.257 Round for Deer Hunting

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by A-Zo, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. A-Zo

    A-Zo New Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    What do you guys think about the .257 round for deer hunting? I'm looking at a few guns right now and one of them is a .257, don't have any experience with it, but I'm considering it. I have a 30-06 now. Been also looking at a 7mm, .270, and .380 for hunting, which is best.
  2. ThunderStick300MAG

    ThunderStick300MAG New Member

    Jul 6, 2007
    Wallburg, NC
    The .257 Roberts? 25-06? Either one, great deer rounds. but the 7mm, 270 and 308 are great calibers as well (nothing wrong with the 30-06 you have now)...as are the 260, the 280, and 284. Anything in the league of those bullets will do you well for deer or even elk sized game with the right bullet combination.

  3. Two questions:

    1. Will you be handloading?

    2. Will you be hunting anything bigger than deer?

    A lot of hunters like the .25-06 and it does the job well, but I'm not a big fan; consider it rather inefficient.

    The .257 Roberts I like a lot; efficient, accurate in most quality rifles, low recoil, great potential for handloading and more than enough for deer sized game.
  4. 300 H&H

    300 H&H Active Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    I guess you guys are forgetting the "one" that made it alright to shoot a deer with a .25 bore. The 250 Savage......and it is very efficient as well, if you encounter a rifle for it. Best reguards Kirk
  5. Michael G

    Michael G New Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    Garland Texas
    My first question to your question would be "What type of terrain are you going to be hunting in?". I've hunted in the Texas hill country with a lot of open space where 300 yard shots are common. 25.06, .257, .270 caliber rifles are great as is my primary rifle which is a winchester model 70 bolt action 30.06. But right now I'm hunting in the east texas Piney Woods where a heavier/ slower bullet is necessary most of the time when you are hunting in the brushy creek bottoms. Right now my pick is a 30-30 or .444 lever action with iron sights as the shot distance is 20 to 90 feet (we do have some large pigs (300 to 600 lbs hence the .444 cal. I carry). Take into consideration knock down power, twigs knocking your bullet off course and how much land are you hunting on to track your kill before the kill jumps onto someone else's land that you are not allowed to enter period.
  6. A-Zo

    A-Zo New Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    Michael, I also use a Winchester model 70 bolt action.

    And, I typically hunt in the Northeast part of the country. Pennsylvania, New York, etc... Most of the shots will be taken at less than 300 yards, and I have a 30-30 for my brush gun. I do occasionally hunt bear, so I would take that into consideration when choosing my next gun.

    USMC, I will be hand loading.
  7. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    I've currently got a 25-06 but had a .257 Ruger Lightweight 77 before some ******* gave it a pair of legs one night.

    Great cartridge for deer!...I echo USMC-03's thoughts on it being a great shooter and easy on the shoulder.
    If you handload for it, you can go +P(50,000cup) with it and get 3000-3100fps with a 100gr bullet. Or stick with standard pressures (45,000cup) and it should run 2900-3000fps with the same bullet.
    Personally, I keep my 25-06 deer loads a little on the light side (3100fps with the Barnes 100gr X)...about .257Roberts levels...and it's deadly on deer out to 300yds.

    My other favorite bore is the .264, in particular the 6.5x55. It's got a little more snort than the .257, but is still super easy on the shoulder and like the .257 is an excellent deerslayer.

    Never hunted black bear, but I think I'd feel comfortable with any of these calibers.
  8. Michael G

    Michael G New Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    Garland Texas
    A-Zo, yeah, bear is a good thing to remember.
    I like the fact that the 30.06 has a variety of bullet weights chambered for it. I've used the 150 grain, 165, 168, 180 and 220 grain bullets. The last I got for where I hunt now. On our lease many of the hunting members hunt the dirt roads from stands only. Their shots are up to 150-200 yds. I vary the hunting experience. Sometimes I'm in my tree stand (160 yd shot, so I use the 30.06) but I also like to get on the ground and lean up against a big old pine, close my eyes and listen to the sounds of nature. Listen to the deer walking around me and see if I can be still enough so they get close.
    Did I understand you right. Do you take a 30-30 bear hunting? Not me friend. The .444 has a thousand lb. more knock down power than the 30-30 (stats taken from the Federal ballistics charts) and that's what I want.
    Here's a picture of my baby. Winchester Model 94AE cal. 444 Marlin. eighteen inch ported barrel. I had dayglow sights installed and I attach a slip on butt pad to tame the kick.

    Attached Files:

  9. A-Zo,

    I would think the either the .25-06 or .257 Roberts will be very effective for anything you plan to hunt given good bullet selection and placement. I highly recommend the Nosler Partition when rolling your own.

    Two other .25 cal. rounds that have fallen out of popularity yet I like very much: .25-35 Winchester and .25 Remington.
  10. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    I love it...I think it is God's gift to hunters, personally.

    I use a 25-06 and roll my own with H4831SC behind a 100Gr slug...If I were limited to factory loads I may move up a notch or two, but I kinda doubt it.

  11. It's sudden death on oinkers, right Donny? :D
  12. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    I don't have to tell you Rich, it will drop a huge boar in his tracks @ 100 yards with plenty of "umph" left over.

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