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.25-06 Remington

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.


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.


When it comes to 25-06 Remington ballistics they are fairly impressive considering this cartridge what 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 largely 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 a number of 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 of the models fall under $1,000 and are usually readily 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. For the price point, the Accutrigger and action are extremely hard to beat.

I have been shooting a Savage Axis since my late teenage years and I have yet to have 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 that dons some pretty nice features and is extremely aesthetically pleasing, you will pay a premier for the Browning name and Buck logo.

That being said it does live up to the Browning name in terms of reliability and accuracy for a bolt action hunting rifle.

.25-06 Remington Ammo


Pricing for .25-06, like anything these days, has gone up 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.


Finding 25-06 Remington ammo in stock can be done. But you may have to do a little digging. A lot of the less mainstream rounds have taken a backseat during the pandemic and are just now making a comeback on store shelves.

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


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.

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