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    Caliber for Mule deer

    What would be the better choice to carry on a mule deer hunt in Wyoming, I have a howa 25.06 and a 270 savage. I love them both but really like the howa although I think the 270 will pack more punch it is heavier to lug around. My question is would a 25-06 be enough rifle on a big mule deer buck?

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    I would think it would be fine with a good bullet and accurate shot placement.
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    I have always liked the 270 for out west. I have had great sucess with it on western hunts for blacktail in California to Antelope in Wyoming.

    I handload my 270 with a 150 grain Speer Grand Slam over 54.5 grains of IMR 4831 and seated .015" from the lands. I get 1 inch groups out to 300 yards using this load, which to me makes for a great western hunting round.
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    I have killed lots of deer with a 2506, even a couple over 400 yds. one at 500. I've shot some big deer also and it worked just fine. Nothing wrong with the 270 either. If you look at the energy of both rounds, there isn't much difference. But I guess if I wanted to shoot him to drop him in his tracks I think the 270 would be a little better to hit shoulder bone with. I have 2 guns I use for deer, a 2506 and a .264 win mag. I can't tell the difference in which one kills faster. I'm sure if I was elk hunting I know I would take the 264.

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    The 25-06 would be fine but I would still take the 270.
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    My neighbor used a 257 weatherby for whitetail with the 110gr accubond bullets. He has taken both shoulders at 100yds on several big bodied deer with it, and the bullet held together and exited each time. I would not be afraid to use this bullet from a 25-06 on muleys. The 270 is a good choice also, I've used the 150gr partition and 130gr accubond in it. I use a 270WSM with 140gr accubonds for most of my deer hunting and been very happy with the results. Take whichever you are more comfortable shooting and you will be fine.

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    +1 on that. He said what I should've said. Take whatever you have the most confidence in.
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    I would shoot the 2506 before taking the 270 for Mule deer. The BC is better for the 2506 and energy is almost the same at 500yds. The 2506 should have less felt recoil. My choice is the 243 WSSM out to 500yds after that I would use the 7mm with the 168 Bergers. The only time I will go big caliber is for the big bear if I ever get to hunt them. Dick Scorzafava, author of Radical Bear Hunter worked up a bear gun for Savage, it has all the bells and whistles and comes in 300 and 325. In this case I would go with the 325. Deer are not going to attack you and the little 243 WSSM is 10 for 10.
    Smaller is better

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    I watched my cousin drop a cow elk at 315 yards with a 120 grain sierra gameking out of a 25-06. I think the 25-06 is a great deer rifle.

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    [QUOTE=xtreme;1225]I would shoot the 2506 before taking the 270 for Mule deer. The BC is better for the 2506 and energy is almost the same at 500yds.

    What bullet are you using in the 25-06 with a higher BC than the 270? I wasn't aware of any hunting bullets with a BC better than .466 or whatever berger's 115 VLD is. Nosler 115 ballistic tip is a shade lower I think. I always liked the 25 but wished they offered a higher BC bullet like they do in 6mm or 6.5, maybe there is one I haven't heard about.

    I am with you on liking the 6mm calibers, I shoot 100gr sierra gamekings from my 6mm Rem at 3150fps and have been real happy with them for coyotes. I'll probably take it on my next antelope hunt too, and my girlfriend will shoot it for deer. I've had real quick kills with the 6mm berger VLD bullets also, I got to test the new 87gr one for them. Neighbors took 3 deer with my rifle and handload and none went over 20ft. Internal damage was impressive and there was almost no external bleeding to contaminate a field with scent. I don't like the VLD's for coyotes, the delayed expansion doesn't do enough damage for me before passing through. Standard bullets open quicker on impact for the narrower chest cavity of yotes.

    Sorry I kinda got off subject. I'm curious about the high BC 25 cal bullets though

 

 

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