elk on the ground with that bullet too.

crumy
02-21-2012, 09:22 PM
My wife is is only 5'3" about 115 pounds so I was looking at a 25-06 for her but a friend had a 7-08 and I had her shoot it. It was a good fit and it didn't have a lot of recoil. She has taken two antelope and one mule deer buck with it so far. Not had a shot at anything bigger, but it shoots flat and plenty big enough for an elk.