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Question by smallgamehunter25. Uploaded on April 23, 2010
I bought a 25-06 last year for about $700 you might be able to find one cheaper someplace else. and they make 25-06 cartridges for it
Marlin has one for 350-400, Savage has one for 400-700. Look at ER Shaw's Mark III models. Here's a couple of links.
I was looking at some 25-06's yesterday. I had my eye on a Savage stainless with accustock, Cabela's wanted $640 new. Used Rem. &Win in $450-600 range. I usually get better prices at other places I deal with.
Fed.,Win., Rem., Hornady and others make ammo for it. 85-120 gr range. Federal- 85,100,115,117 grain.
Marlin XL7 will set you back around $300
Tikka T3 will set you back from $550 to $650 comes with rings. Savage varieties will run you anywhere from $279 for the new Edge to $850 for the American Classic.
Ruger Hawkeye will run $575 or so... Rings included
Remington's in the various formats will run from $550 to $890 or so...
As far as ammo goes take a look at the Federal lineup, they a many different loads featuring a variety of bullets.
Everyone else has given you excellent advice on selection of a rifle, so I will restrict my comments to ammunition. Your choice of ammunition should be dictated by what your rifle shoots well. Any major manufacturer makes high quality rounds, and some utilize premium bullets. Any 100-120 gr. bullet out of a .25-06 will kill a deer, or any varmint. This can be determined by buying several different brands of ammunition in several different bullet weights, and shooting them. Once your barrel is broken in, your rifle will show a preference, and sometimes this can be improved on by hand-loading, and playing with charges, primers, neck re-sizing, etc. No one can tell you what your rifle will shoot well, only what their rifle shoots well.
You've chosen a great caliber for varmint or deer. I would suggest that you choose a rifle with at least a 24" barrel. The 25-06 thrives on longer barrel lengths.
I'll recommend an XL7 to anybody on a budget, but not if they want a .25-06. First of all, they had problems with that caliber despite the .270s and '06s being shooters. Second is libertyfirst's concern over barrel length. You only get 22". I prefer 22" on most any rifle, but not for a .25-06. Get a Savage unless you can afford a Kimber. Most bang for your buck with either.
good call, crm. was gonna mention ammo but just not as in depth as you did.
Good comments on a rifle... find the one you like best. Regarding ammo, I suggest you consider reloading. Brass is widely available in 25-06, 270, and 30-06. You can make a 25-06 case out of any of these by pushing it into a 25-06 full length sizing die and trimming to length with an inexpensive Lee case trimmer. Then you can have fun loading FAST 75 grain VMAX bullets for plinking and varmints. You can also load 87g bullets. 90g Barnes bullets are good for deer in the open at 3600 fps. 100g or 117g Hornady bullets flatten deer better than anything out there. Premium bullets do just as well but don't exceed their great performance. Reloading lets you shoot CHEAP in a 25-06 and by shooting it a LOT you get very proficient.
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