2506 vrs 7mm08

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2506 vrs 7mm08

Postby twild » Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:05 pm

I'm thinking of getting a new barrel for my Encore Pro Hunter. Would like light recoil and flat shooting. Any opinions on these calibers would be appreciated.
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Postby fenton_3 » Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:42 am

If you want flat shooting I would go with the .25-06, the 7mm-08 is not that impressive.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:26 am

fenton_3 wrote:the 7mm-08 is not that impressive.


How so?
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Postby fenton_3 » Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:43 am

When compared to the .25-06 the trajectory of the 7mm-08 is not impressive. "should have been more specific" I also think the 7mm-08 is a round fills a niche market by offering low recoil with a good amount of power. With that being said it can do a lot, but nothing that great. As a Pronghorn round there are many much better choices. As a deer round "where I think the 7mm-08 is best" there are again many more choice depending on where you hunt. So the competition is heavy and I think the 7mm-08 loses out. As an Elk round the 7mm-08 is marginal; this will be the can of worms, but if I am paying thousands of dollars to hunt Elk I am sure as hell packing somthing bigger than a 7mm-08. This my personal opion, and the creater of the post was asking for opions. Basically, if I was choosing a new barrel for my rifle I think there are many better rounds and the 7mm-08 provideds to much overlap. I think the 7mm-08 is best for youth shooters and indivduals who cannot or choose not to handle recoil. I think by stepping up to the .270 or .30-06 so much is gained for just a little more recoil. the .25-06 offers the same amount of recoil but in a very flat shooting package. It is a great pronghorn and deer round!
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Postby don taylor » Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:00 pm

A typical .25-06 90 grain pill has about 8 inches of drop over 300 yards. Pretty impressive and more than adequate on light skinned game. I compare it with the .243 win and .257 roberts.

7mm-08 is nice but I put that with 308's and I'd rather have the .308 bullet selection. Both are proven calibers.
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Postby Kurt » Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:19 pm

I would just go with the 7mm rem high bc bullets and all the power you will need for anything in NA. Shoot the berger 168's and dont look back.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:07 am

I like both, and have no problems with either one. As with any cartridge, there are pros and cons to both.

Only thing I can say is that it is up to you to decide which set of variables you are more willing to live with.

Either one is gonna goo whatever you shoot.
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Re: 2506 vrs 7mm08

Postby ALMODUX » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:09 pm

I like them both. The 25-06 is a better dual purpose big game/varmint caliber. The 7mm-08 is a better dual purpose deer and other medium-big game round. It's a simple bullet selection/trajectory option. Really, both kick about the same, to me. To 300 yards, the 25 is on a string. The 7mm-08, not so much...though it will do it. Your choice. Personally, I don't see the sense in short-action cartridges in a single shot rifle...but that's me. I'd think a .280 remington would make sense over the 7mm-08, at least in a TC...unless there are recoil, barrel length, etc. concerns? :biggrin:
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Re: 2506 vrs 7mm08

Postby ctrfire » Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:00 am

7mm-08 is a fine cartridge for medium sized game, it's my absolute favorite for Kansas deer hunting and we have some big deer. If I were hunting larger animals such as Elk I would leave it at home and opt for something larger like 7mm or 300wm. Some folks consider it a kids or womans caliber but don't let that stop you if you want to buy one for your personal hunting rifle, I personally believe it to be a great caliber I just wish there was a larger choice of manufactured loadings for it. Your pretty much limited to a 140gr bullet but you can find that in many different types. I have seen some custom ammo our there in 160gr but they are few and far between. 25-06 is a great Goat rifle but both guys I hunt with that own them don't use them around here for deer, they don't hold up very well in areas of moderate to heavy timber. But like I said about Goat country they really excell in open country shooting at long distances. My personal choice this year is going to be .54 cal Custom Muzzleloader for the whitetails around here.
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Re: 2506 vrs 7mm08

Postby muddydog » Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:36 pm

I have owned about every standard caliber made except for these 2. I would have to go with the 7mm-08. I looked at the ballistics charts and was very impressed! I think it will be my next caliber in a REM. 700.
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Re: 2506 vrs 7mm08

Postby Double Shorthair » Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:59 am

I HAVE A 7MM-08 AND DROPPED DEER AT PRETTY LONG RANGES WITH IT,BUT BOTH ARE NICE :thumbsup:
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