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The .25/20: A Favorite Deer Rifle, a Thanksgiving Gift

The .25/20: A Favorite Deer Rifle, a Thanksgiving Gift

Each year, OL's Editor Andrew McKean hunts with one of his late father's favorite rifles. This holiday season, he took the .25/20 to the field to hunt mule deer and reminisce about days gone by.
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from Larry V. Naylor wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

A 25-20 for deer? Get serious! Of course it's possible, but not sensible. A good way to wound an animal. Why not a stiff .357, 44mag. or mild 30/30? A 25/20 ain't no 250/3K or even 25/35.

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from MazPower wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Great story Andrew. More important than being capable of taking mule deer, that gun helped instill a love of the outdoors and bond a father and son.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Nice story Andrew. Just goes to show, it's not the size of the bullet that counts, it's where you put it.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Reminds me of my father and hunting. Just a different context. Model 12 Winchesters with rabbits and pheasants.

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from buckeye wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Great story

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from jh45gun wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Great story. Yea it killed the Jordan Buck but he also had to trail it a long way and it took more than one shot. But that also could have been poor bullet placement. That is what it boils down to bullet placement. have no doubt that at a reasonable range the cartridge will do the job if the bullet is placed right. You stated the cartridge has more snort than a 22 mag well I know of folks that have used the 22 mag to cull deer on cull hunts. I also know a guy who bought one to shoot cows to butcher them commercially. So if you can say the 22 mag does that successfully then I have no doubt the 25/20 will work with good bullet placement. My brother now gone first hunted deer with a borrowed 92 in 25/20. He too harvested a deer with it but his first new rifle he bought for him self was a Win 94 in 30/30. His oldest daughter still uses that 30/30 with a peep sight for deer hunting and killed a spike this year with it.

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from jh45gun wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Great story. Yea it killed the Jordan Buck but he also had to trail it a long way and it took more than one shot. But that also could have been poor bullet placement. That is what it boils down to bullet placement. have no doubt that at a reasonable range the cartridge will do the job if the bullet is placed right. You stated the cartridge has more snort than a 22 mag well I know of folks that have used the 22 mag to cull deer on cull hunts. I also know a guy who bought one to shoot cows to butcher them commercially. So if you can say the 22 mag does that successfully then I have no doubt the 25/20 will work with good bullet placement. My brother now gone first hunted deer with a borrowed 92 in 25/20. He too harvested a deer with it but his first new rifle he bought for him self was a Win 94 in 30/30. His oldest daughter still uses that 30/30 with a peep sight for deer hunting and killed a spike this year with it.

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from buckeye wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Great story

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Reminds me of my father and hunting. Just a different context. Model 12 Winchesters with rabbits and pheasants.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Nice story Andrew. Just goes to show, it's not the size of the bullet that counts, it's where you put it.

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from MazPower wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Great story Andrew. More important than being capable of taking mule deer, that gun helped instill a love of the outdoors and bond a father and son.

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from Larry V. Naylor wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

A 25-20 for deer? Get serious! Of course it's possible, but not sensible. A good way to wound an animal. Why not a stiff .357, 44mag. or mild 30/30? A 25/20 ain't no 250/3K or even 25/35.

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