Which .25 cal revolver for deer

Ronnie P
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 20:41 (1 day, 10 hours, 41 min. ago)

After shooting the Ultimate 410 I think I need a .25 cal gun from Gary. I love the grip so that would be a given. I am thinking an 8 inch barrel and scoped. It would be for Coyotes, Bobcats, Turkey and Whitetails here in sunny Florida. Which .25 to choose and which model gun is the big question?

my choice would be the 257 Raptor. It has

gary reeder
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 21:05 (1 day, 10 hours, 18 min. ago) @ Ronnie P

proven itself time and again on deer, even out past 200 yards. Based on the great 204 case it is one of those calibers that just works and works very well. The 257 Raptor in a custom G-2 with a 12" barrel would be the perfect deer set up. In the pic, 257 Raptor on the left alongside a 45 Long Colt for size comparison.

Its just a personal opinion but I would stay away from

Jim Taylor
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 21:07 (1 day, 10 hours, 15 min. ago) @ gary reeder

the 25 ACP. My Dad shot a doe in the head with one and the bullet did not go into the brain hardly at all. I had to use a .45 Colt to finish her.

a customer of ours a few years back had a custom

gary reeder
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 21:13 (1 day, 10 hours, 9 min. ago) @ Jim Taylor

double rifle maker make him a double rifle in 25 ACP. It was based on a double barreled 410 shotgun with 25 ACP sleeves. He had more money than brains.

25 acp

Clint H
Thursday, January 14, 2021, 09:45 (21 hours, 38 minutes ago) @ gary reeder

My sister had a 25 ACP I talked her into buying a 22 Long rifle automatic.
The 22 long rifle has twice the foot pounds of energy as the 25 automatic.
Bullets are way cheaper. Not my Choice but I seen my grandpa shoot quite a few deer with his 25-20 Winchester not much problem with any of them getting away. Open sights and probably 100 yards and less.

I tried to finish a boar with a shot to the head

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 11:40 (19 hours, 43 minutes ago) @ Jim Taylor

using a PP shooting 32 FMJ and I shot four times before one found a way in....

Shot a steer with a 25acp many years ago...

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 18:48 (12 hours, 34 minutes ago) @ james

He looked at us after shaking his head a bit! Put him down with the standard .22LR as we did many before him! Still didn’t affect the steaks cuz I remember them as delicious!

.25 caliber

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 07:08 (1 day, 0 hours, 15 min. ago) @ gary reeder

My Xp-100 in .25-284 (100 gr Nosler Partition @ 3100 fps) kills deer dead.

SO DOES THE .25-06, .257 ROBERTS AND .250/3000 BUT

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 10:19 (21 hours, 3 minutes ago) @ AlanT



Thursday, January 14, 2021, 11:13 (20 hours, 9 minutes ago) @ JT

but Gary pointed him to G-2 in 257 Raptor

there really isn't much choice in a 25 caliber revolver.

gary reeder
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 21:09 (1 day, 10 hours, 13 min. ago) @ Ronnie P

our 256 GNR is based on the 357 Maximum case but is only available in a stretch frame revolver. Our 250 GNR is a good one based on the 32 H&R case but is a bit shy of enough power for a deer. Our 255 Banshee comes in a Blackhawk based revolver and is OK for small bodied deer but not enough punch in my opinion for a large 200 lb deer. It is based on the 22 K-Hornet case. The best way to go would a single shot G-2.

I went out once at HHC thinking about

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 07:22 (1 day, 0 hours, 1 min. ago) @ Ronnie P

trying for a Fallow doe with my .255 Banshee. They are small animals around 60-70 lbs. The conditions were unlikely I'd lose a wounded animal so I felt it was ok. It has twice the power of a .22 WMR and twice the bullet (75 gr. JSP at 1900 fps). Lots of Good O'l Boys shoot Whitetails with the .22 WMR. Lots of the success is due to the good traditional 45 gr. bullet and opportunity for great precision. My gun had a 4X scope on it too.

I did see some does but decided they were too pretty for ME to shoot and the decorative pillows I wanted could wait. Honestly back home I'd have some reservations about shooting a Whitetail myself. I'd really be upset with myself if I wounded one. My smallest gun I'd actually hunt Whitetail with is my .300 GNR revolver. I know guys have used the .327 but not me. It's a personal decision. I have taken Sheep with it and learned a lot. My bullet of choice is a 100 gr. XTP at 1850 fps.

Curtis' single shot .256 Win. Hawkeye is in another class, beyond the old .25-20 Win. rifle. 60 gr. over 2600 fps? But still It's a personal decision and on the lighter side.

From what I see you lose 400-600 fps from transitioning from a single shot to a revolver. The smaller the caliber the larger the fps loss. So the single shot gets a pretty good boost.


Thursday, January 14, 2021, 07:51 (23 hours, 31 minutes ago) @ Ronnie P

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I have to agree and I'm a huge 25 Revolver Fan...

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 08:02 (23 hours, 21 minutes ago) @ JT

I have 25 Caliber Revolvers in 250 GNR, 25-20 (2) and 256 Win Mag. I might shoot a deer with one with a perfect shot opportunity. But, wouldn't leave the house with one with the intent of hunting deer.

I guess I worded that poorly

Ronnie P
Thursday, January 14, 2021, 08:28 (22 hours, 54 minutes ago) @ Ronnie P

The main purpose would be Coyotes and Bobcats but I have called in deer while calling predators and would like to be able to use it if the opportunity arose. It would not be the primary gun for deer, the .410 GNR will do for that. Our bucks are usually on the small side.

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