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Old 11-10-2018, 06:10 PM
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Here is my vote for the 6.5x55 Swedish. Mild recoil, terrific accuracy, great ballistics and penetration. If you are a handloader, it`s even more flexible.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:12 AM
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For what it's worth, I'd choose the 7x57, but I'm partial since I own 3. My primary hunting rifle is a Ruger M77, my back up is a Ruger #1RSI and my new toy is a CZ 550 FS. I've had excellent luck using Sellier & Bellot 173g SPCE for hunting which I can usually find cheaper than 150g 30-06 ammo. In the last 4 years hunting I've taken 9 deer with 7x57 and none have ran more than 50 yards.

Check out rugerforum.com in their classified section, that's where I picked up my M77 at a good price.
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Old 03-17-2019, 02:57 PM
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the 7x57 will provide a much wider selection of bullets up to 175 gr. I shoot a 250AI and I love it, but imo hunting bullet selection is a shortcoming in all the quarter bores.
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:51 AM
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I own both. As for the 257 Roberts, I don't think the hunting bullets are lacking for medium sized game like northern whitetails. Currently have three Roberts in the house. Strictly a hand loading cartridge if you want to wring out the best from it. Ken Waters thought the 100 gr in the 257 were good medicine for whitetails. I agree. I also use an 03 Springfield that is rebarreled as a 257 with 75 gr pills for coyote. Very effective. One guns shoots 115 gr partitions very well, the other two shoot 100gr projectiles which put down deer on a regular basis. I rarely shoot my 7x57 anymore, (safe queen). I wouldn't hesitate to use it if I had to. I was using 139 gr SSTs in it.

Both rifle calibers are excellent choices but I lean towards the 257 Roberts. If I need to step up, I just grab a 7mm mag.. So many choices and too little time.

AS for brass being unobtainable.. Sleeping Giant currently has new Winchester 257 Roberts brass $39.00 a bag. Funbrokers is loaded with 257 brass. A mail order house in PA is still selling them for #39 a bag. Myself, I hit the motherlode in a gunshop in Vermont a few years ago and purchased 3200..

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I just put a .257 Roberts together on a standard Mauser 98 action, using a shortened (22") and thinned(.600 at the muzzle) Adams and Bennett barrel. It's got an aluminum Parker Hale trigger guard(takes about a 1/2# off the weight). With a Simmons Whitetail 3.5-10 scope it weighs right at 8 1/2#.
Comparing it to a .243 Win I just did using a light weight barrel on a Yugo M48 action, the .257 Roberts is about a half pound lighter.
Hopefully I can get both test fired and sighted in this week.
Graf's had Winchester .257 Roberts brass for about $25/50 last month.

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