.25-06 Remington

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Wildcat cartridges are almost always started by hunters and the .25-06 Remington is no different.

The parent cartridge is a .30-06 Springfield and the 25-06 was necked down to a .257 caliber bullet.

History

The .25-06 had been around since 1912 but was standardized by Remington in 1969.

Charles Newton was the original creator of the .25-06 wildcat round, but it failed to gain traction for nearly 50 years.

Purpose of .25-06 Remington

With light recoil and flat trajectory, the .25-06 was a favorite for hunting medium-sized predators and even larger animals such as deer and antelope.

25 60 remington headstamp

The primary purpose for the .25-06 Remington is hunting. I don’t see many people shooting it recreationally or for target shooting but it is still a somewhat popular hunting round.

Performance

Regarding 25-06 Remington ballistics, they are pretty impressive, considering this cartridge was first developed in 1912.

A 117-grain bullet has a speed of 3,200 feet per second and energy on target is 2,500 foot-pounds.

This is pretty impressive, considering this is primarily used for smaller game hunting and target shooting.

Guns that Shoot .25-06

If you are looking for a new 25-06 rifle you are probably scratching your head asking who makes the best 25-06 rifle. Good question. While the best is hard to define here are some solid options for you to consider.

Savage 110

savage 110

Savage Arms makes a number of quality but affordable bolt action rifles. Most of them are chambered in 10+ different calibers and are many different stock configurations.

Weatherby Vanguard

Weatherby Vanguard in .25-06 Remington

Weatherby has been making quality rifles since 1945 and each of their Vanguard series of rifles comes with a 25 06 Remington chamber option.

These rifles are nice because many models fall under $1,000 and are usually available online or in your local gun store.

Savage Axis

Savage Axis II .25-06 Remington

The Savage Axis is one of my favorite budget bolt guns on the market. The Accutrigger and action are extremely hard to beat for the price point.

I have been shooting a Savage Axis since my late teenage years and have not had an issue with it. Accuracy is on point, and you absolutely can’t beat the price.

Browning X-Bolt

browning x bolt 25 06 rem

The Browning X-Bolt is on the higher end of the price spectrum for this list. While it’s a fantastic firearm with pretty nice features and is extremely aesthetically pleasing, you will pay a premier for the Browning name and Buck logo.

One of the key factors that sets the Browning bolt action rifle apart is its commitment to excellence in craftsmanship.

Each rifle is meticulously designed and built with attention to detail, ensuring functionality and durability. This dedication to quality is evident in every component, from the finely crafted stock to the smooth action of the bolt.

When it comes to performance, the Browning bolt action rifle truly excels.

Its precise engineering and carefully calibrated mechanisms offer exceptional accuracy, making it a preferred choice among hunters. Whether targeting small game or going after larger, more challenging prey, this rifle delivers consistent, reliable results.

In conclusion, the Browning bolt action hunting rifle is a testament to the brand’s unrivaled legacy in the firearms industry.

With its reliability, accuracy, and unwavering commitment to quality, it has rightfully earned its place among the top choices for hunters worldwide.

So, if you’re searching for a rifle that exemplifies excellence in every aspect, look no further than the Browning bolt action hunting rifle.

.25-06 Remington Ammo

Price

Pricing for .25-06, like anything these days, has increased some, but thankfully not a ton.

Most .25-06 rounds hover around the $1.20-$2 /per round price point. Making the boxes $23-$40 per 20-round box.

The lower-cost ammo is your standard target/range ammo, and the upper pricepoint will be hunting ammo.

Availability

Finding 25-06 Remington ammo in stock can be done. But you may have to do a little digging. Many less mainstream rounds have taken a backseat during the pandemic but are now returning to store shelves.

Your best bet for ammo will be to check online retailers like Natchez, PSA, Lucky Gunner, and others.

FAQ

Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about 25-06.

What is a 25-06 caliber good for?

Hunting small game and deer is the perfect use for .25-06.

What is a 25-06 equivalent to?

The 25-06 round is very close to .270 Winchester in size and also close ballistically to the .270 Winchester but each cartridge has its differences.

Do they still make 25-06 ammo?

Yes, it is widely available at online retailers such as PSA, Lucky Gunner, and others.

Michael Savage
Michael Savage

Michael is the President of Lynx Defense and an avid gun owner and outdoors man. He's passionate about helping find the best bang for your buck and helping others learn about firearms and the industry as a whole.

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