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#6485929 - 10/07/16 09:41 PM 25-06 VS 280 Rem
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Ok I have been looking for a while and decided to pull the trigger and get a new mountain rifle. I am going to get it in either a 25-06 or 280 Rem. Any thoughts on either caliber? I plan on using the rifle as true mountain rifle for well .......mountain hunts! I plan on using it for sheep and goats but may carry in on wilderness deer/elk hunts that require a lot of hiking. I am thinking the 280 would be a better choice for elk sized critters maybe even a bear, but the 25-06 should have more manageable recoil and more choices and accesibilty of ammunition. The balistics I looked up show both pretty similar with the 25-06 being a little flatter.


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#6485936 - 10/07/16 09:49 PM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: Erny]
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To me that's not even a question 280

Although I would go 28 nobler myself

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#6485948 - 10/07/16 09:57 PM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: Cleric]
Erny Offline
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Originally Posted By: Cleric
To me that's not even a question 280

Although I would go 28 nobler myself
. The rifle I am buying does not come in 28 Nosler. So that is not really an option.

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#6485959 - 10/07/16 10:02 PM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: Erny]
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There is really no comparison. The 280 wins hands down. Coupled with the proper projectile for the game hunted it will cleanly take anything in North America.
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#6485963 - 10/07/16 10:04 PM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: Erny]
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The 280 would be more versatile with the heavier bullets. I've never shot a 280, but how bad can the recoil be? I can't imagine that it's much different than a 270 and 270 isn't bad at all. I think the 280 would would be one of the better mountain rifle rounds.

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#6486004 - 10/07/16 10:27 PM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: Erny]
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I think gusick hit the nail on the head. The .280 is just more cartridge than the .25-06 is.
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#6486037 - 10/07/16 10:47 PM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: Erny]
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Love the 25-06 but for your application its a easy answer...280 all the way. Put on a muzzle break if you think the recoil would be more than you could tolerate. Its really a great caliber if you reload.

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#6486057 - 10/07/16 11:01 PM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: Erny]
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I'll play the spoiler here. 25-06 with 100 or 120g Green Box you'll be fine.
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#6486067 - 10/07/16 11:15 PM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: Slow Drifter]
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25/06 for deer-sized critters. Throw elk in the mix and the 280 wins.

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#6486081 - 10/07/16 11:23 PM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: JJH]
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25-06 is plenty for elk.
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#6486084 - 10/07/16 11:25 PM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: Erny]
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Maybe so...but don't you think the .280 would be better?

I do.
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#6486110 - 10/08/16 01:11 AM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: DStroud]
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Originally Posted By: DStroud
Love the 25-06 but for your application its a easy answer...280 all the way. Put on a muzzle break if you think the recoil would be more than you could tolerate. Its really a great caliber if you reload.


With a muzzlebreak my 280ai has less felt recoil than my 270
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#6486129 - 10/08/16 05:21 AM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: Erny]
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I love my 25-06 and have shot lots of deer with it, never been elk hunting but I here lots of controversy over using a .270, so my choice is simple, .25 for deer and a .280 for elk.

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#6486130 - 10/08/16 05:29 AM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: bholt]
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The 25-06 only wishes it could do what the 280 can.
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#6486137 - 10/08/16 06:14 AM Re: 25-06 VS 280 Rem [Re: Erny]
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I don't know mine drives nails at 100 yards, but I know my rifle and it's limitations or rather mine, but at under 150 yds. on hogs I am not opposed to taking an ear shot. I will be the first to admit when you start talking elk and bear I lose that warm and fuzzy feeling, simply because I have never hunted them.

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