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Old 05-23-2014, 06:35 PM
 
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Anyone own or shot both a 270 and 25-06. I've got a 270, but am thinking of picking up a 25-06. How does the recoil compare?
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Old 05-23-2014, 10:46 PM
 
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I have both, and I don't know how they compare. The guns are completely different. My .25-06 has a synthetic stock, but I have a bull barrel, all stainless, harris bypod, etc. The .270 is a wooden stock, Sako with a sling.

Everything on the gun either contributes to, or subtracts from, the recoil. As the guns are set up, I'd say the .25-06 is a little sharper on recoil, but it's very hard to tell. The .25-06 is also a lot lighter gun. I'm just not sure what the difference would be if both guns were sporting the same hardware.

Why do you want a .25-06? Do you have a specific task in mind? With mine, I bought the .25-06 for a couple reasons. I wanted a good flat shooting varmit gun, but I also wanted something big enough to be legal for big game. Where I live, the .25-06 does that.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:34 AM
 
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Why do you want a .25-06? Do you have a specific task in mind? With mine, I bought the .25-06 for a couple reasons. I wanted a good flat shooting varmit gun, but I also wanted something big enough to be legal for big game. Where I live, the .25-06 does that.
No real specific task. However, I would like for my wife to start shooting high powered rifles. The 30-06 is a little too much for her, as is the 270. I didn't care for the 243. I also thought about a 22-250, but its uses are more limited.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:54 AM
 
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No real specific task. However, I would like for my wife to start shooting high powered rifles. The 30-06 is a little too much for her, as is the 270. I didn't care for the 243. I also thought about a 22-250, but its uses are more limited.
Exactly. Guns are tools. You don't use a one inch wrench on a quarter inch nut. Right tool for the right job.

The shape of the stock, wood, bull barrel, bypod mounted, sling mounted, all obsorb shock and help with control of kick. Any time you go plastic, you can expect more impact. So, unfortunately, the heavier the gun, the better control you have, however, the heavier gun you have, the harder it is for a small framed adult or a youth to carry and be able to hold it long enough to place good shots. The caliber really makes less difference than the setup of the rifle. I've had .30-06's that were smooth shooting. Two of my daughters first hunted deer and elk with a 8mm and had no problems with the kick. I had a .30-30 once that I absolutely hated target practice with. 3 or 4 rounds out of it and my shoulder felt like I had been kicked by a mule. Then again, I used to shoot a double DCM with a .30-06 Garand and not even feel it. A double DCM is 130 rounds in about 4 hours. But the Garand was and is, a heavy rifle.

How is your .270 set up? Plastic? Wood? Scope? Sling? The .25-06 tends to be a bit flatter shooting than the .270, so if you are going to reach out and get some prairie dogs, or coyotes at 400-500 yards, it works great. But if there is no specific task, you might try setting it up a little differently, maybe a new stock. Certainly cheaper than another gun.
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Old 05-24-2014, 10:38 AM
 
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Both the 30-06 and 270 have polymer stocks. I use a gel filled recoil pad which seems to help a lot. Both rifles are fitted with 6.5-20x50mm scopes (pretty heavy).

I agree about the wood thing. My Mauser K98 and Turk Mauser with wood stocks both shoot a lot softer than my 30-06 with a polymer stock.

The worst recoiling gun I have is my Marlin 1895 Guide Gun. Not only does the 45-70 kick like a mule, the rifle is small, making it recoil even worse. I usually load up trapdoor velocity loads to keep recoil down.
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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No real specific task. However, I would like for my wife to start shooting high powered rifles. The 30-06 is a little too much for her, as is the 270. I didn't care for the 243. I also thought about a 22-250, but its uses are more limited.
You didn't, but did your wife try it? Is she an experienced shooter? Maybe the .243 is the right gun for her. If not, then I'd say the .25-06 may be a good fit for her. But if she is a new shooter recoil may be an issue.
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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Who can afford to shoot a 25.06? I have a Ruger M17 that I got when my father passed away.... It's a great gun in excellent, near-mint condition. At $2 a trigger poll, { $40 a box } it amounts to nothing more than a family heirloom...

If you were going to do some serious hunting/varmint control with it, then maybe it'd be worth it. At that price though, every shot counts, at least for someone on a budget. Definately not something to plink around with.

In Ohio you aren't allowed to use a rifle for hunting deer, so in my case it's really useless. The only thing I can use it for are varmints like groundhog and yotes, and to that end, there are far less expensive calibers that are just as effective for that purpose.

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Old 05-24-2014, 03:12 PM
 
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I was kind of wondering the same thing, Whippersnapper. I hardly ever see .25-06 on the shelves anywhere and sort of assume it was pricier than some of the more "mainstream" cartridges.
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:32 PM
 
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I reload. I've got a ton of 30-06 brass that I can size down to 25-06. I reload 30-06, 270, and several other rifle calibers for about 40-50 cents a round.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:13 PM
 
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I was kind of wondering the same thing, Whippersnapper. I hardly ever see .25-06 on the shelves anywhere and sort of assume it was pricier than some of the more "mainstream" cartridges.
You can find it in a couple places where I live, but it doesn't move. In fact, one of the places where I know you can get it around here has had the same five boxes stalked for about four or five years now, and that store has went through a couple different owners and re works in that time. The color on the Remington boxes is even starting to fade they've been sitting so long, lol. $37.99 a box of 20.

It's a very costly round for those of us who don't reload.
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