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I have a sported springfield 03 that has a bull barrel 25 06, but I am also have a springfield 03 worked over into a 25 06 with a #2 contour barrel as most of my hunting is done on foot, not in a stand and the bull barrel would get real heavy REAL fast. So I am not sure what to do with this heavy 25 06...I know, I know, I could sell her, but it sure is a nice gun. I was flirting with the idea of a 35 whelen, but I am coming here for other ideas...

I have a safe full of medium caliber gun including 7x57, 6.5x55, 270, 257 roberts, .243, 223, and the afore mentioned 25 06 at the smith's shop right now. I also have a lever 44 mag, so I guess the two largets bores I have are the .270 and the 44 mag. I hunt mostly deer and hogs but hope one day to hunt elk, moose and larger game. I have full confidence in the 270 for elk and moose, but having another, possibly larger option might be nice. I undersatnd the whelen may have some distance limitations that other calibers may not.

On the other hand, I could leave it as is or maybe rebarrel to something smaller and use it as a bench rifle mostly. Or I could sell it. I just hate to sell such a nice gun. I also hate to rebarrel a perfectly good shooting and accurate 25 06

what would you do?

Dave
 

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lubbockdave - save your money my friend. Your 7x57, 6.5x55 and 270 will handle anything in the Moose or Elk family you want to hunt. There is no need for another caliber with the line-up you have mentioned.

If you absolutely, can't bear not to, and positively hafta rebarrel that 03, go to the original caliber in 30-06 - it will still outperform anything already in your line-up and not cause you any headaches in the functioning of the rifle. The 35 Whelan is a great caliber but the 06 will do anything you need it to do. JMHO. Mikey.
 

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The Whelan is a great round and bullets are widely avaiable for this velocity level. The 338/06 is dependant on bullets designed for the various 338 mags and they seem a bit tough for the velocities chuened out by the 30-06 sized case. Of course the 30-06 while common is never a bad choice,.,. Perhaps go the other way? The hot items around here now is the 6mm-06. It gives 240 Weatherby velocities with easier on the pocket book components(brass). It'l really open up the coyotes!
 
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