243 VS 25 06

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  1. DKA1

    DKA1 G&G Newbie

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    How much worse is the recoil with a 25 06 , than a 243?
  2. HEMI

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    You will notice a differance but the 25/06 is not that bad
  3. Steve

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    Not enough to worry about
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  4. nathangdad

    nathangdad G&G Newbie

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    Well, the .25-06 has greater recoil but it is not a

    shoulder crusher nor should it drive the scope into your eyebrow.

    Personally, the .243 is one of my two favorite cartridges as it is extremely accurate, more than adequate for game up to and including deer. has great range, and is comfortable on the shoulder so you can practice to get good with it. I use the standard 140 grain bullet.

    We all feel recoil differently. I am recoil sensitive so I would put the .25-06 about 50% more in recoil. But this is subjective rather than scientifically mesured. Some people may put ft.-lbs of recoil force and that is fine yet I have never found it a true comparison when it comes to human perception of recoil.
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    I wouldn't worry about the recoil differences so much , as which caliber/chambering would best suit your needs.
    I agree with Steve, that when you are looking at these 2 rounds, while there is a difference, it shouldnt matter unless you are extremely recoil sensitive.
    I did however run some numbers for you,,,,.243 100gr. @2950fps in a 7# rifle against .25-06 110gr. @3000fps in a 7.5# rifle
    Recoil numbers with these parameters are as follows:
    .243- impulse 2.1, vel. 9.9, energy 10.6
    .25-06- impulse 2.5, vel. 11.9, energy 13.7
    As you can see there is a difference naturally, as due to more bullet weight and powder chg., but it's not major.
    Just my thoughts,,,,,if you are looking for a dual use varminter/deer rig, the .243 has some advantages imho. But it's also just my opinion, that the .25-06 makes for a slightly better big game round.

    Dave
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    You wont feel much difernce between the two. I had a 7mm mag. that I did not like shooting much because of the recoil and switched to a 25\06 and loved it right way. You can find loads from 85 grains to 120, its great for deer sized game but it is a little light for anything bigger. I have seen a few bears taken with it but unless you are sure of your shot placement I would not recamend takeing the shot.
  7. sc928porsche

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    There is only a slight difference in the recoil between the 26-06 and 243. If I had to choose between the two, the 25-06 would win hands down.
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    DKA1, Onesonek gave you some numbers on the recoil of these to cartridges.
    If recoil is a problem, I suggest you might want to get a Sims LimbSaver Recoil pad. These really do cut the recoil better than any I have ever used.
    I had a .243 and I didn’t like it for deer. I prefer the .25-06.
  9. jaeger

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    Not to throw another caliber in there but the 7mm-08 is a great low recoil hunting round.
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    Might be a 7mm 08. Had one few years ago and loved it. I really like the 243, but want a little larger bullet when go for larger animals. Will keep the 243 and buy a new one. Thanks
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    I am not the brightest crayon in the box but I know that there is no "standard" 140 gr. bullet for a .243 OR a .25-06, is it possible you were thinking of a different round?? But back to the subject the 243 is a great round but the 25-06 is more "comforting" for bigger critters just because you can use a 120 gr. bullet that is a little bigger around and you might notice a little difference between the two but with the sights on an animal you won't feel the gun go off, but the 25-06 is louder than a 243 so wear muffs at the range and happy shootin'
  12. Ironcowboy

    Ironcowboy G&G Newbie

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    I agree, the usual .243 rounds are 80 or 100 grain.
    I love my .243, and its fairly cheap to shoot, compared to some of those big magnum cal.'s.
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    Sorry .338 RUM - I did make an error

    I made an error in posting the 140 grain which is my favorite with my 7mm/08. I go with the 90 in my .243.

    It was an honest mistake.