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    Hey BobT,
    Just curious why you dropped down from a 270 to a 25-06. Was the 270 an overkill?

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    I have killed antelope with a variety of calibers from .243 to 300 RUM, and had satisfactory performance out of all of them. The RUM with Berger 185 VLD-H was actually a great caliber for antelope due to its resistance to wind drift. Where I hunt antelope, wind is a common companion. It may be surprising, but meat loss with the RUM wasn't bad.

    Last year I used a 7-08 with Barnes TTSX, and had a nice clean one shot kill at 340 yards. I really like that cartridge and bullet for antelope. Meat loss was almost non-existant.

    I also think 6.5's with their high BCs would be great in the wind.

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    Killed lots using any thing from 22-250 to 300mag

    My wife shot her's using vortex ammo in 80gr ttsx. 340yards

    My favorite is my encore 25-06 with nolser custom ammo in 100grain partition. if I drawn another land owner tag down here probably use 257wby with 80ttsx... Been amazing performance so far.

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    Interesting to read what everyones favorite is. But the thing that is even more important than the caliber, is that you are confident in what your capable of, what your rifle in capable of and that you practice enough that you know exactly what your favorite combination (including you) can do under all the conditions you might encounter.

    Thats one of my problems with my new .257 Wby. My old favorite M77 Ruger in 25-06 and I have been partners for 35 years and have killed a lot of animals together. When I need it to perform, I know it will be there for me.
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    I bought a Winchester model 70 in .25 wssm when they first came out and that thing has been the best deer and antelope rifle I have ever owned ! 110 gn Nosler Acubond, 4x12x40 leupold, heavy stainless steel bull barrel....just point that thing at a deer or goat and it's going down. One shot one kill on everthing from 40 to 400 yards with little damage.

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    I'll likely be packing my M70 in 264 win mag. The 140gr accubond load I've been using will work fine unless I find a load for the 140gr Berger VLD it likes between now and then. The accubond has performed flawlessly on everything I've shot with it, I just wouldn't mind using the Berger from this rifle due to the higher BC. It's kinda becoming my specialized long range/high wind rifle since I bought a lighter weight 270 win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
    Hey BobT,
    Just curious why you dropped down from a 270 to a 25-06. Was the 270 an overkill?
    Nope! Just wanted a new gun specifically for antelope, I don't think there is any such thing as overkill. Another one I considered was the .300 WSM and my son in law is taking a .300 WM and the other fellow going with me will be shooting a 6.5X.284. I simply picked the .25/06 because it was enough and the most accurate of the 3 rifles I was testing as possible candidates. I am also working on a 7MM Mashburn Super and have a .264 WM in the serious planning stage, either one of these 2 could get the nod next year. Year before last I hunted with a Striker pistol in .243. I was happy with it too. I really don't care much about the caliber as long as it's accurate. I can avoid excessive meat loss with good bullet selection and careful shot placement.

    I just love chasing pronghorns, as long as it is accurate and legal I'll use it.

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    I'll take the same two guns as I did last season, A 257 Robert's and a 6.5x55.
    I shoot a 100gr barnes X @ 3,200fps out of the Roberts, a Ruger #1 with a 26in barrel. I will use 129gr Hornadys in the 6.5 @2850. Both worked real well last year on antelope. I like small cal rifles that don't kick the hell out of me but get the job done. That said, I could be tempted to take my Ruger 375 H&H just for those big doe lopes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish View Post
    I'll take the same two guns as I did last season, A 257 Robert's and a 6.5x55.
    I shoot a 100gr barnes X @ 3,200fps out of the Roberts, a Ruger #1 with a 26in barrel. I will use 129gr Hornadys in the 6.5 @2850. Both worked real well last year on antelope. I like small cal rifles that don't kick the hell out of me but get the job done. That said, I could be tempted to take my Ruger 375 H&H just for those big doe lopes.
    hahahahaha, yea those 375 H&H rifles don't kick at all.....

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    As long as it is .23 cal or larger it's legal. Don't think you will find any .23 cal. rifles though.
    I think whatever rifle you shoot well is the one to use. I've killed loper bucks ,1 with a .243 , 10 with a 7mm Rem mag and last 3 with Rem 300 Utra Mag. last ones with it in 2010 at 444 yds.and a doe loper at 310 yds last year. All died the same. I like using the same rifle I hunt elk and deer with. I use have used my 300 RUM and nothing but Barnes 180 TSX and TTSX on everything for last 6 yrs. My son used my 7 mag with 140 gr. Barnes TTSX on his deer and antelope and they dropped like rocks too. He wanted to use his .243 but I convinced him he may get a long shot. Both were around a hundred yards... Bigshot, use what you like best and drop em in the dirt.

 

 

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