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Question by edsterfish. Uploaded on December 22, 2011
Savage, need I say more?
Remington makes good ammo but id go for reloads if u can buy some from a custom gun shop but if your talking bout a rifle brand get a ruger they are very nice 25 06
With the new manufacturing technology, just about any rifle chambered in 25-06 will shoot more accurately than you.
The Ruger/77 is a Copy of a Win mod/70 in 25/06
the Tikka or Savage are fine Rifles also in 25/06 with eather one you cant go worng.
Either the Tikka or after just getting a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe I like it too. Mine is in .257 Weatherby Mag. and it is a tack driver. .257 heats up to much for a varmit rifle ( after 3 shots look out) but in 25-06 I say it would be good.
Barrels heat up fast with that great, but overbore, cartridge. Heavy barrels absorb that heat well enough for reliable and repetitive accuracy out of a 25-06 though.
For long range coyote shooting (say 700 yards) you want a very accurate rifle. You will do well with .25 MOA and the closer you get to .1 MOA the better. Some Savage, Tikka, Weatherby Vanguard, Howa 1500 rifles have been known to achieve this if you get the right rifle and hand load. They are all a little hit or miss though.
I normally use custom 26" or 27" heavy varmint barrels (Krieger, Hart, Shilen, etc.) on my 25-06s to achieve that long range accuracy. I've burned up a few of them. I shoot long, heavy barrels because they give me a little more speed (for range) and they hold their accuracy over repetitive shots better than a lighter barrel.
After over 45 years of shooting long range 25-06s, I bought my first over-the-counter rifle this year hoping that it would be OK... if not, I intended to replace the barrel. I got a used (because they don't make 25-06s any more) Remington Sendero with a 26" fluted heavy varmint barrel. The fluted barrel does diffuse heat better and reduces weight about .5 lb. I shoot a lot of long range prairie dogs with 25-06s so 300 shots in a session is not unusual using 75g VMax at 3750 fps.
With glass bedding, neck sizing, and match level case preparation, the Sendero is making .2 MOA at 200 yds with 75g Hornady VMax, 100g Sierra Match King, and Berger 115g bullets. I still intend to get a Jewell trigger and a better 11 degree crown. With those improvements, I am hoping it will be able to hit .1 MOA without replacing the barrel. I like the weight and balance of the Sendero for long range shooting.
I've been quite pleased with its performance so far. P-dogs are almost 100% out to 600 yards and a coyote doesn't have a chance. I shot an antelope at 500 yards with ease using the 100g Sierra Game King and a hot barrel (I'd already shot another antelope out of the herd after a 40 yard miss).
I haven't shot it but another over-the-counter rifle I would really consider is the Savage 111 Long Range Hunter. They have a great trigger and balance and they are known to be top shooters. Replacing a barrel is cheap on them too since you can do it yourself. I just liked the feel of the Sendero better.
Best of luck on your purchase and have a Merry Christmas!
I own both a Ruger M77 and a Savage in 25/06. Both are excellent rifles. since most 'yote hunting is done by moving around and changing set up frequently I appreciate a sporter type rifle for portability and handling quality.
My coyote loads feature 85 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips and IMR 4350 powder.
Treestand, the Ruger M77 is not a copy of the Winchester M70. It lacks the horrible cone breeching, the add on bolt guide, and has a stronger firing pin spring. I wish the M77 featured the original M70 trigger. The M77 if anything is a Model 98 Mauser that was cross bred with a Model 96 Mauser. It features the breeching of the 96 with the controlled round feed of the 98 and a stronger locking system as the left lug is not split to accomodate the ejector.
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