Hunting rifles are as personal as socks. Everyone wears them, but no one agrees which is best. I like rifles for more than practicality, I like them as working art.Hunting rifles are as personal as socks. Everyone wears them, but no one agrees which is best. I like rifles for more than practicality, I like them as working art.
That said, I would tell you to consider the 257 Roberts. It is a workhorse of the 25 bore lineup, not as powerful as a 25-06, but the cool factor is second to none.
The 257 Roberts is to the 25 caliber, what the 30-06 is to the 30 caliber. They both kill above their ballistic stats and are not punishing with recoil.
A fantastic medium sized game cartridge that performs beyond what B.C. velocity and energy statistics show it is capable of...
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Quarter bore got the vote by a landslide. I am going to try to implement a poll as well, not quite sure how to do that. I think the 25 / 6mm would be an awesome addition to the lineup.
I am also intrigued by the 7mm SAUM. Not sure it does anything that my other rifles dont (but it doesnt need to). I am more looking for a cool factor, fun project, and hopefully something my 3 year old son can use when he starts hunting with me in 7 or so years.
I think I am going to look into the 25 cartridges, specifically the 257 Roberts. I am also going to look hard at a 243 or a 6mm creedmoor. One would think that ammo or components would be easier to find (brass specifically) than a 25 bore, but I could be wrong. Thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming!
7mm is giving me stirrings, no doubt. A 7mm SS, 7mm SAUM, 7mm-08, would all be fun to do. Since I try to reload for my rifles, I have no qualms with a wildcat.Something i've been thinking about with the forementioned short action magnum bolt face action.
7mm-350 Rem Mag.
Can either get 6.5mm Rem Mag, or 350 Rem Mag cases & neck up or down as needed.
OR can be made from 7mm Rem Mag cases.
Would definitely be something different at band camp!
Although i might be inclined to do the wildcat 7mm RCM also.