Im looking at buying either a 25.06 or .270 to hunt whitetails in tx with. Any pros or cons on either caliber???????
The caliber is not important (at least not when only these 2 are being considered). Both will kill all deer in Texas quite dead.
Make your decision based on specific guns - fit, action, scope, etc.
Either one is more than enough for a Tx whitetail. A Win .243 is plenty. And easier to shoot because of less recoil. A Texas whitetail that goes as much as 150 lbs is big. Just be sure to hit him in the boiler room. This year my 6.5X55 (grandson shooting) with 129gr Hornady bullets took two. Both bullets went completely through. I was shooting a .222 Rem and got two also. Both his ran 40 yds +/- after hit. Both mine dropped in their tracks.
BTW both the 25-06 and the .243 make great varmint guns with light bullets. Bill Van Houten (USA Ret)
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I have hunted with both. My personal preference is the 270. It is just a little heavier and less forgiving. The key is, as usual, shot placement.
Both are excellent choices for TX whitetails. You should make your decision on other factors including what other game you will be hunting with the rifle. The .25-06 is on the light side for elk and the .270 is a little on the heavy side for prairie dogs. (Although I have been known to use my 7mm Mag with 160 grain bullets on them to good effect. )
Can't go wrong with either one but the .270 is probably easier to get ammo for in small areas than .25'06.
They are equally small bullet, flat shooting calibers. If you are a reloader, the 25'06 can be resized
I know of lots of pros for both, but no cons. I have used a .270 for over 20 yrs for deer and elk and love it. The 25-06 is nothing more than a 270 or 30-06 case necked down to fire a longer light bullet than the parent cartridge which gives a better ballistic coefficient. I have a friend who uses a 25-06 and it works great on deer.
it's the same with the 7mm-08Remington, they took the case from the 'mother' .308 Winchester and took the smaller (in diameter, not in length) 7mm bullet to get better ballistics. I would say 25-06 is little bit better in long range shooting, of course second choice for bigger game.
270 and 7mm-08 are pretty 'ballistic brothers' Good shooting,
On Mon, 3 Jan 2000 12:23:39 -0600, Richard Fuehrer
Hi Larry, .270 & 25-06 shoot good. You will find the availability of .270 ammo is better at most sporting goods shops and Mom & Pop grocery stores everywhere. Chris Young
while you are correct, my choice between a .25-06 and a 7mm08 would be the latter... I've used a .257 Roberts +P on deer but really prefer a bullet heavier than 120 grains.
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