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Deer Rifle 25-06, 7mm-08, or 260? Which? Why?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Esox357, Nov 12, 2002.

  1. Esox357

    Esox357

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    Okay guys, I have a dilema I am looking for a light recoiling rifle for a 14 year old girl. This rifle will double as a varmit rifle for me. Which has the least recoil? I was previously looking at the 243 but since have changed my mind. Any suggestions? Thanks Esox357
     
  2. ithaca_deerslayer

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    I don't know of those.

    But, I think a full-size Rem 700 .308 has low recoil enough (but if you cut the stock to fit her, I don't know). Any .243 has low recoil.

    Why are you steering away from a .243?
     

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    These 3 are fairly close, but the .260 and 7mm-08 are built on short action rifles while the .25-06 is a long action. The .260 should have a very slight edge in recoil and just could be the ideal caliber for deer.

    Factory ammo such as the 125 grain Rem w/Nosler Partition bullets will do the job nicely. Best results for varmints is to reload your own. I use lots of 85 gr Sierra HP's, 100 gr Ballistic Tips, and 95 gr Hornady V-Max bullets with excellent results. :)

    Swede
     
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    marvin sci-fi nut

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    the 25-06 has very little recoil and it has true long range power for deer. with 75 or 87 grain bullets it's one of the longest shooting groundhog guns going. the 260 might be a better all around deer gun but it doesn't have the reach for deer that the 25-06 has.
     
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    What about a 223? Would that be considered too lite for deer? How is the trajectory on something like that. I just look at the ammo cost. The 3 calibers you mentioned, I had never heard of. Which makes me assume that ammo would be expensive.

    BTW, I started hunting at age 10 with a 30-06.
     
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    My vote is for the .260! But then again, I may be biased because it is currently my primary deer rifle! ;Q Mine is a Remington 700 Mountain Rifle. This gun will produce half-inch groups at 100 yards with both select reloads AND the 140gr Remington CoreLokt factory loads. Plus, it has very minimal recoil, and thus is easy to learn to control. Great choice IMO. And so what if it lacks the .25-06's reach on deer? 300 yards is far enough for most people! ;) But be warned, without reloading, this rifle can be a little on the pricey side to run. Around here Corelokts go for $16/box of 20. The 125gr Partition loads are around $23-24/box.
     
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    Thanks guys, it is a toss up between the 260 and the 243. I will check the cost of ammo and go from there. Thanks again. Esox357
     
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    Don't rule out the 7mm-08.
    Sometimes ammo is more readily available for it than the .260.
    The store I work at carries 8 loads from 3 manufacturers in 7mm-08 but only 2 in .260 from Remington.
    I own a Remington model 7 stainless in 7mm-08 with a Leupold VXII 2x7 that is a very handy rifle. Recoil is a non-issue.
    Good luck in deciding.