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Is a 25-06 okay for hogs out to 300 yds? And if not, then what would you say the max is? (With premium deep-penetrating bullets)

And would it make a decent elk cartridge?
(Only answer the elk question if you've shot an elk or really know your stuff, please)

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Yes and yes. 115gr or 120gr Nosler Partion (with the 120 getting preference). Hit the vitals and get ready to clean your food.

That said, on ELK if it was a "once in a lifetime" event and I couldn't wait for the perfect shot you might want something a tad bit bigger chunking a bigger hunk of lead.
 

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In my opinion a 25-06 would be an OK hog gun. If you want to put them down where they stand brake the spine. I made a perfect heart and lung shot on a hog with mine and it ran quite aways and stopped in some pretty thick cover. It was tough getting in there and getting it out.

I went to Colorado on a hunt back several years ago and I was surprised at all the people shooting the 25-06 for elk. I don't doubt it will take one but I think it might be a little light, but that is my opinion. A guide that we have used on a couple of different hunts was talking about all the people shooting the 25's and he said he liked it. However, he was carrying a 7mag.

My 25-06, of which I have several, are reserved for antelope and some times deer. I think it is a sweet caliber I just don't shot mine enough.
 

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For long shots on hogs, the trajectory won't be as flat, but try the parent cartridge --- the old tried and true .30-'06

If you're concerned about being able to use it on elk, the .30 beats the .25 all to heck and then some.
 

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IMO, a 25-06 is fine for hogs...as long as you select the right bullet. You'll want something that has both good expansion, wt. retention, and penatration. i.e. Something like a Sierra Gameking 120 gr. etc.

As far as Elk go, a .22 will kill them if you're close enough and hit them in the vitals. But it's not the caliber that I'd choose. Neither is a 25-06. A 25-06 is adequate for mulies but I'd take a 30-06 as a minimum. I think the 25-06 is generally inadequate for Elk...even with a good hunting bullet. I also think it would really limit the distance you shoot at and require very exact shot placement.
 
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Hell yeah man great cart. for hogs a buddy of mine uses a savage model 112bvss and is gettin them out to 500yrds. I give it 2 thumbs up. God for deer to about 450 yrds too : )
 

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I concur with everything said above. The 26/06 is fine for hogs but select a heavy Nosler Partician. Do not use a vermint bullet to shoot a hog. If you do, it's just blow up and the hog will get away.

In my experience hog shots are close ones. I've never taken a long shot at a hog and I usually use a 30/30 Winchester loaded with 170 grainers.

A shotgun loaded with slugs would probably be okay too, but I've never used one.
 

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I've hunted elk since 1967 and have taken a good number with a variety of cartridges. I've used a 6mm Remington, a 6X60mm, I designed, 257 AI, 6.5X55 Imp. I also designed, 264 Mag., 270 and 30-06. The 25 bore has always done what was expected. More important is what has already been stated..........you need to select the proper bullet for the chosen target.

A close friend who is the most successful elk hunter I know uses nothing but the 25-06. He is a rancher and guides as well.

Can't speak for hogs as I have never hunted them, but I would bet my socks the right bullet, placed properly wouldn't do one any good.

Good Shooting,
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I've hunted elk since 1967 and have taken a good number with a variety of cartridges. I've used a 6mm Remington, a 6X60mm, I designed, 257 AI, 6.5X55 Imp. I also designed, 264 Mag., 270 and 30-06. The 25 bore has always done what was expected. More important is what has already been stated..........you need to select the proper bullet for the chosen target.

A close friend who is the most successful elk hunter I know uses nothing but the 25-06. He is a rancher and guides as well.

Can't speak for hogs as I have never hunted them, but I would bet my socks the right bullet, placed properly wouldn't do one any good.

Good Shooting,
Dale
 
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