R-15 or R-25?

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R-15 or R-25?

Postby MstWntd » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:11 am

Hi all, looking into a rifle now...I've pretty much set my sights on the R-15 or R-25.

I'm going to be doing some deer hunting, some shooting for fun, etc. The R-15 is at Gander Mtn, and it's got only a 223, which is kind of small for deer. The R-25 has 243, 7mm, or 308...I'm liking the 7mm the best, but the R-25 is probably a bit more pricey, and the rounds cost more...so my question is, is there any places you guys know where I can shoip around online to look at prices for these two, mainly the R-25? I can't seem to find prices right from Remington.
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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby ajmorell » Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:48 pm

MstWntd wrote:Hi all, looking into a rifle now...I've pretty much set my sights on the R-15 or R-25.

I'm going to be doing some deer hunting, some shooting for fun, etc. The R-15 is at Gander Mtn, and it's got only a 223, which is kind of small for deer. The R-25 has 243, 7mm, or 308...I'm liking the 7mm the best, but the R-25 is probably a bit more pricey, and the rounds cost more...so my question is, is there any places you guys know where I can shoip around online to look at prices for these two, mainly the R-25? I can't seem to find prices right from Remington.


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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby MstWntd » Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:13 pm

Man those are expensive too...I figured I could find a few used ones here and there but I guess they are a little too new to be looking for used ones already.
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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby lameduck » Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:38 am

I have the r-25 and I had the r-15. I bought the r-15 for 1200, but I see them at academy now for 1000. The R-25 runs about 1400 for all the calibers. The only difference in the r-25 calibers is the barrel diameter, the bolt and everything else is identical. I have the .243 and I am about to buy a 308 barrel and switch them out. Both are great guns, the r-15 is made by bushmaster and the r-25 is made by DPMS. I sold the r-15 because I wanted more knock down, when I take the 243 barrel off the rem. upper I am going to build a 243 upper so I can change between the 308 and 243 without loosing my zero. They came out with a 30 RAR that is shot from the r-15 but there is no telling how hard the ammo will be to find or how good the round is. It might be worth looking into.
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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby MstWntd » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:27 am

Yeah, someone mentioned to me about the .30 RAR...but that was my concern...finding the ammo. I would definitely want a bigger cal like the 7mm or 308...how much did you sell the R-15 for?
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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby lameduck » Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:59 am

I sold it for 1100. I bought it when they just came out and I sold it in the craze. I am lucky that here in OK they are easy to find and at a good price. If you look hard you can find the r-25 for 1250, I just did not want to look hard.
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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby Major Woods » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:26 pm

I got the R-15 in December, going to purchase a 6.5mm upper for deer.
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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby lameduck » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:18 am

I would go with the r-25, the 223 just does not have that much punch. I killed plenty hogs with the 223 and a few deer, but I think more boom is needed. Either way you will be happy just pick your shots (no matter what caliber). One negative is that the r-25 is kind of heavy, I do not know how much more heavy it is but it is noticeable.
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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby waterfowlhunter » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:45 am

the R-15 and R-25 are Just DPMS with the remington name stamped on them. I see them in the $1100 to $1200 range for the 25's and $900 to $1000 for the 15's in the dpms name. Dunhams had them on sale a few months back for $799 for the camo 15's. I build my own but that was a great price with todays demand for these. The next one I am building is the 30 RAR. To me the 308 based versions are just a too heavy to carry around the woods all day. I am also looking at building a 450 bushmaster soon. I have 7 Lowers ready to go just waiting on barrels and bolt assemblies. :beer:
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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby lameduck » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:44 am

The r-15 is made by bushmaster, the r-25 by DPMS
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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby waterfowlhunter » Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:52 am

lameduck wrote:The r-15 is made by bushmaster, the r-25 by DPMS



I do not think this is correct. the original versions that Remington put out were bushmasters but I am pretty sure that they switched it all to DPMS once they introduced the R-25. I will look into it more but I got this from a remington source.
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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby lameduck » Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:32 pm

I called bushmaster to order a barrel for my R-25 about a month ago assuming they made it because they make the r-15. That is when I learned that DPMS makes the r-25 and they told me they were still producing the r-15. May have changed since then but as of a month ago that was the story. I am no expert and they could have been wrong.
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Re: R-15 or R-25?

Postby flatbottom mudslinger » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:14 am

I saw an R-25 listed in the DHC classifieds. I dont know anything about it. I didnt click on it. Personally I have had my eye on an R-15 chambered in .204 Ruger for coyotes and woodchucks. I do agree with you though that anything smaller than about a .243 is too small for deer. Here in So. MI were not aloud to hunt deer with a rifle other than a muzzleloader, which is what I used to use up untill last season I bought an H&R ultra slug single shot 3.5" 20 ga. I find it hard to understand why someone would need a semi-auto to hunt deer with. I guess if you had a pocket full of tags and a whole herd of em were standing in front of you. Then I could see some lead flying. Anyway I never heard that either model Remingtons were made by Bushmaster I only heard DPMS. I guess maybe the early models could have been. However, I have only known of their existance for a few weeks and nothing that I have read about them said anything about Bushmaster, but what do I know. I didnt even know they made that many calibers for them. I thought the R-15 was .204 and the R-25 was .243, thats it. I guess I learn something everday. Either way because of what I do with a rifle here in MI (strictly varmints) I would go with a .204 or .223 but I was to also use it for deer then I would go for the .243. IMO the 7mm-08 or the .308 is more of an elk or caribou round than a whitetail round. A .243 shouldnt have any problem knocking down a whitetail especially with the heavier 85-95 grain loads. Its all what your going to do with it. For varmints stick with the .204 or .223, for varmints and/or deer Id go with the .243, Then for strictly big game like deer, elk, caribou, hogs, etc. a 7mm-08 or .308 might suit your needs better.
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