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I agree with you about shot placement being paramount, however in relation to caliber, I would not hesitate to throw a 180 gr 30 cal, or 225 gr 338, or 175 gr 7mm, thru the shoulder of an elk, I wouldn't do it with a 25 or 24 Cal weapon. A bigger Cal gives wider shop options. I think that was the point. :)"

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SoCoKHntr wrote:

I agree with you about shot placement being paramount, however in relation to caliber, I would not hesitate to throw a 180 gr 30 cal, or 225 gr 338, or 175 gr 7mm, thru the shoulder of an elk, I wouldn't do it with a 25 or 24 Cal weapon. A bigger Cal gives wider shop options. I think that was the point. :)"

Hey SoCo, How do you like that .338 Win Mag?  Didn't you say a year or two ago that you'd be getting a new rifle in that caliber? 

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WesternHunter wrote:

SoCoKHntr wrote:

I agree with you about shot placement being paramount, however in relation to caliber, I would not hesitate to throw a 180 gr 30 cal, or 225 gr 338, or 175 gr 7mm, thru the shoulder of an elk, I wouldn't do it with a 25 or 24 Cal weapon. A bigger Cal gives wider shop options. I think that was the point. :)"

Hey SoCo, How do you like that .338 Win Mag?  Didn't you say a year or two ago that you'd be getting a new rifle in that caliber? 

Western, I'm loving the rifle. With RL19 and the 225 SST I'm getting 5 shots in an 1 1/2 rolling at 2840 fps. Just gotta dial it in on paper for hunting sight in and shoot at distance out to 400 to see my trajectories.

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SoCoKHntr wrote:

WesternHunter wrote:

SoCoKHntr wrote:

I agree with you about shot placement being paramount, however in relation to caliber, I would not hesitate to throw a 180 gr 30 cal, or 225 gr 338, or 175 gr 7mm, thru the shoulder of an elk, I wouldn't do it with a 25 or 24 Cal weapon. A bigger Cal gives wider shop options. I think that was the point. :)"

Hey SoCo, How do you like that .338 Win Mag?  Didn't you say a year or two ago that you'd be getting a new rifle in that caliber? 

Western, I'm loving the rifle. With RL19 and the 225 SST I'm getting 5 shots in an 1 1/2 rolling at 2840 fps. Just gotta dial it in on paper for hunting sight in and shoot at distance out to 400 to see my trajectories.

That sounds like some great velocity with those weight of bullets. 

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I've never seen the point of

I've never seen the point of shooting edible meat? Then again, i'm a meat hunter.

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I've never seen the point of shooting edible meat? Then again, i'm a meat hunter.

I guess that limts you to head shots only, eh?

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Still Hunter wrote:

I've never seen the point of shooting edible meat? Then again, i'm a meat hunter.

I'm just a hunter enjoying both meat and given the opportunity horns as well. And if needing to punch thru a shoulder and wasting a minimal amount of shoulder meat ill do it vs possibly going home tag not filled and no meat at all. Also, of the bulls we've taken in Sep. during the rut not one was any less tender or tasty then any of the cows we've taken. I know it happens but we haven't gotten a rank tasting bull yet.

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Not at all. I don't eat

Not at all. I don't eat lungs.  lol

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If it is all you own

If the .25-06 is all you own, then use a 120 grain nosler partition or other such high quality bullet and be selective with your shots. A friend shot a 300" plus inch bull with such a load since he was not able to hunt with his 7MM magnum. He shot the bull in the lungs at 170 yards and he said the bull fell over about 50 yard later. We both agree that if you have something bigger and can shoot it, then use the something bigger. All things being equal, why not use a caliber that is more appropriate for the game being hunted?

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why not? it's a caliber that has killed most of the animals on this planet. keep in mind that the single guy who's probably killed more elephant than anyone else who has EVER lived did it with a 7x57. and for the time, it was a 175 grain bullet at 2400 fps, as modern as the could get. you can load a 125 grain bullet at 2900 fps and do just as good or better.

25-06 will not give you the assurance of excessive damage if you have a poor hit, but if you hit what you want to hit, it's over kill. If you hit the chest of the animal, it is more than enough to do the job.