256 falcon vs 7 gnr

Dave Flanagan
Thursday, November 25, 2021, 19:30 (10 days ago)

Im looking at getting either a 256 falcon barrel of the 7 gnr barrel, does anyone have either of these, and how is the recoil? I have a 14 year old daughter im hoping to get into shooting it and I'd like to have the recoil be on the lighter side. I'm just curious if there is much of a difference. Thanks

I have both, both have light recoil.

Thursday, November 25, 2021, 19:53 (10 days ago) @ Dave Flanagan

The .25 is good and has some added velocity for flatter shooting if you have a need for it. The 110 gr. Nosler Accu-bonds are great. Of course the 7mm is right there with it too, I just never tried bullets less than 120 gr. Its hard to find a bad 7mm bullet of any kind. I'd suggest the brake on the 7 as it has virtually No recoil. The .25 just jumps a little bit with no brake. Both my barrels are for the lighter G2 or Contender platform.

I'm a 7mm guy. It does shoot 7x30 Waters fine too making brass. I have fired some .25-35 Win. in the Falcon and it splits my brass. I have to neck down .30-30 to get it to fireform best to .256 Falcon. They are very close in possibilities with the .25 starting lighter and faster with the 7mm picking up the middle and going heavier, with both bullets and game. They really are pistol versions of the .257 Roberts and 7x57 when medium rate powers are used to full potential.

has tempted me for years-- and the 7-08

Thursday, November 25, 2021, 21:22 (10 days ago) @ WB

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The 7-08, allowing for its rimless case, is

Friday, November 26, 2021, 06:18 (10 days ago) @ Lynn

Probably the very best genuine hunting handgun factory cartridge for single shot platforms. Even lightly loaded 120 gr. run 2500 fps from a 14” barrel. In a braked barrel recoil is truly in the .223 class, it’s astonishing.


Friday, November 26, 2021, 11:37 (10 days ago) @ WB

My Aleut guide on Kodiak mentioned that he had seen great performance from the 7-08. My first deer I double-lunged at 50 yards, he only went 50 yards. The bullet pulled some lung out of the exit hole. Second deer was at 120 yards and I spined him, he was DRT and that bullet exited too. I used Federal Premium with 140 gr. Nosler Ballistic tips.

7GNR experience.

Gus S.
Saturday, November 27, 2021, 10:52 (9 days ago) @ Dave Flanagan

My daughter is 18 and has been shooting my 7GNR with me a long time. She's never had and issue with the recoil. I've taken a deer a bit past 200 yards. That's not the norm for me but I needed to try a long shot. 100-150yard is easy shooting all day long. I have a 10 and a 12 inch 7GNR and a 257 Raptor. I really only ever shoot the 12 inch 7GNR. I shot 139gr Soft Points and just below the top dose of H4895.

IMHO, the 7GNR is a no brainer. It'll do the large majority of what you need to do and, personally, I don't' think you can do better for a do it all cartridge on the 30-30 case. I think you'd be just as happy with the 30GNR.

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