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    Life is good!

    Indeed!
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    Very nice! Can you give a description of the components ? I see your are a lefty.

    Mort

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    Yep. I'm a portsider. Meant to add more info.

    Just got that back yesterday from an old smith who prefers to remain anonymous. So just snapped some quick pix late last night. Started with a Rem 700 stainless LH long action. Cheaper than buying a rifle for parts. Did the usual blueprinting and added a 26 inch Hart Magnum sporter barrel with Remington contour. Chambered for .25-06. Stayed with the factory trigger with a nice 3 # pull, otherwise I'd have added a Jewell. The stock is an older H-S Precision that I had laying around for years. Picked up the trigger guard, mag and follower from Brownells or eBay. Was wanting one of those stainless PTG trigger guards and floorplates, but $280 or so from Midway was a little too pricey for me. Grabbed a nice Leupold VX-2 6-18 x 40mm with AO from Optics Planet. Had the Leupold 2 piece bases and Redfield rings scrounged from somewhere. Too bad one can't use a quarter to tighten those ring screws onto the base; the slot is a scosch too thin. Have a crapload of old .25-06 stuff to get rid of, but nothing to shoot it in. This gun was something of an impulse project while the smith was working on a similar project for a 6.5 x 06. Got that barreled action back with this one, so now I'm just waiting for a Richards dual grip thumbhole stock which should be here late next week.

    Actually that H-S stock was on the rifle pictured below [6.5 x 06 Ackley Imp 40 degree] when I took my first antelope with it near Newcastle, WY in 1987. The stock on it now is a Richards dual grip thumbhole in grade A fancy California Claro walnut.
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    Nice lumber.....The style reminds me of Roy Weatherbys early creation's.

    When you said 25/06 it got my attention. It isn't a caliber you hear much about anymore.

    Have fun with the new rifle.

    Mort

    You obviously like the 06 case, any particular reason?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmort View Post
    Nice lumber.....The style reminds me of Roy Weatherbys early creation's.

    When you said 25/06 it got my attention. It isn't a caliber you hear much about anymore.

    Have fun with the new rifle.

    Mort

    You obviously like the 06 case, any particular reason?
    Always liked the Weatherby styling, but didn't necessarily want to buy a Weatherby to get it. The Richards dual-grip thumbhole gives me the next best thing. Back in the mid 70s, left hand rifles weren't very common and those that were available were limited to just a couple calibers in long actions .270; .30-06 and 7 mm mag IIRC. So my first rifle was a Rem 700 BDL in .30-06 LH. Eventually rebarreled in .25-06 and after that the pictured 6.5 x 06 Ackley Imp [smithing, bluing by Shilen]. So over the years I tended to amass stuff suitable for the long action, .30-06 case. I do have a Rem 700 short action LH chambered for the .25/.284 and fitted with a Richards stock.
    I do note that .25-06 brass seems to be in limited production by Winchester, Remington etc. I did snag 100 of the Serbian Prvi Partizan cases from Graf & Sons. After deburring the flash holes, when it comes time to try it, I'll just seat a bullet and see how it goes.
    Nowadays it seems like the .25-06 has indeed lost some shine. Too bad tho, it's a pretty good round altho I've never taken anything but prairie dogs with it. The 6.5-06 is the cat's meow for deer and antelope IMO.
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    The 25cal has been my go to caliber for Antelope for over 50 years. Took my first 10 or so with a 257 Weatherby that my Dad bought in 1962. I still have it and recently sent it back to them to be rebarreled. They also changed out the trigger and bolt shroud. I can't wait to pass it on to my 2yr old grandson.

    I still hunt them with either my Model 700 in 25-06 or my Savage Model 110 in 25-06 Ackley. The 700 shoots 3/4 moa all day and the Ackley is around 1/2 in with 115 Berger hunting VLD's.
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    25/284? .........now that is different. I read somewhere the case capacity is close too the 06.

    Mort

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmort View Post
    25/284? .........now that is different. I read somewhere the case capacity is close too the 06.

    Mort
    It's basically a .25-06 in a short action. Since I got into it the big brother 6.5 version has been quite a hit. Didn't used to be brass available. Now 6.5/.284 brass is somewhat common. I use it as a single shot. The fatness of the case makes it somewhat incompatible with standard magazines, tho I'm not sure how serious it is. Then again, a 120 grain .25 cal bullet going 3,000 fps doesn't much care what fired and a deer or antelope certainly wouldn't know or care either. There's zillions of wildcats, but within a narrow range, most are more alike than they are different IMO.

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