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Question by Drew Steven Knoop. Uploaded on January 08, 2010
No... The 25-06 is a much more substantial round. They both have a high velocity, but thats about where the comparison ends in my book.
25-06 is like crossing the 22-250 with the 270. For Elk, the 25-06 is the smallest recommended cartridge. I hope this answers your question.
According to the ballistics tables, the most comparable loads in factory ammo would be the 60 grain .22-250 and the 87 grain .25-06.
The .22-250 would have a muzzle velocity of 3600 fps and a muzzle energy of 1727 ft/lbs. The .25-06 would have a muzzle velocity of 3440 fps and a muzzle energy of 2286 ft/lbs.
The subject of differences in performance on game animals is where opinions will vary. Considerably.
.223 caliber(.22-250) vs .257 caliber (.25-06). Velocities may be similar, but the .25 has substantially more bullet weight, terminal energy and case capacity. Both are fine high velocity loads with great long range potential, the .22 for varmints, the .25 for deer sized game.
Wow completely answered my question guys thanks! all +1's
The 25-06 is a much larger case capable of shooting much larger bullets than the 22-250 and is therefore much better for larger animals like deer. The 22-250 shines with 40-50 grain bullets moving in the 3800-4100 fps range. It is very fast with low recoil and that makes it great for varmints and plinking. However, I shoot lots of 75 grain bullets in the 25-06 for prairie dogs and get 3750 fps to make the flat shooting speed and ultra-light recoil very similar to the 22-250 with better wind performance for longer range shooting (you will see that the little .22 bullets are kind of like throwing pepper into the wind. They blow around and they slow down real fast. It would be nice to have both but if I had to take one, it would be the 25-06. I have shot the .220 Swift a bit at p-dogs and I have shot thousands of rounds of 25-06 at p-dogs right next to my buddies shooting Swifts and .22-250s. I have never been outgunned in a prairie dog town as the 25-06 is plenty fast, just as accurate and more capable of 600 yard hits. With deer and antelope sized game, the 22-250 is OK but the 25-06 shines.
25-06 is a far superior round
They will both do the job on deer. Check your State Game Reg's for the legality of the .22-250.
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